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Everybody’s workin’ for the WEEKEND OMNICHATTER!, for August 20-22, 2021

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Hombre Brotani Posted: August 20, 2021 at 03:50 PM | 92 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: August 20, 2021 at 04:53 PM (#6035368)
With his two-homer day (so far), Salvador Perez has now set (or tied) his career highs in home runs, runs, and RBI---with 40 games still to go.

His 32 homers surpass his previous high of 27, while he now has scored exactly 57 runs in a season four times, and driven in exactly 80 runs three times.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 20, 2021 at 05:01 PM (#6035371)
I'm switching to glide.

Actually I guess I am. I'm retiring in 6 weeks.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 20, 2021 at 05:41 PM (#6035376)
CAN THE YANKEES EXTEND THEIR LUCKY STREAK???
   4. salvomania Posted: August 20, 2021 at 05:54 PM (#6035382)
I'm retiring in 6 weeks.

Congrats! I figured you for a bit younger, but maybe you've got a few mil in assets for your golden years, so no time like the present...
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 06:09 PM (#6035386)
I figured you for a bit younger,


Really? I always thought he was born when the Cubs won their second most recent championship. :)
   6. salvomania Posted: August 20, 2021 at 06:16 PM (#6035387)
I'm an older dad---kids 6 and 3---who's probably around 10 years from retirement, and I'm looking forward to attending high school sporting events and the like (if such things are still a part of our societal landscape in 2031) without having to worry about work conflicts.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2021 at 07:31 PM (#6035400)
BB, BB, HBP & Voit 2-run single gets the Yankees off to 2-0 start over the Twins.

EDIT: RBI BB for Bronx Boy Andrew Velazquez makes it 3-0.

EDIT II: 4-0 on Gardner RBI single.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: August 20, 2021 at 07:34 PM (#6035401)
Thanks. It is a few years early. I knew the markets had gone crazy but I didn't realize how crazy. Checked my funds and turned out I'd gone quite quickly from "on track" to "enough." Nothing lavish but should be comfy enough. I'm no investing genius, just your standard 401 whatever type funds, pretty balanced portfolio -- pretty much every "balanced" or "growth" equities fund I could have chosen from is up 25-45% over the last year. If you haven't checked your retirement lately, have a look. I also despise my current job and I'm too old to go looking again so even if I have jumped a year or two early and have to cut back in a few years, the mental health benefits should be worth it.

Early retirement tip #1: No kids
Enjoyable retirement tip #1: No kids so not much point leaving any money behind

But please, Andy's the only one here who saw Walter Johnson pitch.

In important (possibly late) baseball news: Luis Robert is back.

   9. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 07:45 PM (#6035404)
Early retirement tip #1: No kids
Enjoyable retirement tip #1: No kids so not much point leaving any money behind


Sadly I had the plan to be dead by 50 so I didn't care.... 51 years old now, and after a few visits to the doctor telling me that I'm in better shape than I thought I should be (family history of heart disease apparently didn't work it's way to me) and now I have to think about living a few more years. So it looks like I'm working until I'm 90.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2021 at 07:49 PM (#6035405)
ALL RISE! Aaron Judge’s 2-run HR makes it 6-0, Yankees.
   11. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:07 PM (#6035407)
But please, Andy's the only one here who saw Walter Johnson pitch.
... when Johnson was in high school.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:35 PM (#6035408)
Cardinals do have at least one player in black ink on the offensive side, Edman leads (tied) the NL in doubles with 32.
   13. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6035410)
Hey, what do you know? Joey Votto hit a home run. #28

And, this is cool. The last 4 times Castellanos has been hit by a pitch, Votto has followed with a home run
   14. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:46 PM (#6035412)
But please, Andy's the only one here who saw Walter Johnson pitch.

