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Title: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 19, 2019, 09:51:15 PM
This Japan crowd is molten hot for Ichiro. Opening Day for most teams will be March 28th but Clayton Kershaw's streak will be snapped.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 20, 2019, 04:29:37 AM
Ichiro will play tomorrow (later today?), possibly off the bench.

Biggest takeaways from today, Domingo Santana's grand slam and Tim Beckham scoring three runs. Pitching looked shaky but I try not to draw conclusions from a single game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 21, 2019, 07:21:48 AM
https://www.mlb.com/news/ichiro-in-lineup-for-opening-series-finale

Ichiro officially retired after this morning's game :( Amazing career especially given how late he started in MLB alone. He had 4 seasons with a .350 or higher batting average, which is insane considering he was primarily a singles hitter. For comparison, Tony Gwynn had 7 such seasons in arguably a more favorable hitting era.

Amazing Ichiro Stat: He stole 509 bases and was thrown out just 117 times for an 81.3% career success rate.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Smues on March 21, 2019, 11:56:24 AM
I was super excited when he got to 3,000 hits because I didnt trust the HOF voters to put him in otherwise.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on March 23, 2019, 11:49:08 AM
Red Sox locked up Sale for 5 more years.  I don't think they win 108 again this year but they certainly will be in good shape to defend unless injuries or a mass regression happens (and JBJ is bound to bounce back after last season)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 24, 2019, 03:41:55 AM
I did not know this but apparently the Chicago Cubs are setting up their own network (https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-cubs-wgn-final-season-20190206-story.html) and moving on from WGN next year. I was sad when they left WGN America in 2014 as I had been watching their games in the afternoons after school almost religiously from 1997 through 2003 with a heavy dose of Cubs/White Sox between 2004 and 2014. I still remember seeing the majority of Sosa's career including his '98 HR chase, Kerry Woods' 20 K game on TV as it happened, the rise of Mark Prior's ace run, amongst many other stuff.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: JHawk on March 24, 2019, 09:55:11 PM
I did not know this but apparently the Chicago Cubs are setting up their own network (https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-cubs-wgn-final-season-20190206-story.html) and moving on from WGN next year. I was sad when they left WGN America in 2014 as I had been watching their games in the afternoons after school almost religiously from 1997 through 2003 with a heavy dose of Cubs/White Sox between 2004 and 2014. I still remember seeing the majority of Sosa's career including his '98 HR chase, Kerry Woods' 20 K game on TV as it happened, the rise of Mark Prior's ace run, amongst many other stuff.
Agreed.  The Cubs became my number 2 when I was a kid based on hearing Harry Carey call their games after school for most of junior and high school.

If the Cubs would have won that World Series against literally anybody else I would have celebrated as much as anybody
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on March 25, 2019, 12:48:37 PM
The Cubs outright released Mike Zagurski. I don't care about the Cubs anymore.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on March 25, 2019, 01:27:07 PM
He's the new goat.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on March 26, 2019, 12:30:35 AM
Mets sign Jacob deGrom to a 5 yr/137.5 million contract extension
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 26, 2019, 04:39:29 AM
The Cubs outright released Mike Zagurski. I don't care about the Cubs anymore.
Mike Zagurski was last decade. We’re all living in Willians Astudillo’s world now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on March 26, 2019, 05:16:21 AM
The passing of the jelly donut.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on March 26, 2019, 11:21:09 AM
The passing of the jelly donut.

That reminds me, I thought Bartolo would have a job by now. Padres should sign him cause he hits home runs in Petco.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on March 27, 2019, 01:43:45 AM
The Fernando Tatis Jr time is now. Reports are saying he has made the team and the Padres aren't going to worry about service time.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 27, 2019, 02:07:08 AM
Tatis is interesting because he never hit AAA, the Padres could hardly be blamed for keeping him in the minors.

Eloy Jimenez makes the White Sox after being in the minors long enough to learn how to accept a contract that locks up his service time. Funny how that works.

Rule 5 pick Richie Martin makes the Orioles' opening day roster.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 27, 2019, 06:24:01 AM
https://www.mlb.com/news/surprising-players-set-for-opening-day-rosters
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 27, 2019, 07:54:44 AM
Fascinating Read of playing Fenway Park's Outfield Defensively (https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/2019/03/21/how-red-sox-outfielders-play-their-positions-fenway/sslnP4ARxZuFMV7rwjdnAP/story.html)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on March 28, 2019, 12:30:36 AM

Jeter wishes he had a minority stake in the Yankees. I love him getting all defensive and agitated.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 28, 2019, 12:37:52 AM
I'm loathe to do predictions, but I'll throw some out for fun.

AL EAST: Red Sox
AL CENTRAL: Twins
AL WEST: Astros
Wild Cards: Yankees, Rays

NL EAST: Phillies
NL CENTRAL: Cardinals
NL WEST: Rockies
Wild Cards: Dodgers, Nationals

WORLD SERIES: Astros over Dodgers

AL MVP: Trout
AL Cy Young: Sale
AL Rookie of the Year: Eloy Jimenez

NL MVP: Arenado
NL Cy Young: Scherzer
NL Rookie of the Year: Fernando Tatis Jr.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on March 28, 2019, 03:16:01 AM
The NL definitely seems like a much bigger dogfight again this year.  There's probably at least 8-10 teams that are playoff caliber.   The AL Central might only need like 85 wins to clinch.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 28, 2019, 04:21:58 AM
Robinson Cano with the first inning home run. That's run support Jacob deGrom isn't used to seeing.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 28, 2019, 05:30:11 AM
Robinson Cano with the first inning home run. That's run support Jacob deGrom isn't used to seeing.

Eh, he's used to trying to win games 1-0 so just wait 7 more innings ;)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 28, 2019, 07:31:49 AM
Tuned into the Cards/Brewers game. Josh Hader is still f’n filthy.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Hawk 34 on March 28, 2019, 08:30:13 AM
And he’s not bad at pitching either
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on March 28, 2019, 08:31:32 AM
Regardless of the Dodgers performance today, I think the offense is going to struggle throughout the season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 28, 2019, 09:33:05 AM
Dodgers set an Opening Day Record for most team HRs in a game with 7
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 28, 2019, 09:33:47 AM
LIRL.... make that 8, jesus christ
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on March 28, 2019, 09:51:39 AM
Javy Baez with two homers today. Cubs are getting slept on this year, but if Bryant is back to MVP level like he looks and the starting rotation is as good as it looks on paper, the Cubs are still very dangerous and can win the NL Central. Only one game but the offense looks much improved from the Chilli Davis shit.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 28, 2019, 11:16:56 AM
The Cubs can win the Central, they can absolutely win the World Series. My concern for that team is depth. If guys get hurt it can go south. But a healthy Cubs team could rip off a 100 win season like the Red Sox of last season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: JHawk on March 28, 2019, 11:26:27 AM
Kluber pitches a gem and loses 2-0 because, like last year, the Indians offense is going to be inconsistent at best.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on March 28, 2019, 11:30:19 AM
You earn that extension,  Chris!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 29, 2019, 12:53:00 AM
Kluber pitches a gem and loses 2-0 because, like last year, the Indians offense is going to be inconsistent at best.
Most games they won't see a pitcher as good as Jose Berrios. That guy is Cy Young caliber good. As I say that though, six of their nine starters had a below average OPS+ last season. The Twins have a better lineup and it's not like it cost them a ton of money to get it.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on March 29, 2019, 06:39:09 AM
Best game tonight?

-Astros @ Rays. Garret Cole vs. Charlie Morton, Morton's first game with the Rays is against the team is played with in 2017-18.
-Cardinals @ Brewers. Jack Flaherty vs. Freddy Peralta. Division contenders, two sophomore pitchers. Peralta struggled in his first season but had an 11.0 K/9. Flaherty finished 5th in ROY balloting.
-Angels @ Athletics. Matt Harvey vs. Marco Estrada. Matt Harvey's first game with the Angels and you get Mike Trout.
-Red Sox @ Mariners. Nathan Eovaldi vs. Yusei Kikuchi. The Mariners' quest for 162-0 continues. It's Kikuchi's stateside debut, the Sox are defending champs and Eovaldi is a huge factor in determining whether or not they'll repeat. Bonus: Mookie Betts is the second best player in baseball.

I'll probably try and catch the Astros/Rays. It feels weird for a northeast baseball fan as 6/10 of the eastern division teams are off on day two, and two of the other four are the Florida teams.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on March 29, 2019, 09:50:28 AM
So apparently the dumbass teams have a toy belt/trophy that they gave out to whoever did the best to keep salaries down during arbitration.

To that, I can't wait for the next CBA. Because that's going to be great fodder for them.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on March 29, 2019, 12:53:37 PM
I want more bloated, franchise crippling contracts in sports!

Oh wait, the Cubs already have enough of those.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on March 29, 2019, 01:55:36 PM
Domingo Santana is a full blown adult hoss in peak form. He just hit his 3rd homer so far this season for the Mariners.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on March 30, 2019, 05:44:32 AM
Just saw that Mets and Nats play each other 13(!) times before the end of May.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: JHawk on March 30, 2019, 10:14:10 AM
This time Bauer throws a gem and gets a 2-1 victory.

I like pitcher's duels but if every game is 2-0, 2-1, somewhere in there, I might  have a stroke by the end of the season.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on March 31, 2019, 12:59:44 AM
Daniel Murphy broke his left index finger.  Dude has been having the worst problems with injuries the last 2/3 years and *after* he left the Mets!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on March 31, 2019, 03:41:50 AM
Khris Davis already has 3 HR in 5 games and is quietly one of the best power hitters in baseball. Another 40+ HR year puts him right around 250 for his career in just 7 seasons.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on March 31, 2019, 09:23:28 AM
Every Boston starter that has pitched has an ERA over 10 right now.  This is a pretty sorry start to the season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on March 31, 2019, 09:57:57 AM
https://news.yahoo.com/man-hospitalized-with-serious-injuries-after-postgame-fight-at-dodger-stadium-041203630.html

Not again.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 01, 2019, 12:14:55 AM
It seems like there was a lot of offense this weekend but league OPS, home run totals, etc. are about in line with 2017 numbers. Granted it's very early.

The Red Sox starters are...good lord. Thankfully their bullpen has an ERA of 2.50 which should keep them competitive. Just like we predicted.

