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Weekend OMNICHATTER for June 3-5, 2022

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Hombre Brotani Posted: June 03, 2022 at 02:11 PM | 120 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 03, 2022 at 03:31 PM (#6079777)
Today is the 10th time in their last 14 games when the Cubs have taken a 2-0 (or better) lead. We've given up that lead 7 times but have managed to go 6-3 and are tied 4-4 today.
   2. salvomania Posted: June 03, 2022 at 03:47 PM (#6079778)
Another 3-run homer for Nolan Gorman, after missing three games with a sore back.

He now has 10 rbi in 34 ab.

Goldschmidt extends his hitting streak to 25 games with a 3-run homer of his own, Cardinals up 9-4 over the Cubs in the 4th.

(wind must be blowing out)
   3. Walt Davis Posted: June 03, 2022 at 03:49 PM (#6079779)
And Stroman (88 pitches) still in the game. This is reminiscent of Maddon-Quintana.

EDIT: Arenado does him the favor of swinging at one in the dirt. 5 runs, 41 pitches. Good managering there.
   4. The Duke Posted: June 03, 2022 at 04:09 PM (#6079780)
Goldschmidt is a super unlikely guy to have a 25 game hitting streak. He's only 8 away from franchise record. What's most amazing about it is that Arenado was batting behind him the whole streak and in May Arenado was a sub .200 hitter.

Don't know what to make of Gorman. It's not common to see 22 year olds with chronic bad backs. His swing has a lot of torque - lightning quick bat.
   5. The Duke Posted: June 03, 2022 at 04:19 PM (#6079781)
Another day at the office for Wisdom. HR and two Ks.
   6. The Duke Posted: June 03, 2022 at 04:22 PM (#6079782)
If anyone has the Athletic, someone named Daniel Brown has a great article on Gene Tenace. Well worth the read.
   7. BDC Posted: June 03, 2022 at 05:20 PM (#6079786)
I am off again in a little while to see Seattle play Texas. Mainly going tonight for a free Marcus Semien T-Shirt. Souvenir T-shirts cost about what I pay for a ticket, these days, so it seems a bargain.
   8. Moses Taylor loves a good maim Posted: June 03, 2022 at 06:37 PM (#6079788)
EDIT: Arenado does him the favor of swinging at one in the dirt. 5 runs, 41 pitches. Good managering there.

I think there's some worry about inning coverage with the 2nd double header of the week tomorrow. They're calling up Killian to start game 2 and going with another recent callup for game 1. So many hurt arms now, Ross probably had no choice.
   9. Snowboy Posted: June 03, 2022 at 06:54 PM (#6079790)
Covid update: The White Sox today activated their two players on the restricted list (RHPs Cease and Graveman) after their series in Toronto.

The Twins are the visitors this weekend, and they have placed on the restricted list (for not being covid vaccinated) RF Max Kepler, RHP Trevor Megill, LHP Caleb Thielbar, RHP Emilio Pagan. To replace them the Twins recalled OF Mark Contreras, and selected the contracts of RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP Jharel Cotton, RHP Ian Hamilton.
   10. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 03, 2022 at 07:40 PM (#6079792)
Angels about to go down for the 9th game in a row. That early optimism when they were 11 games over .500 is well and fully gone.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2022 at 08:28 PM (#6079795)
Another homer by Judge and another one by Trevino, but what's even more encouraging is that Cole's continuing the starters' streak of being virtually unhittable, tonight perfect through 5. The Yankees' rotation had little but "ifs" going into the season, but so far they're pitching with a level of consistency that I honestly can't remember before in my way too long lifetime.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2022 at 08:35 PM (#6079796)
And now Rizzo adds a 3 run blast to make it 8-0.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2022 at 08:41 PM (#6079797)
Carpenter adds another dinger to make it 10-0, and the Tigers' starter is just now being removed. What is this, some sort of a fraternity initiation?
   14. BDC Posted: June 03, 2022 at 08:54 PM (#6079798)
Nothing so lavish to report from Arlington. Three innings, 0-0, one hit apiece. Semien 0-for-2 so far on Semien Shirt night.
   15. salvomania Posted: June 03, 2022 at 08:56 PM (#6079799)
Carpenter now has 4 home runs in 19 ab as a Yankee.

