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OMNICHATTER has got that herd mentality, for September 18, 2020

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 18, 2020 at 01:14 PM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 18, 2020 at 01:57 PM (#5977499)
Shane Bieber is really good, even though he seems to me to be a 2-pitch pitcher. Is that correct?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 18, 2020 at 03:57 PM (#5977522)
White Sox have called up 2020 1st Round (11th overall) draftee Garrett Crochet. Looks like they are ‘going for it’, rather than prioritizing service time advantage.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 18, 2020 at 04:27 PM (#5977526)
Marly Rivera, ESPN Writer

The Yankees have hit 88 home runs this season, their highest number through the first 50 games in franchise history.
That’s a bit surprisIng given (1) the players on some of the earlier Yankee teams; and (2) the number of games some of the Yankee sluggers have missed this year due to injuries. Everybody is healthy now, but can they stay that way?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: September 18, 2020 at 05:09 PM (#5977535)
#2 ... no service time disadvantage here. They still have 6 full seasons of control. If they want to grab the "7th", they'll have to keep him down for maybe a month next season instead of 10 days.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 06:02 PM (#5977546)
Cardinals have nearly blown this game after being up 6-2... it's now 6-5 in the 5th 3 Cardinal errors haven't helped much. (I blame Rick Horton, he was making fun of the Pirates having the worst fielding percentage, and then talking about the Cardinals being first in Runs saved.... (two errors happened after he made those statements) (Horton will use advance stats when they tell the story he wants, and for his first few years, seemed to really be on board, but apparently a memo came down, and he had to pretend to be an idiot and oppose advance stats for a while.... I'm hoping that they removed the shackles as it was refreshing to see a former MLB player embracing the nerd stats.)
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 18, 2020 at 07:17 PM (#5977561)
Yankees starting their 1st, and only, trip to Fenway Park tonight - just a few months later than in a normal season. The Yankee lineup is 17-for-45 (.378), with 6 HRs, against Red Sox starter Martin Perez; while Boston is 14-for-43 (.326), with 3 HRs, versus Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery. So, this will probably be a 1-0 game, eh?
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 07:24 PM (#5977563)
Phils near historic bullpen does not give up a run in the first game of a DH.

Of course Zach Eflin had to pitch a 7 inning shutout to make that happen.
   8. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 07:26 PM (#5977564)
David Hale “starts” game 2 for the Phils. Under 7 runs total will be a pleasant surprise.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 08:23 PM (#5977569)
Cards win the first one on a nail biter... but it's a w... I know I'm exaggerating, but I can't remember the last time the Cardinals have won two games in a row... intellectually I know it has happened, and heck might have happened recently, but the Cardinals absolutely feel like the text book definition of a .500 team, incapable of winning back to back games, and let's forget about a streak of multiple wins...

And yes, they are 1 game below .500 while playing like this, and in reality, my characterization of them cannot be factually accurate... but that is the way it feels... win one, lose one...
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 08:28 PM (#5977571)
I didn't even realize that this was going to be one of the games in which the Cardinals would be the home team, while playing in PNC.... I am watching on gameday and the teams flipped... shows you how much attention I've been paying this year. Maybe the homefield advantage will help in the second game.
   11. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 08:58 PM (#5977576)
David Hale goes 3 scoreless in 28 pitches but starts to get tagged in the 4th. JoJo Romero brings in the gas can from the pen and suddenly it’s 5-2 Blue Jays.

