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Weekend OMNICHATTER for May1-2, 2021

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Hombre Brotani Posted: May 01, 2021 at 01:49 PM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 01, 2021 at 02:15 PM (#6016470)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?!
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 01, 2021 at 03:30 PM (#6016471)
8 RBI in 2 games for Aaron Judge, including 3 today without a HR. 4-1 Yankees in 6th.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: May 01, 2021 at 05:56 PM (#6016479)
What have the Reds done now? A cherry red uniform top with Reds in big cursive across the front with swoopy line off the s to underline it.

And Cub reliever Rex Brothers just had an owie. As long as MLB is still going through the motions of covid-safe, does the entire IF (and masked ump, manager and trainer) really need to come to the mound for this?
   4. AndrewJ Posted: May 01, 2021 at 08:27 PM (#6016490)
Mike Trout enters May with a .425 batting average. The MLB batting average is currently .232, meaning Trout is 83.2% above average. That's the equivalent of batting .555 in the 1930 National League.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: May 01, 2021 at 08:50 PM (#6016492)
Or Trout is barely out-hitting Yermin Mercedes. That's not what the Angels were expecting for their $37 M.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: May 01, 2021 at 08:54 PM (#6016494)
Andrew McCutchen is the star of a "Final Destination" movie series reenactment by the blind mice in black tonight in Phillies vs Mets.

after taking what was clearly strike 3, McCutchen reaches first on a walk thanks to the blown pitch call. but later he is called out for running outside the baseline en route to second base, when he equally clearly did not do so.

to top it off, the runner is nailed at first by almost a full step, yet he is called safe.

a review fixes the latter but can't fix the former - though apparently it was McCutchen's fate to be out anyway.

(to crossthread, Mets announcer Gary Cohen said he thought that obstruction call against the pitcher was the worst he had seen all year - until this one).
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:03 PM (#6016501)
Flaherty should end up being the first pitcher in the NL with 5 wins after today.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:05 PM (#6016502)
Man on first one out, top of the ninth, and the ball is hit to the pitcher and he makes the absolute worse throw to get the runner at second... horrible.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:09 PM (#6016503)
Cardinals with three pinch hit homeruns in the past three games. Currently up 12-5 in the ninth inning.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:12 PM (#6016504)
9 batters for the Cardinals in the ninth, Edman with 4 hits tonight, Arenando, Goldy with three,

Sadly even after the three hits tonight for Goldy, he's still the second worse regular player by ops.
   11. phredbird Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:12 PM (#6016505)

pirates pitcher sean poppen, not too poppin fresh tonight.

giving up 5 runs in the ninth, mixed in with that comical throwing error.

we'll take it, we need these wins.


   12. cardsfanboy Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:18 PM (#6016506)
Small victory, but depending on what Milwaukee does tonight, Cardinals might at least have the best pyth/run differential in the division. (Mil came in +10, Cards +9, Reds +7---Pitt -16, Cubs -13)
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:39 PM (#6016508)
Hard seltzer with antioxidants and vitamin C ... that's even worse than the gambling tie-ins.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: May 01, 2021 at 11:48 PM (#6016510)
all of life's a gamble, really

:)

and if the boxscore is correct, the DBacks mopped up tonight with Asdrubal Cabrera inducing an inning-ending DP in the 8th - then flipped to UT Mathison in the 9th (switching 3B and P slots), who got two quick outs before allowing a single....
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 02, 2021 at 02:26 PM (#6016537)
Ugh. Luis Robert goes down beating out an infield hit. Had to be helped off the field, not able to use his right leg at all. Looks like maybe a torn groin or something else bad.
   16. chisoxcollector Posted: May 02, 2021 at 02:35 PM (#6016538)
First Eloy, now Luis Robert. This freaking sucks.
   17. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#6016539)
Digging the Fred Gladding-style specs on Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6016541)
Jeff Mathis is back in the Big Leagues. Yes, that Jeff Mathis, the guy who has now played 17 seasons in MLB with a career 48 OPS+!
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2021 at 03:54 PM (#6016548)
Old School Max Scherzer gets a complete game 3-1 victory over the Marlins, finishing the 9th even after giving up a leadoff HR that made it a save-situation. 106 pitches, just 5 hits, with 9 K.
   20. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 02, 2021 at 04:22 PM (#6016551)
Ohtani just stole 2nd and 3rd. He's now tied for 2nd in homers, stolen bases, and total bases.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: May 02, 2021 at 05:23 PM (#6016553)
#19: 3-0 was already a save situation.
   22. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2021 at 06:26 PM (#6016558)
Dylan Bundy is now winless in six starts for the Angels, despite throwing "quality starts" in five of them and allowing no more than 2 earned runs in four of them.