He had 3 last year in 207 ab as a Cardinal.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2022 at 09:00 PM (#6079800)
The secret weapon of tonight's game is that Gallo's not in the lineup.
   17. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 03, 2022 at 09:11 PM (#6079801)
Schoop breaks up Cole's perfecto with 2 outs in the 7th, which is probably a good thing, since Cole's nearing 100 pitches and it'd have been crazy to let him come out 2 more innings.
   18. salvomania Posted: June 03, 2022 at 09:26 PM (#6079804)
Another 3-run homer for Joey Votto.

That's 4 homers, 10 XBH, and 13 RBI in 13 games (42 ab) since coming off the COVID IL.
   19. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 03, 2022 at 09:57 PM (#6079805)
Phils 10 Angels 0 in the post-Girardi high
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 03, 2022 at 10:01 PM (#6079806)
Unheralded Lane Thomas had 3 HRs in the Nationals 8-5 win tonight. Granted, that’s against the Reds, but the Nats haven’t been any better of late.
   21. BDC Posted: June 03, 2022 at 10:12 PM (#6079807)
This is the first game I have seen at the BDC Dome that would have been a rainout in the Ballpark. Heading into the 8th inning now, and it has been raining since before the game started, heavily at times.
   22. The Duke Posted: June 03, 2022 at 10:27 PM (#6079811)
Angels heading to their customary mediocrity, but Padres look to be righting the ship tonight.

The division races are really crystallizing early this year.
   23. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 03, 2022 at 10:46 PM (#6079813)
Padres look to be righting the ship tonight.
They have all the hits in the game, heading to the 8th with Joe Musgrove at 98 pitches.

EDIT: Kolten Wong double spoils the bid with 2 outs in 8th.
   24. Howie Menckel Posted: June 03, 2022 at 11:01 PM (#6079816)
tired of rockets?

tonight's Mets-Dodgers game features the two SP with the lowest "average exit velo" by hitters in MLB in 2022 - Chris Bassitt and Tyler Anderson.
   25. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 12:12 AM (#6079817)
Q was raised on a Chatter this week if fans do the wave anymore.

Dodgers fans have been doing it ad nauseum tonight (whether if even doing it just once also qualifies is left to the reader).
   26. Cris E Posted: June 04, 2022 at 01:11 AM (#6079822)
The Twins were having real Covid problems even before four guys had to go lift weights at home while the team went to Toronto this weekend. On top of that, it turns out most of the broadcast team has been sidelined as well. For the past few games the lone healthy person, colorful guy Dan Gladden, has been back in MN working from monitors with a parade of old teammates while a lot of new names piece together a production around them. It's been interesting watching Dan mess with his new crew. "Now you're sure this is correct? Because I don't want to read it if it's wrong." Apparently some of the regulars will start returning this weekend.
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 04, 2022 at 01:21 PM (#6079846)
Aaron Judge batting leadoff today, and promptly puts the 1st pitch into the right field stands, his 21st HR.
   28. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 01:56 PM (#6079850)
Pujols in as injury/illness replacement. It's his 3000th game, 10th player in history. Like a real pro, he scoffs at the idea that a firstbaseman needs to warm up.
   29. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 02:00 PM (#6079851)
So RF Dickerson ... well, not sure. (Music not play by play this early in the morning.) Trainer came out and gave him a small black bottle of something so think dehydrated? Nauseous? Diarrhea? Monkeypox? He jogs very briefly, isn't happy. Out he comes, trainer gives him a gatorade.
   30. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 02:02 PM (#6079852)
Cards have the Cubs right where they want them -- Cubs have the bases loaded, nobody out. I'd swear we have yet to score a run in these situations.
   31. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 02:08 PM (#6079853)
I tell terrible lies. Cubs with bases loaded nobody out are 5-10 (well, now 5-11) with a walk, 4 Ks and 10 RBIs. No XBH though. They end up with one run eventually, lead 1-0.
   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 04, 2022 at 02:50 PM (#6079856)
What looked like a potentially high scoring game after Judge’s leadoff HR, turned into a pitcher’s duel until the 6th inning, when an Anthony Rizzo HR (#13) to 2nd deck in RF (387 feet) provided the 2nd run of the game.

