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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

OMNICHATTER! is its own bubble, for August 4th, 2020

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2020 at 02:03 PM | 40 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2020 at 02:29 PM (#5967877)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?!
   2. salvomania Posted: August 04, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5967880)
Six of the Pirates' starters today are hitting in the .100s (or lower!), four of them at .129 or lower.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5967881)
The Nationals Juan Soto, last seen putting up an 1.178 World Series OPS, and limited thus far in 2020 to hanging out on the Age-20 Leaderboard with his Inner Circle buddies, will make his season debut tonight at home against the Mets.
   4. Rally Posted: August 04, 2020 at 02:59 PM (#5967883)
League BA only .232

Maybe still too early to make too much of that, but would be lowest in history. Strikeouts are once again up, but only slightly. Most of the drop is BABIP. Homerun rate down from last year, but still extremely high.

My guess is the main cause is the short season, late start, and expanded rosters mean hitters are more likely than ever to face a rested arm. Usually in August there's only so much you can do with roster manipulation (some guys you can't send down due to options or veteran status) and you are going to see some tired arms. Sometimes a manager will have no choice but to have a low-leverage reliever just soak up innings.

But so far in 2020, only the bottom of the Astros lineup plus George Springer has gotten to face a tired arm.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 04, 2020 at 03:09 PM (#5967885)
Usually in August there's only so much you can do with roster manipulation
My God it's ####### August already. How and when did that happen?? Even in the longest year, the summer just disappears.
   6. Perry Posted: August 04, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5967886)
Don't know if this has been posted anywhere here yet, but this is on the St. Louis Baseball Writers Facebook page:

"The St. Louis Cardinals today have acknowledged that the following six players tested positive for COVID-19: catcher Yadier Molina, infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley. All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information."

   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 04, 2020 at 03:36 PM (#5967888)
so far this year, the TTO percentage is at 36.5--that would be (once again) a new record
   8. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 04:00 PM (#5967889)
Adding HBP to TTO, Anthony Rizzo is 50%, 3 HR, 6 BB, 7 K, 6 HBP in 44 PA.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 04:19 PM (#5967891)
So 2020: Drone delay during Pirates @ Twins.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 04:27 PM (#5967892)
Updating #3, it’s now reported that Juan Soto won’t be in the Nationals starting line-up, but will be available to pinch hit. I’d play him.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 06:57 PM (#5967900)
28 it is:
This Just In

MLB rosters will be reduced from 30 players to 28 starting Thursday and remain at that number for the rest of the season and postseason, sources confirmed to ESPN. The initial plan had been to reduce the roster to 28 this week before reducing it again to 26 after another two weeks. However the recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests led to a change in plans. The taxi squad will also be expanded from three players to five, sources confirmed.
   12. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5967910)
Royals starting CF tonight is Bubba Starling. He was the first position player drafted in 2014, 5th overall. He has a career WAR so far of -1.1. The 6 picks taken immediately after him include Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, and George Springer. Oops.
   13. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: August 04, 2020 at 09:09 PM (#5967913)
Are game shorter, longer or neutral so far this season against some baseline?

Meaning timeframe
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 09:10 PM (#5967914)
On ESPN Mets @ Nationals broadcast, Eduardo Perez seems to enjoy repeatedly noting that Laz Diaz’s ball & strike calls don’t conform to the actual strike zone.
   15. Rally Posted: August 04, 2020 at 09:15 PM (#5967916)
Something seemed off abou #12. Thought Springer had been around longer. It was 2011 draft, but otherwise you’re correct, all those guys taken after Bubba.
   16. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 09:22 PM (#5967918)
Oops.

Not only after, but immediately after.

   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:00 PM (#5967920)
Don't know if this has been posted anywhere here yet, but this is on the St. Louis Baseball Writers Facebook page:

"The St. Louis Cardinals today have acknowledged that the following six players tested positive for COVID-19: catcher Yadier Molina, infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley. All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information."


Apparently after a group trip to a casino.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:12 PM (#5967922)
That was a good first round. While I'd guess Lindor is the only one with a "good" shot at the HoF,** there's plenty of depth and of course it would be even better if not for Jose Farnandez's death.

** Obviously Cole could continue his recent performance but even another 6 such seasons would put him around 60 WAR, 2400 IP, 200 wins. Rendon is probably already too old to do more than get to the border (which he might cross); same with Springer; both probably need an MVP. It's hard to get in the HoF.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:23 PM (#5967925)
The covid-racked Miami Marlins, with 18 players testing positive for the coronavirus and something like 17 replacements fighting for their MLB future, lead the Orioles 3-0 in 7th.

EDIT: Now 4-0.
   20. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:48 PM (#5967928)
Hah! Mark Grace has been abominable on Cub broadcasts, but his anecdotes have all been true, or at least unfalsifiable. Until now. He just told a story about getting hit by a pitch by the Padres in retaliation to Tony Gwynn getting hit. But according to BBREF, he has 0 HBP vs the Padres.
   21. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:50 PM (#5967929)
That was a good first round. While I'd guess Lindor is the only one with a "good" shot at the HoF,** there's plenty of depth and of course it would be even better if not for Jose Farnandez's death.


how many first rounders are in the HOF? Griffey, Jeter, and Jones?
   22. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:56 PM (#5967930)
I'm torn between wanting Kimbrel to succeed and the Cubs winning, and him failing spectacularly again and there Cubs cutting his ass.
   23. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 04, 2020 at 10:58 PM (#5967931)
I didn't like the Kimbrel signing at the time; 2018 postseason was still fresh in my mind. And now he's not even slipping out of jams. Jeffress has looked pretty sharp. Maybe try him in the ninth?
   24. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:00 PM (#5967932)
Well, I guess it's a good thing Contreras homered.
   25. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5967933)
So in the end, Ryan nails it down while allowing Kimbrel's two runners to score. I like it, but man, this bullpen is just decimating what would be a really good run differential for the team.
   26. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:14 PM (#5967935)
OK, that was perfect. Kimbrel allows 2 and the Cubs win by 1.
   27. phredbird Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:35 PM (#5967936)


"The St. Louis Cardinals today have acknowledged that the following six players tested positive for COVID-19: catcher Yadier Molina, infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley. All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information."