Cute, but in fact his grandson Hank Thomas was a benchwarmer on my DC high school baseball team when I was their starting LF. He wrote an award-winning book (Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train), but he's made more money selling a ton of Walter's canceled checks than he ever did off his book.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: August 20, 2021 at 08:49 PM (#6035413)
Anderson, Robert, Abreu, Jimenez, Moncada is a pretty impressive top of the order for the White Sox. Up 4-1 over the Rays.

family history of heart disease apparently didn't work it's way to me

That's what I thought too. How many and which tests did they do?
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:07 PM (#6035417)
That's what I thought too. How many and which tests did they do?


coronary artery calcium... along with the usual before that. (scored a 0 on that test--meaning no calcium, low chance of heart attack in the future)
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:10 PM (#6035418)
Bader is not bad defensively....
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6035419)
Cardinal announcers are still pushing for Arenado as the Cardinals MVP... and I'm thinking O'Neill... but I get it, those 20 games difference does matter in this type of discussion. Sure better offense, better defense relative to positional norm (although Arenado plays a tougher defensive position) and better baserunning, but that 100+ pa is tough to overcome in this type of discussion.
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:22 PM (#6035420)
Bader completely f-ed that play up... wow... not sure I've seen as bad of a misplay as that in a long time... two fantastic plays earlier in the game and a catastrophic mistake gives the Pirates a run.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:26 PM (#6035422)
How is that an earned run? Man on first.... one bouncer to the centerfielder that was a single... fielder completely misses the ball and it goes to the wall, so the man on first scores, and the hitter goes to third and scores on a sacrifice.... how are those earned runs?

Without the error, the runners are at first and second, the fly ball doesn't advance anyone.... yet he's charged with two earned runs?
   21. salvomania Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:35 PM (#6035423)
Without the error, the runners are at first and second, the fly ball doesn't advance anyone.... yet he's charged with two earned runs?

I think in that situation they wait until the end of the inning before making the run unearned. If it's an error that lets a guy reach base followed by a homer, yes that first guy is unearned, but in this situation, if the guy hitting the SF instead had hit a homer, all those runs are earned. So I'm pretty sure the scorer waits until they KNOW the run is unearned before making it so.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:36 PM (#6035424)
Noot bunts against the shift and gets the hit.... And you have to love it, this is a guy trying to earn playing time and ultimately when his manager looks at his numbers a week from now, he's not going to remember the bunt against the shift or two or three, but his numbers.

Any team shifting against a bench player, deserves to get bunted on.
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:37 PM (#6035425)
I think in that situation they wait until the end of the inning before making the run unearned. If it's an error that lets a guy reach base followed by a homer, yes that first guy is unearned, but in this situation, if the guy hitting the SF instead had hit a homer, all those runs are earned. So I'm pretty sure the scorer waits until they KNOW the run is unearned before making it so.


You are right, as gameday now has them as unearned runs...
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:41 PM (#6035426)
A funny thing that I have noticed is that I have the game on my laptop on my tv, and the "gameday/boxscore" that is on the mlb.tv broadcasts includes current ops... I also am on my desktop computer and one of my monitors has gameday on it during the game, and yet the only way to get ops is when the batter is actually up to bat... it's funny that the screen which is more shrunk down gives me more information than the screen that is designed to give me information.
   25. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:46 PM (#6035427)
Luke Voit trying to Wally Pipp Anthony Rizzo with a 4-for-4 night, including a HR & double, producing 4 RBI. We’ll probably see a fair amount of the ‘outfield of giants’ with Gallo, Judge & Stanton, allowing Voit to DH a bit, as well as take a few starts at 1st.
   26. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6035429)
funny story, Rick Horton talking about when he had to play the outfield, and he said the pitching coach came to the bullpen and said that one of you (Worrell or Horton) has to play the outfield... I don't want Worrell to get hurt, so it's you. This is the game where Willie McGee was playing shortstop at this point in time.
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:54 PM (#6035430)
D.J. LeMahieu caps off his bobblehead night (already?) with a 2-run HR, giving the Yankees a 10-2 lead in the 8th.
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:55 PM (#6035431)
Mclaughlin has called a 3 run homerun from Arenado right now... let's see what happens.
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 09:57 PM (#6035432)
his procrastination powers are not working... flyout to left... if the fence was 20 feet closer he would have made the call.
   30. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 20, 2021 at 10:12 PM (#6035434)
Red Sox with a nice and tidy 6-0 lead. Got a solid 5 from Sale, so the rotation is now Eovaldi and Sale and pray for hail.(sure, I've been holding on to that one awhile.....)
As long as they play bad teams, they seem to be fine. Of course NY and Tampa are never going to lose again so even if they manage to squeak out 92 wins I still think they miss the playoffs with the A's ending up with the better record.

