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WEEKEND OMNICHATTER for June 10-12, 2022

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Hombre Brotani Posted: June 10, 2022 at 04:33 PM | 105 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 07:04 PM (#6081065)
For those not keeping up with the fast-paced world of the bad teams, the Cubs made several roster moves today as guys come off the IL. Miley, Gomes and Villar activated; Clint Frazier DFAd, missing the cookie-cutter booing, Rivas and Rucker (a faceless reliever) sent down. Suzuki reportedly back this weekend, we await who gets the axe then -- don't be shocked if Heyward gets another owie requiring a trip to the IL.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2022 at 07:23 PM (#6081072)
Mets on Apple+ tonight, Yankees on Amazon.

I'll watch the NBA Finals, I suppose.

thanks, Manfred!


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

Mike Ford, still putting the "fun" in "fungible"

June 17, 2021: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later and cash. The Tampa Bay Rays sent Aldenis Sanchez (minors) (July 1, 2021) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

August 23, 2021: Selected off waivers by the Washington Nationals from the Tampa Bay Rays.

November 30, 2021: Granted Free Agency.

March 16, 2022: Signed as a Free Agent with the Seattle Mariners.

April 30, 2022: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations.

May 12, 2022: Purchased by the Seattle Mariners from the San Francisco Giants.

June 10, 2022: Selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves from the Seattle Mariners.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2022 at 07:49 PM (#6081078)
Comes The Juggernaut:

06.10... Max Scherzer (oblique) continues to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique and is set to face live hitters soon.
Spin: Scherzer continues to work his way through his throwing progression, with the next step being facing live hitters for the first time. The Mets are going to continue to take every possible precaution here, but it looks like Scherzer has a shot at returning to the rotation before the All-Star break if he can avoid any setbacks along the way.

06.10... Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.
Spin: It will be the third such session for the star right-hander as he continues his throwing progression. If all goes well there, he'll be cleared to throw live batting practice for the first time. There's still no definitive timeline for his potential return, but it looks like right after the All-Star break could be a possibility.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 07:53 PM (#6081080)
Due to the vagaries of the Walt brain, yesterday I contemplated some of our finely demarcated milatristic baseball slang and came up with the following:

bullet: vicious line drive through the infield (high exit velocity with launch angle neare 0 for you kids out there)
rocket: vicious line drive that clears the wall (or maybe comes real close)
bomb: high exit velocity, big launch angle

Contreras just hit a bullet

EDIT: I've been trying to decide where "missile" fits ... between bullet and rocket or between rocket and bomb?
EDIT2: Never heard in baseball to my knowledge but I suppose a vicious ground ball would be a "torpedo."
   5. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:01 PM (#6081084)
Manfred's not to blame for the Yanks on Amazon, that's a Yanks' money grab.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:09 PM (#6081086)
Exit velocity on Ortega's bunt single: 31.7 MPH
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:10 PM (#6081087)
I think BBTF overall is comfortable blaming everything on Manfred.

forgot to mention that Mets SP Megill - 1.93 ERA in April - returns tonight after 4 weeks on IL.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:20 PM (#6081088)
Cubs starter Wade Miley injures himself warming up for the bottom of the 4th, and Gleyber Torres greets reliever Daniel Norris with a 1st-pitch HR. 1-0 Yankees.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6081091)
Which has me doing some exciting math on average exit velocity.

Suppose you had 49 BIP with an average of 90 MPH which would be a bit above-average. Then you lay down one bunt (or one little squib in front of the plate, whatever) and you're now down to an average EV of 88.8 which is basically league average. Joey Gallo has laid down 19 bunts the last 3+ seasons (13 for 18 plus one sac) in 475 BBE (I think that's right), a rate of 1 per 25. That compares with 3 in 603 prior to 2019. That probably expains a fair chunk of his decline from averaging around 94 to around 89.

Alas that Gleyber Torres one had an EV of 103.5 -- HRs are still better than bunt singles right or has Manfred fixed that problem?

EDIT: Unless the EV stats do something sensible with those low-EV events or maybe remove extremes at both ends.
   10. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:29 PM (#6081093)
I think BBTF overall is comfortable blaming everything on Manfred.

