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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:02 PM (#5672725)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?!

Probably won't, since Gerrit Cole's going for Houston, but still.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5672733)
Robinson Cano, PED suspension.
   3. Esoteric Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:13 PM (#5672739)
Cano news is a real gut-punch for me.
   4. Lassus Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5672748)
I assume the suspension happens when he's off the DL, or?
   5. Astroenteritis Posted: May 15, 2018 at 02:56 PM (#5672801)
Probably won't, since Gerrit Cole's going for Houston, but still.


Never underestimate the Astros' ability to not score runs.
   6. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 15, 2018 at 03:04 PM (#5672819)
You can't have expected Marwin and Marisnick to hit like they did last year, but even with some guys slumping, that's still a well-above average offense to go with stellar starting pitching.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5672930)
Biggest interleague series of the year is the Yankees at Washington tonight and tomorrow night, matching the two hottest teams in baseball.

Unfortunately, the chances of either game being played are slim to none, with ongoing thunderstorms and rain over the DC area for the next four days and evenings, which will also make a Thursday makeup unlikely. What a ####### bummer.
   8. manchestermets Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:19 PM (#5672952)
There's something going on at San Diego.
   9. manchestermets Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:28 PM (#5672955)
Sorry.
   10. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:29 PM (#5672956)
My fault. I tuned in.
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2018 at 05:59 PM (#5672974)
When the Rockies are getting perfect gamed, feel free to tune in all you want.
   12. Astroenteritis Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:09 PM (#5672979)
that's still a well-above average offense to go with stellar starting pitching.


Last year was a bit freakish offensively for Houston, so I think my expectations are realistic this year. What's been particularly frustrating, though, is how many games the team just doesn't hit a darn thing. It's kind of a feast or famine thing. It would be nice to win some games 4-2, but it seems like it's either 16-2 and 8-1 wins or 2-1 and 1-0 losses. Of course, I'm constantly reminding myself that, after last year, I don't really get to complain this year, but hey, it's what fans do!
   13. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:11 PM (#5672980)
12- that sounds exactly like the Cubs the last 2 seasons.
   14. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:35 PM (#5672988)
It's kind of a feast or famine thing. It would be nice to win some games 4-2, but it seems like it's either 16-2 and 8-1 wins or 2-1 and 1-0 losses.
That's what happens when you have dead spots in the lineup. Last year, the Astros did nothing but hit, 1 through 9. This year, they're not only mortal, but some of their outfield spots hit like dead men, and that stuff'll kill off sustained rallies in a hurry.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 06:45 PM (#5672994)
Unfortunately, the chances of either game being played are slim to none, with ongoing thunderstorms and rain over the DC area for the next four days and evenings, which will also make a Thursday makeup unlikely.

Local radio weather report suggested neither Nationals nor Orioles would get their games in tonight, with a line of slow moving thunderstorms arriving around 8:00 PM and staying forever - Flood Watch. Weather Channel app seems a bit more optimistic, at least for Alexandria. I wonder whether they'll start, and what the managers will do with their pitchers. Can outsmart yourself if the forecast is off by an hour or so.
   16. stanmvp48 Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:01 PM (#5672998)
JORDAN LYLES????
   17. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:08 PM (#5673002)
Of course, I'm constantly reminding myself that, after last year, I don't really get to complain this year, but hey, it's what fans do!


10,12,14... I can't really complain for a half a century. But, Let's Go Yankees !
   18. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:13 PM (#5673003)
Dammit, Didi.