Meanwhile the Orioles took two of three in Yankee Stadium. Nate Karns walked the bases loaded on Saturday in the first inning. To me it looked like the beginning of another rout and a LOOOOONG season for the O's. Then they turned a double play and never looked back. Baseball is a weird game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on April 01, 2019, 01:49:00 AM
Cubs scored a combined 28 runs in their series against the Rangers and still lost 2 out of the 3 games due to Yu Darvish and the bullpen. Maybe PECOTA predicting them to win 78 games isn't that crazy, because good lord the pitching needs some help big time. The offense does look amazing at least.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 01, 2019, 05:20:38 AM
Adam Wainwright's really been struggling in his start today against Pittsburgh. Has thrown 65 pitches through 3 innings with Pittsburgh not really able to hit him very hard but he's been wild, consistently going into 2-2 or 3-2 counts it seems.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 01, 2019, 06:32:09 AM
Red Sox also locked up Bogearts to a long-term deal.  Seems like they are getting all their ducks in a row for when Betts comes due so they know what they can offer him.  I bet JBJ will be the odd man out in this situation because while he's a great defensive player, he hasn't brought much offense aside from 2016.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on April 01, 2019, 01:25:17 PM
Confirmed: Cubs aren't going anywhere with this pitching staff.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on April 01, 2019, 02:45:00 PM
The Ricketts fucked up by suddenly going really cheap despite the Cubs continuing to make more and more money. Could've fucked them for a while tbh. I could understand not going after Machado/Harper, but there were a lot of quality pitchers on the market and they didn't make an attempt for any.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 02, 2019, 02:37:28 AM
The Cubs have $209.5 million of player payroll on their books for 2019. Of that, Lester, Hamels and Darvish are each $20+ million. Tyler Chatwood makes $12.5 million, Jose Quintana makes $10.5 million and Kyle Hendricks makes $7.41 million. Hendricks is their cheapest but has also been their best performer. The problem the Cubs have is beyond finances, there's simply only so many roster spots you can fill with guaranteed money. I think Randy Rosario is the only unestablished pitcher on the roster, and he's pitched well. The Cubs need internal options to fill the gaps in their pitching. They need depth and they can't keep throwing bad money after bad money.

I missed Chatwood's 2018 season though. Good lord, what was going on there?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on April 02, 2019, 03:09:10 AM
Don't offset my rage with logic. I do think it has more to do with political spending then caring about the team, but that's just me. The weird timing of Theo saying changes will be made and their will be a reckoning in October 2018 and then Tom Ricketts saying they have no money after the 2018 midterms seems to coincide with that. In hindsight they should've picked up some bullpen arms instead of the 20 million Hamels option.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 02, 2019, 03:29:14 AM
Let the rage flow  ;D  I think the big problem with the Cubs going forward is they have essentially gutted their farm system. There's probably a point in the future where they crash hard.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on April 02, 2019, 03:55:41 AM
Giving up Dylan Cease in the Quintana trade is especially damaging. I think the crash might start this year. The Theo era is definitely not a miss with 2016 being one of my favorite sports moments ever, but they really botched the 2018 free agency among other things. There's a couple of solid prospects in the farm system like Nico Hoerner, but not a lot for pitching.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 02, 2019, 10:15:27 AM
Let the rage flow  ;D  I think the big problem with the Cubs going forward is they have essentially gutted their farm system. There's probably a point in the future where they crash hard.

Kind of reminds me of what happened to the Sox during Theo's tenure.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Gert on April 02, 2019, 01:34:22 PM
Ronald Acuna and the Braves signed an 8 year, $100 million dollar deal today. Year seven and eight are worth $17 million each season and are team options.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 02, 2019, 02:03:34 PM
Sale is barely hitting 90 tonight.  How the fuck did he pass a physical before signing that extension?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on April 03, 2019, 01:45:13 AM
Juiced up for it. And then went "fuck it" after that.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 03, 2019, 05:39:36 AM
Aces all over the league are struggling. Aaron Nola gave up six runs in three innings today. Corey Kluber failed to get out of the fourth.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on April 03, 2019, 12:21:43 PM
Not Jacob deGrom.  7 scoreless today with 14 K's.  And he went yard as well
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 03, 2019, 03:20:45 PM
I have a conspiracy theory that the pitchers in the NL are hitting homers because they don't want the DH to happen.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 04, 2019, 12:14:53 AM
Thought about having fun with small sample sizes but for the most part it's still way too early. Miguel Cabrera is off to a terrible start, but so is Brandon Nimmo. Chris Davis is fun though. Last year he finished the season 1 for 37 in his last ten games. This season Davis is 0 for 14. So Chris Davis is now 1 for 51, an .020 batting average in his last 15 games. 28 strikeouts in 58 plate appearances. .121 OBP though, so he's got that going for him.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on April 04, 2019, 09:56:46 AM
small sample size?

Chris Davis is now 1 for his last 52(!) with 28 K's!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: OldSchoolWrestling on April 05, 2019, 03:15:01 AM
Speaking of Chris Davis, I live in the Bay Area, and am a lifelong A's fan. My good friend's wife will often place bets for her dad if she is in Reno or Tahoe for a weekend. Early last year, she asked her to put $50 on Khris Davis, of the hometown Oakland A's to win the HR title. You know what she did right?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 05, 2019, 07:25:30 AM
Speaking of Chris Davis, I live in the Bay Area, and am a lifelong A's fan. My good friend's wife will often place bets for her dad if she is in Reno or Tahoe for a weekend. Early last year, she asked her to put $50 on Khris Davis, of the hometown Oakland A's to win the HR title. You know what she did right?
Took the money and invested in real estate?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 05, 2019, 01:42:44 PM
Boston starters have allowed 22 home runs already.  Worst start for a WS winning team since the '98 Marlins (which were blown up and not given a bunch of extensions they aren't earning so far).
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 05, 2019, 03:35:12 PM
Fire Alex Cora


Hansel Robles came out the bullpen using The Undertaker's theme. The Angels should dim the lights as he runs out.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on April 05, 2019, 10:56:54 PM
Fire Alex Cora


Hansel Robles came out the bullpen using The Undertaker's theme. The Angels should dim the lights as he comes up out of the ground in foul territory.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 05, 2019, 11:10:41 PM
One thing I learned about Chris Davis, which I had no idea about, was his issues with ADHD and his switch to a new medication in 2015. Interesting and kind of sad story given his struggles in recent years. I'm sure the struggles haven't helped his condition and have probably had some form of a depression start taking effect.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-spring-training-0228-20150227-story.html
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on April 06, 2019, 10:14:36 AM
I think he also had to change his drugs not a year or two back due to the MLB program saying he couldn't take the one he was taking before. So he's probably been trying to find something since. Know how that feels since I'm not allowed to take my old drug for fibromyalgia anymore and need to take something else now. Could be effecting him terribly if it is anything like what I'm going through right now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 06, 2019, 10:30:38 AM
Gettingbto the ballpark for Red Sox at Diamondbacks tonight.  Only managed to get tickets for today’s game in the series but guess it worked out with NXT last night and WrestleMania tomorrow.

I’ve gone and seen the Red Sox elsewhere the past handful of years including a trip to Fenway in Papi’s retirement season but Boston actually hasn’t been to Arizona since 2007.  I went to every game that series and had tickets all over the park.  Nice seats tonight, hoping Sox get that third win of the season in my presence.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 06, 2019, 02:39:52 PM
So David Price had a quality start.  That's progress I guess.  Now they can actually try to win games!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 08, 2019, 06:08:48 AM
History on the line tonight in Baltimore. Chris Davis is on a 0 for 44 run dating back to last season. The record for consecutive hitless at bats is 46 by Eugenio Valez. Davis is hitting 6th tonight.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 08, 2019, 12:34:44 PM
History on the line tonight in Baltimore. Chris Davis is on a 0 for 44 run dating back to last season. The record for consecutive hitless at bats is 46 by Eugenio Valez. Davis is hitting 6th tonight.

HISTORY MADE IN CAMDEN YARDS, JESSE!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 09, 2019, 01:17:38 AM
And I think this is the point where I actively feel bad for Davis. The funny thing is looking at the list of guys who hit below the Mendoza line for a season, most of them bounced back. Rob Deer, Dal Maxvill, Adam Dunn, B.J. Upton, Reggie Jackson all had good years left. There are young guys on the list like Eddie Joost who became all stars. Hell, younger Chris Davis is on the list! He's bad, he might be washed up. But even this level isn't sustainable for someone of his talent.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on April 09, 2019, 11:50:27 AM
Jacob deGrom's quality start streak has come to an end tonight against the Twins.  He remains tied with Bob Gibson at 26
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on April 09, 2019, 09:30:55 PM
Al, you left a big name off that list in a Mark McGwire. He sure bounced back.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on April 09, 2019, 09:32:29 PM
I stand corrected. I thought he was just below .200 in 1991 but it was .201. Forget I said anything. I should have looked first.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 10, 2019, 04:47:27 AM
I just stopped looking before I got that far. There's only so many Mark Reynolds seasons the human brain can process.

Following the Indians/Tigers a bit. The Indians are playing a double play combo of Max Moroff and Eric Stamets. I know Lindor is injured, but that's a terrible duo to play for a contending team. It's amazing how the Indians came up with Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor and are determined to do nothing to support that.

I'll even go this far. 10-15 years from now when Jacobs Field closes in on 40, I bet the Indians threaten to leave Cleveland.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 10, 2019, 07:01:36 AM
Killing time at work. The top 30 center fielders of all time.

1. Willie Mays
2. Ty Cobb
3. Mickey Mantle
4. Tris Speaker
5. Joe Dimaggio
6. Ken Griffey Jr.
7. Mike Trout
8. Duke Snider
9. Carlos Beltran
10. Richie Ashburn
11. Kenny Lofton
12. Andruw Jones
13. Reggie Smith
14. Jim Edmonds
15. Larry Doby
16. Kirby Puckett
17. Jim Wynn
18. Earl Averill
19. Willie Davis
20. Cesar Cedeno
21. Fred Lynn
22. Chet Lemon
23. Dale Murphy
24. Max Carey
25. Bernie Williams
26. Hack Wilson
27. Johnny Damon
28. Brett Butler
29. Andrew McCutchen
30. Curtis Granderson

Honorable Mention:
Wally Berger, Ellis Burks, Curt Flood, Torii Hunter, Edd Roush

I didn't try to rate Negro League outfielders. If I did, Oscar Charleston and Cool Papa Bell would make the list. Possibly a few others but trying to rank down ballot black ballplayers is difficult, especially when trying to parse between LF-CF-RF.

