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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2021 at 06:37 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2021 at 01:57 PM (#6012386)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?!
   2. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6012399)
The Mets are tied with the Marlins right now despite having approximately 50 more baserunners through 5 innings.
   3. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: April 08, 2021 at 03:54 PM (#6012405)
The Cubs offense is so, so, so bad. Small samples, blah blah blah, but the type of problems are the same problems they've seemed to have for the past 2+ years (which isn't a surprise, since the core is basically the same group).
   4. stanmvp48 Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:01 PM (#6012409)
Arizona lineup looks really weak.Is someone missing
   5. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:29 PM (#6012414)
Ketel Marte isn't in the lineup today. Don't know why.
   6. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:44 PM (#6012415)
Marte pulled a hammy last night, went on the DL today. They called up Andy Young: is it already over for Josh Rojas?
   7. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:51 PM (#6012418)

dylan carlson with a defensive gem in center to end the first, then tommy edmon triples to lead off the cardinals half, and then ... nothing.

just peachy.
   8. Perry Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:54 PM (#6012420)
Kolten Wong gets a standing O from Cardinals fans when he comes up for his first at bat, he's literally crying through the AB, he can't possibly see... and Waino walks him on 4 pitches.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:58 PM (#6012421)
Jon Gray is no-hitting the Marte-less D-Backs through six. But he's thrown 83 pitches already, so there's no way the Rox will let him finish this.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:59 PM (#6012422)
The Mets won today's game on a bases-loaded HBP of Michael Conforto. The pitch was clearly in the strike zone and grazed Conforto's elbow protector after he made no effort to get out of the way. BS way to lose if you're the Marlins, but as a Mets fan I'll take it.

(If they had called it a strike, the Mets would still have had bases loaded with 2 outs.)
   11. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: April 08, 2021 at 05:22 PM (#6012429)
Not only did he not make an effort to get out of the way, he actually moved his elbow into the zone just to get hit. That's the type of call umps rarely make, but absolutely should - that's not a HBP
   12. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: April 08, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6012449)
It is properly called a dead ball strike.
   13. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: April 08, 2021 at 06:04 PM (#6012451)
Conforto already had 2 strikes on him, so that should have ended the inning.
   14. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:02 PM (#6012479)

perry, i missed the first couple of batters so didn't know about kolten's first AB, but dan mentioned something about it an inning or two later, so i used MLBTV's handy scroll back to get a look.

that was quite a moment. i liked ol' kolten, we went through a lot with him.

glad the fans treated him right.
   15. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:04 PM (#6012480)

otherwise a crummy game. no offense for waino, as usual, and then we let in a run on a dumb error.

i fell asleep in the middle innings ... but now we're tied, so go cards.
   16. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:06 PM (#6012481)

I AM ON THE NOLAN ARENADO BANDWAGON!1!1!!11!!
   17. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:07 PM (#6012482)

walks can kill you. only the second walk earned by a cardinal batter in the game, then arenado homers on the first pitch!

welcome to st. louis!
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:23 PM (#6012485)
I like this start to the season so far. Reds series was tough, but everyone who struggled in that series has rebounded, the guys we want to do good are doing good etc.. yes a few of the last people to make the roster are still struggling, but that can be expected.

The team has had timely hitting as the Cardinal announcers mentioned. Not a lot of offense, but the timing of the offense works in conjuction.
   19. Perry Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:23 PM (#6012486)
As some smart-a** on VEB said, that's why the Rockies are paying him the big bucks.
   20. phredbird Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:24 PM (#6012487)

CARDS WIN!

boy, counsell must wish he could get this one back. burns, the starter, was mowing down the cardinals but he got pulled after 86 pitches. cards got to the relievers.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:27 PM (#6012488)
cards got to the relievers.


I have a feeling that is something that is going to be said a lot this season (not Cards, but "team" got to the relievers) with this insistence of one inning relievers, you are just playing luck of the draw of who is actually on that day vs who is not, and 4 innings with 4 different relievers is going to have a decent chance of shooting you in the foot.

Overall relievers produce better numbers than starters, but just playing so many per game is going to increase the chances of you getting a guy who isn't really on.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2021 at 07:29 PM (#6012489)
boy, counsell must wish he could get this one back.