10 K for Luis Severino through 7 innings.

The other encouraging development for the Yankees is the return of Giancarlo Stanton from the IL, providing a double off the CF wall (via the CFer’s glove).
   33. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 04, 2022 at 02:54 PM (#6079857)
1 hit 1 walk vs 3 hits 1 walk is still a pitchers' duel, no?
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 04, 2022 at 03:33 PM (#6079862)
Higashioka BB, Hicks 1B, Judge BB, and Donaldson SF make it 3-0 Yankees, now heading into the 9th.

Tigers still have only 1 hit, and that was a hard-hit line drive that went more through than around SS Isaiah Kiner-Falefa. Yankee starters are on quite a streak of exceptional efforts.

EDIT: Now final - a 1-hit shutout.
   35. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 06:16 PM (#6079872)
Mets Self-Immolation Thread revival MAY not be necessary - this tweet from Scherzer today:

"Just clearing a few things up. My dog Rafi hurt her leg on a run. She was howling in pain and I went to calm her down by putting my hands on her. When I did that she bit my right hand. Fortunately it wasn't a bad bite. I took one day off from throwing and was able to long toss the next day. This will have no effect on my rehab and this is literally a non story."
   36. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 06:20 PM (#6079873)
It's the Mets' medical staff -- I assume he has rabies.
   37. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 06:34 PM (#6079875)
It's just 53 PA but, alas, Adley Rutschman has been a non-story of his own unless you're a fan of Greek tragedies. He's at 149/245/213 with 0 HR and 14 Ks (not that bad). The "good" news is that the BABIP is 212 so some of it is probably just bad luck. The (maybe actual) good news is that bWAR has him down for positive running and defense already.

It could be an MLBtv curse -- they decided to make Kelenic's first HR last year a highlight I had to watch a million times; now they've made Rutschman's triple a highlight I will have to watch a million times.
   38. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 04, 2022 at 06:42 PM (#6079876)
Juan Soto hasn’t produced up to his normal lofty standard thus far this season, but he has 2 HRs today, so he may be reverting to form. If so, he will be rapidly moving up the Age-23 Leaderboard.
   39. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 06:54 PM (#6079879)
Jake Burger is sort of a poor man's Patrick Wisdom
   40. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:18 PM (#6079880)
And the first pitch of future HoFer Caleb Kilian's career is a strike. And down goes Edman.

That's one "l" in Kilian ... lest somebody in your fantasy league try to trade you 1900s pitcher Ed Killian.
   41. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:20 PM (#6079881)
Ks Gorman, breaks Goldschmidt's bat. 11 pitches, 9 strikes.
   42. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:24 PM (#6079882)
Morel reaches safely again. That's 19 straight to start his career. Contreras double, Cubs 1-0.
   43. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:40 PM (#6079885)
9 pitches, 6 strikes, 3 harmless contact outs.

What? There's a USFL again?
   44. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:51 PM (#6079887)
11 pitches, 7 strikes, 2 Ks, one lazy fly ball.

It's the greatest pitching debut in history!
   45. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 07:54 PM (#6079889)
Wonder what the future holds for Morel. He's been doing a pretty serviceable righthanded Kenny Lofton impression so far, but that's a very different player than he was in the minors. Still, he hasn't been doing anything all that crazy or unsustainable - sorta high BABiP but nothing insane - and it sure seems like he has the game that's well-suited to a traditional leadoff role. Anyway it's been fun.
   46. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:09 PM (#6079890)
A guy with his speed should usually have a BABIP around at least 310-315 assuuming they hit the ball on the ground reasonably often. Like you say, nothing not to like so far -- the avg EV is 91, hard-hit 44%, K-rate average. Kinda hard to imagine he'll maintain the 13% BB rate and the 180+ ISO but in this day and age, nothing wrong with 260/340/400 out of a 2B/3B/CF with speed and enthusiasm.

It does seem that Cubs staff think something clicked this year; certainly he was doing great at AA. It's hard for us to judge everybody without any 2020 stats. Maybe without that year "off" (was he at the complex?), he breaks out in 2nd half of 2020 and comes up midseason last year and none of this would look surprising.

