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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 17, 2018 at 05:02 PM | 94 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 17, 2018 at 05:20 PM (#5728941)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?!
   2. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 05:27 PM (#5728945)
I dunno, Hombre. They lost last night by grounding into a type of triple play that hasn't occurred since 1912 – and naturally that was the only game of this series that I didn't have a ticket for :-D

Today … heatstroke? It is 97° in Arlington with a dewpoint of 77°, which is more like Houston than Dallas – just kind of unpleasant to move around in. But heck, what do you expect from August.
   3. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 05:53 PM (#5728955)
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 17, 2018 at 06:01 PM (#5728956)
Introducing the Washington Nationals spankin new bullpen cart.
It's actually a bus that stops at every ML stadium, gathering up relievers and bringing them to Washington.
   5. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 06:24 PM (#5728963)
Actually, the best suggestion was that it be a hearse.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:06 PM (#5728968)
Introducing the Washington Nationals spankin new bullpen cart.

Also Hawaiian Shirt Night at Nationals Park. Truly a historic day.
   7. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:19 PM (#5728970)
It is my enduring regret that I had a ticket for Hawaiian Shirt Night at the Ballpark but didn’t go. Those shirts are fabulous. Fans of so many other teams come through here wearing theirs, and one is better than the next. If you’re in DC, drop everything and go.
   8. Astroenteritis Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:24 PM (#5728973)
Today … heatstroke? It is 97° in Arlington with a dewpoint of 77°, which is more like Houston than Dallas


They need to hurry up and finish your stadium!
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:25 PM (#5728974)
am I the only one here who has NEVER worn an Hawaiian shirt ?
   10. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:33 PM (#5728977)
am I the only one here who has NEVER worn an Hawaiian shirt ?

Yes.
   11. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:33 PM (#5728978)
Two guys sit down near me. I am looking at my phone and give a snort. What’s up?

ME: I can’t understand why the Rangers are starting (.174 hitter) Carlos Tocci in center field.
GUYS: {Blank stares}
ME: Y’all Rangers fans?
GUY: Yeah, yeah, big Ranger fans.
{beat}
GUY: So … so … the Rangers still got a shot at the postseason this year?
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:41 PM (#5728981)
am I the only one here who has NEVER worn an Hawaiian shirt ?
No.
   13. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:48 PM (#5728982)
Max Scherzer scores the Nats' 2nd run from second base, sliding home safely. This means that he had to reach base safely in the first place. Max is a pitcher. In the National League.

#NoDH
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:49 PM (#5728983)
am I the only one here who has NEVER worn an Hawaiian shirt?

I had about 6 or 8 of them BITD

my buddies and I wound up in an arms race to see who could find the ugliest one (this is decades before "ugly Christmas sweaters" became a thing).

hijinks included picking a frigid night, then 5 or 6 of us roll out of the car, doff our coats, and walk into a bar all wearing Hawaiian shirts - and act like it's midsummer. worth it for the confused looks.

or finding a dimwitted restaurant hostess who blankly wrote down "Don Ho, Party of 10" on the waiting list. minutes later, she calls out the name - and some could guess where this was going even before we stepped to the desk.

and they say youth is wasted on the young
   15. Chip Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:51 PM (#5728985)
Kirmaier appeared to get a case of Monster Fear on a long drive toward the scoreboard in left center — what looked like a possibly catchable ball bounced on the track and turned into a two-run, two-out triple for Bogaerts.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2018 at 07:51 PM (#5728986)
Lance Lynn throws 37 first-inning pitches, Yankees trail 4-0.

who DOESN'T want to see Giancarlo Stanton pitch the 8th? (well, other than the Toronto Blue Jays batters and their families and loved ones)

NYY this season:
9-9, then
41-13 (exactly one-third of a record 123-39 season pace), then
25-24
   17. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:08 PM (#5728995)
am I the only one here who has NEVER worn an Hawaiian shirt ?