Andre Dawson I didn't consider because he played less than 40% of his games in center. If you ranked him he would probably be either above or below Richie Ashburn.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 10, 2019, 11:55:51 PM
Good call on Kenny Lofton, one of my favorite 1990s lead off hitters. He tends to get fairly underrated because of the names who hit behind him in Cleveland but he was a prototypical lead off hitter of the era: Capable of a .315 BA consistently at his peak, solid Doubles power, could steal bases at a good clip, and drew more walks than expected.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 11, 2019, 01:13:05 AM
From 1992-96 Lofton had a .382 OBP, led the league in steals every season, stole bases at an 82% rate and won four gold gloves. That seems like a significant peak. Baseball-Reference's WAR figures think his defense pushes him above the Hall of Fame line. I don't know if that's certain, but he's absolutely a viable candidate.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 11, 2019, 01:41:56 AM
From 1992-96 Lofton had a .382 OBP, led the league in steals every season, stole bases at an 82% rate and won four gold gloves. That seems like a significant peak. Baseball-Reference's WAR figures think his defense pushes him above the Hall of Fame line. I don't know if that's certain, but he's absolutely a viable candidate.

Even stretching that from 1992-1998, you have a guy who hit .313 and slugged .432 while routinely hitting 30 Doubles a year and stealing almost 55 bases a year at a very high success rate.

Arguably a very similar peak to Tim Raines' 1985-1992 although Raines was a more efficient base stealer and got on base more but Lofton hit for a higher average with a bit more gap power.

His JAWS score is right in line too including a 55.9 against a 57.8 for the average HOF CFer. His peak is a hair under at 43.4 against 44.5 but Lofton is pretty worthy.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 11, 2019, 03:37:46 AM
Raines is a good comparison. Lofton was a lesser hitter but a better fielder, a CF as compared to Raines in left.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 11, 2019, 12:32:32 PM
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 11, 2019, 02:53:01 PM
Didn't post from my trip to Red Sox-Diamondbacks last weekend that Wilmer Flores song for when he comes to the plate is the Friends theme song.  Thought it was strange though I found out later that he learned English by wtching the show, so I guess it makes more sense.

The other music that made me chuckle was Greg Holland has this big light and video show set to Snoop Dogg "Lay Low" when he comes in the game, which seemed out of place and made me laugh.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 13, 2019, 04:18:25 AM
CHRIS DAVIS GOT A HIT AND DROVE IN 2 RUNS AS A BONUS CELEBRATE!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 13, 2019, 04:18:35 AM
Chris Davis just got a hit against the Red Sox

RBI 2 run single.  And he asked for the ball!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 13, 2019, 04:33:29 AM
Send Porcello to Portland for that.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 15, 2019, 05:42:27 AM
Chris Davis hit his first home run.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on April 15, 2019, 06:55:22 AM
Now watch Chris Davis climb his average to .275 after all of this, where he's starts tearing off the ball all the time.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 16, 2019, 06:01:54 AM
Philadelphia officially announced as 2026 All Star host. 2021-25 haven't been determined yet. 2026 is the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Speculation is that some effort will be made to get the NBA and NHL all star games as well.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on April 16, 2019, 11:00:25 AM
Phillies score 10 runs in the 1st against the Mets.  Mets pitching has been a shitstorm so far this season
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 17, 2019, 12:17:11 AM
The defense did the Mets no favors. Segura committed two errors that should have been two outs and maybe three. The first double Realmuto hit probably gets caught by a better center fielder. And Realmuto's second double should have been caught by McNeil. I guess when you give up two home runs and two doubles in eight batters it doesn't matter. But Matz got no breaks whatsoever.

I wonder if it's really the defense hurting the Mets. They lead the league in strikeouts and hits allowed. McNeil played very little outfield in the minors, Nimmo probably isn't a natural center fielder, Alonso isn't in the majors for his defense and I don't know if Robinson Cano has lost a step, but that's possible. That stuff can add up and hurt a team.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on April 17, 2019, 11:08:59 AM
Joey Votto has played for 13 years, and today did something for the first time in his MLB career. (https://www.mlb.com/news/joey-votto-pops-out-to-1b-for-first-time-in-career)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on April 19, 2019, 04:31:59 AM
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on April 19, 2019, 08:09:26 AM
DeGrom has a bad elbow. Not good.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on April 19, 2019, 08:35:24 AM
Yeah headed back to NY for MRI.  Oh well..
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on April 20, 2019, 11:10:47 AM
He threw a ball around the outfield today, and said he was fine.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 21, 2019, 02:09:20 AM
Going to go and see the Padres play the Reds. My first Padres game was on a Easter Sunday eight years ago. I've never seen the Reds play and they're about to sweep the Pads.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 21, 2019, 07:25:33 AM
Dodgers continue to rake the hell out of the baseball. Somebody give their hitting coach a bonus.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 22, 2019, 12:28:22 AM
Dodgers continue to rake the hell out of the baseball. Somebody give their hitting coach a bonus.
This could be Cody Bellinger's breakout into superstardom.

Christian Yelich leads MLB with 13 home runs. The Marlins have made some bad trades but giving up Yelich might be an all timer.

The Red Sox may have saved their season sweeping the Rays in St. Petersburg.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on April 22, 2019, 12:52:44 AM
Dodgers continue to rake the hell out of the baseball. Somebody give their hitting coach a bonus.
This could be Cody Bellinger's breakout into superstardom.

Christian Yelich leads MLB with 13 home runs. The Marlins have made some bad trades but giving up Yelich might be an all timer.

The Red Sox may have saved their season sweeping the Rays in St. Petersburg.

He's always been a very good hitter, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him get popped. His HR totals are 4, 9, 7, 21, 18, 36, and so far 13 this year. This also wouldn't be the first time we see a Brewer popped for PEDs. I'm not saying he is, at least until he fails a test, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see it happen at this point.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 22, 2019, 01:10:17 AM
I'm not naïve enough to say anyone is clean. But Yelich has followed a normal aging curve and in Miami he played in one of the toughest home run parks in baseball. There's two factors that explain a home run increase.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on April 22, 2019, 03:01:48 AM
I'm not naïve enough to say anyone is clean. But Yelich has followed a normal aging curve and in Miami he played in one of the toughest home run parks in baseball. There's two factors that explain a home run increase.

Also with the rise in the way players are adjusting their swing/employing launch angles and emphasizing more uppercut swing types, it could be just a simple change in that aspect. One of the fascinating aspects of the book Astroball was reading J.D. Martinez's decision to completely alter his swing to more of an uppercut HR style swing after studying great hitters and realizing, "(His) swing looked nothing like (them)," while he was struggling in the Houston system before his monster HR breakouts.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 23, 2019, 07:56:48 AM
I saw the Padres beat the Reds. It was the first time I've seen them win at home since May 21, 2017. I don't go to that many games but still. 
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on April 27, 2019, 05:03:55 AM
MLB Network spent all day hyping Vlad Jr. I felt bad for him cause it had to have been a lot of pressure. He went 1 for 4 with a double.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on April 28, 2019, 10:55:42 AM
"Chris Sale not having a single win yet" is certainly not something you'd expect to read a month into the season.  Remarkable that this same exact team (more or less) won 108 last year.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 29, 2019, 01:11:43 AM
I tuned in for the last two innings of the Padres/Nationals game. Fernando Tatis left the game with an injury in the 11th. The mlb.com version of the box score notes Wil Myers moved from LF to 3B and Manny Machado moved to short. What actually happened was that Machado stayed at third to defend against a bunt while Myers manned shortstop. With two strikes, then Myers moved over to third. When Howie Kendick came up Myers moved over to second while Kinsler played third.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on April 30, 2019, 03:22:11 AM
Random Stuff:

-Chris Davis since April 13: .343/.378/.686. 35 at bats, 3 home runs, 11 RBIs.

-Number one overall pick Casey Mize started in Lakeland and in four starts struck out 25 batters in 26 innings and walked one. 0.35 ERA. The Tigers moved him up to AA Erie and he threw a no hitter in his first start there.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 03, 2019, 10:37:12 PM
Josh Phegley went insane with a HR, 2 Doubles, and 8 RBI last night for Oakland in a 4-5 night.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/athletics-vs-pirates/2019/05/03/566193#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=566193
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 04, 2019, 01:31:35 PM
The Cincinnati Reds released Matt Kemp.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 05, 2019, 10:31:32 AM
The Yankees and Twins are fighting like hell to get their game in today because they don't play against each other again this year. The schedule is complete nonsense. The Cardinals and Brewers played ten times in the Cardinals' first 24 games. The Phillies travel to Atlanta in June and July on consecutive road trips. There's no rhythm or design to it whatsoever.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: JHawk on May 05, 2019, 10:34:06 AM
The Yankees and Twins are fighting like hell to get their game in today because they don't play against each other again this year. The schedule is complete nonsense. The Cardinals and Brewers played ten times in the Cardinals' first 24 games. The Phillies travel to Atlanta in June and July on consecutive road trips. There's no rhythm or design to it whatsoever.
Even weirder is the Twins-Yankees game was a 4pm start for some reason.  Had it been the usual 1pm start, they'd have gotten it in without needing the rain delay
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on May 07, 2019, 05:29:58 PM
Mike Fiers threw a no hitter against the Reds.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on May 08, 2019, 09:00:49 AM
Addison Russell returns for the Cubs tonight.

*boo*
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on May 08, 2019, 09:29:04 AM
Addison Russell returns for the Cubs tonight.

*boo*

Hope he looks good then they trade him as fast as they can. Fuck that guy.

It looks like Ben Zobrist got sent to the restricted list for personal reasons. It seems like him and his wife split up or something as she has deleted her twitter and deleted all Instagram pictures that had Ben in them.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 09, 2019, 01:01:24 AM
Discussion Prompt/Poll. Which currently below .500 team is most likely to win their division?

-Braves
-Mets
-Nationals
-Rockies
-Athletics
-Other

The Nationals are 14-22 which has to be disconcerting considering all the money they pushed into their pitching staff. If they do not turn things around I imagine Sean Doolittle becomes an attractive trade piece. The NL East teams have played each other quite a bit, now they're entering a stretch where they play many more games outside of their division.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 09, 2019, 02:46:20 AM
Discussion Prompt/Poll. Which currently below .500 team is most likely to win their division?

-Braves
-Mets
-Nationals
-Rockies
-Athletics
-Other

The Nationals are 14-22 which has to be disconcerting considering all the money they pushed into their pitching staff. If they do not turn things around I imagine Sean Doolittle becomes an attractive trade piece. The NL East teams have played each other quite a bit, now they're entering a stretch where they play many more games outside of their division.

I went with the Atlanta Braves. Their offense has been hot with legitimate bats up & down throughout the lineup but their pitching has been awful with the exception of a few arms. I don't think Fried/Soroka can necessarily keep it up but on the flipside I think Teheran and Gausman are both capable of turning around and having a couple hot months.

If Philadelphia or another NL East team treads water for a bit, I think Atlanta can get just hot enough to surge forward.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on May 09, 2019, 05:31:46 AM
I think the A's could do it.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 11, 2019, 02:05:01 PM
The Blue Jays acquired Edwin Jackson from the A’s. When Jackson takes the field for the Jays, it’ll be his 14th different major league team. A new record.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 12, 2019, 04:30:05 AM
I remember when Jackson was getting some hype as a Dodgers prospect but he seemed to hit AAA and just melt down since. He's had a few okay seasons but nothing like what he could've been.