Of course as with pretty much any young player, I assume there's a month of 200/250/300 coming at some point this season but I'd be pretty happy with this strong stretch, a stretch of crap and 3 months of a 100 OPS+ with speed and maybe good defense.
   47. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:14 PM (#6079891)
Cards bribed the umpire and were rewarded with a walk. And now the no-hitter is gone ... oddly enough, a shift against Goldschmidt would have had it but Cubs were in DP positioning.
   48. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:17 PM (#6079893)
Kinda hard to imagine he'll maintain the 13% BB rate and the 180+ ISO

See, the 180 ISO is what I think we should have expected from him - he was showing pretty solid power already back in 2019. If anything, he hasn't had the power at the MLB level that he showed in the minors. That seems pretty easy to imagine him maintaining - I just thought his line would look more like 220/280/400.

Kilian falling apart in this inning now.

   49. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:21 PM (#6079894)
Aaron Judge batting leadoff today, and promptly puts the 1st pitch into the right field stands, his 21st HR.

I don't like guaranteeing a bases-empty PA for possibly the most powerful hitter in the majors. That's the third time he's led off in about a week. Less of a problem than continuing to play Gallo, however.
   50. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:22 PM (#6079895)
Maybe Boone's been instructed to suppress Judge's RBI total to help in contract negotiations.
   51. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:27 PM (#6079896)
Oh-oh, the HoF plaque may have to wait a couple of weeks. Now 3-1 Cards, still just 1 out and man on 2B. He lost the strike zone a bit for a few batters and now is hitting too much of the strike zone to compensate. Pulled in IF gets (hmm...not Bader) at the plate (after a steal of 3rd) and then Bader out stealing. Still, if the GB by Goldschmidt is 10 feet one way or the other, he might have been out of it with a DP.
   52. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:31 PM (#6079897)
Watching the replay of that overturned SB, it occurs to me that Javy Baez really changed the game in a low-key way with his creativity applying tags.
   53. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 08:37 PM (#6079899)
Interesting point. Javy's big "innovation" was taking the throw on the HP side rather than straddling the bag. Does that happen more often now? Certainly did on that one.
   54. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:02 PM (#6079902)
Kilian labored through the 5th too, although he got out of it without further damage done. I assume he's done now, and I'd have to rate that debut as just OK - disappointing after a terrific first 3 innings.
Interesting point. Javy's big "innovation" was taking the throw on the HP side rather than straddling the bag. Does that happen more often now? Certainly did on that one.

Seems so, but I'm not talking about any particular technique so much as just the overall focus on tagging that Baez seems to have jumpstarted. Far more guys getting creative with it than there used to be, or at least that's my impression.


   55. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:29 PM (#6079907)
Apropos of nothing, the Cubs are 9-16 when Heyward starts for them this year (and losing this game), and 14-14 when he doesn't. Small sample size or causal? You be the judge.

   56. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:32 PM (#6079908)
I knew this but I forgot this til just now - both of Scherzer's dogs, including the one that recently bit his golden right hand, have eyes of differing colors just like Max does.
   57. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:35 PM (#6079911)
Damn do I feel smart for singing the praises of Morel earlier in the game. That was a fantastic AB to tie the game.
   58. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:47 PM (#6079913)
Well, "causal" is a bit strong for any individual player except maybe an ace pitcher -- i.e. of course there's no way Heyward has been worth -3 wins this year already. But clearly not helping the probability of a win. He has played mostly CF which, at this point in his career, probably isn't a good idea. Peeking at his 2022 game log, he might have had the bad luck to have played a bit more against the good teams -- 14 starts against 2021 playoff teams plus three against SD. Cubs are 7-10 in those starts which is probably what we'd expect. Doesn't explain going 2-6 in his starts against lesser teams. (No guarantee on any of those numbers, I jumbled starts and non-starts several times.)
   59. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 09:48 PM (#6079915)
Could you maybe sing Givens' praises to get him out of this inning? Not sure why Ross seems committed to getting this 2nd inning out of him.
   60. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:01 PM (#6079916)
of course there's no way Heyward has been worth -3 wins this year already

Isn't there, Walt? Isn't there?

The weirdest thing about being so committed to Givens is that dude didn't exactly throw a clean first inning, either. I'm all for extending reliever appearances past a single inning, but if, like, they're actually pitching well. I know it's a DH but still.
   61. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:14 PM (#6079919)
-2.8 wins tops.
   62. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:21 PM (#6079920)
For half a second there, I thought Heyward had won the game.
   63. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:35 PM (#6079921)
young Mets lefty Peterson gets Betts on a liner to lead off the first, and batters are now 1-for-27 against his slider this season.

that has to be an interesting pre-game discussion among the braintrust - how much more often can he throw that slider, before it just doesn't work anymore?

