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Come quietly, or there will be OMNICHATTER!, for May 20, 2021

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Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 11:39 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 11:50 AM (#6019939)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TWICE TODAY?!
   2. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 02:27 PM (#6019968)
The Angels lineup for the first game of their double is:

Iglesias 6
Gosselin 3
Rendon DH
Upton 7
Ward 9
Suzuki 2
Lagares 8
Rojas 5
Fletcher 4

The odds that this is the next group to get no-hit is pretty good.
   3. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 04:19 PM (#6019978)
No no-hitter. Only Gosselin homers.
   4. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 04:52 PM (#6019982)
Phil Gosselin is having a career day, a homer in the 1st, and now a 3-run double in the 2nd.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6019984)
Yankees follow up yesterday’s Corey Kluber no-hitter with a 2-0 shutout of the Rangers. Domingo German scattered 6 hits in 7 innings, followed by a scoreless inning from Chad Green, then Chapman with his 11th Save.
   6. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 20, 2021 at 05:02 PM (#6019985)
The Rangers are... not good.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2021 at 06:16 PM (#6019994)
By the way, Chapman out of his mind this year -- 34 Ks in 16 IP coming into today. Still hasn't given up an earned run and the lone unearned run was scored by the Unearned Runner in the 10th.

Another stunning factoid: Tyler Chatwood in 15 innings of relief has a 21/4 K/BB.
   8. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: May 20, 2021 at 06:41 PM (#6019996)
Chapman out of his mind this year -- 34 Ks in 16 IP


Chapman is an exemplar of a problem - he is only successful because he almost never has to pitch more than one inning at a time, and never more than two.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 20, 2021 at 07:55 PM (#6019999)
Red Sox game not starting well for them. Pivetta limits the damage to 2 runs after giving up 3 doubles and a walk. Down 2-0 after 1.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 20, 2021 at 08:13 PM (#6020002)
Red Sox right ship, batting around in the 2nd, putting up 5 runs so far...
   11. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2021 at 08:50 PM (#6020004)
Chapman is an exemplar of a problem

No, Chapman is a solution to a problem -- the problem of tiring pitchers giving up runs late in close ballgames. His career 189 ERA+ makes it quite clear that the way he has been used provides a far better solution to that problem than either asking Bruce Sutter to pitch 2+ innings or asking John Tudor to complete the game. (There is the more difficult question of whether Chapman in the 9th and somebody else in the 8th is better than Sutter in the 8th and 9th but that 8th inning guy only needs to be about an average set-up guy.)

Teams have only been relying on 1-inning relievers for 30 years, I'm sure they'll realize their mistake any moment now. Pretending that something is sub-optimal because it doesn't fit one's personal aesthetic is not going to work.

While being forced to throw more innings would have had a seriously negative effect on Chapman's rate stats, it's also the case that both his ERA+ and K-rate are among the very best compared with other 1-inning pitchers. He is one of the best-ever at his job (which has only existed for 30-40 years). And I see absolutely no reason to think that Chapman isn't as talented as Gossage or Sutter.
   12. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 20, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6020007)
Jays right ship, scoring a couple of runs to tie the game up.
   13. The Duke Posted: May 20, 2021 at 09:23 PM (#6020009)
So Pujols has come out and said he never told the Angels he had to be every day 1B. Maddon ran for cover immediately. “I’m happy he doesn’t have to move his family and I wasn’t in the room when the front office talked to Albert “.

I see nothing, I hear nothing, I know nothing
   14. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: May 20, 2021 at 09:53 PM (#6020013)
Is Jeff Mathis done?
   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 20, 2021 at 10:46 PM (#6020016)
Speaking of Pujols. The dude just blasted an oppo 2-run homer.
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2021 at 10:53 PM (#6020018)
On the MLB Extra Innings broadcast of Red Sox @ Blue Jays, they don’t seem to have the audio & video properly synced, because as the pitcher is delivering the pitch, Buck Martinez is providing an uncannily accurate description of the resulting hits before the batter even swings. Just started watching, so don’t know how long it’s gone on, or whether it’s just my cable system or something more.
   17. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 20, 2021 at 11:09 PM (#6020021)
Is Jeff Mathis done?


Honestly pretty amazing that a guy with a career 48 OPS+ played in 17 major league seasons.
   18. The Duke Posted: May 20, 2021 at 11:42 PM (#6020027)
I haven’t seen Albert in a while - he’s got quite a Bartolo Colon paunch on him. Nice HR though - he can still hit homers.
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 21, 2021 at 12:25 AM (#6020030)
From the Twitter account of the Palm Beach Cardinals (who faced deGrom in a rehab start tonight):


Jacob deGrom is throwing 102 MPH...

Someone send help.


He had 8 Ks and didn't allow a hit in 3 IP. Seems like he's ok.

Syndergaard made a rehab start against the same team yesterday, allowing 1 hit in 4 IP. Not sure whether it's really cool or really unfair to make Class A players face Thor and deGrom on consecutive nights.
   20. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 21, 2021 at 12:34 AM (#6020031)
@16 The "world video feed" (what is used by both teams) dropped for 2 seconds, and that seemed to throw the entire thing out of whack until the next commercial break.
(The Jays subreddit has an inside source to the production crew and he let everyone know they were trying to fix it.)
   21. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 21, 2021 at 01:04 AM (#6020033)
#20 - Noticed it in bottom of 8th & top of 9th, but it was fixed by the bottom of 9th. Kind of funny, but was only half watching, so it didn’t bother me. Might be different if I was really into that particular game.
   22. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 21, 2021 at 08:45 AM (#6020038)
On the MLB Extra Innings broadcast of Red Sox @ Blue Jays, they don’t seem to have the audio & video properly synced, because as the pitcher is delivering the pitch, Buck Martinez is providing an uncannily accurate description of the resulting hits before the batter even swings. Just started watching, so don’t know how long it’s gone on, or whether it’s just my cable system or something more.

When I heard the call on J.D. Martinez's go-ahead homer before he'd even swung the bat, it was like a portending Voice of Doom.
   23. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: May 21, 2021 at 02:22 PM (#6020095)
No, Chapman is a solution to a problem -- the problem of tiring pitchers giving up runs late in close ballgames. His career 189 ERA+ makes it quite clear that the way he has been used provides a far better solution to that problem than either asking Bruce Sutter to pitch 2+ innings or asking John Tudor to complete the game. (There is the more difficult question of whether Chapman in the 9th and somebody else in the 8th is better than Sutter in the 8th and 9th but that 8th inning guy only needs to be about an average set-up guy.)


Well, obviously this represents a difference in preference between yourself and myself. It's true that the "job" that Chapman does has existed since approximately 1988 and LaRussa/Eckersley. It's also true that these things evolve slowly, so until recently pitchers who could really ONLY pitch 1 inning never made it up from the low minors (Mariano Rivera, for instance, started 10 games as a rookie). As front offices realized the tactical (and financial) advantages of (relatively fungible) 1-inning relief pitchers, folks like Chapman and Hunter Strickland have proliferated. Chapman I grant you is extraordinary in this role.

It may even be true that having 9 1-inning guys who can pitch just about every day (maybe rotated via the taxi squad between the majors and the high-minors), and perhaps 3 long-relief mop-up men, is the best tactical solution for the DEFENSE. But that doesn't mean it is the best solution for baseball as a spectator sport as a whole. The flying wedge, once invented was a great tactical solution for American football OFFENSE, but it was a terrible solution otherwise and the powers that be came together to get rid of it, similarly the spitball.

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