No.
   18. Lyford Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:11 PM (#5728998)
Jackie Bradley does it again, in the third inning. I don't know how many CF get to that ball, but I'm thinking it's not many...
   19. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:13 PM (#5729001)
I just realized that I know absolutely zero about the Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher, Drew Hutchison. Except that he throws RH, which I have gleaned from watching him. A relation of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison? I may be as dense as those guys who wondered if the Rangers could still make the playoffs.
   20. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:15 PM (#5729002)
Ohtani pops a foul two sections to my left, why didn’t I sit over there.
   21. perros Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:21 PM (#5729006)
I find it hard to believe Edwin Jackson is still pitching, let alone pitching well. Surprisingly doesn't turn 35 until September.

Memorable MLB debut on 20th birthday
   22. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:25 PM (#5729009)
#13 updated - Max bunted for a sacrifice, but reached on a Fielder's Choice play. That was in the 3rd inning.

And just now in the bottom of the 4th inning Max hit a double, then scored another run from second base.

#NoDH
   23. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:32 PM (#5729013)
WINS SINCE MAY 13 IF NO MORE RUNS ARE SCORED IN ANY GAMES TONIGHT

Yankees: 47
Rays: 47

THESE ARE FACTS
   24. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:32 PM (#5729014)
Albert Pujols doubles (about as weakly as you can double, a feeble pop that bounced fair in short LF) for his 4,452nd career time on base, moving ahead of Cap Anson for 22nd all time. He comes around to score his 1,770th Run (also 22nd).
   25. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:34 PM (#5729015)
O'Neill and Cone absolutely NAILING the issues that Gleyber! is having right now ... and absolutely right that that hit is a good result, but almost a set back in the process that gets him back to where he was before he got hurt ...
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:35 PM (#5729017)
Albert Pujols doubles (about as weakly as you can double, a feeble pop that bounced fair in short LF)
For Pujols to get a double out of that, the entire left side of the Rangers' defense must have been suddenly stricken with dysentery. Must be a nasty scene in that heat.
   27. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:37 PM (#5729019)
19. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:13 PM (#5729001)
I just realized that I know absolutely zero about the Texas Rangers’ starting pitcher, Drew Hutchison. Except that he throws RH, which I have gleaned from watching him.

In 2015, he was the Opening Day starter on a team that finished just 2 wins from the World Series.

THESE ARE ALSO FACTS
   28. Stormy JE Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:38 PM (#5729020)
Flip over to MLBN and watch an inning or two of the Mets-Phils Sabercast featuring BK, Heyman, Petriello, and Girardi. That studio team features some really good, er, chemistry.
   29. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:39 PM (#5729022)
Jackie Bradley does it again, in the third inning. I don't know how many CF get to that ball, but I'm thinking it's not many...

his initial break on balls is mind-boggling--I noticed that when he was at South Carolina--incredible anticipation
   30. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:40 PM (#5729023)
Hey, a good at bat from Bird!

[edit] which led to ...
   31. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:41 PM (#5729025)
3 run dinger for Walker ... FIRE THAT CHUMP INTO THE SUN!

5-4 Yanks!
   32. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:47 PM (#5729026)
Slapstick play at home, the Angel catcher sliding one way in pursuit of the errant baseball while the Ranger runner slid 180° the other way, neither of them touching the plate - the runner (Profar) crawled back to score.
   33. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5729027)
Oh, look, another questionable decision from Boone-y after that leadoff double.

[edit] Oh, look, the obvious just happened ...
   34. Chip Posted: August 17, 2018 at 08:50 PM (#5729028)
Mookie after a leadoff double scores the go-ahead run on a one-out Moreland single, giving him his third 100-run season before age 26. He joins Ted Williams as the only two Sox players to do this.
   35. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:00 PM (#5729030)
Another f-ed up sac by the Cardinals. They have to be the worst bunting team in the NL.


   36. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:02 PM (#5729031)
Carpenter is at 34 consecutive games where he has reached base, that puts him tied at 38-45th for the 2010s.... needs to reach 53 to take the crown from Shin Choo for just 2010's era. If he gets on today, that will put him tied for 34-37th.
   37. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:04 PM (#5729032)
The Rangers’ scheduled starter tomorrow was ALSO the Opening Day starter for a team that played in the 2015 LCS.
   38. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:06 PM (#5729034)
Interesting re: Betts, Chip. The deadball 1960s hurt some Red Sox in terms of run scoring (Yaz, Smith). Rico Petrocelli played four seasons before the year he turned 26, and scored 190 runs in them all told.
   39. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:07 PM (#5729035)
So basically, Davo, my team is three years past its Best Before date :)
   40. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:13 PM (#5729036)
Schwarber.

