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Let the Weekly OMNICHATTER wash over you like an oil spill, for August 23-26, 2021

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Hombre Brotani Posted: August 23, 2021 at 05:26 AM | 155 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:30 AM (#6036454)

now roberts IBBs the next batter to face camarena.

this is getting close to being the weirdest game i've ever watched.
   102. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:33 AM (#6036455)

camarena Ks

into the 16th ...
   103. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:36 AM (#6036456)

runner at 2nd is justin turner, batter is pollock.

   104. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:39 AM (#6036457)

POLLOCK BOMBS ONE TO CENTER, DODGERS BACK UP 5-3!11!!1!!
   105. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:39 AM (#6036458)
AJ Pollock's having a pretty amazing run of late.
   106. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:48 AM (#6036459)

young prospect Lux batting for dodgers, so now they've used up all their position players too.

he flies out -- it looked like a homer at first, tatis catches it at the wall.

here we go ...
   107. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:59 AM (#6036460)

greene is the pitcher for the dodgers, he strikes out the first two batters.

padres down to their last strike on a filthy pitch down and in ...

   108. phredbird Posted: August 26, 2021 at 04:00 AM (#6036461)

... and our long national nightmare is over!!!!1!!1

dodgers win.

good night and good luck.
   109. TomH Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:52 AM (#6036495)
observations about team ERA in the AL as of 26Aug2021AM

Lg avg ERA 4.31
SIX teams in a clump with very good team ERAs
EIGHT teams in a large clump; or you could break it up into two sets of FOUR teams; with mediocre ERAs
ONE team with a horrific unending nightmare

The O's are 2.4 std devs below (worse than) avg. Or 3.3 std devs worse than the other 14 teams (BAL excluded). With 15 teams, it would be statiscally rare you would have a team that far away from avg, if one assumes a normal distribution. The gap between the 2nd-worst club, MIN, and BAL is larger than than the gap between MIN and the 9th-worst team (BOS).

New York Yankees 3.61
Houston Astros 3.61
Chicago White Sox 3.66
Tampa Bay Rays 3.67
Oakland Athletics 3.7
Toronto Blue Jays 3.87
-- large --- gap ---
Boston Red Sox 4.31
Seattle Mariners 4.36
Cleveland Indians 4.4
Detroit Tigers 4.44
--(mini gap
Texas Rangers 4.69
Kansas City Royals 4.74
Los Angeles Angels 4.77
Minnesota Twins 4.99
-- grand - canyon - chasm ---
Baltimore Orioles 5.86

P.S. - who woulda guessed before the season began that the Yankees would be in playoff contention with league-best pitching and a poor offense?
   110. Howie Menckel Posted: August 26, 2021 at 11:56 AM (#6036507)

tough one for CIN - 2.48 ERA in 69 P in 2020-21


08.26... Tejay Antone is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.
Spin: Antone announced the news himself on his personal Twitter account Thursday morning. This will be the second career Tommy John procedure for the 27-year-old right-hander, who had been emerging as a relief star in Cinncinati. He figures to be in rehab mode through all of the 2022 season.
   111. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 26, 2021 at 12:15 PM (#6036511)
P.S. - who woulda guessed before the season began that the Yankees would be in playoff contention with league-best pitching and a poor offense?

Especially considering that their presumed starting rotation has been largely AWOL on the IL for much of their current surge, that their starter with the best ERA has been a guy named Nestor Cortes, Jr., and that their bullpen is near the top of the Majors in the number of blown saves. It's truly been a Bizarro World season.
   112. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6036554)
The Angels' makeshift bullpen gives it up huge to a dead team. Angels are gonna lose a series to a team that had lost 19 in a row.
   113. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:26 PM (#6036557)
08.26... Tejay Antone is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.
Spin: Antone announced the news himself on his personal Twitter account Thursday morning. This will be the second career Tommy John procedure for the 27-year-old right-hander, who had been emerging as a relief star in Cinncinati. He figures to be in rehab mode through all of the 2022 season.


Yeah, he's been on the bright spots on a pretty bad bullpen. He had just come off the IL and lasted a few pitches before he took himself out. He'll be missed.

Right now it's the Reds' hitting that needs a boost. They were shut out yesterday and have only scored one today. Thankfully Milwaukee hasn't scored any yet.
   114. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:37 PM (#6036559)
The Angels have given up 8, 10, and 8 runs in three games to the Orioles.