1-36 now.
   19. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:25 PM (#5673006)
Well, here's something fun. The Angels will be leading Trout off tonight, and bat Ohtani second. Well, well, well!
   20. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:25 PM (#5673007)
Well, Tanaka was amusing to watch "hit" ...
   21. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:26 PM (#5673008)
Red Sox reliever Carson Smith heading to DL, for hurting his shoulder throwing his glove in frustration in the dugout after giving up a HR Monday. Being described as potentially a major injury. I can't think of anyone else doing that. Seems a lot safer than punching a wall, the far more common cause of dugout/clubhouse mishaps.
   22. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:44 PM (#5673018)
If they brought out an L-screen for Tanaka, it would make this batting practice much safer for him.
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:45 PM (#5673019)
Adam Eaton told reporters today that he will return in 6 weeks.

so pencil in Opening Day 2020 for his return.
   24. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 07:46 PM (#5673021)
Well, this is a shitshow.
   25. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:09 PM (#5673036)
Tyler Austin, making them pay!
   26. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:21 PM (#5673053)
Michael Kay’s extended bout of ignorance and idiocy regarding the YES trivia question can’t end soon enough.
   27. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:22 PM (#5673056)
Sounds like the rain is getting close ... that is one UGLY looking radar map.
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:23 PM (#5673059)
Mets and Blue Jays expected to be underway in about 10 minutes
   29. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:24 PM (#5673062)
Michael Kay’s extended bout of ignorance and idiocy regarding the YES trivia question can’t end soon enough.


I loved his opening salvo, "Well, George W. Bush has to be one of them, right?"

Idiot.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:25 PM (#5673063)
Radar indicates rain arriving at Nationals Park shortly. Still better weather than Camden Yards.
   31. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:28 PM (#5673075)
with ongoing thunderstorms and rain over the DC area for the next four days and evenings, which will also make a Thursday makeup unlikely. What a ####### bummer.

Ya gotta have HEARRRRRRRT!

Capital Weather Gang is posting some scary RADAR echoes northwest of the Districk, between Frederick and Harper's Ferry (no relation to the slugger) moving southeast, but they are currently in the top of the 5th inning. If the Nats can just remember how to play solid defense for another few minutes it might be a moot point.

Besides, everybody who's anybody in D.C. sports tonight is glued to that ALLCAPS game.

EDIT: Yep, tune over to the Caps game, the Nats clearly don't want to win this one. The rain will be here before they have a chance to un-tie it in the bottom of the 5th.
   32. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:31 PM (#5673082)

I loved his opening salvo, "Well, George W. Bush has to be one of them, right?"


Then he’s going on and on about visiting Bush in the Oval Office in 2000. “2000 had to be Bush,” he says at one point. YOU BRAINLESS #### BUSH WASN’T SWORN IN UNTIL JANUARY 2001!

   33. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:41 PM (#5673086)
The trivia question, BTW, was to name the 5 presidents who the Yankees won 3 or more World Series under during their terms in office.

It’s not even a very hard question when you think about the eras of Yankee multiple WS runs - the Ruth-Gehrig teams, the first and second era DiMaggio teams, the Mantle teams, and the ‘96-‘01 team.
   34. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:45 PM (#5673093)
Coolidge, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Clinton
   35. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:46 PM (#5673094)
Gio finally gets out of the inning after a tough at-bat by Andujar, but the rain has started to fall with bigger, meaner hail storms on the way. They should just cover the field now and wait it out since it's tied. No need to temp fate with injuries slip-sliding on wet grass.
   36. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:46 PM (#5673095)
The Yanks REALLY need a shutdown inning, because this game isn't going any 9 innings.
   37. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:48 PM (#5673096)
Coolidge, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Clinton


This was far beyond Michael Kay’s abilities, mostly because he couldn’t come off GWB as his first choice, and was convinced Clinton was NOT one of them.
   38. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:49 PM (#5673098)
Michael Kay’s extended bout of ignorance and idiocy regarding the YES trivia question can’t end soon enough.

I loved his opening salvo, "Well, George W. Bush has to be one of them, right?"

This is one evening I'm glad the YES broadcast is blacked out in DC. That's a seriously stupid comment.
   39. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5673099)
Oh dear GAWD! I thought Chris was joking in a tweet, but Gio really has thrown 111 pitches through 5 innings. To be fair, at least 2 of those Yankees baserunners were the result of brain seizures on the part of the Nats outfielders, but once Gio starts shouting and talking to himself he grows much less effective. Nats Radio says he's done for the night so this one belongs...to the Yankees.
   40. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:52 PM (#5673101)
This was far beyond Michael Kay’s abilities, mostly because he couldn’t come off GWB as his first choice, and was convinced Clinton was NOT one of them.

