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Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 06:28 AM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:18 PM (#6016136)
Chris Bassitt has already plunked 3 Rays today, and we're only in the 3rd inning. That's the most HBP by a pitcher in a game since... the Rockies' Kyle Wright two weeks ago, when he hit hit 4 Cubs.
   2. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:45 PM (#6016138)
Because of acid, I now know that butter is way better than margarine... I saw through the bullshit. /mitchhedberg
   3. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:47 PM (#6016139)
Boy, the ump is really giving Nola a ton of room on the outside vs, both LHP and RHP.
   4. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:49 PM (#6016141)
Nola's awfully sharp, dropping in strikes at the edges, but it makes it that much harder when he's given several inches off the plate as well.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:54 PM (#6016142)
Carpenter just hit a 3-run pinch-HR in the 6th to give STL a 3-1 lead.

announcers bewildered by Carpenter scrawling CFB in the dirt at home plate after scoring, wondering if it is some sort of code

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

also, we can never have enough Tebow threads. someone finally trying my suggestion from years ago:

Ian Rapoport
@RapSheet
·
13m
Update on a former first-round pick: Tim Tebow recently worked out for the #Jaguars, source said, and there has been at least some discussion of him signing. Oh, and he’s a tight end now.
   6. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6016143)
And as soon as I write that Nola allows a 3-run pinch-hit homer to whipping boy Matt Carpenter, about whom in yesterday's omnichat there was debate about whether he shoiuld remian on the roster, with one regular Cards' poster (Phred or CFB) saying he should only be used strictly as a pinch-hitter.
   7. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:57 PM (#6016144)
Just for fun the Cardinals should bring in Genesis Cabrera to see how the Phillies react.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:58 PM (#6016145)
Quin nearly had that ball, that would have been devastating to Carpenter. (He had it in his glove, just couldn't close it enough to pull it back. )
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:59 PM (#6016146)
Joe Girardi managers a 1-0 lead into a 3-1 deficit. 2 outs, runner on second, he walks my namesake, Edmundo Sosa, the #8 hitter, to force the cards pitcher, Kim, out of the game. PH Matt Carpenter promptly hits a HR.
   10. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:00 PM (#6016147)
And Hicks walks his first batter.

Cardinals only have two relievers averaging fewer than 4.7 bb/9, one of whom is wildman Genesis Cabrera (the other is Giovanny Gallegos).

Hicks is averaging 10 bb/9, if you can believe it.
   11. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:02 PM (#6016150)
12 pitches, four strikes so far for Hicks.

They say command is the last thing to come back after TJS.
   12. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:08 PM (#6016152)
Hicks got it together and fanned the last two (with a generous wide called strike thrown in), but it looked like the pitches were going where he wanted. He's been mixing in some nice off-speed stuff so hitters can't sit on the fastball. If he does get it together command-wise, he could be really dominating. You could say that about a lot of guys, but not many of those guys can throw 105.
   13. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6016156)
Today Hicks was mostly topping out around 98-99, but he did hit 100 three times (out of 19 pitches).

The two strikeouts came on swings at pitches in the 80s, including an 84.5 mph "cutter," which is probably just a changeup(?).
   14. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:41 PM (#6016158)
the Rockies' Kyle Wright two weeks ago, when he hit hit 4 Cubs.

Something isn't right in this sentence, but I had to look it up to be sure.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:41 PM (#6016159)
Dodgers @ Brewers features a presumably relatively rare Bauer/Lauer rhyming starting pitchers matchup.
   16. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:42 PM (#6016160)
Four games live right now, with three tied in the late innings, the fourth a 1-0 no-hitter in the 6th.


Good baseball!
   17. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 03:43 PM (#6016162)
Something isn't right in this sentence, but I had to look it up to be sure.

Right, that should be the Braves' Kyle Wright, must have looked at the wrong team name in the P-I list of pitchers.
   18. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 04:03 PM (#6016167)
Flamethrower Alex Reyes throws 5 out of 6 pitches to Matt Joyce at under 90mph, gets him looking on an 85mph knee-buckler.

I'm liking the off-speed stuff from Reyes and Hicks.
   19. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6016168)
Gleyber come through with two outs in the 9th against the crafty Cesar Valdez, hitting a gapper that bounced over the wall to tie the game 3-3.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2021 at 04:21 PM (#6016172)
I never knew the rules for the runner on second scenario. The man that is put on second is the person to make the last out of the previous inning, if the last out was the pitcher spot, then it's the previous out that gets second.