The Angels have scored a total of 8 runs for him over the six starts while he was in the game.
   23. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2021 at 06:45 PM (#6016562)
Yankees 2, Tigers 0 in a tidy 2 hours, 14 minutes - and that is not a typo

Tigers now hitting a robust .195 this season. nice mix of has-beens, wannabes, never-weres, and never-will-bes
   24. Hombre Brotani Posted: May 02, 2021 at 06:59 PM (#6016563)
The Angels have scored a total of 8 runs for him over the six starts while he was in the game.
That bullpen's allowed more inherited runners to score, and has the fewest holds, than any other bullpen in the league. THAT'S VERY BAD, yo.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: May 02, 2021 at 08:14 PM (#6016573)
#19: 3-0 was already a save situation.


They should modify the rule, if you pitch the ninth, in a save situation, you get a save, if you came into the game with a save situation... that would allow starting pitchers who pitch a complete game to also get a save... imagine the number of saves someone like Walter Johnson or Cy Young would have.
   26. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2021 at 08:24 PM (#6016574)
Johnson is credited with 34 SV and Young with 18 - a half-century or so before the stat was even invented
:)

the overall concept isn't THAT terrible.

but start the 9th with a 3-run lead and fail to blow the entire lead - should not be a save.

as bad or worse is the dreaded "6-1, bags loaded, 2 outs, and here comes Closey McCloserson to grab the save!"

never mind that he can allow a grand slam, a hard double off the fence, and a couple of walks before getting a liner "at-em ball" to end it. it's a save, dammit

I have never quite gotten over why managers collectively would be so dumb as to manage not by "what give me the best chance to win today and this weekend" but by "what does the stat invented by a sportswriter 60 years ago tell me to do here?"
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2021 at 09:20 PM (#6016579)
Didi did it.
   28. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 02, 2021 at 09:28 PM (#6016581)
Digging the Fred Gladding-style specs on Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen.


It helped him break his 0-for-35 slump (which tied the Blue Jays record for longest 0-for-slump in team history...with Ed Sprague).

   29. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2021 at 09:40 PM (#6016582)
props to that Phillies fan catching a 97 mph exit velo foul ball way down the LF line with one hand - yowza.

his date was ducking (though it wasn't really that close to her) but he stood his ground and defended the castle.

if it doesn't work out with this gal, he should keep that video clip on his social media pages anyway.

something primal about that sort of ability in a big spot.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: May 02, 2021 at 10:19 PM (#6016588)
Carlos Martinez last three starts.

21.3 ip, 11 hits allowed, 5 walks, only 10 strikeouts, 3 runs, 2 earned... 0 hr... He may not be a Cy Young contender, but he looks like a guy who can give you plus performance innings going forward. Again, I'm liking the potential of the Cardinals rotation, whether it works out is a different story, but potentially it can be a plus... the goal is of course to reach the top ten rotations in baseball, and right now there are probably 20 teams who might think they can be it, and about 4 who know they are it.
   31. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2021 at 11:08 PM (#6016594)
Mets lead 2-1 but Gregorius makes it 4-2 with a 3-run dinger.

Mets get six in the 8th for an 8-4 lead, and Edwin Diaz on for bottom 9 in a non-save situation so what could go wrong?

Diaz is listless and the Phillies get a run but it's 8-5. then a walk brings the tying run to the plate.

Hoskins hits what appears to be a game-tying HR....