True enough but most of us are also comfortable blaming everything else on the Yanks.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 08:30 PM (#6081094)
And Severino, not injuring himself warming up in the top of the 5th, gives up a HR to Jason Heyward ... opposite field.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2022 at 09:20 PM (#6081101)
True enough but most of us are also comfortable blaming everything else on the Yanks.

it is a conundrum !

wow, Mets slugger Alonso is back tonight and batting cleanup and SMarte may return on Saturday

#gettinthebandbacktogether
   13. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:28 PM (#6081133)
Clarke Schmidt should be pitching in Philadelphia.
   14. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:38 PM (#6081140)
Happ looked about as confident on that easy flyball as classic Sarge.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:40 PM (#6081143)
Clarke Schmidt should be pitching in Philadelphia.

Withdrawn due to me thinking Dave Schultz's last name was Schmidt.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:41 PM (#6081144)
The rare 12-inning (or more) game and with no zombies scored yet.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:49 PM (#6081151)
Just noticed the Cubs' lineup machinations ... you mean in all this time as a borderline starting/good bench IF, nobody has taught Villar how to play 1B well enough to take it over in extra innings?
   18. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 10:56 PM (#6081157)
And now the Cubs have lost their DH. So you PR with a guy you don't expect to leave in the game and PH with a guy you don't expect to leave in the game. (And neither move nets you a run.)
   19. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:00 PM (#6081160)
I took a lot of heat sticking up for Cincy turning Miley loose. It turns out they knew his arm
Issues were serious as he can't seem to throw more than a few innings.
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:02 PM (#6081163)
Cubs & Yankees are a combined 0-for-31 with runners in scoring position. Now heading into the lucky 13th.
   21. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:03 PM (#6081164)
Has there been a 13 inning game this year ?
   22. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:04 PM (#6081168)
Hooray, Ross knows the wrinkle in the zombie runner rule that your pitcher need not become a zombie. (I only found out about today.)
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:07 PM (#6081172)
I'd have tuned into this game at least an hour ago if - it was available on traditional network or cable. oh well. keep me posted.

and another cast of hundreds or possibly even thousands watching the Mets grab a 4-2 lead somewhere in the ether....
   24. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:08 PM (#6081173)
Can't complain too much about the Cubs' pen today -- already 9 innings, 10 K, 2 hits ... alas, one a HR plus 6 BB. I'm not sure who we've got left out there but with just 1 game in the 3 days before this, everybody shuld be fresh and even a SP can be squeezed in if need be.

And no Duke ... Marquee just informed us this is the longest game since the ghost runner (their term!) was introduced in 2020.

EDIT: Hmmm, I wonder if that's just Cubs games, I didn't read it that closely.
   25. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:08 PM (#6081174)
Cardinals move into first place by losing the last three out of four
   26. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:09 PM (#6081176)
13 innings and only 2 runs. I'm fairly confident that will never happen again
   27. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:16 PM (#6081182)
Howie mainly you've missed a lot of Ks, a couple of intentional walks and 2 nasty at 'em balls that were ... at 'em. Cubs have used 7 relievers and now Alec Mills comes on in b13.
   28. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:17 PM (#6081184)
Angels looking to steer a new streak - trout still out.
   29. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:19 PM (#6081187)
Announcers just said Cubs down to last pitcher - which position player would pitch next ?
   30. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:19 PM (#6081188)
Happ again impersonates Sarge but hangs onto it, no advance. Cubs choose to pitch to Gleyber with Hicks and Higashioka on deck, not sure this is wise.
   31. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:25 PM (#6081197)
Gleyber flies out (runner to 3rd). Now IBB to Hicks, Trevino PH for Higashioka. For some reason this requires a conference on the mound to sort out the strategy of (a) ignore the runner on 1st and (b) don't forget you can pitch to IKF instead.

And Trevino wins the game with a clean single. Shoulda pitched to IKF :-)
   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:27 PM (#6081200)
The only hit with runners in scoring position finally comes through in the LUCKY 13th.
   33. The Duke Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:27 PM (#6081201)
16 pitchers in that game - wow!
   34. Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:27 PM (#6081202)
#29 ... as I mentioned Cubs had a day off, then an O's game, then a rainout then another day off. They'd have had no problem using a starter in this game if they'd needed it. I'm not sure they had anybody left on the bench anyway and Mills is a swingman who could have gone 4-5 innings if necessary.
   35. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 10, 2022 at 11:40 PM (#6081213)
The only hit with runners in scoring position finally comes through in the LUCKY 13th.

