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   101. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:18 PM (#5749961)
flip
   102. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:19 PM (#5749963)
Cardinals have been a two out rbi machine this weekend.
   103. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:19 PM (#5749964)
i am developing a serious man crush on harrison bader


I fully endorse this opinion.

Bader was a bit overhyped in my opinion originally... they kept pushing him as a gold glove elite speedster and I just couldn't see it, but apparently my eyes seriously suck, because he's a gold glove elite speedster.

I supported giving him a chance, but I was thinking he was just a potential 110 ops+, plus defender, plus runner but nothing elite... but worthy of giving a chance.
   104. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:25 PM (#5749967)
As of right now... Miles Mikolas has thrown 51 pitches... 41 of them are classified as strikes... that is just an insane ratio. (now it's 54/43)

edit: I do kinda wish 'in play balls' would get a different category than strike though in these type of counts.
   105. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:27 PM (#5749969)
As of right now... Miles Mikolas has thrown 51 pitches... 41 of them are classified as strikes... that is just an insane ratio. (now it's 54/43)
You must type very slowly.
   106. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5749970)
You must type very slowly.


not really, just that game day sometimes stalls out. I type at roughly 60 wpm.
   107. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:30 PM (#5749972)
I could type a Spanish translation of War and Peace in the time it takes this guy Bummer to throw three pitches.
   108. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:30 PM (#5749973)
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2018 AL Rookie of the Year:

Brad Keller.
   109. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:33 PM (#5749978)
Looking at the games that matter (for the NL central) and it's looking like there is no real possibility of a change in the standings... The Cardinals are the only team that has the game result up in the air right now as the Cubs are crushing the Sox, and the Brewers are well ahead of the Pirates.

The other teams that matter in the NL, Dodgers and Rockies haven't started yet.
   110. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:36 PM (#5749979)

i like jose martinez and all, but if i was a pitcher, i'd be putting him on his butt every time he bats.

that business of calling time, and the big warmup swings, it's ridiculous.
   111. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:39 PM (#5749981)

yadi takes one in the throat. i didn't think there was anywhere else he could get hit.
   112. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:41 PM (#5749982)
Random thought: Is it just me, or have we seen a significant reduction in batters charging the mound and all-out brawls in the last, say, 10-15 years?
   113. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:42 PM (#5749983)
Mikolas is up to 69 pitches, 53 strikes.... and has looked fantastic doing it.
   114. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:43 PM (#5749984)
Random thought: Is it just me, or have we seen a significant reduction in batters charging the mound and all-out brawls in the last, say, 10-15 years?


I'm fairly certain you are right.
   115. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:45 PM (#5749985)
yadi takes one in the throat. i didn't think there was anywhere else he could get hit.


Dude... I don't care what people say... catcher has to be among one of the most physically punishing positions in pro sports... ignoring boxing of course... but beyond that even football players don't take the small item at high velocity damage that catchers get, even with the padding. Hockey goalies have a high risk, but on a per game basis, the number of hits for a catcher is insane. And Yadier has had not a good year in the luck department with that this year.
   116. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:45 PM (#5749986)
Random thought: Is it just me, or have we seen a significant reduction in batters charging the mound and all-out brawls in the last, say, 10-15 years?


i can't speak to that, but what i have noticed in recent years is how collegial players are towards each other, even on the field. BITD i remember nobody being friendly, especially during games. and before my time, guys were really hard@ss. leo durocher actively told his players not to fraternize with guys on other teams.
   117. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5749987)
I'd never heard of Astros pitcher Framber Valdez before today. He looks freakin' unhittable (caveat that he's doing this against the Angels and all that). He throws this fastball that has almost a screwball action, coming from the left side that goes across the plate but seems to tail back at the end, and he's throwing it at 94. It's freaky. I don't like it.
   118. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:50 PM (#5749989)
Mikolas is up to 69 pitches, 53 strikes.... and has looked fantastic doing it.
Someone ought to find that NPL pitching coach and bring him to America.
   119. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5749993)

oh man, now bader does what will get all the sportswriters and commentators all wet. lays down a great bunt and the runner on third scores.