Kill me. Kill me now.
   115. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 07:39 PM (#6036586)
Sale on the bump for the Sox tonight, already doing Chris Sale things through 2. Sox just need to put get 4-5 runs and should be ok for this one but trying to catch "the teams that never lose" is, well, literally impossible.
   116. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 07:56 PM (#6036591)
Dalbec with the 3 run shot. Something for Sale to work with.
   117. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:03 PM (#6036592)
and Sale strikes out the side. Well this going well so far.
   118. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:04 PM (#6036593)
Schwaabaah with a double, now OPSing over 1.110 with Sox...SSS caveats apply, but still. How are those Rizzo numbers looking NY?
   119. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:25 PM (#6036596)
Sale with another tidy inning, 8K's through 4. On 53 pitches, so it'll be interesting to see how far the let him go. Maybe 80-90 pitches I suppose.
   120. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:35 PM (#6036598)
Cardinals having a good game, and my proxy server is f-ing with me and I can't watch the game. ugh..
   121. stanmvp48 Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:39 PM (#6036599)
Mets just got f---ked by the Gods of Replay. If Nimmo's hand came off the bag and I am not sure it did; it was less than a centimeter and caused by the tag
   122. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6036600)
How can bottom of the roster guys like Travis Jankowski slow to a trot because they think the CF, who has turned three ways on his liner to deep CF, is going to catch the ball?
He had an inside the park HR, if he had busted it. And overmatched Matt Moore was the next batter (with two outs). Needless to say, he didn’t score
I hate to be the angry old man, but Jesus Alou, run it out.

   123. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:42 PM (#6036601)
Eh, Sales loses the shutout, gives up a 2 run shot to Astudillo. UP 4-2 after 5. On 65 pitches. Should get through 6+ if he can prevent more runs from scoring.
   124. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:49 PM (#6036602)
Juan Soto 2-run HR puts the Nationals on the board in the 5th, although still trailing the Marlins 6-2 due to a less than stellar Patrick Corbin start.
   125. Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2021 at 08:57 PM (#6036606)
I see Baez has also chosen #23 with his new team (as did Bryant). Weird coincidence or shared Sandberg idolatry?
   126. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:19 PM (#6036610)
The pull Sales at 80 pitches in the 6th, Whitlock finishes off the 6th. Sox up 5-2. Sale again with another pretty good start since coming back.
   127. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:38 PM (#6036611)
Red Sox piling on now, up 10-2 in the 6th.
   128. stanmvp48 Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:39 PM (#6036612)
Cardinals bullpen faces 8 batters in the 7th and they all score. 11-7 No outs
   129. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:42 PM (#6036613)
well that just happened....
   130. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:42 PM (#6036614)
8 runs for the Pirates in the 7th inning... 11-7 Pirates.
   131. salvomania Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:49 PM (#6036615)
Genesis Cabrera of the Cardinals was in tonight's game for 13 pitches--10 for strikes. He allowed 6 runs before he left the mound.
   132. Howie Menckel Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:50 PM (#6036616)
interesting pitcher management by STL

Cards lead 7-3 after a 1-2-3 inning by Miller in the 6th.

so he comes back out for the 7th, I like that.

double
walk, GCabrera in for Miller, ok

single
single
single
single
double
HOMER, Cabrera out of game

these days, it's hard to allow 2 inherited runners to score AND allow 6 runs yourself. avoid pesky outs is the most efficient way. I was thinking maybe the double was a hint, but apparently no.

..............

on 13 pitches? WOW
   133. cardsfanboy Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6036617)
how fast it happened, makes it hard to blame Shildt... and yes Shildt is horrible bullpen manager, but this was fast.
   134. salvomania Posted: August 26, 2021 at 09:54 PM (#6036618)
Cabrera was unscored upon in 16 of his 17 appearances since July 10, allowing only 7 hits in 16.2 innnings. Tonight he allowed six hits without retiring a batter.

Baseball!
   135. stanmvp48 Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:00 PM (#6036619)
Padres have 7 hits in 27 innings against LA
   136. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:03 PM (#6036622)
Aaron Boone got an early exit for noting some egregiously bad strike calls against Judge & Gallo, but Giancarlo Stanton wields the hammer of justice in defense of large men for a HR to CF. 1-0 @ Oakland.

EDIT: Gritty, gutsy Brett Gardner HRs to RF. 2-0.
   137. The Duke Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:12 PM (#6036623)
Cabrera was just grooving his first two pitches to Pittsburgh. He had a similar performance a few days ago where he got two quick Pits and then got tattooed

Cabrera was really wild early in the season and no batter was safe up there. Now he’s trying Tom get ahead and they are sitting on those first pitch middle-middle strikes.

For months I said, I don’t know why it’s so hard to throw strikes and now he’s doing it and they are killing him

What do I know ?
   138. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:29 PM (#6036625)
Long 3-run HR by Joey Gallo makes it 6-0 Yankees. Also, the home plate umpire seems to be adhering more to the official strike zone since Boone’s forced departure.
   139. Howie Menckel Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:39 PM (#6036626)
Mets finish off a 2-11 stretch against the Dodgers and Giants with their 7th one-run loss in that death march.

they battled, as hapless Mets manager Art Howe liked to say, but they never get a clutch hit and the Giants in particular always do.

Lindor with the feeble final out, appropriately.

the Mets entered this stretch at 59-55 and a half-game out of first place.
now they are 61-66 and 7.5 games out with only 35 to play (the Braves enjoyed a second straight night off, for some reason).

the next 14 games are against the Nats and Marlins, so the sentiment was just to win even just 5 or 6 out of 13 and you're ok (that didn't assume a simultaneous Braves hot streak). their current 8-22 stretch includes a 3-game sweep of the Nats, the only time they have one three straight in more than 2 months.

in other news, Thor hit mid-90s on the gun in his rehab inning for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones tonight - but who cares, at this point?
   140. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:42 PM (#6036627)
Long 3-run HR by Joey Gallo makes it 6-0 Yankees. Also, the home plate umpire seems to be adhering more to the official strike zone since Boone’s forced departure.