Before Trevino came through, the camera briefly showed a dude in the stands wearing a #13 jersey. No name on it, and I hope he was honoring A-Rod or Spud Chandler, and not the current occupant.
   36. The Duke Posted: June 11, 2022 at 01:40 AM (#6081229)
Buehler looks done - that's a huge loss for LA. Hopefully kershaw can come back
   37. The Duke Posted: June 11, 2022 at 12:39 PM (#6081256)
It looks like Rendon and Trout are back so now the Angels can lose with their full squad as God intended

Meanwhile, it appears Joe Girardi was a terrible manager.
   38. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 11, 2022 at 04:58 PM (#6081284)
Nelson Cruz had 4 hits for the Nationals last night, including a HR, continuing an apparent return to his old form. After a miserable April that suggested Father Time may have finally caught up with him, Cruz hit .318/.379/.459 in May, and is at .400/.486/.633 so far in June. 14 teams are getting sub-.700 OPS DH production, and only 4 are topping an .800 OPS at the position. If Cruz continues his resurgence, the Nationals are almost certain to move him at the deadline, and there could be enough contenders in need of a DH upgrade to spark a bit of competition.
   39. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:00 PM (#6081285)
Bases-loaded BB to Juan Soto ties the Brewers 1-1 in DC.

EDIT: Double to LF (113 MPH EV) by the recently-mentioned Nelson Cruz knocks in 2 more, followed by another on a Josh Bell gapper SF. 4-1 Nationals after 3.
   40. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:15 PM (#6081287)
Brewers, who were in first place nine days ago, are gunning for their eighth straight loss.
   41. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:25 PM (#6081288)
"Brewers gotta get on our level." -- The Angels, probably.
   42. Howie Menckel Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:27 PM (#6081290)
NL BEast - Win Streaks

Braves 9
Phillies 8
Marlins 4

NL Central - Loss Streaks
Brewers 7
Pirates4
Cubs 4
Reds 3

A's have lost 10 straight and entered the day at 20-40.
it's weird - when you get rid of a lot of your best players in an offseason, sometimes your W-L record slips
   43. phredbird Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:43 PM (#6081293)
despite being stymied for 5 innings by Reds phenom green and waino giving up 3 runs and tyler o'neill with a rally killing TOOTBLAN in the late innings, the cardinals score 2 each in the 8th and 9th innings, the latter a tommy edmon homer with two outs to beat the hapless reds and their crummy bullpen.

so i guess we are somehow in first. i'll take it!
   44. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:46 PM (#6081295)
Great divisional balance so far:

AL East +39 (+50 without the Orioles)
AL Central -20
AL West -21 (-35 without the Astros)

NL East +3
NL Central -24
NL West +23
   45. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 11, 2022 at 05:47 PM (#6081296)
Juan Soto 2-run HR (#12) to CF (408 feet), followed by a Nelson Cruz HR (#7) to CF (416 feet), and then Josh Bell HR (#7) to LF (376 feet) ON HIS BOBBLEHEAD DAY, makes it 8-1 Nationals after 5.
   46. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 11, 2022 at 06:21 PM (#6081300)
Clarke Schmidt should be pitching in Philadelphia.

Withdrawn due to me thinking Dave Schultz's last name was Schmidt.


The Phillies had a guy named Schmidt, just sayin’
   47. Walt Davis Posted: June 11, 2022 at 08:13 PM (#6081306)
The Phillies had a guy named Schmidt, just sayin’

Sure, the original comment makes sense. My side-splittingly funny retort referenced Dave Shcultz's playing style and would have been both unfunny and potentially libelous if read in reference to Mike Schmidt.
   48. Walt Davis Posted: June 11, 2022 at 08:44 PM (#6081309)
Going out on a limb, I think the Yanks have figured out Matt Swarmer.
   49. Walt Davis Posted: June 11, 2022 at 08:50 PM (#6081311)
I feel for the guy but that's something ironic about Swarmer covering his mouth during the mound visit so the Yanks can't lip read whatever secrets they're imparting after he gives up his SIXTH HR of the day (all solo).
   50. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 11, 2022 at 09:01 PM (#6081312)
Judge 1, Stanton, Torres, Trevino, Judge 2.

Rizzo's video hasn't yet been posted.

EDIT: Now it has.