It will be a stretch for the Phils pen to stay under 7 runs.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:15 PM (#5977578)
Just read an article on Wainwright, and it said "he could be in contention for the Cy Young."... big fan of Waino, but he's got 2? maybe 3 starts left... He's top ten in era, wins complete games, barely missing out in innings pitched, and barely out on era+... but there are only five votes on the ballot, he might get one vote in the fifth spot from a St Louis voter, but that is really where it ends, and that depends on him continuing to defy expectations for another 2-3 starts. It's nice, don't get me wrong as a huge fan of Waino's (a guy I think has a decent chance of also winning the Clemente Award this year...4th time nominated)

I will of course love to see him get a vote or two, but when you look at the NL, you have Trevor Bauer with a 283 era+, for cincy... Fried with 244, Darvish with 241, Corbin Burnes with 238 and DeGrom with 205, Dinelson Lamet with 204... then you drop to the 170s with Wheeler.... Adam is 12th with 153... and only Burnes/Fried has fewer innings pitched than him in the group ahead of him.

Bauer and Darvish have to be considered the front runners as of now, but it's still a race considering how devastating one bad game could be for anyone in contention.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:24 PM (#5977580)
shock of shockers... after winning the first game, the Cardinals are now behind in the second game.... I mean old faithful is not this predictable.
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:25 PM (#5977581)
Funny game this baseball. The Phils are fighting a lot of injuries and are sending out one of the worst "September in contention" 6,7,8,9 hitters that I've ever seen.
6: Scott Kingery, who has struggled to get to .500 OPS
7: Roman Quinn, who is struggling under .600 OPS
8: Mickey Moniak, 2016 #1 overall flop (to date), who is only on the major league roster because of COVID rules. 0-8 in bigs.
9: Rafael Marchan, 21 yo defense oriented catcher who in over 800 PAs in the minors had exactly 0 home runs.

Kingery Walk
Quinn K
Moniak gets a line single to right
Marchan fouls off a couple of two strike pitches then punches a hole in the wind to right for a 3 run HR.

Game tied 5-5.
   15. salvomania Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:30 PM (#5977584)
Hmmmm. Cardinals just Sac bunted with one out down by a run. I guess the next guy better get a hit.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:40 PM (#5977585)
position player potential alert:

Braves lead Mets, 14-1, in the 6th.

the Mets are on life support and would be nuts to waste another pitch on a pitcher's arm tonight (not that they won't miss the playoffs anyway).
   17. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:45 PM (#5977586)
Horrible Heath Hembree and overmatched rookie Connor Brogdon have allowed 2 runs, Phils trail 7-5. No pleasant under 7 runs surprise in this bullpen game.

EDIT: And there are still 2 innings to go in this 7 inning nightcap.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:53 PM (#5977592)
bases loaded,(Cardinals batting) no outs bottom of the sixth with the Cardinals trailing 2-1 .... I don't know how they will do it, but I'm sure the game will still be 2-1 when we got to the top of the 7th.
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:54 PM (#5977594)
in this situation... I love being wrong.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 09:56 PM (#5977595)
funny thing is that since I'm watching it on gameday... I know the pitch and pitch speed to a .5 mph, but not the result, and literally it could take up to 30 seconds to a minute for me to get that info... turns out it was a sac fly....

tie game... Tyler O'Neil puts the Cards ahead. 84.5 mph slider... but no idea what happened.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:09 PM (#5977600)
okay, maybe the Cardinals will pull this out.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:09 PM (#5977602)
7-2 going to the top of the 7th.
   23. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:27 PM (#5977607)
8/9 hitters Moniak and Marchan walk and single, and one out later Harper doubles to tie game. Then late charging ROY candidate Alec Bohm goes against shift, 2B throw to pitcher covering not in time and ball gets away -- Harper scores. Phils now lead 8-7 in the 6th.

   24. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:38 PM (#5977610)
"Go The Distance, Kyle - Go The Distance"

but no. Hendricks leaves with a 1-0 lead after 8 IP, 10 K and 3 H, 1 BB allowed.

the Mets announcers, in a 15-2 game, are showing off some 50-year-old Topps baseball cards - including Sonny Jackson and Cecil Upshaw - and providing anecdotes about each.

and Todd Frazier is on the pitch the 9th for the Mets - his MLB debut on the bump.