Too bad Rizzo got doubled off right before.
   41. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:13 PM (#5729037)
BREAKING:

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse
So here's a bullpen cart update: Trevor Gott didn't use it — making the cart 0-for-1 for its career — but it did a lap around the entire warning track anyway. Unclear if that was intentional, or if the cart thought Gott wanted a ride and then had to keep going without him.
   42. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:14 PM (#5729038)
Paulie right on it again ... Torres is trying to pull EVERYTHING ... if I was hitting coach, I'd be giving him the Willie May Hayes treatment ... Every pop up ball you pull, you owe me 20 pushups!
   43. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:22 PM (#5729040)
If the Cubs keep winning 1:0 , I am so going to barf... like I did, the first couple of games in the season.
Joe Panik ! Go and ... be humble and kind !
   44. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:25 PM (#5729043)
One piece of good thing that Shildt has done, won over Jose Oquendo, the guy who should be the manager of the Cardinals, but has given up the pursuit, so he has endorsed Shildt for manager going forward.
   45. BDC Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:27 PM (#5729044)
Guy just walked past me wearing a shirt that said I CAN DO ALL THINGS. I nearly went up and asked, Honey, give me some examples.
   46. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:29 PM (#5729046)
Guy just walked past me wearing a shirt that said I CAN DO ALL THINGS. I nearly went up and asked, Honey, give me some examples.


Are you gay or just in desperate need of a handyman ?
   47. AndrewJ Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:37 PM (#5729049)
Phillies beat Mets, 4-2. Nola now 14-3 with a 2.24 ERA.
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:40 PM (#5729051)
I like how the Cardinal announcers just make up stats to find a way to praise Shildt.


Dan McLaughlin "The Cardinals have the fewest strikeouts in baseball in the month of August, that is a far cry from where they were at two months ago."

1. Cardinals have the fewest strikeouts in the NL, but there are 5 AL teams with fewer strikeouts for the month of August.
2. In both June and May, the Cardinals were middle of the pack in strikeouts.
3. The difference between the two months has been about 1.6 strikeouts per game. 8.8 per game in May, 7.14 in August.
4. Have the Cardinals faced an ace level pitcher at all in the month of August?

and of course, then you have the argument that runs scored has traditionally correlated with a inverse of strikeouts, so avoiding strikeouts is not really a trait to look for if you want your team to score over the course of the season, it's a byproduct of a style that is designed to score runs.


edit: and almost all of that difference in 3. could be explained often by the fact that the pitchers are getting fewer pa per game as Shildt has a short hook.
   49. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:52 PM (#5729052)
Seriously, here is the list of starting pitchers the Cardinals have faced in the month of August. Outside of Archer, is there any good pitchers there? (Gio Gonzalez, Danny Duffy and Jeremy Hellickson aren't bad I guess)


Kyle Freeland
Antonio Senzatela
Chris Archer(6 k's in 4 innings)
Ivan Nova
Trevor Williams
Wei-Yin Chen
Pablo Lopez
Trevor Richards
Burch Smith
Danny Duffy
Jakob Junis
Tommy Milone
Gio Gonzalez
Jeremy Hellickson
Tanner Roark


If you have a team you think might compete for the post season, and need a hot streak, would knowing going into the month of August, that the above is the rotation you will face, give you a bit of confidence (add in Freddy Peralta tonight)
   50. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 17, 2018 at 09:58 PM (#5729055)
Burch Smith



That guy is nasty , especially with the windmill softball pitch !
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:07 PM (#5729060)
The thing is that, the Cardinal announcers are trying to credit a change in tactics and play to the manager, when the reality is that the level of competition hasn't really been that challenging.

I have no issue with Shildt, I think he is a crappy bullpen manager since he's so used to the minor league way of doing it, but that will change over time with experience. I just do not like this myth making going on with the announcers that is giving him more credit for a turn around than it really is. Heck energize the team, and of course a completely revamped bullpen also helps, and an injury to a player who is on a big contract but not performing as well as the young guys up and coming helps, etc...