FTR Swarmer's ERA going into tonight was 1.50.
   51. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 11, 2022 at 09:41 PM (#6081316)
But his FIP was 5.30 with 3 HR and 3 BB in 12 IP. Coming into the game, he had allowed 3 HR but only 2 ER. So one of those "The HR doesn't count because of an error that prolonged the inning".
   52. Howie Menckel Posted: June 11, 2022 at 09:56 PM (#6081318)
Topps puts out these "Topps Now" cards during the season for milestones.

they cost $9.99 and they are only sold for 24 hours and then "never again," whatever that means.

I bought one for Bartolo Colon's preposterous HR a couple of years ago. at first they list for like 100 bucks on eBay, and I imagine now you might not get a buck for one.

well, they keep 'lowering the bar' for milestones, to the point where today they have one out for Yankees scrub C Trivino getting a game-winning single in a 13-inning game against the flailing Cubs.

maybe collectors will be enthused that they misspelled his name as "Trevino" - as in, golfer Lee - on the card.

I have some incredibly messed-up cards from the 1970s - not just off-center, but like you get the top half of a pitcher and the bottom half of an outfielder because of a factory error. fun when you're a kid, unless you "needed" a full card of either guy.
   53. JJ1986 Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:05 PM (#6081319)
well, they keep 'lowering the bar' for milestones, to the point where today they have one out for Yankees scrub C Trivino getting a game-winning single in a 13-inning game against the flailing Cubs.

maybe collectors will be enthused that they misspelled his name as "Trevino" - as in, golfer Lee - on the card.

Post needs a fact-checker.
   54. Howie Menckel Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:25 PM (#6081320)
heh

very true !
(although seriously, who outside of TrEvino's family buys that card?)

this has been my first full week of vacation in 4 years, and my blunders here this weekend tell me that I have successfully dialed down my brain to "LOW."

:)

so Mike Trout turns 31 in August, and Mets-Angels game tonight shows the MLB hitters who had a 1.000+ OPS+ as they turned age 30. in order of highest to lowest:

Gehrig
Foxx
Pujols
Hornsby
Musial
Mantle
Trout

(Ott is next, but below 1.000)
   55. Walt Davis Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:35 PM (#6081321)
Kimbrel's broken. I don't know if he's physically broken or mechanically broken or psyhologically broken but he's a mess. In his last 9.2 innings, 10 runs, 8 earned with 2 guys on and one out (his reliever held them there). The Ks are there (17), the hits (10) and BB (5) haven't been terrible, only 1 HR -- but he just can't guys out when he needs to. In 2017, he gave up just 11 runs; in 2013 just 10 and in 2012 just 7 ... already on 11 this year.
   56. Banta Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:42 PM (#6081324)
Can’t walk the guy ahead of Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon. Bad Cookie.

So, am I allowed to complain about Nido or are catchers a protected class now? The last three cutoff man throws home Nido has not caught. Now, one of them did hit the runner but it just reminds me again that Nido isn’t exactly a defensive wizard. He’s fine, McCann is fine maybe a little better, but boy they are rough batting.

It just is interesting as I hear on the Apple broadcast last night something to the extent of “well catchers do enough having to catch everyday!” And it reminds me of talking about like how they used to justify say Rey Ordonez. Except that he had to be sensational defensively. It’s just funny to see how much this gets leaned into because I don’t think being completely inept offensively really flies at shortstop at the moment, catchers are getting more of a pass. And historically the two positions have been basically the same offensively speaking.

Shift probably helps this narrative and for the Mets specifically, the universal DH makes it feel like you can actively punt a position in the lineup. I know I still am sometimes mentally penciling in a pitcher who doesn’t bat now.
   57. Banta Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:50 PM (#6081325)
Speaking of punting, it’s wild to me that Juan Langeres is basically starting for the Angels right now in 2022 (in right field). Good for him but cripes.
   58. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:53 PM (#6081326)
Gehrig
Foxx
Pujols
Hornsby
Musial
Mantle
Trout


Ruth and Williams seem to be missing.

I also checked Bonds but he didn’t look that close.
But in the last 16 years of his career, he finished below 1.000 OPS once — with a .999!
   59. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:55 PM (#6081327)
There may be an extra plus sign in the intro to the list in #54, but George Herman Ruth would like someone to check the math, too.
   60. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:56 PM (#6081328)
Due to the vagaries of the Walt brain, yesterday I contemplated some of our finely demarcated milatristic baseball slang and came up with the following: …


And parade day, they bring out the bunting.
   61. Banta Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:01 PM (#6081330)
Keith as tactfully as possible trying not to call modern players geeks when asked what he thinks about tracking a pitch’s RPM to inform your approach at the plate.