SMALL BALL ORGASM
   120. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5749994)
The Pirates must have gotten infected by the Phillies, both being in Pennsyltucky. I just turned on the Brewers @ Pirates game to hear Uecker say they scored 5 runs on 1 hit (that's all they got? ONE goddamned hit??), then Brewers TV replayed the passed ball that allowed a runner to score, then the throw back to the plate was wide of the man covering so another runner scored. And those runners all reached by bases on balls. Mercy!
   121. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5749995)
Brewers score 3 runs on a WP,and errant throw. 5 runs in the inning on one measly single.
   122. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:54 PM (#5749996)

welp, now the redbirds getting aggressive is paying off ... for now.

and oh god one of the blabbermouths just said 'speed never slumps'.

just shoot me.
   123. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:55 PM (#5749998)
well it's true, speed doesn't slump... that is actually one of the few true axioms out there from the dark ages.
   124. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:57 PM (#5749999)

how about 'you can't steal first base'
   125. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5750000)

... and more to the point, with all this running and hitting and scoring, we are only up 4-0, which is still a game within reach in MLB.
   126. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 03:59 PM (#5750001)

what i'd like to see here is a little TTO from carpenter ... oops, he popped up.

oh well.
   127. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5750002)
Yelich is not happy after Feliz plunks his right elbow. I've always like Yelich and hope he gets to the post-season.

Now Feliz no es feliz after a wild pitch bounds way away from the plate, allowing Yelich to advance to 2B. They'd better teach this kid some control before he kills somebody!!
   128. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:04 PM (#5750006)
how about 'you can't steal first base'


yep, another good axiom from the days of fossils.
   129. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:05 PM (#5750007)
Yelich is not happy after Feliz plunks his right elbow. I've always like Yelich and hope he gets to the post-season.


I liked the triplet that was the Marlins outfield(and throw in Bour to make it the four musketeers) these guys deserved to be with a better organization than they got stuck with...


Jose Martinez... professional hitter, with a 2 out, 2 run rbi double. ....
   130. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:07 PM (#5750008)

oh good martinez does his job.

now i will contradict myself and note that with the cards nibbling away the way they did, keeping the defense on the field, i'm sure that contributed to eventually being able to break it open.

we'll take it!
   131. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:08 PM (#5750010)
The Royals rotation in 2019

1. Danny Duffy: his career ERA+ of 108 is higher than either Chris Archer’s OR Rick Porcello’s! (And after a rough start, he’s been back to his old self with a 3.89 ERA and a strikeout an inning in his last 18 starts.)
2. Brad Keller: the odds-on favorite for AL Rookie of the Year. My man is 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 140 innings.
3. Jakob Junis: he’s 10th in the AL in K:BB ratio this year—he’s ahead of Blake Snell!
4. Nate Karns: he’s averaging over 9.3 K/9 in his career—that’s higher than Justin Verlander or Madison Bumgarner! And he’s coming off a 108 ERA+ year!
5. Ian Kennedy: he’s making $16,500,000 a year—need i day more!
6. Jorge Lopez: this rookie carried a perfect game into the 9th a week ago!
7. Heath Fillemeyer: a rookie, he’s 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 7 home starts this year!
8. Jesse Hahn: in his first two seasons of 2014-2015, my man went 13-10 with a 3.23 ERA in 28 starts, so when he returns from his injury he will resume that exact level of performance.


I take it back. This team does have a ton of depth in the rotation. 2019 AL Central opponents: WATCH OUT.
   132. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:08 PM (#5750011)
Dejong somehow only hits a single on a ball that hit on the top of the wall... was he watching it?
   133. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:13 PM (#5750014)
2. Brad Keller: the odds-on favorite for AL Rookie of the Year. My man is 9-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 140 innings.


I'm not sure Ohtani has lost it yet, but surprisingly Joey Wendle should be the favorite... a second baseman who has played in 132 games and produced 119 ops+ and been a plus fielder should win it, but he has had zero press.
   134. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:23 PM (#5750019)

Dejong somehow only hits a single on a ball that hit on the top of the wall... was he watching it?


young punk was going into his home run trot!11!!1!
   135. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:24 PM (#5750021)

huh, i step away and the jints score two?

it's over.
   136. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:31 PM (#5750028)

oh jesus ... dan doing a tim mccarver routine that was actually funny.

'you can't pick up his mask! you can't do it! you think aaron picked up my mask?'
   137. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:33 PM (#5750031)
I actually like McLaughlin doing Tim McCarver... it's one of his more endearing bits.
   138. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5750035)
On the first full day of Autumn all those in D.C. whining about the heat got their wish: it's 61 degrees F with steady rain that has been increasing in intensity the past inning or so. And the teams played on...