Been a fun season so far though.
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 10:43 PM (#6035439)
can't even beat the Pirates... c'mon now.
   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 20, 2021 at 11:16 PM (#6035442)
Two more BB for Juan Soto tonight, giving him 22 in 16 games since the trade deadline, and 322 for his career, good for 3rd on the Age-22 Career BB Leaderboard, trailing only Ted Williams (350) & Mel Ott (362). After tonight, the Nationals have 41 games remaining, so if Soto stays healthy and keeps up his pace of late, he may overtake both.
   33. cardsfanboy Posted: August 20, 2021 at 11:18 PM (#6035443)
Can't even score a run in a game against the hapless Pirates, this is not how you act when you are trying to establish yourself as a contender for the wild card....
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2021 at 12:28 AM (#6035450)
Dodgers bullpen completely gassed, so Buehler still out there with a 3-1 lead vs Mets, 2nd and 3rd, 1 out in the 8th.

3-2 pitch to McNeil, who takes ball four - well, who takes a pitch that obviously was inside. but Leslie Nielsen behind the plate does the punchout for the second out with Alonso on deck.

McNeil, who has a good eye, is angry but immediately begins walking away so that his bat toss does not get him ejected.

I usually cringe when players gets themselves tossed - especially in these days of such short benches.

but with McNeil struggling, Mets season on the brink, and in the face of such utter incompetence - I'd have given him a pass.

never ever thought I'd join the robot ump club, but ..... it's time.

wow. then this rookie ump, perhaps realizing the magnitude of his blunder, calls two balls on frankly two pitches that might have been strikes.

Buehler, 2 minutes after opening his gift, remarkably has the rather large stones to start to mewl a bit on the mound.
unsurprisingly, a white-hot McNeil in the dugout is not having it.

and a pitiful grounder by Alonso turns into a lucky infield hit, so 3-2 and Buehler's night is over after 107 pitches.

and as he leaves, Buehler barks at the hapless ump whose gift he enjoyed quite a bit a short time earlier. and McNeil once again is NOT having it, as he tosses a few f-bombs at the impudent Buehler.

as I have mentioned, even Zombie Mets still give a crap. it's all that many fans ask, really.
   35. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2021 at 12:47 AM (#6035453)
replay later shows that the Alonso blip hit off his foot, oh well.

Vesia walks Conforto on 10 or 11 pitches to load 'em up, and here comes burly JD Davis and a 2-1 count.

but a swinging strike and then a called strike 3 (this one an actual strike, which was refreshing), and we go to the bottom of the 8th.
   36. The Duke Posted: August 21, 2021 at 03:44 PM (#6035480)
Voit is adroit.! Voit is hitting them to Detroit !

All is well with the Yankees with judge, Stanton, Rizzo, voit, Gallo in the lineup. Watch out Tampa Bay
   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 21, 2021 at 04:23 PM (#6035484)
And the Bronx-born and raised Velazquez hit his first MLB homer to ice an easy 7-1 Yankees win.** That makes it 9 straight heading to Atlanta on Monday, as there's no chance they'll be playing tomorrow with a Big Storm heading their way.

** It would've been 10 to 1, but the umpire called time out a split second before the Twins pitcher threw a pitch that Odor then hit into the bullpen. Of course Odor had asked for the time out himself, so there wasn't much he could say.
   38. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2021 at 04:40 PM (#6035485)
What the heck? Cub ushers clearing all of the bottom rows?
   39. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2021 at 04:47 PM (#6035486)
Oh, rain delay. Still weird, sure looked like they were telling people to move. Maybe lightning is on the way. It's not pouring, they just had Harry sing.
   40. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 21, 2021 at 05:57 PM (#6035489)

Actually I guess I am. I'm retiring in 6 weeks.


Does this mean we can expect even longer posts in the future?
   41. The Duke Posted: August 21, 2021 at 07:07 PM (#6035496)
Hey, I retired (unvoluntarily) and it’s not bad. I’d rather be working (unlike you I loved my job)
but it’s nice settling into a life of leisure. I’ve made a lot more real friends. There’s pros and cons. My wife retired 3 weeks ago and every day she gets up and does some major job around the house and then yells at me for not helping - I’m like what’s the rush, if it doesn’t get done today, it will get done tomorrow.

