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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

OMNICHATTER for Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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Hombre Brotani Posted: May 25, 2022 at 06:19 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: May 25, 2022 at 12:38 PM (#6078413)
Nice to see the Angels follow up a 4 game skid with a 3 game winning streak - also to see Thor come back after a really bad start and throw 8 solid innings. I for one was concerned that he might be hiding a nagging injury after that bad start in TX....

   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2022 at 04:36 PM (#6078434)
Mets called up Thomas Szapucki for a spot start today against the Giants, but it didn’t go well, as he gave up 5 in the 1st & 4 in the 2nd. Now done after 1 & 1/3 innings, giving him a lofty 60.75 ERA. MLB can be difficult.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2022 at 05:52 PM (#6078440)
Nationals take a 1-0 lead in 6th over Dodgers. That’s already a moral victory of sorts, given how they’ve played this season.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 06:16 PM (#6078443)
We're just over 1/4 of the way through the season, will be 1/3 of the way through after next weekend. Time to panic!

The Mets would have to stumble badly to not at least make a WC at this point. An 8 game lead in the division, a 6 game lead vs the DBacks for the last WC spot. C'mon Mets, you can do it -- miss the playoffs!

Otherwise the division races are reasonably close so far. The NL West has started off just like it did last year with the Padres the early-season challenger to the Dodgers. Now if they're gonna follow last year's script, the Giants will catch fire right after I press submit. Twins and Yanks have quite comfy leads after 1/4 of the season but those will likely tighten up a bit, especially in the ALC assuming the White Sox eventually get their act together.

At the other end, KC, Det, DC and Cincy all playing 333 or worse; CHC, Pitt, Balt and Tex all pretty much looking at next year already.

Current playoff teams:
Yanks, Twins, Astros, Angels, Rays, Jays (23-20) ... CSW at 21-21 are next
Mets, Brewers, Dodgers, Padres, Cards, Giants (23-19) ... DBacks at 23-22

NL and AL at a virtual draw ... NL up 2 games and 22 runs
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: May 25, 2022 at 06:42 PM (#6078444)
remember way back on April 10-11? maybe you were doing your taxes.

well, until yesterday and today, that was the last time the Mets had lost back-to-back games.

14 straight times in that span the Mets had stubbornly followed a loss with a win. and if that doesn't seem like a lot - there have only been two longer such streaks in MLB history.

now the Mets will focus on their goal of winning 100 games without ever sweeping a series - "you get a game, you get a game, everybody gets a game (or two, now twice)."
   6. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 07:01 PM (#6078446)
As we all know, Votto is struggling badly with just a 505 OPS.

That is the 5th best OPS in today's Reds' starting lineup. He is batting cleanup.

EDIT: Sorry, back to kindergarten with me ... 6th best.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2022 at 07:14 PM (#6078449)
Nationals shut out the Dodgers for the 1-0 win - shades of 1968. A bit surprising, but that’s baseball, Erick Feddee got the win on his 6 scoreless innings start. He does something like that every once in a while, suggesting he might have turned a corner, but so far that hasn’t been the case long term.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: May 25, 2022 at 08:36 PM (#6078455)
Votto missed 3 weeks with COVID, then returned to his home country to face the Jays over the wekkend, and since his return - through the 6th inning tonight - he is 6 for 19 including 2 HR, a 3B, and two 2B with 6 RBI and 5 R plus a couple of walks.

welcome back, GREATEST REDS PLAYER OF ALL TIME !
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2022 at 08:40 PM (#6078456)
Yankees up 2-0 on Orioles, with the last run scoring from 3rd on a wild throw into CF by Rutschman on a SB attempt.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:07 PM (#6078461)
In his 1st MLB start, J. P. Sears gave the Yankees 5 scoreless innings, scattering 3 hits, with 5 K’s, 2 BB, on 84 pitches. Pretty good. Jersey boy Ron Marinaccio now on the mound for NYY.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6078465)
So Wisdom and Ross are very upset that Wisdom got hit by a pitch. At first I thought Ross was just doing a performance to wake the Cubs up but he seemed genuinely pissed ... and it took <4 words to get ejected so he wasn't fooling around. If it was intentional, it was one of the dumbest intentional HBPs of all time. Reds are up 4-2 with 1 out in the 9th, seems a silly time to bring the tying run to the plate. Granted it's Cubs-Reds and Strickland might be under orders to try to blow the game (I kid).
   12. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:40 PM (#6078466)
A walk and now the greatest catcher ever available for a lopsided mid-season trade offer comes to the plate. Willson has been nursing an owie so PHing for Higgins here.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:42 PM (#6078467)
A nice play by Senzel on Contreras. Now Hoerner (just off the IL) PHing for Simmons.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:44 PM (#6078468)
He doinks one in, 4-3, 1st and 3rd 2 outs. Cubs' one-week (and counting) phenom Morel to the plate.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2022 at 09:46 PM (#6078469)
Quickly 0-2, Morel Ks on a nasty junk pitch.
   16. Snowboy Posted: May 25, 2022 at 10:03 PM (#6078471)
Votto had to wait for a trip home, but that transfusion of beaver blood appears to be doing the trick!
   17. The Duke Posted: May 25, 2022 at 10:14 PM (#6078472)
I rewatched the barn-burner last night between Mets and Giants. Mets announcers basically saying it was the greatest game they have witnessed. It certainly is up there. The David Freese World Series game strikes me as just as good. Maybe game 6 in the 1975 World Series is better. Of course, one is limited to games one has seen.

This one had everything. Lead changes, lots of hits and base runners, amazing individual performances, goofy plays, close plays. Good pitching and bad pitching.
   18. Snowboy Posted: May 25, 2022 at 10:16 PM (#6078473)
I should have inserted a <wink> in post [16] lest the loons lurch from ivermectin and chloroquine to beaver blood?
But check me out, too late to edit a post...oops!
"sanguis Castor canadensis" ... ask you doctor.
   19. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 25, 2022 at 10:26 PM (#6078475)
Holmes saved another game tonight. He's now gone 23.1 innings without allowing a run, and for the season he's averaging just 12.6 pitches an inning.

Which probably puts the over / under until he goes on the IL at about 6 days.
   20. The Duke Posted: May 25, 2022 at 10:31 PM (#6078476)
From FG today on Giants-Mets game

"How bonkers was the end to this game? I might have undersold it. That’s the most total change in win probability in the eighth and ninth innings of a single game in our entire database, which goes back to 1974. 1974! You could watch baseball for 40 years and not see another game like this. "
   21. Howie Menckel Posted: May 25, 2022 at 11:00 PM (#6078478)
it was crazy, and if someone wants to rate it up there with any regular-season game - especially one in May - it indeed might take the prize.

but no game in May can ever hold a candle to regular-season games that decide postseason berths or really any postseason game - many of which have been epic.

in 1986, the Angels had the champagne on ice in the dugout because they were about to win the AL pennant. next thing you know, the Red Sox had the same scenario for even higher stakes - and 2 outs, nobody on in the 9th, with the lead in Game 6 to end a 68-year title drought. and the Mets played long into the night in the previous series Game 6 with Astros with unhittable nemesis (and blatant ball-scuffer) Mike Scott looming in Game 7. and that's just one postseason.

last night was..... a tremendous early-season game. as dramatic as I've ever seen. in May.

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