Carlson makes an on target throw this time.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2021 at 04:27 PM (#6016173)
Game ends with a wild pitch. Pitcher was trying too hard to throw the ball low to keep the ball on the ground and avoid a fly out.
   22. Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 04:36 PM (#6016177)
Orioles beat the Yankees again. The day's off to a solid start.
   23. salvomania Posted: April 29, 2021 at 05:03 PM (#6016193)
All four early games end up being fairly low-scoring one-run games, with two going to extras: 4-3, 4-3, 3-2, 1-0.
   24. Howie Menckel Posted: April 29, 2021 at 05:31 PM (#6016204)
stunning stat on the Yankees' post-game radio show - they are now 0-7 this year in games they don't homer, and were 2-14 last season.

I think we can agree - wait, they actually WON TWO GAMES without a HR last season? seems like they must have been Cole gems.
   25. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2021 at 05:51 PM (#6016211)
Burnes to the IL for (yet) undisclosed reasons. Bummer, he was off to an amazing start.
   26. Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 06:01 PM (#6016214)
Burnes to the IL for (yet) undisclosed reasons.
Hometown paper says it's probably a positive covid test.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: April 29, 2021 at 06:32 PM (#6016215)
Burnes to the IL for (yet) undisclosed reasons. Bummer, he was off to an amazing start.
his teammate Godley also to the IL, presumably a result of the obstruction collision...
   28. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2021 at 06:33 PM (#6016216)
#24: It has probably been true for a long time that teams usually lose when they don't homer; they no doubt lose a lot when they do homer too. Most games have a HR and when you don't hit one, that usually means you've faced some good pitching.

In 2020, the Cards led with 27 such games, going 8-19. The magical Rays were the only team with a winning record in such games, going 14-5; the next best record was the Twins at 6-8 and Atl at 5-7. The Yanks' 2-14 was tied for the worst but only 16 games without a HR was a low total.

In 2021, the Giants lead the way so far at 6-3 and a couple of other teams are at 500. The Yanks & Reds are the two teams without a win. Tampa is at 2-6 so it's not clear this is a repeatable thing. Overall teams are 69-173 when they don't hit a HR (that would include any games where neither team did but somebody has to win).

Back in the good old days of 1985, of course the world was vastly different. Why then you had ... two teams with a winning record when they didn't homer. Collectively, 419 games under 500 if I added right (the median was 74-75 games). The Ms were 17-41; the Giants 21-58; the Pirates 29-68.

HRs are good. They help teams win games, always have done. Vieweed after the fact they are also a good indication that maybe the opposing pitching wasn't having a great day and that your team scored at least one run. In 1985, 4 teams had a losing record when they hit a HR, none worse than 8 games under. One of those was the Pirates who were just a very bad team. The Mets went 62-25 when they hit a HR; the go-go Cards went 55-17 when they hit a HR and "just" 46-44 when they didn't.

So the running Cards who led the league in BA, BB (and so OBP), SB, triples, second in hits, 11th in HRs ... they were a 500 team when they didn't hit a HR. That's impressive but it also suggests that's about the best you can hope to do in games when you don't HR.

Those Cards did manage a 38-32 record when their pitchers gave up at least one HR which is pretty impressive (poor Cle 30-71). The Dodgers led the way at 62-24 when their pitchers did not give up a HR. Only two teams had losing records when not giving up a HR, Mil at 26-29 and poor Cle at 30-31.

(It would be neat to look at games when the Cards didn't HR but their opponents did but I don't think that can be done in stathead.)
   29. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2021 at 08:40 PM (#6016225)
By the way, close low-scoring day continues with CWS 3-1 over Det in game 1. Dodgers and Brewers 0-0 in the 4th. Cubs, of all teams, throwing things off a bit up 4-0 (and no HRs!) against the Braves but Adbert on the mound so it might well get close (but probably not low-scoring).
   30. The Duke Posted: April 29, 2021 at 09:28 PM (#6016228)
Carpenter made me look good today. Came up With runners on in a pinch hitting appearance. This is exactly how he should be used. He got lucky it wasn’t caught but the guy has had a lot of bad luck so this helped even it out.