Diaz exits the game with some combination of sore arm and bruised ego.

replay says the ball hit the railing just before the seats, so no HR. 8-7 Mets lead.

in a scene that Mets fans find all too Familia, the new reliever scuffles a bit before finally whiffing the hated/sore-wristed Harper for the final out.

Lindor a pathetic 0-for-5 with a walk - but the walk was in the key 6-run rally.

(I have only learned in recent years in business how underrated "get the hell out of the way" can be in the "lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way" trifecta. and I appreciate my colleagues who did).

Lindor acquired in a trade - the Toast of the Town.
Lindor hardballs contract negotiations - pushing the envelope with the fan base.
Lindor nails a monster 12-year deal on Opening Day - all is right with those fans.

it's New York - and it ain't bragging if you can back it up. that's the ethos, best distilled by Reggie Jackson in the 1970s.

Lindor - not backing it up. neither did Reggie for much of 1977, but I can't promise the same late-season turnaround.

A-Rod used "lazy swing" re Lindor 3 times on the broadcast tonight.
   32. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2021 at 11:19 PM (#6016596)
NL LEAST
channeling their inner 2020 NFC LEAST

Mets 11-11
Nats 12-12
Phils 13-15
Braves 12-16
Marlins 11-16

Mets expect Carrasco back in 2 weeks and Thor in 4 to 6 weeks
not sure if their rivals have that kind of thunder in the distance
   33. Snowboy Posted: May 02, 2021 at 11:22 PM (#6016597)
Geez, temporary bad news for Braves getting swept @TOR this weekend.
But worse longer term news: C Travis d'Arnaud to 60 day DL (or is it IL?)

Last night (Sat) late innings vs Jays, runners 2nd & 3rd, ball got ripped over third base down in Dunedin. Running from first, Randal Grichuk had a good view of it. The ball caromed off the stands into LF in front of Marcel Ozuna and Grichuk eased up to trot into third.

But as he looked up, he saw 3B coach Luis Rivera had decided to wave him in and try to tie the game. Marcel Ozuna was in LF, and he has the proverbial noodle arm, but he had the ball as Grichuk eased up and was already lollipopping it back in.
Grichuk grinds it back into gear, Dansby Swanson gets the cutoff and greatly accelerates the ball's trip home. Grichuk's out by three steps, and he sees it, and he politely slid away from the plate and the tag. But him and d'Arnaud somehow still got tangled, and from the way he reached to pull his arm away from the catcher's glove, there may have been an audible yelp.
d'Arnaud was obviously in immediate pain. He tried to shake it off, caught one warmup pitch, and left the game. 60-day, because of a coach.
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2021 at 11:30 PM (#6016599)
Hoskins hits what appears to be a game-tying HR....
MLB is overdue on installing robo-cams in the foul poles aimed toward the outfield walls. Would make such calls a bit easier.
   35. Snowboy Posted: May 03, 2021 at 12:09 AM (#6016600)
[31] A-Rod may have called Lindor many times for a "lazy swing" but he also tried to play the prognosticator side. When Lindor came up with bases loaded against Alvarado, he pumped it up. From in-the-hole to on-deck to the batters box, A-Rod pumped it. Said it could be Lindor's signature Mets arrival moment. When it didn't happen (because Alvarado's control wouldn't cooperate, and that was an easy Walk to take) A-Rod just pretended he hadn't made the pronouncement. Soundbite tv. If you're right, you'll sound like a legend. If you're wrong, no one will ever rewind the tape. Went back to slagging Lindor.
   36. Howie Menckel Posted: May 03, 2021 at 12:14 AM (#6016601)
MLB is overdue on installing robo-cams in the foul poles aimed toward the outfield walls. Would make such calls a bit easier.

this was nowhere near a foul pole, but I agree anyway.

problem here was near-zero visual/color distinction between the last railing and the first rows of seats.

something should be painted bright ..... well, here, red.

hell, put cheap paint on that last railing that will chip off anytime a near-HR hits it.

Diaz now claims his back tightened up in that inning, leading to his departure with the game still on the line.

any chance the Spanish word for "sphincter" is similar?

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