My older brother retired and he approaches retirement like work. He builds himself a planner months in advance and sticks with it. It’s beyond my comprehension but it works for him. My other brother retired recently and he is now indulging his passion for fishing and hiking - he seems super happy.

Gotta get most things you want done by 70. Most people start wearing down after that. My dad was good until about 75 and then just ran out of steam
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 07:55 PM (#6035499)
3rd inning already, I was late to the party, bar-b-qued my first "cowboy" steak (came out properly rare-medium rare) along with bugers (first time cooking a couple of beyond burgers or whatever they were... vegan crap.... that #### smelled nasty, but it cooked up nice... weird reddish color, but if that is what you like... at least you got the smokines of the grill---it was for my gf mother as she and one of her daughters have became vegan) Still, cowboy steak, sirloin for my gf, a few pork steaks (which did not come out right, but are are least edible) and a bunch of burgers which I was able to wrap up for lunches for me for the week.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 07:59 PM (#6035500)
1-0 Pirates... if that wins the game, then the Cardinals should never play baseball again..

   44. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 08:17 PM (#6035502)
I like Polanco, but he really screwed up that play, maybe not Bader level like last night, but still poor fielding to allow the Cardinals to tie the game.
   45. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2021 at 08:18 PM (#6035503)

after 11-2/3 innings of being shut out by the pirates, we finally score when polanco misses a catchable ball with a man on.
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 08:18 PM (#6035504)
sadly two games into this series, and there have been several fantastic defensive plays, but it's going to be remembered as poor fielding by good defensive players.
   47. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6035505)
2-1 Pirates.. 2 solo homeruns for the Pirates. 3 hits for the game.
   48. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:01 PM (#6035506)
Actually I guess I am. I'm retiring in 6 weeks.
Does this mean we can expect even longer posts in the future?
With time to leisurely edit, shouldn’t we expect a more concise style in the future?
   49. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:10 PM (#6035507)
Two more BB for Juan Soto tonight (along with 2 hits), giving him 324 for his career, with 40 games to overtake Ted Williams (350) & Mel Ott (362) for the Age-22 Career BB Lead. Careful observers will note that isn’t the only category that has Soto hanging out with the inner-circle HoF crowd. He’s up to a gaudy .449 OBP for the season, and trails only Bryce Harper for the OPS crown.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:12 PM (#6035508)
small ball... love it Tyler Oneil singles, steals second and scores on a single by "yes you guessed it" Yadier Molina. Tied game 2-2..
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:12 PM (#6035509)
With time to leisurely edit, shouldn’t we expect a more concise style in the future?


Let's hope not... Walt's post are literally the best thing on this site.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:17 PM (#6035510)
3-2 Cardinals as Sosa delivers a single that scores Lars from first... that was some aggressive baserunning, but it wasn't even a play at the plate... man on first single to the centerfielder and the guy on first scores... and we aren't talking about a Bader level speed demon, but a typical runner..
   53. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:18 PM (#6035511)
They are calling it a double, but it's really a single and an advance on the throw... the ball never made it past the centerfielder. deep play is idiotic to be honest.

man on first 2 outs, the outfield is playing 10 feet short of the warning track, a bloop hit to the centerfielder, slightly off line and the runner who is obviously running on contact was already half way to third before the centerfielder even touched the ball (while running in) ... If there is no runner the batter is stopped at first, but because there is a runner who is clearly going to challenge the centerfielder, the batter can advance easily.

   54. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:25 PM (#6035512)
I'm optimistic... I think this Carpenter bat will turn the game from 3-2 to 6-2,,,
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:27 PM (#6035513)
or not....
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:43 PM (#6035514)
4-3 pirates... weird game so far....
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:47 PM (#6035515)
5-3 and a stupid decision to send the runner on a play that wasn't even close eliminates the runner. And it's not like it was a great throw, it was an average throw and still toasted the runner.
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:51 PM (#6035516)
Do the Pirates routinely play the deepest outfield in baseball? They are about 15 feet from the warning track on pretty much every batter... that is absurdly deep.
   59. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6035517)
screw going for the fences... just hit the ball weakly should be the goal... put it over the head of the infielders as the outfielders have zero chance of catching anything within 60 feet of second base.
   60. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 09:56 PM (#6035518)
I'm not kidding, the default defensive assumption for the Pirates outfield is that anything hit there is going to be hard hit, so let's play as deep as possible... I've never seen a team do this, it's ridiculously easy to exploit.
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 10:01 PM (#6035519)
If you strike out, it doesn't really allow you to exploit the crappy defense alignment.
   62. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 10:02 PM (#6035520)
And nothing in Lars profile indicates he has the ability to exploit defensive inadequacies. He's a full on pull hitter.
   63. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2021 at 10:05 PM (#6035522)
Currently there are ZERO active players in the top 150 in career Stolen Bases - but Elvis Andrus only needs 2 more to join the club.