#catandmouse
   64. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:38 PM (#6079922)
He didn't score on that?
   65. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:39 PM (#6079924)
Cards fail to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th when Sosa misses the bag as he's rounding third. Has to go back to tag the base. Wouldn't have even been a throw to the plate.
   66. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:42 PM (#6079925)
Ahh, that explains it
   67. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:47 PM (#6079926)
2021 baseball and we might be celebrating
   68. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:51 PM (#6079927)
Dodgers (finally) retired Gil Hodges' jersey tonight, with Gil Jr. tossing a strong opening pitch from the mound and with his sister also on hand.

Mets announcer Gary Cohen heaped tons of praise on the Dodgers for how they produced the pre-game ceremony for the Dodgers legend - who also, of course, was the manager of the 1969 Miracle Mets World Series champions.

but he then ripped the Dodgers for not wearing the iconic Dodgers uniform on such a night. I think it was Keith who suggested they even could have worn Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys in Gil's honor.

instead, Gary noted dryly, the Dodgers chose to go with "Saturday Night Softball" casual blue "monstrosities."

lol
   69. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 10:53 PM (#6079929)
Was the bobblehead respectful?
   70. Walt Davis Posted: June 04, 2022 at 11:02 PM (#6079931)
I guess the "get a DP or you're on the next bus to Iowa" pep talk didn't work.
   71. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 11:05 PM (#6079933)
Alonso blunder turns out to cost the Mets 4 runs and possibly the ballgame.

1-0 Mets, runners on 1st and 3rd, one out, and a ground ball to Alonso has him thinking DP.

but his throw to second is wide, a run scores, a walk follows - and then a three-run double by Betts.

so what happened on the play? well, probably the most qualified living (or dead?) former first base defensive wizard Keith Hernandez happens to be in the booth. he explains that smart teams like the Dodgers would know to have the runner (Alberto) run to second on the inside path of the baseline, because Alonso has a very hard time making that throw to the other side of the bag.

it's interesting that the Mets in sequence have played the Phillies and Nationals and now the Dodgers.

obviously the Dodgers have way more talent. but the Phils and Nats might be the two dumbest teams in the NL, and they showed that off repeatedly. but the Dodgers - who are so good they don't even need to be smart - also make all the right plays.

as I noted last night, if this was the actual Mets team, I don't know how they could beat the Dodgers.

but rising star Megill should be back in 10 days and deGrom and Scherzer sometime in July.
that's not a small improvement if healthy, lol
   72. Brian C Posted: June 04, 2022 at 11:12 PM (#6079934)
Welp, I'm looking forward to seeing the Cubs score the ghost runner and then lose with the bases loaded.
   73. Snowboy Posted: June 04, 2022 at 11:18 PM (#6079935)
Alonso blunder turns out to cost the Mets 4 runs and possibly the ballgame.


Take it easy. Get in off that ledge, brother. What inning is it?
   74. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2022 at 11:22 PM (#6079936)
the Dodgers are pitching Walker Buehler and their team ERA is 2.78 and the Mets are pitching a kid who threw 20 extra pitches in the second inning thanks to the bad throw - so the back-end bullpen arms will get lots of exposure tonight.

sorry I didn't put "SPOILER ALERT" when I suggested that the confluence of all of those things does not bode well for the Mets' win probability in this game.

not all 4-1 deficits are created equal.

:)

UPDATE: My Vulcan mind fock worked like a charm. in the 3rd inning:
BB
RBI 2B
RBI groundout
2-run HR by Alonso (!)

and Buehler hits the showers trailing 5-4

it's always nice to make a plan and see it work out !

although the better bullpen gives the Dodgers an edge, still

heh, Buehler leadoff walk, then barks at the ump on a 2-2 pitch, asks where it was.
"outside."
"no it wasn't."

next pitch is close - and, you guessed it, it's ball four.

then a two-run double and an RBI groundout - but Dave Roberts sees no need for anyone to calm down the young star as Alonso approaches the batter's box. Pete only had 3 HR vs a non-rattled Buehler in 13 career AB, so what could go wrong here?
   75. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2022 at 12:19 AM (#6079938)
apparently Betts - who already had a 3-run double off Peterson - added a "loud foul" off Peterson with 2 outs in the 4th, leading Showalter to yank Peterson from the game.