Ultimately the turnaround is not really related to anything Shildt has done, but mostly related to the gm moves, timing and luck. If Matheny had lost the dugout, then he had to go, but Shildt isn't really doing anything significantly different than what we had before.

At the same time, if he is willing to buy into the GM's concept of analysis based approach(which he did in the minors) then I have no problem giving him a shot, would much rather have him than Girardi or another retread manager. (except Hurdle(best manager in baseball)/Maddon and maybe 4 or so other managers that I can't think of right now.... but not Girardi, not Scioscia or any other of the big names being put out there)
   52. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:15 PM (#5729061)
One might reasonably draw a parallel between the propensity of Cardinals announcers to tout Shildt and CFB to rag on the announcers.
   53. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:18 PM (#5729062)
Yankees game in rain delay, Nationals game over, guess I'll have to watch some Angels @ Rangers just to see if BDC does the streaking thing. Because of the heat.
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:18 PM (#5729064)
One might reasonably draw a parallel between the propensity of Cardinals announcers to tout Shildt and CFB to rag on the announcers.



pfffttttttt!!!!!!!!! (although I did tweet a comment to danny mac asking him where the bad Mike Matheny touched him )

Technically my tweet said

Where did the bad Matheny touch you @DannyMacTV my god, the blow jobs you are giving Shildt for pretty much doing nothing, indicates a hatred of @mikematheny22 that you masked for a decade or so.
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:26 PM (#5729067)
Bader playing everyday is a difference maker for this team.
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:30 PM (#5729068)
If this was 2000 or so, Greg Garcia would be a cult fan favorite, but because every player nowadays is a utility player, his skill set doesn't get him the love that a McEwing or Bo Hart got.
   57. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:30 PM (#5729070)
Go home, Expos/Astros/D-Backs/Nats/Sharks/Dipshits/##########/and Red Sucks !
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:31 PM (#5729071)
Kinda thought that was the way the streak was going to continue as soon as Garcia made that foul out. Carpenter's streak is prolonged by an intentional walk.
   59. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:31 PM (#5729072)
Obviously a long way to go in this game, but Schwarber has a homer for the Cubs to put them up 1-0. Schwarber also had a solo HR in a 1-0 win earlier this year. I wonder when the last time was that a player had a homer that was the difference in two 1-0 games in the same season.
   60. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:31 PM (#5729074)
Keep me updated please, on Bader and the Cards ! I am feeling optimistic !
   61. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:32 PM (#5729075)
So here's a bullpen cart update: Trevor Gott didn't use it — making the cart 0-for-1 for its career — but it did a lap around the entire warning track anyway. Unclear if that was intentional, or if the cart thought Gott wanted a ride and then had to keep going without him.

On the MASN broadcast, in was suggested that the bullpen cart may remain untouched until Sean Doolittle, the intellectual leader of the bullpen cart movement, returned from the DL to appropriately participate in its initial usage.
   62. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:34 PM (#5729078)
Dee Gordon at shortstop? Yes, I know he came up as one, but that was a while ago, and he doesn't look very comfortable out there, based on the first couple of innings.
   63. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM (#5729081)
I really think that the Cardinal announcers use a different dictionary than the rest of the world uses...

"Jordan Hicks has thrown 935 pitches this year, and the majority of them have been over 100 mph."..... I love Hicks, great pitcher etc...... but no the majority of his pitches has not been over 100 mph(about 30-35% is more accurate roughly about 300 or so)

Meanwhile Kolten Wong makes a great defensive play (Still can't believe someone in the other game thread said "he doesn't have the highlight plays that the Cub guy has".... (I can't remember the Cubs player, Russel? Baez....some defensive great middle fielder that they have)) and after Thompson gushes on the quality of defense that Wong brings to the table... Danny Mac throws out "and one of the fastest runners in baseball."....I guess he felt bad he wasn't saying something so had to add something.
   64. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:44 PM (#5729084)
Harper hot:
Eddie Matz, ESPN Senior Writer

Bryce Harper continues to rake. Including three knocks in his first four trips tonight, he's now hitting .370 since the break, best in the NL. His .459 OBP is also tops, and his 1.154 OPS ranks second behind Braves rookie Ronald Acuna. Harper's average is up to .248, the highest it's been since May 6th.