I’m sort of with him. They’re still basically just watching tape (granted the tape may be more plentiful and in higher visual quality) and trying to use that to mentally practice an eventual physical motion. There are many ways of describing a ball that doesn’t rotate as fast or move as much, but analytics have sort of created a universal language around the topic. I think it’s ultimately people have trouble learning new vocabulary after a certain age and often actively push against it. Check humanity’s history for evidence of this.

Edit: Oh Trout. Feels like as infrequently as the Mets play the Angels, he definitely will end up with like. .460 lifetime average against them and average like a homer every other game. Glad I only want the Mets to win one of these last two games. The push for 5-5 road-trip!
   62. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:05 PM (#6081332)
Ruth and Williams seem to be missing.


DiMaggio too. 1.010 after his age 27 season. He did not play again until his age 31 season.
   63. Howie Menckel Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:07 PM (#6081333)
There may be an extra plus sign in the intro to the list in #54

yup, that, too.
:)

at least that IS the exact list that SNY offered for best OPS at 30th birthday.

meanwhile, the Mets won a game vs LA last weekend in part because TTurner successfully argued for catcher's interference. Keith in the booth was thrilled to get rid of a stud hitter in a big spot.

just now, Trout's bat nicked the same Nido's glove, and he griped about it. Keith hoped that Trout, too, would be banished from the batter's box. but Angels either weren't paying attention - or they were, and they had no interest in ending Trout's AB.

he homered on the next pitch - No. 325, and Angels lead 3-0. that catches Jermaine Dye and Willie Horton.

top 100 bar is No. 99s Curtis Granderson and Bat Flip Bautista at 344, so Trout needs to be healthy to get there this year.
   64. Banta Posted: June 11, 2022 at 11:10 PM (#6081334)
There we go, Nido caught the ball and the runner is out! See he just needed the pressure of a random post out in obscurity by a moron!
   65. The Duke Posted: June 12, 2022 at 12:01 AM (#6081343)
Buehler out 6-8 weeks with the dreaded flexor strain - the new worst arm injury.
   66. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 12, 2022 at 12:15 AM (#6081344)
Trout with two homers, Ohtani with a homer and a double. It's so nice to not be terrible again.
   67. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 12, 2022 at 01:51 AM (#6081347)
Blown save master Robles comes in to work the 9th with Sox up 6-5, gives a BB and 3 hits, Sox lose 7-6.
This guy has blown like 4-5 saves this year. I don't care what his numbers say, he should not be getting the ball with a slim lead in the 9th, ever.
   68. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 06:16 AM (#6081351)
#67: Hard to argue with that. He's got Kimbrel disease only worse. In his last 10.2 IP, Robles has given up 11 H, 5 BB, 7 R, all earned, 2 HR ... while K'ing just 5. That is not a 21st century closer.
   69. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:08 PM (#6081364)
Rough start for Cubs starter Keegan Thompson: Judge single, followed by 3 BB & a Kiner-Falfa double. 3-1 Yankees.

EDIT: Joey Gallo’s 2-out bases loaded double adds 2 more runs, and knocks Thompson out of the game after 37 1st-inning pitches, but only 19 for strikes.
   70. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:31 PM (#6081365)
Per YES broadcast, as long as the Yankees don’t give up 10 or more runs today, they will set a franchise record for the fewest runs allowed in their first 60 games in franchise history. Given their history, it’s pretty tough to set a record. Not to dis the Cubs, but I’m cautiously optimistic that they’ll make it.
   71. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:33 PM (#6081366)
After 2 more BB, a Matt Carpenter 3-run HR (#5) to RF (399 feet) makes it 8-1.
   72. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:37 PM (#6081367)
they will set a franchise record for the fewest runs allowed in their first 60 games in franchise history. Given their history, it’s pretty tough to set a record.

But if they were gonna set one, it would be something like this. The Yanks never really known for their pitching and defense. Still impressive of course ... and something to talk about other than the score.
   73. salvomania Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:47 PM (#6081369)
Matt Carpenter has scored 9 runs for the Yankees, and is currently playing in his 10th game with the team. He has 6 base hits, and 5 of them are homers.
   74. phredbird Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:48 PM (#6081370)

harrison bader was pulled from yesterday's game for no apparent reason. cards crew tell us today that marmol sat him down for lack of hustle. he didn't run out a fly ball. but bader owned it in the locker room after the game, and it looks like all are on the same page.

marmol seems to have the team's respect ...
   75. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:50 PM (#6081371)
After 10 innings on Fri, 3 yesterday (all eaten by Michael Rucker) and at least 7 today (that's confidence!), the Cubs pen is gonna be tired. They've got 14 straight games after this one. Miley, Smyly and Stroman are all on the IL and Thompson may have lost the plot so the rotation is a complete mess too.