active players (years, age) with 150+ SB (active meaning, in MLB in 2021)

1. Elvis Andrus (13, 32) 316
2. Billy Hamilton (9, 30) 313
3. Starling Marte (10, 32) 285
4. Brett Gardner (14, 37) 272
5. Jarrod Dyson (12, 36) 263
6. Jose Altuve (11, 31) 260
7. Jonathan Villar (9, 30) 228
8. Mike Trout (11, 29) 203
9. Andrew McCutchen (13, 34) 197
10. Trea Turner (7, 28) 195
11. Jean Segura (10, 31) 192
12. Cameron Maybin (15, 34) 187
13. Lorenzo Cain (12, 35) 184
14. Alcides Escobar (12, 34) 174
15. Whit Merrifield (6, 32) 155
16. Justin Upton (15, 33) 151 (T-546th career)
   64. Howie Menckel Posted: August 21, 2021 at 10:37 PM (#6035523)
"29 Days Later..." - sounds like a movie sequel, but it's actually the Pirates tonight, finally trying to get another save.

5-4 for David Bednar and top of the order for STL, so no guarantees.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: August 21, 2021 at 10:44 PM (#6035525)
Cards with the lost... 3 out of there last four losses they should have won.
   66. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2021 at 11:01 PM (#6035526)
Well I assume you'll find me in Omnichatter more often. I'll be able to watch weekday night games. As to the other, it will be an interesting experiment -- to what extent has my posting been driven by being bored at work?
   67. Walt Davis Posted: August 22, 2021 at 03:23 AM (#6035535)
I never would have put Andrus as the most prolific basestealer of this generation. Hamilton and Dyson have much better percentages so they are probably the best stealers but Hamilton's not likely to catch him in number at this point. Marte presumably will get more PT going forward so he might (and he's 36-3 this year) and Trea Turner will probably move past him eventually. Marte has been running wild since he got to the As (of all teams), 14-14 in just 20 games.
   68. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 22, 2021 at 05:19 AM (#6035536)
Congratulations, Walt. And I look forward to reading more essays.
   69. JJ1986 Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:52 AM (#6035537)
I think of Merrifield as the biggest steals guy in the majors, but I did not realize he was 28 in his first full season.
   70. TomH Posted: August 22, 2021 at 09:14 AM (#6035538)
to CFB's point about Pirates OF deep-fense: They do have the 3rd worst BAPIP in the NL, better only than the high-altitude parks.
   71. stanmvp48 Posted: August 22, 2021 at 09:27 AM (#6035541)
Diamondbacks eliminated mathematically from winning the division (LA and SF have three remaining with each other). Wild card still in reach
   72. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 22, 2021 at 10:07 AM (#6035542)
Ah, but the Orioles are still hanging in there!
   73. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 22, 2021 at 01:19 PM (#6035564)
Wong (Brewers) scoring on a Sac Fly where the putout was a few paces from the Brewers on-deck circle was pretty funny to watch 36 times.
   74. VCar Posted: August 22, 2021 at 01:27 PM (#6035565)
lifetime O's fans that lives in Atl now. actually rooting against the O's for the first time ever, since Braves need the game more.
   75. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 02:17 PM (#6035578)
Another northerner coming down to Atlanta, voting blue, and ruining the place :)
   76. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 22, 2021 at 03:01 PM (#6035581)
Homer No. 500 for Miguel Cabrera. Very happy to see it.
   77. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 03:58 PM (#6035587)
46 more hits and Cabrera can quit. But I guess it might take the better part of a full year to get them.
   78. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6035590)
Orioles losing 18 in a row. I guess they really miss Chris Davis
   79. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 04:18 PM (#6035591)
Orioles have $60+ million committed for this year including 23 for Davis. Davis has deferred 23 fir next year over three years so figure they actually have $14 million coming off their $60 million next year.