It's now an official game, I don't know why they don't just call it. The few fans remaining are bundled up in rain coats and ponchos, while the players just trying not to slip and injure themselves. It's over. It has always been over.
   139. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5750036)
huh, i step away and the jints score two?

it's over.


reach on error followed by a homerun.. I can live with that... but Munoz is not having a good game defensively... we need Wong back, but at the same time Garcia is on the bench... there is no reason for Munoz to be playing anywhere on the field in a 7-0 game in the 7th inning.
   140. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:41 PM (#5750037)
You do have to love a stat like that...31 starts....29 walks...
   141. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:48 PM (#5750040)
Just doing a quick pi...

Corey Kluber this season has 31 starts, 31 walks....
Jeff Samardzija last year had 32 starts and 32 walks....
Porcello and Colon in 2016 had 33 starts and 32 walks.
Leake in 2016 had 30/30...
Colon in 2015 had 31/24
Colon in 2014 had 31/30(noticing a trend here)
Jordan Zimmermann in 2014 with 32/29
The most impressive one Phil Hughes 32/16.
Colon in 2013 30/29....this guy is a machine.

So it isn't a radical thing to have more starts than walks or even close, but it's also not common... roughly 2 or so pitchers a year on average do that.(with 30 starts a year.)

note: my pi search was based upon 30 or more starts, and 35 or fewer walks since 1980.... I had a total of 86 pitchers meet that criteria...I only listed the most recent ones in which the numbers were equal or better on the start side.

Greg Maddux did it 7 times, Halladay, Wells, and Rick Reed five, Colon/Radke four times, Lee, Byrd Schilling 3, Leake, Arroyo, Haren, Mussina, Silva, Tewksbury and Hoyt twice.
   142. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:50 PM (#5750042)
Oh, good, Andrelton Simmons is limping. The only way this season can get any worse is if Mike Trout gets hit by the team bus after the game.
   143. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:57 PM (#5750046)
I didn't know the Cardinals still had people to make their major league debut, but apparently that is the case.. Edmundo Sosa walks in his first appearance and scores on a Carpenter homerun.
   144. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:57 PM (#5750047)

holy crap, dan predicts carp will hit a home run, and wham there it goes on the very next pitch.
   145. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:58 PM (#5750049)
After today, you can stick a fork in the Yankees' season, even if they manage to make it to the DS.

Yanks may lose Didi for rest of 2018 season

Oh, well, the Red Sox and Astros would probably make for a better LCS anyway. This team has no more serious chance of winning than their 2015 version. Way too many holes in the lineup and not enough pitchers who can go more than 5 innings.
   146. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 04:58 PM (#5750050)
lol.... Dan Mclaughlin... "sometimes in our business you have to go out on a limb.... and I'm saying right now, it's Matt Carpenter homerun number 36.."... literally right before the pitch is thrown that results in Carps 36th homerun... and his point was that Carpenter has looked good today with poor results and he was due.
   147. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:00 PM (#5750051)

the guys look really loose in the dugout right now, carp was talking animatedly to yadi and a couple of other guys in the dugout, everybody laughing ....
   148. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5750053)

being a starting pitcher with a win at the end of the day must be the best feeling in the world. you did your job, you don't have to do ANYTHING the next day or two except maybe chart pitches or something ...
   149. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5750054)
For the record, there is a reason why I think that players need days off... Molina and Carpenter both are examples of guys who kick ass after a day or two off. It's why I think a well designed team has a fourth outfielder that can play all three outfield spots and gets at least 120 games in during the course of the season, same with the infield... Rolen was well known as a guy who needed days off(he refused to acknowledge it of course) players need to have days off... and managers need to let the players know that a benching is not about you, it's about what is best for the team, and to give you a bit of recovery....

This is why I hate set lineups. There is no reason to play the same lineup if you have a good roster.
   150. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:10 PM (#5750061)

yeah, and i think this was whitey's one strength as a manager. he had everybody on the lineup feeling like they were contributing, by giving everybody playing time. james pointed that out.

tony did that too, i think, by focusing on winning series and then giving out rest whenever the issue was settled.
   151. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:13 PM (#5750065)

yeah, and i think this was whitey's one strength as a manager. he had everybody on the lineup feeling like they were contributing, by giving everybody playing time. james pointed that out.