To his credit he's stuck around as a legitimate MLB Player for a long career however.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 12, 2019, 05:07:46 AM
I always remember that Jackson No Hitter he threw for the D-Backs back in 2010.  He had some hype before he got here in Detroit hence why the D-backs traded a young pitcher by the name of Max Scherzer in the deal for him...

Watching the Red Sox and Mariners right now, when I am not being distracted by Old Man Jay Bruce dropping easy fly balls, I saw on the ticker the Royals have a guy tearing it up and his name is Whit Merrifield.  He doesn't sound like a baseball player, he sounds like a guy that wrote for the newspaper in the 1930s.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on May 12, 2019, 09:37:49 AM
https://nypost.com/2019/05/12/lights-go-out-during-yankees-rays-at-tropicana-field/
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 12, 2019, 09:39:16 AM
Not clicking any story about the Yankees but gonna assume if lights went out that Sting was there when they came back on
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on May 14, 2019, 10:46:27 PM
Chris Sale went nuts with a 17 K performance against Colorado. In his last 3 starts he's struck out 41 in 21 IP.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 16, 2019, 10:26:03 PM
Marlins in May: 400 ABs, hitting .203 as a team with ONE home run.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on May 17, 2019, 01:53:23 AM
Christian Yelich: 18 HRs
Miami Marlins: 24 HRs
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Cartman on May 17, 2019, 12:49:44 PM
Don't forget Ozuna...
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 17, 2019, 01:18:04 PM
And the Marlins scored seven runs off deGrom because of course they did. The
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on May 19, 2019, 06:12:23 AM
LOL Mets just got swept by the Marlins.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Aero on May 19, 2019, 06:50:50 AM
And managed 3 hits over the last 18 innings...
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on May 19, 2019, 07:27:18 AM
Can't see how Callaway isn't fired after this weekend but this is the Mets.....  oh well I'm numb to this shit now so...
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on May 19, 2019, 10:38:02 AM
Can't see how Callaway isn't fired after this weekend but this is the Mets.....  oh well I'm numb to this shit now so...

And it will do nothing for the team. It might give them a kick in the ass at first, but whoever they bring in will just be another "Yes" man to the owners. They aren't going to bring in anyone, Manager or GM, that is going to butt heads with them over anything like actually bringing in talent. The hitting has been shit since April ended, the pitching is crap, including DeGrom, and they have no heart. It all starts at the top as there is just a toxic environment around this team, and the owners will never change.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 20, 2019, 02:34:39 AM
Firing Callaway might shake up the team. I don't know if any manager could've done much better with this group. Almost everything the Mets spent money on has turned to garbage. Robinson Cano isn't performing. Yoenis Cespedes hasn't played this season. Jed Lowrie hasn't played yet either. Wilson Ramos isn't hitting, nor is Todd Frazier. The only bright spots on the Mets seem to be their homegrown talent.

Their pitching is disappointing, but it's a case where I would take a hard look at their defense. Alonso at first, everyone knew his glove was questionable. I don't know how Cano is fielding but he's 36. Jeff McNeil is a newbie in LF. Third base probably isn't J.D. Davis's best position. Altogether that's doing the pitching no favors. As far as deGrom, his ERAs in 2016-17 were above three. He's unlikely to truly replicate 2018, most pitchers don't repeat a performance like that. He's better than his performance thus far, but I'd temper expectations.

Looking at the rest of baseball, the standings are sorting themselves out a bit. The bottom feeders are out of contention, the Houston Astros have essentially clinched already. The Mets are 6.5 out and the Nationals are even worse at eight back. The East looks like another fight between the Phils and Braves. The Dodgers are probably unbeatable in the West, the Twins lead the Indians in the AL Central, the AL East looks interesting, and the NL Central looks like the best race.

I caught the Pirates a bit over the weekend and they look like a good team again. Josh Bell has broke out, Bryan Reynolds, Gregory Polanco and Melky Cabrera are having nice seasons. Cole Tucker has struggled but I can see him improving fast. The pitching staff is good. They could be a sleeper this summer.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on May 20, 2019, 07:55:49 AM
Cespedes fractured his ankle on his farm. LolMets
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 21, 2019, 02:46:27 AM
Because every team needs an All Star. Team leaders in WAR among last place teams.

BAL: SP John Means, 5-4, 2.68 ERA, 1.5 WAR
KC: 3B Hunter Dozier, .303/.398/.574, 9 HRs, 1.8 WAR
SEA: RF Mitch Haniger, .237/.332/.505, 12 HRs, 1.6 WAR, Former All Star
MIA: SP Caleb Smith, 3-2, 2.25 ERA, 1.5 WAR
CIN: SP Luis Castillo, 5-1, 1.90 ERA, 2.5 WAR
SF: 3B/UT Pablo Sandoval, .291/.315/.651, 1.3 WAR

Differences of 1 WAR are essentially negligible so when you have 50+ pitchers sitting between 1.0 and 2.0, it's hard to say who actually deserves to be an All Star just yet. Except Castillo, he's exceptional. I've seen Caleb Smith pitch against the Phils, he's legit. Dozier leads AL third basemen in WAR. We know what Haniger can do, his average is low but he hits for power. And Pablo is probably a fluke but I'd rather see him than generic reliever #58 trot in.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Brooklyn Zoo on May 22, 2019, 11:30:03 AM
Yankees vs Orioles

https://youtu.be/fmjaYAF6GJY
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 23, 2019, 12:27:32 AM
The Orioles are on pace to obliterate the record for home runs allowed in a season. The 2017 Reds allowed 258 home runs. (The highest total by a team not in the last two seasons was 241 by the '96 Tigers, FWIW.) The Orioles have allowed 105 HRs in 49 games. They are on pace to allow 347.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on May 27, 2019, 05:16:06 AM
Bill Buckner passes away at 69

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26832836/bill-buckner-dies-69-battling-dementia
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 27, 2019, 08:34:18 AM
Leaders in AB/SO in the expansion era (min. 3000 PAs)

1. Felix Millan (23.9)
2. Bobby Richardson (22.9)
3. Glenn Beckert (21.4)
4. Tony Gwynn (21.4)
5. Bill Buckner (20.7)

Buckner rarely struck out, rarely walked, never hit 20 home runs in a season. Not quite a career .300 hitter though he hit .300 in five seasons. An interesting player who played a long time and accumulated a lot of hits.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on May 27, 2019, 10:36:39 AM
Dustin Pedroia is back on the IL.  I doubt he plays another inning (at least for the Red Sox).
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 29, 2019, 01:07:30 PM
Congratulations to the Nationals for finally building a lead their bullpen can hold.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on May 29, 2019, 02:37:03 PM
An infant was struck with a foul ball at the Cubs/Astros game tonight.  Just terrible news.  Albert Almora Jr of the Cubs came off the field in tears.  Awful. 

Well apparently the young girl is 4 and is doing okay now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on May 29, 2019, 04:35:48 PM
If MLB wants to extend the netting around the field, I'm fine with it. I hate the takes where they say pay attention. Balls are flying 90+ mphs in the stands. Most people can't react to that.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on May 29, 2019, 05:37:53 PM
They definitely need to extend the netting. This happens way to much . I'm so glad the little girl is alright. I felt awful for Almora and Jason Heyward proves why he is on the team by rushing in and consoling him. He's a great dude and a great lockeroom presence. Almora having a kid around the same age makes it even worse. The whole thing was just really hard to watch and is awful for everyone involved.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on May 29, 2019, 11:21:28 PM
Apparently a female security guard came over and told Almora that the girl was okay. Of course he sobs out tears of joy, and the security guard hugs him in comfort. It was a very touching moment that I didn't expect a security guard to show. Simply because of this day and age we live in.

I'm very glad that girl is okay. Getting hit by an 80+ foul ball is insane.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on May 30, 2019, 02:39:22 AM
I read on Twitter that Statcast had that ball at 1.2 seconds from bat to fan. Jeff Passan on ESPN.com confirms it. 1.2 seconds, 160 feet. Over 90 mph. I could stare at the batter, see that coming off the bat directly towards me and I would still stand a strong chance of getting hurt. If I ducked, it would hit someone else. Catch it? Laughable. Any safety measure MLB can take is a positive.

And good on Almora. I'm going to root for him for a long time.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on May 30, 2019, 05:14:30 AM
 :o Holy fuck. I didn't know it was straight off the bat. God damn! I'm so glad the girl is okay. That's insane. I would've thought she died from that. Gods, I feel even more sorry for Almora.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on May 30, 2019, 06:11:00 AM
Almora basically said in a post game interview that he's gonna continue to check on and stay in touch with the kid  and her family after all this. This could've ended up so much worse, but it's still a harrowing experience for all.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on June 03, 2019, 06:09:44 PM
Carlos Gonzalez has always dominated the Cubs, but he was recently signed by them after getting waived by Cleveland. He's been really bad for a bit, but if he can make plays like this


It is exactly what the Cubs need right now. Ben Zobrist is so distraught from his divorce that he may not return and will just retire. The Cubs need a veteran who can make clutch plays and build momentum. Cargo will have bad games, but if he plays around the same level Zobrist was the last three years then the Cubs will be even more dangerous.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 04, 2019, 01:04:09 AM
I remember thinking Carlos Gonzalez could be the next Rockies Larry Walker when his career was starting out but the injury in 2014 seemed to really set his career back. From 2008-2013 he had a 125 OPS+, 125 HR, 107 SB (against 26 CS), and was a career .300 hitter.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 04, 2019, 02:31:22 AM
Oddly Gonzalez's closest comparable player pre-injury was Raul Mondesi. Post injury Gonzalez lined up with Walker twice. CarGo never had the arm strength of either player. I kind of like the Mondesi comp better. Walker was a legit five tool monster.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on June 05, 2019, 11:48:37 AM
Craig Kimbrel to Cubs. Could be a move that screws us but they needed to address the Bullpen. If Morrow does come back and you have Kimbrel/Morrow/Strop/Montgomery/Chatwood/Cishek/Edwards/Kintzler and that's potentially an elite pen. Even without Morrow it is dangerous and great. I'm happy with the move.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 06, 2019, 12:51:03 AM
The deal really strikes me as low risk in the grand scheme of things. $43 million, it's only money. Money sitting on a shelf can't win you more ball games. The only way a contract really hurts you is if a player is blocking a roster spot. For a pitcher, you either move him to a lower leverage spot, or he's probably hurt anyway.