I suspect he pitched some for his Toms River, NJ Little League World Champs BITD.

throwing in the mid-60s mph.

gets Swanson on a deep fly to CF and goes to 0-2 on Duvall.

the next pitch, seemingly some kind of a knuckler, goes right over Duvall's head.

"That's intimidation," Ron Darling deadpans in the booth.

another awkward 55 mph knuckler is a little inside. Duvall takes - and the ump properly "rings him up."

Frazier - appearing in his 1,225th big league game - tosses the ball to a dugout as a souvenir.
   25. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:42 PM (#5977611)
Huh, Clapper you're a little quiet mate. With that vaunted NY lineup against that nearly 6.00 team ERA the Sox are supporting, you'd think they'd be able to score more than the 3 they have up to the 8th in this game...

I'm sure most Red Sox fans have a care factor fractionally above nil for this season, but beating NY is always sweet.

Though I will be a little disappointed if they can't get crushed a few more times and push that team ERA above 6.00 again
   26. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:45 PM (#5977612)
The Phils bring in Hector Neris to close. He is Nerising -- two outs followed by two walks. Stay tuned.
   27. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:47 PM (#5977614)
Line drive to CF by Baby Biggio -- but caught by Quinn. Neris save -- 25 pitches, 11 strikes. Oy vey..
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:55 PM (#5977615)
mostly knucklers to Riley, though he snuck in a 64 mph heater to keep Riley honest.

lazy fly to CF, and it's a 1-2-3 inning for Frazier.

the Phillies just added him to their "2021 bullpen wish list."
   29. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:56 PM (#5977616)
oh, and there it is. That Red Sox staff never disappoints!
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 18, 2020 at 10:57 PM (#5977617)
Yankees were down to their last out in the 9th before Gary Sanchez solo HR ties it at 4.
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: September 18, 2020 at 11:26 PM (#5977625)
Albert with his 661st homerun... having a decent 2 for 3 night so far. Covid probably has destroyed his chance of 700 for his career, but still a decent career even if he's been limping the last few seasons.
   32. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2020 at 11:45 PM (#5977632)
Mets booth crew in bottom 9th showing vintage Topps cards of Earl Williams and Clarence Gaston, offer passing mentions of Danny Frisella, Willie Montanez, Chuck Dobson, and Blue Moon Odom.

after Gary Cohen had introduced Braves hurler AJ Minter for the 9th, there's a pause.

Darling: "It's a 15-2 game. I'm not going to talk about relievers, Gary."

lol. so back to Topps cards they went.

the last one? BBTF fave Jeff Francoeur (!).

Cohen called him - he was a Met, post-Braves - "one of the most delightful human beings on Earth."

only time I ever sat in the front row in right field, "Frenchy" was in there for the Mets.

LF and CF would limber up with light tosses to each other as the pitcher warmed up.

Francoeur's tossing partner for each inning would be any random kid in the section who had a glove.

imagine being, oh, 8 or 10 years old - and between innings, you are playing catch with a real-live big league ballplayer.

I highly doubt he's the first to do this - but let's make it mandatory, as a prize for kids with great grades, who have overcome something, who have raised money for charity, or whatever.
   33. stanmvp48 Posted: September 19, 2020 at 12:03 AM (#5977636)
Wade Davis ERA is now above 20
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2020 at 12:12 AM (#5977637)
Each team scores once in the 11th, and it’s on to the 12th for NYY @ BOS.
   35. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2020 at 12:28 AM (#5977639)
Yankees win a very hard fought effort, 6-5 in 12, and edge ahead of the Twins for the last home field advantage playoff seed.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: September 19, 2020 at 01:07 AM (#5977642)
Albert with a good night 2 homeruns to reach 663 for his career... 3 for 5 night...

   37. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 19, 2020 at 09:56 AM (#5977654)
Someone on the Phillies got a save with a 1-run lead. Even more surprising, the homer by Rafael Marchan (or Brad Marchand as the closed captioning called him), who had never hit a homer in professional baseball (840 PA in the minors, now 6 in the majors).

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