   65. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:47 PM (#5729087)
Sticking with a taxed Hicks, simply because he's fallen in love with Hicks, has semi-predictable result. The Brewers are about to take the lead. Norris should be in this game now(well one batter sooner, but he wasn't warming up for some reason even as the bases were loaded)
   66. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:49 PM (#5729088)
Hey it worked... Cardinals were leading 3-0 and he lets Hicks pitch a full inning no matter what, and now it's 3-2 going to the bottom of the ninth(mind you Hicks had to record two outs with men on first and second after loading the bases and allowing a 2 run single.... but he stuck with his man).... great bullpen management.
   67. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:52 PM (#5729089)
I'm not so sure of Harper's age, though.
   68. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:52 PM (#5729090)
Jose Martinez, professional hitter, finally has gotten himself out of the doghouse of Shildt, and is now allowed to play everyday and has done nothing but hit since then.
   69. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:53 PM (#5729091)
I'm not so sure of Harper's age, though.


I glanced at that thread, and early on there was a comment that was something like "the next time an American player gets caught lying about his age, will be the first time." and I'm thinking it was pretty freaking common up until the 50's.... so it's not like it's unusual.(note, I only looked at about 6 posts and decided that thread wasn't worth reading, only went there because there was a baseball girl sighting, but couldn't stick around long enough to see what she said)

edit: note my interest wasn't because she is a girl, but it was a racial thread and she's one of the two people I know for sure on this site that have an informed opinion on race from what I've remembered.
   70. salvomania Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:54 PM (#5729092)
can't believe someone in the other game thread said "he doesn't have the highlight plays that the Cub guy has"

That was me, and part of that is that i watch games with the other team's feed, many times with the sound muted, and I have two small children, and I realize I don't watch every play but will engage and disengage over the course of the game.

Since i made that comment two games ago, ive watched a lot of Kolten Wong, and I take it back, he may in fact be a great defensive 2b. He made a couple fine plays tonight that a guy like Matt Carpenter doesn't make in a million years.
   71. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:55 PM (#5729093)
Cubs just turned their 5th double play in 7 innings. Hamels hasn't dominated, exactly, but that 11-2 GB/FB ratio works wonders when you're not allowing anything worse than some singles here and there.
   72. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:57 PM (#5729094)
Culberson should not quit his day job.
   73. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:58 PM (#5729095)
Since i made that comment two games ago, ive watched a lot of Kolten Wong, and I take it back, he may in fact be a great defensive 2b. He made a couple fine plays tonight that a guy like Matt Carpenter doesn't make in a million years


he's one of the five best defensive players in all of baseball, regardless of position. Yes he's a pretty good defensive secondbaseman. (we actually have two of those guys with Bader also)
   74. Perry Posted: August 17, 2018 at 10:58 PM (#5729096)
Charlie Culberson mopping up the 9th for the Braves in a Rockies blowout, everything is 90 mph +. Allowed a couple of hits but no runs. Even utility infielders throw 94 now!
   75. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:02 PM (#5729097)
That was me, and part of that is that i watch games with the other team's feed, many times with the sound muted, and I have two small children, and I realize I don't watch every play but will engage and disengage over the course of the game


I get the engage disengage part. I'm on my computer with three monitors. I have game day on the center monitor, the Cardinal game on sling tv on my actual tv, but game day is about 2-3 pitches ahead. I'm very rarely actually watching the game since I'm doing a dozen other things on my other two monitors(including chatting here) but whenever I see an actual play listed on gameday, I look at the count on gameday, look at the count on the video I've got and decide when to pay attention based upon lag. (at the game the other day I made the joke to my gf that I keep looking at the screen to see what is going to happen)

Sadly this method of watching baseball does cause you to miss a lot of minute details.
   76. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:03 PM (#5729099)
example in play run on a 2-1 count(gameday)... my live feed is 1-1..... waiting with anticipation.
   77. Perry Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM (#5729101)
Wong with the big hit in the 8th to get the 3-run lead back. Seems like he's been going to LF a lot more lately, and it's really helped.
   78. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM (#5729102)
And since we were talking about Kolten Wong, only appropriate he extends the lead.