Speaking of hurt relievers, the Phils have six of them now. Robertson, Neshek, Morgan, Dominguez, Ramos, Arano. Watching pitching staffs in 2019 is a blast.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on June 06, 2019, 12:24:49 PM
Dallas Keuchel agrees to terms with The Braves
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 08, 2019, 04:39:51 PM
I've become so cranky and old. There was a woman and her family sitting next to me at the Angels game. She was on her phone about 90% of the time. She'd look up people were cheering or the fan cam was on. Anyway, Tommy LaStella, Trout, and Ohtani hit consecutive home runs.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on June 09, 2019, 05:57:06 AM
So Callaway has let it be known that Met starting pitchers will be pushed to the 115-120'pitch limit from now on.  Matz threw 120 in 6 innings last night.  I'm sure this will end well.  Although I almost can't blame the guy with how terrible the pen is
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 12, 2019, 12:10:21 PM
https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/bzufch/plan_to_bring_mlb_to_vegas_rumored_announcement/
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 13, 2019, 01:29:16 PM
Ohtani hit for the cycle. He's the first Japanese born player to do that.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on June 13, 2019, 02:05:09 PM
I heard that earlier and was surprised.  I really would've assumed Ichiro did it at some point.  Saw some pieces on Ohtani while he was still in Japan, really hope to see him do well.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 14, 2019, 12:13:56 AM
Ichiro seems like the only other one who could've done it, unless two outfielders had simultaneous heart attacks while Hideki Matsui played.

This was just Ohtani's third career triple. Doubtless he will hit more in his career, but two players hit for the cycle in their careers with just two career triples. Eric Valent (Mets) and Bill Salkeld (Pirates). Otis Clymer made the most of his second and last career home run, hitting for the cycle that day.

Ty Cobb never cycled. 675 doubles, 276 triples, 110 home runs.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on June 14, 2019, 12:04:40 PM
The Red Sox have 6 homers tonight and we aren't even through the 5th.  Guess who they're playing?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on June 15, 2019, 02:43:11 PM
The Mariners traded Edwin Encarnacion to the Yankees
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on June 16, 2019, 12:54:09 PM
EE wasn't a need but the Yankees gave up nothing for him, Seattle is picking up most of his $ this year, he kills Boston, and another AL contender would have traded for him if we didn't.  Lineup is gonna be a Murderer's Row if Judge and Stanton come back and hit like they should.

My only big concern here is that they might trade Clint Frazier, who just got sent down to AAA, for pitching.  I really like him and feel like he's too young and too good an athlete for his defensive struggles to be a forever thing.  They have a lot of other prospects they can use, Frazier is MLB ready, young, cost-controlled, and Brett Gardner will be gone after this year.  If he can get the errors under control I'm sure he can be a passable LF in time
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on June 18, 2019, 05:14:20 AM
Actually, the player that the Mariners got back in the EE deal was someone they traded to the Yankees originally, so yeah. Yankees really didn't give up anything for EE.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on June 20, 2019, 04:57:50 AM
https://www.tsn.ca/mlb-reportedly-okays-the-tampa-bay-rays-to-explore-into-playing-some-of-season-in-montreal-1.1325846
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 20, 2019, 05:15:23 AM
I just read that. Woah.

It has to suck for the players because it doesn't feel like you have a home game. It'd be cool to see the Rays and Jays play in Montreal.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Hawk 34 on June 20, 2019, 08:23:28 AM
I finally went to a game at Tropicana a week ago.  I liked the area but that building is awful, it was a horrible combination of a stale shopping mall and a poorly maintained YMCA.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on June 20, 2019, 08:27:50 AM
I finally went to a game at Tropicana a week ago.  I liked the area but that building is awful, it was a horrible combination of a stale shopping mall and a poorly maintained YMCA.

I've been by there lots as I love North Beach at Fort De Soto and it is right at the same exit, but I've never actually been inside.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 20, 2019, 11:35:27 AM
I thought Tropicana was fine. I don’t need a luxury palace to watch a freaking baseball game. When you give the choice as $800 million of taxpayer money or the perfectly cromulent stadium that already exists, the answer should be obvious. The location is the real problem. You can’t count on half your fans commuting across the bay every weeknight.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Gert on June 20, 2019, 12:00:04 PM
I agree with Al, the location is awful and truthfully was a poor decision even in '98 or when they thought about giving them a franchise.

This is not a good idea for MLB, if it isn't working out in Tampa/St. Pete and they think Montreal is more viable long term, just go.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 20, 2019, 01:55:32 PM
They actually started building in 1986. St. Petersburg and Tampa are in different counties, Pinellas County ultimately funded the project.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 20, 2019, 02:13:11 PM
Both the White Sox and Giants threatened to move there when they started building it.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on June 22, 2019, 12:42:51 PM
What makes the Astros turn into the .Mets when they play at Yankee stadium?  For such a great team they suddenly seem to forget how to play baseball when they get there
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on June 23, 2019, 10:18:06 AM
Mickey Callaway reportedly had a confrontation with a reporter after today's horrendous late inning loss to the Cubs.  Apparently he called a a reporter a "motherfucker" and then Jason Vargas attempted to fight the reporter.  So yeah now we are reliving the early 90s era in Mets folklore.

Knowing how conscious Mets brass is of PR I would not be surprised to see Callaway fired over this.

And meanwhile the Phillies are on a free fall.  Can't see Kapler keeping his job if they don't turn things around soon
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 23, 2019, 01:24:37 PM
Bring back Bobby V!
(http://www.mlb.com/images/7/7/8/233841778/060117_mlb_gif_valentine_lurking_med_f27pwwk0.gif)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 23, 2019, 02:08:13 PM
https://www.mlb.com/news/mariano-rivera-home-run

I love Mo so much.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 25, 2019, 05:38:56 AM
Stu Sternberg and the Rays held a press conference trying to push the two cities idea. This is 100% about trying to play St. Petersburg/Tampa and Montreal against each other and seeing who blinks first and finances a stadium. I think the Rays have destroyed their fanbase in the Tampa Bay area. Who would blame the locals for not supporting the team now?
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Post by: Thrasher on June 25, 2019, 06:02:54 AM

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on June 29, 2019, 04:44:21 AM
Of all the stadiums to emulate for the London series, Oakland wouldn't be the one I would have chosen.  Also, it's like 385 to center which lol.  I wonder if they want a lot of offense in this series?

Porcello should be first on the trading block, but who the fuck wants him?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on June 29, 2019, 05:02:40 AM
On pace for a 9 hour game.  So nothing surprising.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on June 29, 2019, 06:17:21 AM
Of all the stadiums to emulate for the London series, Oakland wouldn't be the one I would have chosen.  Also, it's like 385 to center which lol.  I wonder if they want a lot of offense in this series?

Porcello should be first on the trading block, but who the fuck wants him?
It’s shoehorned into a former Olympic stadium. What else could they do? Though I do have an idea where anytime they play in a non baseball stadium, they should drop home plate from a helicopter and build the field around it wherever it lands.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on June 29, 2019, 09:58:17 AM
I see that the Yankees and Red Sox setback baseball by decades by having such a high scoring game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on June 30, 2019, 02:48:37 AM
They just need 11 more combined runs today to top the 2 game runs scored record of 46 between the two teams.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on June 30, 2019, 03:33:43 PM
It's not even the All-Star break and the Red Sox bullpen looks completely cooked.  Letting Kimbrel and Kelly walk wasn't the problem, it was not even bothering to replace them with anything approaching quality and just slapping a pen together with hope and spit. 
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: MFer on July 01, 2019, 02:23:15 AM
Happy Bobby Bonilla Day ya'll!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 01, 2019, 02:56:49 AM
The annual highlight of the season for Mets fans!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Slayer on July 01, 2019, 03:15:32 AM
Gonna be the stick-in-the-mud here but: meh.  It's become one of those things that was vaguely amusing at first but, like most everything else, the internet managed to drive quickly it into the ground

Also considering their total payroll Bonilla's payout is, what, barely 1%?  Not exactly a budgetary albatross for the team
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 01, 2019, 03:30:17 AM
(http://media.giphy.com/media/qLNKOdMZDcYla/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 01, 2019, 06:48:21 AM
I think it colors Bonilla's career with the Mets a bit unfairly. The Mets traded for Bonilla before the 1999 season (shedding $4.5 million in payroll with Mel Rojas, who was cooked). Bonilla had a terrible 1999. But Bonilla had 3.5 good years with the Mets from 1992-95 and he was a net positive for the franchise on the field. The absurdity is the terms of the buyout. But I don't think it's really an indication of anything bad on Bonilla's part, apart from him aging.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 01, 2019, 07:08:33 AM
Bonilla was a good player. Growing up watching a good amount of Pirates baseball, back when living in PA, I was always a fan. More power to him for getting an awesome buyout at the end.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 01, 2019, 08:22:52 AM
Apparently Angels SP Tyler Skaggs passed away. Cause of death is unknown.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 01, 2019, 08:41:02 AM
I remember seeing Skaggs a fair amount with the DBacks and being disappointed when he was traded.  Always shocking when someone goes this young.  My first thought gravitated to the ex-Dbacks pitcher that got injured by his drone but then remembered that was Trevor Bauer after he was in Cleveland.  Skaggs was found in his hotel room so very curious what comes of this.

The Angels game in Texas tonight has been cancelled.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on July 01, 2019, 11:06:38 AM
Apparently Angels SP Tyler Skaggs passed away. Cause of death is unknown.

RIP
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Post by: Amy pats fan on July 01, 2019, 11:53:26 AM
Awful news.  Young guy who's best days on the mound may have been ahead of him.  I remember him as a highly regarded prospect who got set back a bit by TJ.  Looked like he'd been pitching decent so far this season.

RIP
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 02, 2019, 06:58:13 AM
The Rangers and Angels will play tonight. From a practical standpoint, the Angels haven't enjoyed good starting pitching this year. Skaggs was possibly their most dependable starter and this makes things all the more difficult.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on July 02, 2019, 01:25:45 PM
Autopsy results are being withheld at the family's request til after the season.  Kind of points to the cause of death being the obvious one
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 02, 2019, 01:34:39 PM
Autopsy results are being withheld at the family's request til after the season.  Kind of points to the cause of death being the obvious one
Serial pillist?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on July 02, 2019, 01:38:10 PM
Has to be.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 06, 2019, 09:33:58 AM
Carlos Carrasco of the Indians is being treated for leukemia  :-\
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: The Art of Rasslin' on July 10, 2019, 07:52:53 AM
https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-will-experiment-with-stealing-first-base-in-atlantic-league-165213306.html

this sounds pretty cool.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 10, 2019, 08:13:00 AM
I actually like that idea, a lot.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on July 10, 2019, 02:09:24 PM
that's a neat idea. i like it.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 11, 2019, 01:52:50 AM
I heard a bit on the origins of the dropped third strike rule recently. At first glance it makes no sense but it comes from the version of ball where you toss the ball up yourself and try to hit it. If you didn't hit it on three tries, the ball became live.