Mets booth notes that in Game 3 of the 1969 NLCS - the first one ever - Gil Hodges (whose number was retired tonight before the game, as previously noted) did the same thing.

No. 3 SP Gary Gentry on the bump, and Braves slugger Rico Carty hit a similar rocket foul. that's all Hodges needed to see, as he decided also in mid-at-bat to bring on a reliever - in this case, a hard-throwing but inexperienced and erratic swingman.

but the reliever then got the last 21 outs as the Mets swept the series.

not clear whatever became of this youngster whose first name was Lynn - though his family and friends preferred his middle name. so he was known to them as "Nolan Ryan."
   76. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2022 at 12:44 AM (#6079939)
Alonso 3-run HR in 7th gives him a 5-4 lead in Alonso offense vs Alonso defense (and Mets lead 9-4 overall)

very amusing

7 HR in 11 career games at Dodger Stadium which seems like a lot
   77. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 05, 2022 at 01:28 AM (#6079941)
Down 9-4, the Dodgers try to have a position player pitch the top of 9th, in blatant violation of the requirement that a team must be down more than 6 runs, or the game in extra innings, to have a position player pitch. Umpires catch it, and it only takes ~ 10 minutes to resolve the matter.

Showalter seems to think it should be OK if he doesn’t object, similar to the batting out of order rule, but umps apparently say no go.
   78. salvomania Posted: June 05, 2022 at 10:53 AM (#6079955)
in blatant violation of the requirement that a team must be down more than 6 runs,

Is this an actual rule? I've never heard of it!
   79. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 05, 2022 at 11:18 AM (#6079957)
Why are the Yankees playing at 11:35 AM today? Doesn't seem to be a double header.
   80. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 05, 2022 at 11:51 AM (#6079962)
It's mercifully their only appearance on Peacock TV, which only shows games at 11:30 on Sunday mornings. After about 10 minutes of trying I gave up on trying to figure out a way to watch it without subscribing.
   81. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 05, 2022 at 12:29 PM (#6079964)
The 11:35 AM start is a sop to Peacock, which values being the only game on for at least 90 minutes, and actually 2 hours today, although I don’t believe fans have any desire for morning games.
   82. The Duke Posted: June 05, 2022 at 01:30 PM (#6079967)
Cards had a Peacock game earlier. No way to get the broadcast without subscribing. Having said that, I enjoyed the 11 am start - weird, but fun
   83. The Duke Posted: June 05, 2022 at 01:40 PM (#6079968)
Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez done for 2022. He has the dreaded new 21st century pitching injury "the lat strain". The cardinals Alex Reyes had this. I believe his lat completely disconnected. I have read that lat strains may be caused by new training techniques (I want to say those weighted balls )
   84. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 05, 2022 at 02:00 PM (#6079970)
It figures that the only Yankees game of the year that can't be viewed out of town on Extra Innings or free AppleTV would also feature Joey Gallo's only clutch home run of the year. That tied it at 2-2 in the 5th, and the Yanks are now ahead by 3 to 2 going into the 8th.

That Peacock TV is a real piece of work. Not only do you need to subscribe just to watch the game, but they've blocked the highlights website from even showing in-game highlights.
   85. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 05, 2022 at 03:11 PM (#6079975)
C'mon, Andy, all streaming services require subscriptions and a lot of network deals also block highlights. Apparently you have too many subscriptions to notice, but if you make Comcast your internet provider you can get free Peacock.
   86. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 05, 2022 at 03:36 PM (#6079978)
Mayor Blomberg,

I've got Fios with the Extra Innings TV package, and this is the only game of the year I'd have to have paid anything beyond that to watch.** I don't expect games to be "free" as they were many decades ago, but what I want is a single package that lets you watch all 162 games one way or the other. That's hardly an unreasonable thought.

You're right, though, that Fox and / or ESPN also blocks highlights for games in progress that it's showing. But you can at least watch those games on TV.

And now that the game is over, they've still only released 4 of the highlights, as opposed to the usual dozen or more. They don't even show the game-tying home run.