Maybe he thinks the Yankees clinched the 2001 World Series with that game 5 walkoff, and then he passed out after game 3 of the 2003 Series, and again after game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.
   41. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:52 PM (#5673103)
Coolidge, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Clinton

To be fair, Andy was around for all of them, unlike Michael Kay.
   42. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:55 PM (#5673105)
Those Nats Park fans sitting out of the open have got to be ####### crazy.
   43. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:56 PM (#5673107)
The Yanks REALLY need a shutdown inning, because this game isn't going any 9 innings.

My Weather app has the chance of precipitation as 92% at 9:00 PM; 62% at 10:00 PM; and 30% at 11:00 PM. So there might be a chance if you're patient.
   44. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:58 PM (#5673112)
Maybe he thinks the Yankees clinched the 2001 World Series with that game 5 walkoff, and then he passed out after game 3 of the 2003 Series, and again after game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.


He clearly thought GWB was president in 2000, and at the same time was confusing it with ‘01, since he went on and on ... and on ... about an Oval Office visit with GWB in which the president had to make a crack about being interrupted by the owner.
   45. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: May 15, 2018 at 08:58 PM (#5673113)
this one belongs...to the Yankees the weather.


FTFY
   46. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:02 PM (#5673117)
Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes
Suero strikes out Judge looking at a fastball. Scoreless sixth for the rookie. Out comes the tarp.

That's gotta be a good feeling for Suero, but now they wait.
   47. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:04 PM (#5673121)
This was far beyond Michael Kay’s abilities, mostly because he couldn’t come off GWB as his first choice, and was convinced Clinton was NOT one of them.

When you go every year, it's easy to be confused.
   48. Chip Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:14 PM (#5673128)
When you go every year, it's easy to be confused.


Listening to John Sterling next to you for 9 years from ‘92-‘01 is a more widely recognized cause of permanent brain damage.
   49. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:17 PM (#5673131)
Maybe he thinks the Yankees clinched the 2001 World Series with that game 5 walkoff, and then he passed out after game 3 of the 2003 Series, and again after game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.

He clearly thought GWB was president in 2000, and at the same time was confusing it with ‘01, since he went on and on ... and on ... about an Oval Office visit with GWB in which the president had to make a crack about being interrupted by the owner.


Now I'm really glad I was watching the Nats feed tonight.
   50. Brian C Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:23 PM (#5673135)
Braves got a run taken away on a play at the plate, runner trying to score on a wild pitch. He looked safe in real time but was called out, and then looked obviously safe on the replay, but the call was upheld, presumably because it was "inconclusive". But if that play is inconclusive, then there's no point in having replay at all, because now you're just dealing with faux-philosophical "but can we really be certain of ANYTHING??" nonsense.

That play was followed up by the Cubs getting another break, throwing a runner "out" at third when the runner was clearly safe. But the Braves didn't have a challenge having blown it on the previous play, so SOL.
   51. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:27 PM (#5673142)
Also, in the first inning Freeman was thrown out at the plate after he stole 2nd, but the throw hit his foot and went into short LF and schwarber threw a perfect strike to get him.
   52. Spahn Insane Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:29 PM (#5673145)
Nice neat scoreless inning from Montgomery.
   53. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:30 PM (#5673146)
Len and JD are talking about TOOTBLANs now, as in actually using and explaining the acronym TOOTBLAN. There's no way they don't lurk here. Hi guys - you're the best.
   54. Spahn Insane Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:30 PM (#5673147)
So what’s the deal with lifting Darvish after 61 mostly effective pitches in 4 innings?
   55. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:32 PM (#5673149)
So what’s the deal with lifting Darvish after 61 mostly effective pitches in 4 innings?
Come on, you yourself noted how dominant Montgomery was. Relievering!
   56. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:32 PM (#5673150)
They said he wasn't on a pitch count. But since Joe came out and talked to the ump, I'm guessing something health related.
   57. Brian C Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:45 PM (#5673156)
Probably also that Darvish had a long-ish layoff and is prone to terribleness as the game goes along even in normal times.
   58. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 15, 2018 at 09:58 PM (#5673159)
Just put javy back to 8th and leave him there.
   59. Howie Menckel Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:09 PM (#5673164)
saw some Colon chatter tonight elsewhere, so....