At some point they have to start bringing in some name players. Maybe not this offseason.
   80. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 22, 2021 at 04:32 PM (#6035595)
Homer No. 500 for Miguel Cabrera. Very happy to see it.


Yep - it's always a thrill to see a great player reach a milestone such as that.
   81. salvomania Posted: August 22, 2021 at 04:52 PM (#6035599)
Wainwright goes 8 shutout innings against the Pirates, it's his 13th quality start in his last 15 starts---the only "stinkers" a pair of back-to-back starts against the Giants book-ending the All-Star break. And even those weren't terrible: 5ip/3r and 6ip/4r.
   82. Walt Davis Posted: August 22, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6035601)
Cubs losing 9-1 to the Royals as we go to the bottom of the 7th. Mr Cub doing the replay Take Me Out today. Thank god for the O's or being swept at home by the Royals would be embarrassing.
   83. The Ghost of Sox Fans Past Posted: August 22, 2021 at 05:00 PM (#6035603)
I like this Ty France guy.
   84. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 05:22 PM (#6035605)
Shildt inexplicably pulls Waino with a shutout and bullpen almost blows game. How is you pull a guy with a CGSO going through 8. He was only at 106 pitches. Pirates couldn’t touch him all day. Modern managing is infuriating - fans want to see the milestone performances. At least I do.
   85. cardsfanboy Posted: August 22, 2021 at 05:37 PM (#6035607)
Wainwright is a bum, only threw 106 pitches and left the game. 3-0 final for the Cardinals, and of course a good game that I didn't get to watch because of work. But I did get to watch the two previous stinkers.

Waino having a pretty good season, and has openly said he has no plans on pitching past next season. I imagine if next season is as good or close to as good as this season, he might want to stick around a bit longer (although he claims he wants to retire because he wants to watch his kids grow up)

I imagine that sometimes in the next week we'll hear about Yadier's extension and maybe even Wainwrights.
   86. Walt Davis Posted: August 22, 2021 at 06:04 PM (#6035612)
August

O's 1-19, -100 run differential
Cubs 3-17, -72
Pitt 4-16, -59
Mets 5-15, -28 (currently leading 3-2)
Nats 5-13, -20 (currently losing 7-3)
   87. Howie Menckel Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:06 PM (#6035613)
NL WILD CARD

DODGERS 78-46
REDS 69-57

Padres 68-58
Cardinals 63-60
Phillies 63-61
   88. cardsfanboy Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:35 PM (#6035617)
NL WILD CARD

DODGERS 78-46
REDS 69-57

Padres 68-58
Cardinals 63-60
Phillies 63-61


Cardinals do have 6 games remaining against the Reds.... So again destiny in their own hands (and 10 against the Brewers, 3 against the Padres and 4 against the Dodgers, seriously it's like the schedule makers had a plan here and foresight)
   89. cardsfanboy Posted: August 22, 2021 at 07:38 PM (#6035618)
O's 1-19, -100 run differential
Cubs 3-17, -72
Pitt 4-16, -59
Mets 5-15, -28 (currently leading 3-2)
Nats 5-13, -20 (currently losing 7-3)


On the other side of the comment I made above, the Cardinals also have 7 games against the Cubs, 4 against the Pirates, and 3 against the Mess. So they definitely have some chance to pad their wins if they can play well head to head against the good teams.
   90. The Duke Posted: August 22, 2021 at 08:10 PM (#6035623)
The Padres appear to be in free fall. The reds aren’t this good so this will even out. The cards may have the arms to turn this around. The Phillies - I don’t get why they don’t win more. I could see them rip off a 10 game win streak but they better start soon. Mets are likely done
   91. Howie Menckel Posted: August 22, 2021 at 08:23 PM (#6035625)
Braves finally pivot to playing real teams the next 2 weeks, starting w NYY (and yes, the Rockies at home are an A-level team). just split those games and they are in good shape - or screw the pooch as Mets have done. we'll see
   92. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 22, 2021 at 09:32 PM (#6035649)
Duke, the Phillies defense is quite bad. 1B, SS, 3B and basically the OF are bad to really bad.

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