Seriously? Whitey was beholden to a set lineup. There is a reason why tom Lawless was the last player on the opening day roster to get a base hit in the majors... Whitey worshipped the set lineup. His bench was utter crap... that is a big reason why I think he's overrated as a manager.... outside of Oquendo, he has very few bench players that contributed to the team.

tony did that too, i think, by focusing on winning series and then giving out rest whenever the issue was settled.


absolutely, this was a stark difference between the two... TLR rested players and got good performances out of them in the second half... whitey burned up players and watched the second half disappear.
   152. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5750068)

i'm assuming cards win today ...

a lot of things have to happen for us not to make the WC game.

schildt has to be thinking about who will pitch the WC game, doesn't he?

but we do have to win. is mikolas pitching again later this week?
   153. phredbird Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:17 PM (#5750069)


CARDS WIN11!!11!1111!!!

looking good for the final week.
   154. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:17 PM (#5750070)
I just realized that I've been conflating Dominic Smith and Domonic Brown, but b-ref has corrected this error. Those responsible have been sacked.
   155. cardsfanboy Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5750073)
Mikolas probably pitches again this week. But yes I agree with you, maybe the thinking should be about the wc game, and the most consistent(and best) pitcher we have had this year is Mikolas, so maybe you plan for the wild card.... Heck maybe consider a Tampa bay type of start for Mikolas to keep him on his routine(I think he'll be schedule to pitch Friday... with the Wild card game being on Monday?)
   156. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:23 PM (#5750075)
The Nationals were trailing 8-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning, but now Bryce Harper struts to the plate representing the tying run. Things fell apart for Drew Smith and the Mets here.

Between Juan Soto and Victor Robles I'm thinking I won't miss Bryce Harper all that much next year.

A wide angle view of Nationals Park from the press box reveals that there can't be 100 people in the lower seating bowl, of course it's raining.
   157. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:31 PM (#5750081)
Between Juan Soto and Victor Robles I'm thinking I won't miss Bryce Harper all that much next year.

Case in point: Bryce had a pretty solid P.A., but ended up flying out to LF against LHP Jerry Blevins. With Trea Turner at 2B and trailing by 2 runs I can see why he's hoping to smack a circuit clout, but with Rendon and Mark Reynolds due up a solid hit to the outfield likely scores the speedy Turner. I guess a slugger is gonna slug, no matter what?

That was my knock on Ian Desmond, he just absolutely swings for France on every single pitch even if a weak hit or even a bunt would score the winning run. Drove me crazy.
   158. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 23, 2018 at 05:44 PM (#5750089)
Soto pop fouls out.
I guess a slugger is gonna slug, no matter what?
I don't know that you can criticize Harper for that, and to be fair to him, he was trying to go the other way on that last pitch. I mean, he's not Joey Gallo or anything like that — Harper is, in my mind, basically Reggie Jackson, and you would never ask Reggie to drop one down. You take the good, you take the not so good. I'd take'em.
   159. perros Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:12 PM (#5750096)
Dodgers whipping up on the Padres again, but run differential don't mean squat. Very nervous with six on the road while the Rockies get seven in Denver.
   160. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:15 PM (#5750098)
You take the good, you take the not so good.

You take them both and there you have
The facts of life.
   161. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:22 PM (#5750100)
The facts of Bryce.
   162. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:45 PM (#5750107)
ElRoy Face wins the thread.
   163. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:45 PM (#5750108)
The Nationals have a chance to make history in 2018:

Dan Steinberg @dcsportsbog
Chasing history. They could still finish with 33 .500 records and an 81-81 record. Would make them tied for the most .500 .500 team in MLB history, via this:

Steve Minard @MusicManMinard
There are already only 20 teams in MLB history who were .500 after more than 26 games in a season.

Most times exactly .500 in one season:

35 CHC 1959 (74-80-1)
34 MIN 2009 (87-79)
33 TOR 2011 (81-81)
33 OAK 2010 (81-81)
33 CHC 1993 (84-78-1)
   164. Tin Angel Posted: September 23, 2018 at 06:50 PM (#5750111)
Seeing Beltre walk off the field for possibly the last time really bummed out. Along with Ichiro, we lost two all time great/entertaining ballplayers this year.
   165. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 23, 2018 at 07:21 PM (#5750117)
Mookie with another double(45) and run scored(122), Sox up 1-0
   166. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:55 PM (#5750189)
Mookie with homer #31, now 7 for his last 8 with 2 homers and 3 doubles. Really wants that BWAR title!
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