** Amazon Prime games are still shown out of town, and the few Apple TV games can be watched with a free trial subscription. Peacock TV is the only exception.
   87. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2022 at 04:15 PM (#6079985)
salvo:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Umpires barred Dodgers manager Dave Roberts from using a position player to pitch the ninth inning against the New York Mets on Saturday night, enforcing a rule that prevents teams from using non-pitchers with a deficit of five runs or fewer.

Roberts said he did not realize the rule was in effect after it was initially passed prior to the 2020 season, then suspended for two years amid rule adjustments prompted by the pandemic.

After position players made 90 pitching appearances in 2019 and 75 in 2018, Major League Baseball and the players association agreed prior to the 2020 season to outlaw using position players as pitchers in games with a deficit of five runs or fewer. The rule was suspended the past two years amid concerns over pitcher injuries prompted by the pandemic, but it was restored this season.
   88. Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 05, 2022 at 05:33 PM (#6079993)
Actually, Andy, Peacock games and the Fox game of the week are the only ones I can see.
   89. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 05, 2022 at 05:35 PM (#6079994)
The Angels just swept for the third straight series. 11 in a row. Kill me now.
   90. AndrewJ Posted: June 05, 2022 at 05:37 PM (#6079995)
Rob Thomson for Manager of the Year!
   91. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 05, 2022 at 05:38 PM (#6079996)
Another painful loss for the Angels. They were up 7-6 with 2-on & 2-out in bottom of 9th, but the Phillies Bryson Stott HRs to make it 9-7. Mike Trout extended his hitless streak to 0-for-26.
   92. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: June 05, 2022 at 05:45 PM (#6079998)
The 1B ump in Oakland just made a weird call...safe, said the 1B was off the bag but replays show his foot is right there. The ump was 8 feet from the play. The runner looked very out, not just because the throw beat him by a full step.
   93. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 05, 2022 at 06:01 PM (#6080001)
They’re all painful losses, Bront.
   94. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2022 at 06:26 PM (#6080003)
quirk to the five-run rule, above:

"McKinstry could have pitched in the ninth inning if he was designated as a two-way player, but the infielder, who was called up on Thursday, is not. The Dodgers do not have anyone designated as a two-way player."

Showalter knew the rule, which is not a surprise. I wouldn't even be shocked if he did designate a hitter as the "two-way player." every manager should. why not? maybe once a year it comes in handy.
   95. sunday silence (again) Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:23 PM (#6080010)
Is anyone gonna comment on the situation in Chicago where they had made a beautiful pyramid of beer cups only to have the stadium guy knock it over? Disgraceful.
   96. The Duke Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:30 PM (#6080013)
The Angels with an epic collapse today and generally awful streak. Caught the Phillies at the wrong time. ZIPS had them as a perfectly cromulent 81-81. And so they are.
   97. The Duke Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:40 PM (#6080014)
Sosa missed 3B yesterday to keep the Cardinals from winning in 9. Manager said he also missed 1B earlier in the inning. Sosa is dealing with a bad ankle injury and is trying to alter his stride to hit the base with his other foot. It doesn't appear to be working. I had to laugh because this happened to me once and once you've turned your ankle on the foot that strikes the bag, you just keep twisting it. I, too, decided to change my stride and it's a really hard thing to do. In reality all you can really do is run slower.
   98. The Duke Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:50 PM (#6080016)
Another great game in LA now going to extras. A preview of the NLCS no doubt
   99. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:54 PM (#6080017)
Morel again. Reached base safely in the first 20 games of his career. Anybody kow what the record is?

Cubs trying to kill Wainwright, Sosa with a very nice play on a bullet keeps it 1-0 Cubs.
   100. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2022 at 07:57 PM (#6080018)
after a full one-third of a season, Showalter finally comes up with a brain fart.

Mets lead 4-2 in the 8th, but Dodgers have the top of the order up. so here comes Diaz, who obviously will handle all six outs after having 3 1/2 days off. sure enough, Diaz dispatches the Dodgers on 10 pitches.

and then in the 9th, WTF Lugo comes on. allows a leadoff HR and with 2 outs, a double and game-tying single by Eddy Alvarez, better known for his 2014 Winter Olympics silver medal in a short-track speed skating relay and claiming the same medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics, for baseball.

(some would even object to Diaz pitching the 8th at all because he's a "designated closer" TM - but I liked it until I found out that Buck decided he could take his foot off the gas against the mighty Dodgers. nope.)
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