And then Chapman and Murphy go back-to-back to lead off the bottom half of the inning, and now it's 6-2.
   141. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:42 PM (#6036628)
home plate umpire seems to be adhering more to the official strike zone since Boone’s forced departure.


Andy, is that you? Maybe Howie?

I've never heard(well read posts from) a larger group of whingers about the umpiring. Is this in the NY Yankees fan handbook?
   142. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:43 PM (#6036630)
Dear Yankee fans,

Your team is rolling right now, just enjoy it.
   143. Howie Menckel Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:49 PM (#6036631)
well, I'm actually a Mets fan, and I rarely complain about umpiring, here or elsewhere.

I did recently - and it led me to break my streak, I think, of never having commented about the idea of robot umps.
   144. The Duke Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:51 PM (#6036632)
The Arrieta/Darvish thing is working out well for Padres
   145. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:56 PM (#6036633)
well, I'm actually a Mets fan, and I rarely complain about umpiring, here or elsewhere.


Fair enough.

I just figure each team, over the course of the season, gets the same amount of good calls and bad calls and you just manage with that. I was against replay and I'm against robo umps. I don't need exact in my life. I like randomness and yes human error even when it's frustrating at times.
   146. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2021 at 10:58 PM (#6036634)
The strike zone box makes it fairly obvious when an umpire calls a strike well inside or outside. The first 2 innings @ Oakland had an unusual number of clearly erroneous calls. Seems worth mentioning, especially since it lead to an ejection.
   147. Mike A Posted: August 26, 2021 at 11:14 PM (#6036635)
The Braves gained a game on both the Mets and Phillies the past two days by doing absolutely nothing.
   148. Howie Menckel Posted: August 26, 2021 at 11:14 PM (#6036636)
I'm against replay confirming that a runner reached second base safely - but then producing an 'out' call when the replay shows, Zapruder-film-breakdown-style, that for a millionth of a second the runner's toe wandered inches over the base during the multi-second tag made precisely in hopes of producing this absurd result.

the management of replay in the NFL, MLB, and NBA sucks, and it's pathetic that they seem incapable of improving it.

I find replay to be a net positive, still - but not nearly to the extent that it should be.
   149. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 26, 2021 at 11:24 PM (#6036639)
Since missed balls and strikes happen infinitely more than missed calls on the bases, I'd think that robo-umps would improve the game more than the replay system we have now. Not to mention it'd take a hell of a lot less time.

I'm against replay confirming that a runner reached second base safely - but then producing an 'out' call when the replay shows, Zapruder-film-breakdown-style, that for a millionth of a second the runner's toe wandered inches over the base during the multi-second tag made precisely in hopes of producing this absurd result.

Yeah, those are the most ridiculous examples of call reversals.
   150. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 26, 2021 at 11:27 PM (#6036640)
Not to mention it'd take a hell of a lot less time.


If that is a result of robo umps, then I'm happy to support it. Maybe, behind the catcher, they can put a big arse clock out there in the form of a robo ump and kill 2 birds type of thing....
   151. The Duke Posted: August 27, 2021 at 12:37 AM (#6036643)
LAD is like Arnold S and SFG are like Sarah Conner - just staying one step head of the wrecking ball coming right for it. What a race and what consequences to winning/losing it
   152. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 27, 2021 at 01:32 AM (#6036644)
Yankees win 7-6 @ Oakland, stretching their winning streak to 12, their longest since a 13-game streak in the memorable 1961 season.
   153. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 27, 2021 at 02:21 AM (#6036645)
the memorable 1961 season


memorable for Andy maybe, the rest of us either weren't around yet or too young to know better; but yes I've read that some cool stuff happened that year.
   154. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 27, 2021 at 08:59 AM (#6036658)
Hugh,

Yeah, of course I remember the 1961 season, having gone to many games that year and having seen among other things about 6 or 8 of Maris's home runs in person. I even skipped school and took a bus from DC to Baltimore to see him try to break Ruth's record with 3 games to go to avoid the so-called "asterisk". (He went 1 for 8 in the twi-night doubleheader.)

But do you have to have been "there" to regard a season as memorable? I'll bet a lot of Red Sox fans would apply that word to 1967 (and so would I), even if their parents hadn't been born then. Maybe the most "memorable" season of all was 1908, and unless you're about 120, there's no way you could "remember" it first hand. Memories don't always have to have you present to be memorable.
   155. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 27, 2021 at 02:07 PM (#6036732)
memorable for Andy maybe, the rest of us either weren't around yet or too young to know better . . .
I doubt Andy is the only one around here who has firsthand memories of the Yankees fabled 1961 season, or other events of that era. But Lou Gehrig replacing Wally Pipp? Yeah, he probably has that one all to himself.
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