I think the biggest problem with this rule proposal is the catcher. Francisco Cervelli recently gave up catching because of concussions. He's not the first. Tommy Joseph had to quit catching a few years ago, and concussions forced Mike Matheny to quit. In an era where catchers' health is an issue, I don't think a rule that essentially requires max effort from catchers on every pitch is what the game needs right now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 11, 2019, 04:42:48 AM
They can add more excitement to games if the hitting team earns a run if the batter can successfully stab the pitcher without getting tagged out.  They could test that in the Pacific Coast League.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Hawk 34 on July 11, 2019, 05:23:01 AM
Or the California Penal League!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on July 12, 2019, 04:20:48 PM
Angels throw a combined no-hitter the same night they honor Tyler Skaggs.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 13, 2019, 12:03:13 AM
I'm just read the last combined no hitter in California 7/13/1991. Tyler Skaggs was born 7/13/1991. The Angels no hitter 7/12/2019.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on July 13, 2019, 02:02:59 AM
I'm just read the last combined no hitter in California 7/13/1991. Tyler Skaggs was born 7/13/1991. The Angels no hitter 7/12/2019.

Baseball's so strange and magical.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 13, 2019, 04:32:30 AM
And Debbie Skaggs threw a strike off the mound before the game. The Angels couldn't have asked or even expected a better first home game back.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on July 16, 2019, 12:38:56 PM
Andrew Cashner fits right in with this rotation: he can't go more than 5 innings either.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on July 21, 2019, 03:10:40 AM
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on July 25, 2019, 05:47:33 AM
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-edwin-encarnacion-parrot-gleyber-torres-home-run-20190725-6n76mujzqfaeph7y2e4mlnokle-story.html
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on July 25, 2019, 12:07:44 PM
Masahiro Tanaka's line tonight:  3.1 innings pitched 12(!) earned runs!!!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on July 25, 2019, 01:27:07 PM
The Sox and Yanks are playing in London again..... oh wait.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on July 28, 2019, 09:06:36 AM
Jays traded Marcus Stroman to the Mets.

Have no idea idea what the Mets are doing but it will certainly result in lolzmetz
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: treble on July 28, 2019, 09:07:36 AM
Looks like the Jays are trading Stroman to the Mets.

I'm not sure what the return is, but Stroman is the best pitcher the organization has developed since Roy Halladay. I'm sure he's a bit of a headache to deal with at times, but he's shown a willingness to sign an extension (I'm sure at least some of that was posturing on his part, trying to protect his HDMH brand with Blue Jays and Canadian fans), but for a team that has a terrible track record attracting free agents over the past 25 years and with a pretty thin pitching prospect pool right now, keeping a decent veteran pitcher around for when guys like Guerrero and Bichette hit their prime would seem like a good idea.

I also feel like Stroman probably thought he was going to a pennant race and now he has to go to the Mets. Ouch.

The Jays also traded Eric Sogard to the Rays. Sogard has actually been pretty good this year and the fact that he was even a trade chip means he was a pretty good acquisition for the team since he was just signed to a minor league contract.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on July 28, 2019, 09:16:41 AM
Yeah this is a weird trade.  I'm sure the Mets gave up way too much because it's the ... Mets.  I have no idea what's going on.

And yeah Stroman going to a team that's not in s pennant race.  Lol total lateral move
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: treble on July 28, 2019, 09:21:30 AM
Yeah this is a weird trade.  I'm sure the Mets gave up way too much because it's the ... Mets.  I have no idea what's going on.
Blue Jays Twitter is already shitting its pants that the Jays didn't get enough because the Mets don't have enough high end pitching prospects. But, 85% of them are predisposed to disliking Shapiro and Atkins because they're not Alex Anthopoulos, so you can take that with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on July 28, 2019, 10:13:50 AM
Well reports are Mets are going to deal Noah Syndergaard now. So I guess this move was to replace him.  So a whole bunch of nothing just winding up back in the same place. Lol
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on July 29, 2019, 08:03:46 AM
Mets traded Jason Vargas to the Phillies
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 30, 2019, 02:59:34 AM
The Blue Jays are the team I'm most perplexed by. The biggest trade piece on your team and you get two ok-ish pitching prospects back? I can at least understand the Mets. They made their team better this year and next. That shouldn't be a bad thing.

Vargas is scraping the barrel but the Phillies have really struggled with their starters. Anyone who can hang in there for five innings without blowing up is a positive.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on July 30, 2019, 05:50:46 AM
The Mets got back, for Vargas, a catcher that's hitting .196 in AA and is 26. The only reason he was traded for is because he played on the same college team as Bradly Wilpon. The Mets traded an ok pitcher, and cash, for a guy that will never see AAA, let alone the majors, just because he's a friend of the owner's son. The most Mets move ever.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Hawk 34 on July 30, 2019, 01:43:35 PM
Puig to Indians, Bauer to Reds.

Puig says goodbye by throwing haymakers at various Pirates.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 30, 2019, 02:18:25 PM
The Mets got back, for Vargas, a catcher that's hitting .196 in AA and is 26. The only reason he was traded for is because he played on the same college team as Bradly Wilpon. The Mets traded an ok pitcher, and cash, for a guy that will never see AAA, let alone the majors, just because he's a friend of the owner's son. The most Mets move ever.

It works out the same as if the Mets released Vargas, except they save a couple dollars (if they cut Vargas they would owe him his entire salary). The return is negligible.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: JHawk on July 30, 2019, 10:55:37 PM
Puig to Indians, Bauer to Reds.

Puig says goodbye by throwing haymakers at various Pirates.
Puig's inevitable suspension will suck as the Indians will get punished for something someone did while not even on the team, but the Indians still have pretty good pitching without Bauer (with Salazar back Thursday and Kluber likely back before September barring a setback) and desperately needed the bat, so overall I call it a win.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 31, 2019, 12:06:01 AM
It's a home run for the Indians. Yasiel Puig is the star but they also acquired Franmil Reyes who is an absolute beast of a hitter.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on July 31, 2019, 08:02:19 AM
A lot of deals going on but here are some of the bigger ones that went down

- Astros acquired RHP Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks for RHP prospect Corbin Martin, RHP prospect J.B. Bukauskas, 1B/OF prospect Seth Beer and INF/OF prospect Josh Rojas.
- Giants acquired 2B Scooter Gennett from the Reds for cash.
- Dodgers acquired INF Jedd Gyorko, 2019-20 international cap space and cash from the Cardinals for LHP Tony Cingrani and RHP Jeffry Abreu.
- Nationals acquired LHP Roenis Elias and RHP Hunter Strickland from the Mariners for LHP Aaron Fletcher, LHP Taylor Guilbeau, RHP Elvis Alvarado.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cubs have acquired Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers. Paul Richan and Alex Lange are headed to Detroit in return, per Craig Mish of FNTSY Radio.
- Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired Mike Leake from the Mariners. The Mariners are getting High-A infielder Jose Caballero in return, says Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
- The Rays have reportedly picked up Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson from the Marlins for Ryne Stanek and Jesus Sanchez.
- Phillies acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Pirates for international signing bonus money and a player to be named later.
- ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves have acquired Mark Melancon from the Giants. Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Giants will get pitching prospect Tristan Beck and reliever Dan Winkler in the move.
- Nationals acquired RHP Daniel Hudson from the Blue Jays for RHP Kyle Johnston.
- ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves have acquired Shane Greene from the Tigers. Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that left-handed pitching prospect Joey Wentz and utility prospect Travis Demeritte are heading to the Tigers.
- Athletics acquired RHP Tanner Roark and cash considerations from the Reds for OF Jameson Hannah.
- The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers will get both Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black from the Giants for Mauricio Dubon.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on July 31, 2019, 08:45:15 AM
Cubs also traded Martin Maldonado for Tony Kemp and Carl Edwards Jr for Brad Wieck

Hopefully these minor moves give them a little something cause they've looked like a team that's gonna miss the playoffs due to how the offense just disappears for stretches.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 31, 2019, 09:04:51 AM
One of the more baffling trades to me is the Marlins trading rookie SP Zac Gallen to the Diamonbacks for SS Jazz Chisholm. Gallen has looked like a potential SP1 or SP2. Chisholm is like a year away from being a bench high strikeout power bat.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on July 31, 2019, 09:18:26 AM
Not thrilled with the Cubs moves. Luckily we didn't give up anyone of importance to get the pieces we got.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on July 31, 2019, 09:34:43 AM
There weren't a lot of great hitters available and Castellanos was one of the best ones available. I'm okay with it. Cubs desperately need guys that can hit left handed pitching and his lefty splits are fantastic. It's not the sexiest move, but anything to get the offense a spark.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on July 31, 2019, 11:03:33 AM
Pirates Hit Batters Rank (since Hurdle arrived)

2011        4th
2012       21st
2013       1st
2014       1st
2015       1st
2016       5th
2017       17th
2018       9th
2019       3rd
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: The Amazing Rando on July 31, 2019, 11:51:02 AM
What kind of range are we talking when it comes to HBP between the most and least? Is there a trending average year over year that seems to be considered somewhat "acceptable"?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on July 31, 2019, 12:14:06 PM
I am not going to go back and look up every year but I remember the Pirates being number one at 88 one year and the second spot was 69. I also remember Arizona was last with 38 a year the Pirates were first with 77.

The Reds were near the top several years and led twice(?) I think during this span. Seemingly, the reds and Pirates hit each other every other game during a several year span.

My perception of Hurdle as Manager of the Pirates has always been that if his guy gets hit, he is going to have his guys hit you three times. I remember a slow curve hitting a Pirate in the leg in a situation where you would not be intentionally throwing at a batter. Then a Pirate drilled a Red and injured him. If memory serves, it was Votto in the knee. Suarez had his hand broken by the Pirates. Hurdle whined every time his guy was hit but had no problem with his guys hitting everyone under the sun.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on July 31, 2019, 12:27:17 PM
https://www.baseball-reference.com/tiny/LA1V5
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on July 31, 2019, 12:29:59 PM
I really should dig in to see exactly how many times a Red Sox starter has gotten through the 6th this year.  If it is more than 10 times I'll be shocked. 
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 01, 2019, 01:02:56 PM
I really should dig in to see exactly how many times a Red Sox starter has gotten through the 6th this year.  If it is more than 10 times I'll be shocked. 
Close. 53 times.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/tiny/kXEm2
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on August 02, 2019, 06:01:06 AM
https://deadspin.com/oakland-as-sign-pitcher-after-he-throws-96-mph-at-a-bal-1836908459

This is kind of a cool story. Hope Nathan Patterson is able to make a career in Oakland.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 02, 2019, 10:35:05 AM
He'd overthrow the catcher and the ball would end up in the club seats.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 03, 2019, 05:42:41 AM
Of all the contracts/extensions Dombrowski gave out, only Bogearts' doesn't look like a questionable call right now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 03, 2019, 01:52:47 PM
Seattle gets no-hit for the second time in less than a month, this time to the Astros. 
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: treble on August 03, 2019, 11:27:18 PM
The guys the Jays traded to the Astros threw 7 of the 9 innings in the no-hitter.