Your team scores one run, not sure how much you can lament your choice of relief pitching options to be honest. One bad pitch by Burnes and it's a tie game. We saw that happen yesterday, where the Marlins pitcher was on, then made a bad pitch to Yadier.
   23. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 10:06 PM (#6012517)

Conforto already had 2 strikes on him, so that should have ended the inning.

Conforto would only have been the second out.
   24. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2021 at 10:09 PM (#6012518)
Randall Grichuk just saved the game for Toronto. With two on and two out in the ninth, Trout hit a low line-drive to center. Grichuk came in at a full sprint, dived, and picked the ball off the top of the grass at the last moment. If he had missed that, both runs score and Trout runs forever. Instead, tie game going to the bottom of the 9th.
   25. The Duke Posted: April 08, 2021 at 10:16 PM (#6012520)
This from the STL newspaper this morning

Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog’s last previous appearance at Busch came during the 2019 Cardinals postseason. But he is no stranger to opening days. As a young player with the Washington Senators in 1956 and 1957 he caught opening day presidential pitches tossed from the box seats by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on both occasions.

That’s almost impossible to believe it’s so long ago
   26. Walt Davis Posted: April 08, 2021 at 10:19 PM (#6012521)
Overall relievers produce better numbers than starters

Not really over the last few years. They've pushed reliever usage up so much that performance has basically equivalized (go with it). MLB ERA then OPS allowed by year/role:

2021 SP 4.05 693
2021 RP 4.28 713

2020 SP 4.46 741
2020 RP 4.44 737

2019 SP 4.54 763
2019 RP 4.46 749

2018 SP 4.19 731
2018 RP 4.08 722

In 2017 there was a big gap. Between 2017 and 2019, reliever %age of PAs increased by about 13% (or about 5 percentage points) and appears to have been pretty terrible performance. Now I assume it's still the case that 1-inning relief stints out-perform SPs ... or more importantly, the high-leverage relievers (the guys you pay real money and take on innings 7-9) I assume are out-performing starters on average. Plus we have the issues of openers being "starters" and, when they are replaced by starters, those guys are "relievers."

But I seriously doubt removing Burnes on 86 pitches is a good move, at least not within the context of that game and probably not within the context of this season. Maybe that sort of thing will allow him to last three seasons longer than he would have otherwise. At least he'd been efficient enough to get through 6 innings. He was replaced by somebody named Eric Yardley -- not Hader -- a 30-yo guy with 35 career innings (and amazingly low ERA on a far from amazing FIP). He gave up the tying run and was replaced by Drew Rasmussen with 15 career innings of terrible results and FIP. If Hader is tired, if Devin Williams (last year's miracle) is tired, etc. then don't pull Burnes.

I don't know what Milw is up to really. Hader and Williams (off to a rough start) have just 3.2 of Milw's 22.2 relief innings so far. This is the 5th of 7 Brewer games decided by 2 or fewer runs, they have a 4.24 ERA in innings 7-9 and their relievers currently have an ERA 1.2 higher than the starters. The starters have a 4.44 K/BB and 11 K/9 while the relievers are at 1.67 and 10. Those numbers will come together as the season goes on of course but the pen is not off to a good start.
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 08, 2021 at 11:34 PM (#6012542)
As a young player with the Washington Senators in 1956 and 1957 he caught opening day presidential pitches tossed from the box seats by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on both occasions.
IIRC, during that era Ike wouldn’t be throwing from the mound, or solely to Herzog. Instead, Eisenhower threw from his front-row box seats into a scrum of players from both teams, who competed to snare the precious souvenir. Great opportunity to get spiked, too. Different times.

EDIT: Video of Ike’s 1957 1st Pitch.
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: April 09, 2021 at 07:47 PM (#6012629)
Not really over the last few years. They've pushed reliever usage up so much that performance has basically equivalized (go with it). MLB ERA then OPS allowed by year/role:


I'm glad to see the numbers matching up with expectations, as I said, it feels that with increased number of relievers, you are going to have guys who are just not on at all. It appears teams think relievers are a magic pill because the stat guys have told them that 3 times through the lineup, the crappy pitcher facing a guy for the first time is as good as the great pitcher facing him a third time, and it really doesn't feel like that as a fan.

Sure there are lights out relief performances, and even lights out relievers, but overall it doesn't feel as certain the past few years as it did in the recent past when relievers were weeded out for quality.

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