Colon played for the Montreal Expos - in his 6th season in MLB

he debuted for the 1997 Cleveland Indians, whose roster included Orel Hershiser, Julio Franco, Tony Fernandez, Kevin Seitzer, Kevin Mitchell, Paul Assenmacher, Jack McDowell, Jose Mesa, John Smiley, Pat Borders, Bip Roberts, and Eric Plunk

Franco debuted with the 1982 Phillies, who featured Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Willie Montanez, Del Unser, Steve Carlton, Sparky Lyle, Tug McGraw, and Stan Bahnsen

Rose's first team was the 1963 Reds, whose roster included Joe Nuxhall, who debuted at age 15 in 1944 - 3 years before Jackie Robinson integrated MLB

#throwbackTuesday

   60. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:13 PM (#5673167)
Hell yeah Albert and Addison!
   61. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:14 PM (#5673168)
Nice to see Russell come through.

Cubs since April 26 have won five straight, then lost the next five, then won the next five, and have now lost the last two.
   62. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:18 PM (#5673171)
Looks like Jupiter Pluvius put the kibosh on the Yankees-Nats, making it a suspended game after 5 1/2 innings with the score still 3 to 3.
   63. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:33 PM (#5673182)
Yanks - Nationals supposed to resume at 5:00 PM tomorrow, but forecast seems doubtful.
   64. Howie Menckel Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:43 PM (#5673193)
self-immolation efforts now expected to drop by 60 percent tonight, so there's that

also, new Didi streak stalls at 0 for 11
   65. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:53 PM (#5673208)
Cubs since April 26 have won five straight, then lost the next five, then won the next five, and have now lost the last two.

And then?
   66. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 11:11 PM (#5673232)
I'd just like to point out that Bartolo Colon sits at #9 on the MLB leader board with a WHIP of 0.900
   67. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 15, 2018 at 11:16 PM (#5673233)
And then?


They messed up the symmetry. Which, perhaps raises a question that no one besides me cares about: What's the longest streak of like-numbered W/L streaks in MLB history?
   68. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 15, 2018 at 11:32 PM (#5673243)
Red Sox hanging close, down 3-2 but in trouble in the 8th. Have 9 hits and only 2 runs to show for it. These visits to squanderville are really annoying.
   69. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 15, 2018 at 11:36 PM (#5673246)
Nope, no good now, double adds 2 to A's total. Sox looking cooked for this game.
   70. Bote Man Posted: May 15, 2018 at 11:54 PM (#5673253)
They messed up the symmetry.

For the longest time Jeremy Hellickson sat at a W/L record of 69-69, which is nice.
   71. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM (#5673255)
Three runs off Gerrit Cole is three more than I thought the Angels would get off him.

I'm really excited about Jaime Barria, the other rookie in the rotation. No single awesome pitch, but three plus pitches, good command the strike zone, never gets flustered. 23.1 IP, and this is his fourth strong start in five tries.

23.2 IP now.
   72. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:01 AM (#5673256)
OK, 2nd and 3rd, no outs down 5-2, Sox have a chance to make it interesting..
   73. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:04 AM (#5673258)
in play (runs)! Thx Mookie
   74. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:05 AM (#5673259)
not real exciting, a ground out brings in 1.
   75. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:10 AM (#5673261)
Red Sox lose, mediocrity is beckoning.
   76. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:17 AM (#5673263)
Three runs off Gerrit Cole is three more than I thought the Angels would get off him.


That is how good the Angels are right now. Even Trevor Bauer is both pleased and impressed.
   77. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:50 AM (#5673266)
ARGH.

Bullpen blows another lead. Angels bullpen needs to be completely cleaned out. Completely.
   78. Jess Franco Posted: May 16, 2018 at 09:26 AM (#5673305)
Metamucil.

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