We are at the range for an easy save for Norris, so he's in the bullpen hoping for a double play here.
   79. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:08 PM (#5729104)
at this point in time, is there anyway that the Cardinals re-sign Norris? As it stands, he's probably going to end up being a top 30 free agent this off season.
   80. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:11 PM (#5729107)
I know that bullpen arms are easily replaced if you make the right choices, but ultimately you need to spend money on a couple of solid guys... If I'm the Cardinals, I'm talking to Norris right now and offering him a 2 year contract for 14mil, with a 1 mil pay raise for this year.

It's not in the teams future best interest to keep putting your potential good starters into the relief role to shore up the major league pen that has failed. It's okay for one season or spot moments, but you can't put guys like Hicks, Poncedeleon, Hudson etc in relief roles just to fix a leak in the pen.
   81. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:21 PM (#5729109)
Replay just upheld the Cubs' 6th DP in 8 innings now, this time on a lineout. Runner looked pretty obviously safe getting back to 1st to me, but one of the charms of instant replay is the way the replay officials will talk themselves out of overturning a call because it's only 99% conclusive and thus "inconclusive".
   82. Bote Man Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:21 PM (#5729110)
Charlie Culberson mopping up the 9th for the Braves in a Rockies blowout,

Is it disingenuous that while the hitters are doing their level best to mount a comeback, the manager waves the white flag by sending Culberson to the mound when down 10-2? Seems like a disconnect there.
   83. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:26 PM (#5729114)
Cardinals with another win, another example of poor bullpen management, but ultimately it worked it's way out, but Shildt is going to have to use someone other than Hicks tomorrow. He's gassed. Little ability to locate his ball, still has his speed, but give him a day off for gods sake (same with molina)
   84. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:36 PM (#5729116)
Cubs have sure blown a lot of scoring opportunities.
   85. cardsfanboy Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:44 PM (#5729119)
Cubs have sure blown a lot of scoring opportunities.


you know you are tired, when you look at the comment above and immediately think "hey I'm scoring opportunity".


   86. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:46 PM (#5729122)
So I'm following on gameday but that first "ball" to Freese was supposedly over the heart of the plate about waist high.
   87. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:47 PM (#5729124)
Nevertheless, the Pirates preferred to blow more chances than the Cubs.

Back-to-back 1-0 wins.
   88. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:47 PM (#5729125)
Well, there you have it, 7 double plays turned by the Cubs defense tonight in a 1-0 win. That's something you don't see everyday.
   89. Brian C Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:48 PM (#5729126)
So I'm following on gameday but that first "ball" to Freese was supposedly over the heart of the plate about waist high.

Looked low and away on TV.
   90. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: August 17, 2018 at 11:50 PM (#5729127)
Back-to-back 1-0 wins.


Both on solo HR. It's the 1966 Word series all over again.
   91. Perry Posted: August 18, 2018 at 01:23 AM (#5729152)
Jesus replay sucks. Watching A's-Astros, incredibly exciting relay to the plate by the Astros to nail the tying run at the plate in the 9th, and we have to wait around for 3 minutes to find if it stands. And now they overturn it and call him safe, which even the A's announcers didn't expect and which frankly I can't see, there was nothing clear and indisputable about it. But whether they upheld it or overturned it, the excitement of the moment was drained. Get rid of replay, I say. (And I'm not a fan of either team.)
   92. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: August 18, 2018 at 01:32 AM (#5729156)
I'm an A's fan and while I liked the outcome, I endorse 91.

The bigger question is why on Earth would you send the runner with one out and your best hitter coming to the plate? A's caught a huge break.
   93. Khrushin it bro Posted: August 18, 2018 at 01:53 AM (#5729157)
A's win!!!
   94. spanx for the memories Posted: August 18, 2018 at 02:04 AM (#5729158)
If its against Jeter's Yankees, that call doesn't get over-turned at the plate.

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