The guy the Astros traded to the Jays misplayed a pop-up and the ball broke his face.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 04, 2019, 12:21:29 PM
It's hard to call the greatest season in your history a fluke, but holy shit this is not even a semblance of the same Boston team as last year's, at least as far as the pitching goes.  There's not a single starter that you can say hasn't profoundly disappointed this year and the bullpen has been ground to dust as a result. 
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 04, 2019, 01:12:26 PM
I don't think last season was a fluke so much as this year has been a disappointment.  Essentially everyone but Bogaerts and Devers have been flat this year and not playing to potential.  And apparently Chris Sale is broken because this is way more than a slump with him at this point.  They never had a bullpen and didn't bother to get one.  I totally agree with them not giving Kimbrel the crazy money because he always made me uneasy.  He was just as likely to be wreckless as lights out and they didn't need to commit that crazy money at that age.  But the fact they appear to not even have attempted to get anyone at the deadline is insane.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 04, 2019, 02:56:34 PM
The offense has been fine (top of the league in runs per game IIRC), it's just that the starting pitching puts them in a 4-5 run hole by the third and if they manage to rally, the bullpen coughs it up.  I know there was going to be some regression from last year, but 90 wins might be a miracle for this team if things keep like this.  They went from a game back of Tampa and still kinda competitive with the Yankees to six out (and about to be passed by two teams) in the WC standings and completely out of the division in one damn week and looked terrible in just about every game doing it.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 05, 2019, 03:21:40 AM
The Red Sox' offense has actually scored more runs per game than last season. The pitching though, yikes. Starters' ERA is 5.07, relievers' ERA is 4.46. The Red Sox' starters last year had an ERA of 3.77, that difference is what has really killed their team this season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 05, 2019, 03:38:44 AM
Brandon Workman's been the only pitcher of note for Boston this season, pitching out of his mind to a 238 ERA+ thus far and yet even his BB/9 has skyrocketed to 5.9 from 3.5 last year.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 05, 2019, 07:59:08 AM
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747741124/philadelpha-phillies-sue-to-keep-beloved-phanatic-mascot-from-free-agency

I'm thinking of buying the Phanatic and making him the mascot of the site.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on August 05, 2019, 10:33:06 AM
Isan Diaz was called up and has managed to hit a home run for the Marlins and looking like he'll be sticking at 2B. He's one of the guys from the Yelich trade and it might not be so lopsided if he turns out to be good.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 05, 2019, 11:47:37 PM
Isan Diaz was called up and has managed to hit a home run for the Marlins and looking like he'll be sticking at 2B. He's one of the guys from the Yelich trade and it might not be so lopsided if he turns out to be good.
Brinson is a flop. But Jordan Yamamoto has looked good and there's still Monte Harrison.

As an aside, I'm just today finding out it wasn't Brian Anderson the Marlins traded last week.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on August 06, 2019, 07:28:06 AM
Yeah. Sorry if I said that and it sounded like I was ragging on the Marlins. I was more trying to say that the Marlins haven't managed to equal the trade value for Yelich so far. I figured people seemed good, but getting there is still a process.

Will say though, it is interesting to see all the very young and good talent around the league. They all seem to be great talents (or at least the ones I pay attention to).
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: treble on August 07, 2019, 05:48:41 AM
I also feel like Stroman probably thought he was going to a pennant race and now he has to go to the Mets. Ouch.
This isn't aging well.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 07, 2019, 06:17:54 AM
I just looked at the NL standings.  Fuckin' Miami is only 17 games out of a playoff spot.  What the hell?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 08, 2019, 01:19:35 AM
The National League apart from the Braves and Dodgers is unbelieveably mediocre this season. The Phillies are in a playoff spot despite playing like absolute shit at times.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Aero on August 09, 2019, 01:33:59 PM
HOOK THIS METS RUN TO MY VEINS!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on August 10, 2019, 11:14:37 AM
Aristides Aquino has homered in 4 straight games for the Reds. He's already hit 2 homers so far tonight.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on August 10, 2019, 11:34:50 AM
Make it 3. Dude just murdered a ball.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 11, 2019, 02:51:33 AM
The Cleveland Indians fell as far as 11.5 back of the Twins back in June. A win today creates a tie for first place in the AL Central.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on August 12, 2019, 12:08:11 PM
Gleyber Torres is a certifiable Oriole murderer.  Hits a solo HR in game 1 of the double header, then 2 more in the nightcap.  Yankees already had the all-time record for most HR against an opponent in a season coming into these games and have hit 7 more today
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 13, 2019, 01:26:31 PM
https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/phillies-charlie-manuel-hitting-coach-playoff-chances-john-mallee-bryce-harper-gabe-kapler-20190813.html

Uncle Charlie is one step closer to becoming the manager of Phillies again.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on August 14, 2019, 08:24:25 AM
The Yankees went 17-2 against the Orioles this season
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on August 14, 2019, 11:16:32 AM
How did the Orioles do on Sundays?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 14, 2019, 04:20:14 PM
No way did the Orioles win two games.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 15, 2019, 12:01:29 AM
Both of them were on the opening weekend, FWIW.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 15, 2019, 08:20:55 AM
Somehow 2B Jurickson Profar has managed 100+ games for Oakland while hitting .205 with a 73 OPS+ and -0.6 WAR... seriously, Oakland can't find any other body to play 2B for them?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 16, 2019, 01:43:50 AM
Bryce Harper's grand slam was the moment of the year thus far for the Phillies. Three in a row for the Phils and though they have been maddingly inconsistent, they could have a run in them yet. The team is slowly patching their bullpen with average but still better than before relievers like Blake Parker, Mike Morin and now Jared Hughes. I can't see how they can expect to make it past a first round matchup with the Dodgers, but it at least makes for an exciting August/September.

The Cubs are percentage points out of first in the Central and still in position for the wild card, but this loss certainly seems to have brought the defeatist attitude from the fans. They look nowhere near the team from 2016 that looked poised to dominate for half a decade.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 17, 2019, 02:01:20 AM
I'm fairly certain the world needs Bill Walton to call every baseball game.

https://www.mlb.com/cut4/bill-walton-calls-white-sox-game-from-broadcast-booth
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on August 17, 2019, 03:45:09 AM
Bryce Harper's grand slam was the moment of the year thus far for the Phillies. Three in a row for the Phils and though they have been maddingly inconsistent, they could have a run in them yet. The team is slowly patching their bullpen with average but still better than before relievers like Blake Parker, Mike Morin and now Jared Hughes. I can't see how they can expect to make it past a first round matchup with the Dodgers, but it at least makes for an exciting August/September.

The Cubs are percentage points out of first in the Central and still in position for the wild card, but this loss certainly seems to have brought the defeatist attitude from the fans. They look nowhere near the team from 2016 that looked poised to dominate for half a decade.

They did the same thing yesterday losing in the ninth. The Dodgers and Astros are basically the teams the Cubs should've been. Joe is getting nearly all of the blame, but I think more blame should be put on Theo for some of his choices he's made and not selling high on guys that have minimal value now like Russell, Schwarber, and Almora. Kris Bryant is still very good, but doesn't seem like that elite player he should've been and I don't think he's gonna stay in Chicago when he hits FA, so I'd dangle him in trades in the offseason if it continues to get bad.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 17, 2019, 04:29:16 AM
I'm fairly certain the world needs Bill Walton to call every baseball game.

https://www.mlb.com/cut4/bill-walton-calls-white-sox-game-from-broadcast-booth

That's fantastic.  I was watching a Padres broadcast recently where Walton was being interviewed.  He was there because his band was playing at the park that night and it was a whole story of him starting as a roadie for this group and working his way in.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 19, 2019, 07:16:15 AM
Bryce Harper's grand slam was the moment of the year thus far for the Phillies. Three in a row for the Phils and though they have been maddingly inconsistent, they could have a run in them yet. The team is slowly patching their bullpen with average but still better than before relievers like Blake Parker, Mike Morin and now Jared Hughes. I can't see how they can expect to make it past a first round matchup with the Dodgers, but it at least makes for an exciting August/September.

The Cubs are percentage points out of first in the Central and still in position for the wild card, but this loss certainly seems to have brought the defeatist attitude from the fans. They look nowhere near the team from 2016 that looked poised to dominate for half a decade.

They did the same thing yesterday losing in the ninth. The Dodgers and Astros are basically the teams the Cubs should've been. Joe is getting nearly all of the blame, but I think more blame should be put on Theo for some of his choices he's made and not selling high on guys that have minimal value now like Russell, Schwarber, and Almora. Kris Bryant is still very good, but doesn't seem like that elite player he should've been and I don't think he's gonna stay in Chicago when he hits FA, so I'd dangle him in trades in the offseason if it continues to get bad.
They did trade Jorge Soler. The difficulty is that most teams are also aware if a player has peaked, so it's hard to play that game anymore. Still, I would've expected those players to improve. I wonder how much of it ties into the juiced ball so drastically changing the game the last three years. Certain teams (Astros, Dodgers, Yankees) and their analytic departments adjusted quickly. I think some analytic teams may have been left behind.

And since I mentioned it, let me complain about home runs again. We know the ball is juiced. AAA baseball switched the baseballs they use and in ONE YEAR the home run rate spiked 60%. This is not good nor particularly entertaining baseball.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on August 19, 2019, 08:39:23 AM
I was watching some of the broadcast last night and Buster Olney mentioned that Maddon is upset about the shift to analytics in the game and that situational strategies mean nothing anymore.  In all honesty he sounds like a guy who's mentally checked out of managing at this point.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on August 19, 2019, 01:25:22 PM
Sale is shut down for the season and the spectre of Tommy John is floating around.  It's like last season used up this team's lifeforce or something.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on August 19, 2019, 05:04:36 PM
Bryce Harper's grand slam was the moment of the year thus far for the Phillies. Three in a row for the Phils and though they have been maddingly inconsistent, they could have a run in them yet. The team is slowly patching their bullpen with average but still better than before relievers like Blake Parker, Mike Morin and now Jared Hughes. I can't see how they can expect to make it past a first round matchup with the Dodgers, but it at least makes for an exciting August/September.