Apparently after a group trip to a casino.



they should have their chips taken away.



i cannot tell a lie. i used that in another thread ...
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:36 PM (#5967937)
Cubs pregame meeting

Ross (to relievers): Ok, fellas, how many you think you’re gonna give up tonight?

(relievers exchange glances)

Kimbrel: We’re thinking six tonight, skip.

Ross (to hitters): You heard him, boys. You know what to do.
   29. phredbird Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:36 PM (#5967938)

thanks to the cards stupidity, i am reduced to watching the padres.

not that they aren't competitive and interesting this year.
   30. Walt Davis Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:41 PM (#5967939)
I wasn't trying to suggest that a first round usually has one or more HoFers. But since you asked ... The 2019 induction alone had Griffey, Jones and Mussina. The 2001 induction featured Puckett and Winfield and apparently is the only other year with more than one. Others (not necessarily exhaustive): Baines (#1 overall), Biggio, Thomas, Larkin, Rice, Fisk, Yount, Reggie, Seaver (voided).

Bench (2nd round) seems to be the first drafted player to make the HoF. Carlton seems to be the last of the pre-draft era to be elected on first ballot.

Some very late picks: Gossage 9th, Dawson 11th, Ryan 12th, Thome 13th, Sandberg 20th, Sutter 21st, Piazza ... whatever.

Are Canadian players not in the draft? Or only pulled in fairly recently? I see Walker was an amateur FA.

EDIT: I missed Ted Simmons at least
   31. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:47 PM (#5967940)
how many first rounders are in the HOF?


Reggie, Fisk, Jim Rice, Yount, Winfield, Baines, Molitor, Puckett, Larkin, Junior, Biggio, Big Hurt, Chipper, Moose, Halladay, Jeter

Nice work Walt (I looked it up)
   32. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 04, 2020 at 11:53 PM (#5967941)
OK, I stand corrected. incredibly so. I conflated 1st round with #1 pick.
   33. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2020 at 12:04 AM (#5967942)
So adding it up, including Jeter and Simmons, that's 16 first round picks. We could of course add Clemens, Bonds and Palmeiro. Oops, missed Molitor too. D'oh, ARod. Given anybody drafted in the last 20-25 years hasn't had a chance yet, that would be out of 30-35 drafts. So better than every other year on average, closing in on 3 every 4 years. Guys like Manny, Sheff, K Brown, etc. also could be included.

Rick Monday was the first overall #1 in 1965 and, by WAR, he was pretty easily the best of that round. Nettles (5th round) is the only one drafted in the first 10 rounds with a legit case and the only one clearly better than Monday (probably Messersmith too). Seaver was drafted in the 10th round but didn't sign.

Reggie was 2nd overall the next year. Simmons and (should be) Grich followed then not until Yount and Winfield in 1973. Winfield debuted in 73 and Yount in 74 which is pretty impressive but of course David Clyde (who also debuted in 73) went #1 and the perfectly solid John Stearns at #2 (2 PA in 1974). Anyway 2 first ballot guys in the same year is hard to beat. Well, Larkin, Bonds, Palmeiro in 1985 but none of them 1st ballot obviously. Griffey & Biggio not quite.

The 1975 first round was a disaster, total WAR of 11, Rick Cerone leading the way at 8 WAR.
   34. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2020 at 12:07 AM (#5967943)
#32: I thought that might have been it. That's Griffey, Chipper, now Baines, probably Mauer, obvious ARod in a non-roid world and Strasburg, Harper, Correa and Cole still working on it.
   35. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2020 at 12:11 AM (#5967944)
By the way, Correa's a guy who really doesn't get enough attention. Mainly that's because he's been pretty fragile but he's producing at a Walker-ish rate with 25 WAR, 17 WAA in just 2400 PA -- so a 6-WAR player when healthy. He's still only 25 this year.

EDIT: He's a dirty no-good electronically sign-stealing cheater of course.
   36. TomH Posted: August 05, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5967979)
2019 MLB regular season median team batting avg
**** .249 to .250

so far 2019 MLB regular season median team batting avg
**** .237
-in July/Augwarm weather
-with DH in the NL

Is anyone gonna hit .400? NO. Is someone gonna hit <.150? I say YES.

   37. TomH Posted: August 05, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5967980)
# of players over .400 to date

4

# of players under .150 to date

13
   38. Karl from NY Posted: August 05, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5968022)
He just told a story about getting hit by a pitch by the Padres in retaliation to Tony Gwynn getting hit. But according to BBREF, he has 0 HBP vs the Padres.

One possible (if unlikely) reconciliation is that his story happened in the early innings of a game that got rained out and never counted.
   39. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 05, 2020 at 03:20 PM (#5968024)
Or maybe it was a purpose pitch that just missed him.

Or, Gwynn was by all accounts a well-respected guy. Maybe another team threw at Grace to avenge Gwynn.
   40. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 06, 2020 at 09:20 AM (#5968125)
I have to say I really enjoy reading all of Walt's many takes. Very fun read there.

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