Near as I can tell, this is the Cubs rotation at the moment:

Hendricks 81 ERA+
Steele 89
Swarmer 9 HR in 18 IP
Thompson -- he's been excellent but last 2 starts is 4 IP, 12 R
Alec Mills? Caleb Kilian?

Reds, Royals, A's -- here we come! Does the lottery start this year or can we get the #1 pick the easy way?
   76. phredbird Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:50 PM (#6081372)

Matt Carpenter has scored 9 runs for the Yankees, and is currently playing in his 10th game with the team. He has 6 base hits, and 5 of them are homers.


didn't someone predict something like this? great. happy for matt and his beard, wish he could be doing that in stl.
   77. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:56 PM (#6081373)
Yanks should put some pitchers in the lineup to see if the entire 26-man roster can homer this series.
   78. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:58 PM (#6081374)
happy for matt and his beard . . .
It’s his mustache that’s making him look good. No beards on NYY.
   79. salvomania Posted: June 12, 2022 at 02:59 PM (#6081375)
Adley Rutschman, now in his 71st MLB plate appearance, has another chance to finally drive in his first run, but with runners on first and third grounds out to end the inning.

His recent teammate Chris Owings (who was DFA-ed last week), also was RBI-less in his 68 plate appearances in 2022.

Eddie Rosario has the next longest stretch of 2022 plate appearances without an RBI, at 49.
   80. . . . . . . Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:03 PM (#6081378)
The Cubs look like the way some of the AAA lifers look when they hit the show. Like, “holy ####, this really is on another level.”
   81. The Duke Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:07 PM (#6081380)
Tommy Edman started the day as the best position player in MLB by bWAR. Almost no one outside of STL even knows who he is. When you hear other announcers talk about him they say things - he's a speedy guy, good defense, versatile.
   82. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:08 PM (#6081381)
Higashioka HR (#1!) to LF (397 feet), Gallo BB & Stanton RBI-double make it 10-1 in the 3rd, knocking Daniel Norris out of the game. On comes Alec Mills.
   83. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:08 PM (#6081382)
10 runs on only 6 hits for the Yankees in 3 inning. Don't see that too often.
   84. salvomania Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:23 PM (#6081384)
Cardinals just turned their fourth DP of the game---and it's still just the 4th inning.
   85. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 12, 2022 at 03:32 PM (#6081386)
The Cubs look like the way some of the AAA lifers look when they hit the show. Like, “holy ####, this really is on another level.”


The Cubs are chock full of AAA lifers.

Schwindel is 30 YO with 500 career MLB PA
Wisdom is 30 with 684
Ortega is 31 with 940
Higgins is 29 with 68
Hermosillo is 27 with 191
vargas is 30 with 407


On the pitching side,

Swarmer is 28 with 17 career IP
Rucker is 28 with 48
Leiter is 31 with 131
Hughes is 26 with 12
St. John is 29 with 9
menez is 27 with 43

Not all of those guys are still on the 40 man, but most of them are. 4 are in today's game. very, very little about this team is interesting. It's worse than ~2010, before they got Rizzo and Castro.

   86. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 04:11 PM (#6081392)
Another Stache Bash for Matt Carpenter, a 2-run HR (#6) to RF (403 feet). He’s the first Yankee with 6 HRs in his first 10 games with the team, which surely means that he’ll be portrayed with a Yankees cap on his Hall of Fame plaque. 12-3 heading into 7th.
   87. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 04:43 PM (#6081398)
Carpenter adds a RBI-double, giving him 7 for the day. Too many runs to mention all, now 17-4 after 7. Seems like the Cubs are overdue for some position-player pitching.

EDIT: 1st baseman Frank Schwindel takes the mound for the Cubs in the 8th, and Kyle Higashioka greets him with a HR. 18-4.
   88. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 12, 2022 at 05:02 PM (#6081400)
Manny Banuelos pitches the final 3 innings for the Yankees to get his 1st MLB save.
   89. salvomania Posted: June 12, 2022 at 05:38 PM (#6081409)
The shell of Albert Pujols comes to bat too often in the Cardinals' lineup these days.