   31. Howie Menckel Posted: April 29, 2021 at 09:54 PM (#6016230)
went to Citi Field for the Mets game last night.

nice to feel a sense of normalcy - underscored by deGrom allowing 1 run and 3 hits in 6 IP with 9 Ks while clearly not having his best stuff. and the Mets lose, 1-0. just like in the good old days.

only 8K fans there, but they were ready to be loud if - there ever was any reason.

at no point did I ever think the Mets had a 1 pct chance of winning this game, not even with runners on first and second in the late innings. the whiff of panic is palpable.

I did not realize that Francisco Lindor's middle name is "LOU." heard a good bit of that with a K in his second-to-last AB.

a surprisingly large Red Sox fan contingent. could Citi Field - which is fun - be enough of a lure?

subtle detail re seats: there are subtle wires/cables on the seats that aren't available. you don't even notice right away, but nobody could get those seats to go down.

had second row LF stands. with only one fan in front of us diagonally, the risk of having a HR ball come at us and us winding up going viral on social media with our ineptitude was not close to zero. fortunately no one hit a HR anywhere in this snooze-fest.

credit-card only at the concessions. for locals: Shake Shack had a decent but not horrendous line. I think many who just give up with regular attendance figured this was their one chance. Blue Smoke didn't open at all and some other spots were closed as well.

every other urinal was blocked off, which is not surprising.

and in an ode to the Mets and "The Magic Loogy," they also roped off every other stall. can't take a chance that somebody in the next stall sneezes and the droplets do Olympic-quality somersaults right down to near the ground before making a sharp turn and then shooting up into an unsuspecting nostril in the next stall - of a person who, by virtue of their presence, either proved vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.

not sure why they don't just make it vaccined people only, as the latter group has a modest chance of being problematic.

a couple of people had a homemade "Thank You Jerry!" sign. figured it was Koosman (whose number will finally be retired this year) or Seinfeld. but it was Blevins, who announced his retirement this week. the sign, those fans, and Mr. and Mrs. Met turned up on the big scoreboard late in the game.
   32. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2021 at 09:59 PM (#6016231)
The Cubs definitely not with the program on National Low-Scoring Day but the bullpen is on to try to make it close at least. Off to a good start giving up one already with 2 men on.
   33. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 29, 2021 at 11:43 PM (#6016237)
and in an ode to the Mets and "The Magic Loogy," they also roped off every other stall. can't take a chance that somebody in the next stall sneezes and the droplets do Olympic-quality somersaults right down to near the ground before making a sharp turn and then shooting up into an unsuspecting nostril in the next stall - of a person who, by virtue of their presence, either proved vaccination or a recent negative COVID test.
Couldn't it just be that with the reduced capacity, they also have a reduced cleaning staff, and they wanted to make sure they had half the number of toilets to scrub?
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: April 29, 2021 at 11:55 PM (#6016238)
well, I believe capacity is 20 percent, and Cohen famously became much more generous to employees across the board almost as soon as he arrived.

it's a fair question, but I highly doubt that's it - cutting 80 percent of the cleaning staff.

there were zero lines all night even with the 'reduced capacity.' not a ton of work to do, didn't seem to me.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 30, 2021 at 12:48 AM (#6016240)
Exactly - I’m not saying they were down to 20 percent cleaning staff. But some reduction would be obvious, and equally obviously there would be far more stalls than necessary to meet the demand of the small capacity. So why not try to prevent having to scrub all the toilets unnecessarily?
   36. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 30, 2021 at 01:59 AM (#6016243)
. So why not try to prevent having to scrub all the toilets unnecessarily?


Cohen is such an amazing owner(except for that whole illegal trading thing where he got fined like $1.8 billion) that he was probably thinking that having less urinals to scrub clean is great for the environment with less detergent going into our oceans and cutting back on water wastage. What a guy!
   37. Born1951 Posted: April 30, 2021 at 11:18 AM (#6016286)
(It would be neat to look at games when the Cards didn't HR but their opponents did but I don't think that can be done in stathead.)

Yes, I wish stathead would add opponents stats in a game.

If I figured right, the 1985 Cardinals were 19-20 when they did not homer and the other team did. Have no idea about other teams or total MLB, but that has got to be significantly better than average.

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