When he was signed it was to be a DH/PH against lefties, but 74 of his 116 plate appearances (64%) have come against righties, against whom he was hitting .125/.290/.232 entering today (and that OPS went down).

He still has a .976 OPS against LHP in his 42 PA against them, but I don't understand why he's made 13 starts against RHP, and whe he is on pace to get 200 PA against them.
   90. The Duke Posted: June 12, 2022 at 07:40 PM (#6081418)
Everything the Cardinals are doing looks a lot like " nostalgia tour, get Marmol a year of managing under his belt, break in a bunch of new players, and hope for a wild card spot. They seem actively trying to not win games by refusing to use their good relievers, batting Pujols against righties, playing people all over the diamond to test out their capabilities.

If they had known the Brewers would collapse they might have done things differently early in the season.

Mo has been out in the press defending our manager because he won't use our best relievers
   91. salvomania Posted: June 12, 2022 at 07:46 PM (#6081419)
Mo has been out in the press defending our manager because he won't use our best relievers

Apparently Marmol said the reason Pujols started today is because the Reds' RHP "did better against lefties." That starter has pitched a total of 23.2 innings in the majors, and more relevantly, Pujols is absolutely terrible against righties---no matter their splits.
   92. Addie Joss Posted: June 12, 2022 at 07:49 PM (#6081420)
Glad to see Manny Banuelos' clutch pitching get rewarded with a save in the Yankees' 18-4 victory!
   93. Adam Starblind Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:22 PM (#6081422)
Mike Trout is one boring guy.
   94. Howie Menckel Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6081423)
picture your wife on the phone talking to a gal pal about this guy she recommends.

"he makes really good money and is very physically fit.

"his personality? well..... um... he's really into the weather, that's big with him!"

lol
   95. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:38 PM (#6081424)
I assume it's old school uni day today in Anaheim (am I the only one watching this? Yeesh.) As a fan of two-toned caps, I don't recall the Angels wearing two toned caps. What year was that? To clarify: by "two tone" I don't mean different bill and cap colors about which I'm ambivalent but rather where the front panel of the hat is a different color (usually white) from the rest.

There's a youtube video with a supposed history of Angels' logos and caps and this cap doesn't appear. Lots of differnt logos. And apparently the cap in the 60s had a little halo on the top which was unusual.

Why is there a picture of Mike Trout dressed as Lady Gaga on my screen? (sound off for which I assume I am grateful)
   96. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:41 PM (#6081426)
is very physically fit

Seems an undersell. "May be one of the 5 greatest baseball playrs of all time" might pique the interest a bit more.
   97. Howie Menckel Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:44 PM (#6081427)
some people - women and men - tire of someone whose personality doesn't interest them.

of course, the younger, wealthier, fitter, and more attractive you are, the smaller and the smaller the pool of such people.

:)

ESPN just informed me of the categories that Ward leads the Angels in, including OPS AND OPS+."

is it possible to have teammates where one leads in one and one leads in the other?
   98. Walt Davis Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:55 PM (#6081430)
I didn't mean to suggest that Mr Trout's personality would not matter to a potential suitor. Just that if you described someone to me as "successful and pretty smart" I would not be expecting a Fields medal winner. "Successful, physically fit, nerdy" must describe 1/4 of the guys in LA.

is it possible to have teammates where one leads in one and one leads in the other?

Interesting question. The way it's usually calculated I don't think so; in theory yes if OPS+ was adjusted for how many PAs came in specific parks or for the quality of opposition. For example one player might have missed a bunch of home games due to injury or was called up in June and missed the east coast swing. That would lead to slightly different park factors for the two players. This is done in bWAR for pitchers but not for hitters to my knowledge.

EDIT: I might need to reel that back in a bit. I'm not 100% sure that ERA+ is adjusted for a different park mix; bWAR for pitchers is.
   99. Adam Starblind Posted: June 12, 2022 at 08:55 PM (#6081431)
. "May be one of the 5 greatest baseball playrs of all time"


“Unfortunately, he has the personality of a parking garage.”
   100. person man Posted: June 12, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6081434)
mr. davis, the angels are wearing their "City Connect" duds tonight. according to espn radio, they (the uniforms) are intended to pay tribute to the local surfing culture.
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