The Cubs are percentage points out of first in the Central and still in position for the wild card, but this loss certainly seems to have brought the defeatist attitude from the fans. They look nowhere near the team from 2016 that looked poised to dominate for half a decade.

They did the same thing yesterday losing in the ninth. The Dodgers and Astros are basically the teams the Cubs should've been. Joe is getting nearly all of the blame, but I think more blame should be put on Theo for some of his choices he's made and not selling high on guys that have minimal value now like Russell, Schwarber, and Almora. Kris Bryant is still very good, but doesn't seem like that elite player he should've been and I don't think he's gonna stay in Chicago when he hits FA, so I'd dangle him in trades in the offseason if it continues to get bad.
They did trade Jorge Soler. The difficulty is that most teams are also aware if a player has peaked, so it's hard to play that game anymore. Still, I would've expected those players to improve. I wonder how much of it ties into the juiced ball so drastically changing the game the last three years. Certain teams (Astros, Dodgers, Yankees) and their analytic departments adjusted quickly. I think some analytic teams may have been left behind.

And since I mentioned it, let me complain about home runs again. We know the ball is juiced. AAA baseball switched the baseballs they use and in ONE YEAR the home run rate spiked 60%. This is not good nor particularly entertaining baseball.

It's actively harming the game for me. The homers are so diluted, it might be harder to tell who is good at them than during the juiced up players era.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 21, 2019, 05:18:44 AM
It's interesting to note the BAs...

1997: 35 players had a .300+ BA
1998: 49 players had a .300+ BA
1999: 55 players had a .300+ BA
2000: 53 players had a .300+ BA
2001: 46 players had a .300+ BA

2016: 25 players had a .300+ BA
2017: 25 players had a .300+ BA
2018: 16 players had a .300+ BA
2019: 19 players currently have a .300+ BA

It's hard to say whether this is a result of the home runs or the change in pitching makeup (with pitchers using their own analytics to evaluate pitch types that get more strikeouts) or even the utilization of shift tactics defensively. Also bullpens employ a ton of guys who can throw 95+ heat even in comparison to the late 90s and early 00s, which is a subtle but radical difference. Say what you will about launch angles, etc. but trying to just get a base hit off a guy throwing 96, 97, 99, 95, and 97 every single pitch is a lot harder.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 21, 2019, 05:39:11 AM
Look at BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play).  This year it is .299 and for the last twenty years it has run within five points of that. The difference in batting average is almost entirely teams striking out two more times a game on average.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Cartman on August 21, 2019, 06:15:48 AM
I believe the growing use of shifts over the past few years has attributed to the BA drop also. Teams would rather have players swing for the fences and either HR or K than hit into these shifts constantly.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on August 22, 2019, 02:32:30 PM
Todd Frazier just made it to 3rd base on a ground ball to the pitcher. I'm not joking. I've been watching baseball for close to 35 years and pretty sure I've never seen that before. Check the highlight if you can
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on August 22, 2019, 05:07:44 PM
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Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 23, 2019, 12:25:06 AM
Todd Frazier just made it to 3rd base on a ground ball to the pitcher. I'm not joking. I've been watching baseball for close to 35 years and pretty sure I've never seen that before. Check the highlight if you can
Could've been worse. Miguel Cabrera once made it home on a chopper to the pitcher.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET201206160.shtml

Single to P (Ground Ball to Front of Home); Cabrera Scores/Adv on E1/Adv on E2 (throw to 3B)/unER

But the all time champion is Tommy John committing three errors on the same play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bub07gwRgzY
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on August 25, 2019, 04:29:36 PM
I was reading about the 1981 work stoppage and "split season" and didn't realize that Cincinnati had the best record in the NL West and St Louis in the NL East but neither made the playoffs because they didn't finish in first in either "half" of the season.

Also, there were uneven numbers of games played between teams.  So for example St. Louis played 102 games, while the two teams that made the playoffs, the Expos and Phillies, played 108 and 107 respectively

What a fucked up season
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on August 26, 2019, 03:30:00 AM
The Player's Weekend jersey were some of the ugliest jersey's I've ever seen in sports. The all white uniforms with white font made it hard to see who was who at times and the players looked like they were in an asylum. The all black jerseys just made the players look like umpires. Rob Manfred might be worse than Selig.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 27, 2019, 11:01:05 PM
The Player's Weekend jersey were some of the ugliest jersey's I've ever seen in sports. The all white uniforms with white font made it hard to see who was who at times and the players looked like they were in an asylum. The all black jerseys just made the players look like umpires. Rob Manfred might be worse than Selig.
The pitchers for the teams in white had to wear black caps so the ball wouldn’t blend in. I’m no fashion expert, but I think rule number one of uniform design is that it has to be legal to wear the fucking thing on the field.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 28, 2019, 03:05:07 AM
I collect jerseys and have no interest in any of the Player's Weekend monstrosities.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on August 30, 2019, 08:08:57 AM
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27501379/coroner-skaggs-died-accidental-overdose

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on August 30, 2019, 01:58:07 PM
Nats and Cubs are starting to pull away in the NL wildcard race.  Looks like it's not going to be chaos like everyone was predicting with all the teams bunched together a month or so ago
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on August 30, 2019, 03:02:38 PM
Cubs are only one back of the Cards. They still have to play each other 7 times before the season ends so it can still go either way.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Gert on August 30, 2019, 03:43:37 PM
Tyler Skaggs's autopsy showed a mix of pain killers and alcohol and he choked on his own vomit. It sounds like his parents are trying to figure out who was associated with him that gave it to him and hired Rusty Harden. Very sad all around. I hope once his parents get through the initial grief and shock they drop this as I'm sure this will only paint Tyler in a worse light.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Dandy on August 31, 2019, 12:00:12 AM
The Reds/Cards game was rained out last night so they are making the game up this series with a doubleheader. So?  Well, they already have a doubleheader scheduled this series to make up a previously postponed game so they have two doubleheader’s this weekend.

Back on July 6/7/8 1992, The Dodgers and Expos played three doubleheaders as the previous series was postponed because of the LA riots.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on August 31, 2019, 04:00:11 AM
Tyler Skaggs's autopsy showed a mix of pain killers and alcohol and he choked on his own vomit. It sounds like his parents are trying to figure out who was associated with him that gave it to him and hired Rusty Harden. Very sad all around. I hope once his parents get through the initial grief and shock they drop this as I'm sure this will only paint Tyler in a worse light.

From the linked article by Thrasher: "The Tarrant County (Texas) medical examiner's office listed Skaggs' cause of death as 'mixed ethanol, fentanyl, and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,' which essentially means Skaggs choked on his own vomit while under the influence. Skaggs, 27, died July 1 in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. The autopsy revealed that his death was accidental."

It sounds like Skaggs was into stuff like that well before this happened, which is equally unfortunate. I get wanting to blame the supplier, no doubt, but addicts would find a fix from somebody else if this person wasn't involved. This sounds like a situation where the family doesn't want to see Tyler as an addict, making his own bad choices, so they opt to blame the person who gave him the drugs instead.

Sounds like the person under suspicion was an Angels employee.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 31, 2019, 06:04:08 AM
The Reds/Cards game was rained out last night so they are making the game up this series with a doubleheader. So?  Well, they already have a doubleheader scheduled this series to make up a previously postponed game so they have two doubleheader’s this weekend.

Back on July 6/7/8 1992, The Dodgers and Expos played three doubleheaders as the previous series was postponed because of the LA riots.
The Reds then return home for a day game Monday. The Phillies also have a game Sunday night thanks to espn. No one is incredibly pleased with the situation.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on August 31, 2019, 06:08:45 AM
Re: Skaggs. I think it’s a legitimate question whether many professional athletes are using painkillers due to the rigors of their profession. There could be a huge problem brewing under the surface.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on August 31, 2019, 06:39:41 AM
Continuing on Skaggs, I was really surprised this all came out this week.  When he first passed, his family asked for the results not be released until after the season, which made me believe it is something like this.

I can only assume that was dropped since they are now placing the blame on someone who works for the Angels.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 01, 2019, 01:00:59 PM
Third no hitter in Justin Verlander’s career. 13th no hitter in the history of the Houston astros. The San Diego Padres are still looking for their first.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 04, 2019, 12:02:41 AM
I noted in the minor league thread that the Syracuse Mets' bullpen coughed up thirteen runs in two innings. The big league Mets went out and gave up nine in their last two innings.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Aero on September 04, 2019, 08:33:10 AM
I noted in the minor league thread that the Syracuse Mets' bullpen coughed up thirteen runs in two innings. The big league Mets went out and gave up nine in their last two innings.

Way late, but you knew it was officially over the second Diaz took the mound (which, granted, I think was two on, Nats down two runs, at that point). Winning this afternoon's game softens the blow, at least, though obviously the margin for error is thin going forward.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Baby Shoes on September 04, 2019, 12:13:19 PM
This is what I get for wanting to see what Ozzie Canseco is up to


Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 06, 2019, 04:26:09 AM
Bryce Harper's grand slam was the moment of the year thus far for the Phillies. Three in a row for the Phils and though they have been maddingly inconsistent, they could have a run in them yet. The team is slowly patching their bullpen with average but still better than before relievers like Blake Parker, Mike Morin and now Jared Hughes. I can't see how they can expect to make it past a first round matchup with the Dodgers, but it at least makes for an exciting August/September.

The Cubs are percentage points out of first in the Central and still in position for the wild card, but this loss certainly seems to have brought the defeatist attitude from the fans. They look nowhere near the team from 2016 that looked poised to dominate for half a decade.
Since this game the Cubs are 12-6, the Phillies 9-9. Sometimes one game really is just one game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on September 08, 2019, 03:19:56 PM
Dombrowski just got shitcanned.  One year after a 118 win championship season too.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on September 08, 2019, 03:32:38 PM
He didn't build most of that team.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 11, 2019, 01:45:00 AM
Christian Yelich fouled a ball off his kneecap and he is out for the season. That's a devastating blow for the Brewers. It almost certainly cinches the MVP for Cody Bellinger as well. Yelich was having a monster season, leading the NL in slugging and OBP with 44 home runs and 30 steals in 32 attempts.

Meanwhile Pirates reliever Kyle Crick is also out for the year after fighting with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez. The Pirates' clubhouse seems to have completely gone haywire this season and I would be stunned if Clint Hurdle still has his job in November.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on September 13, 2019, 03:11:16 AM
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 15, 2019, 06:44:44 AM
Mike Trout is out for the year. He’s still the AL leader in WAR but Alex Bregman may have a legit case by the end of the season for MVP.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 17, 2019, 03:51:44 AM
Goddamn

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/09/17/pirates-all-star-closer-felipe-vazquez-arrested-on-charges-of-solicitation-of-a-child/
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on September 17, 2019, 09:20:21 AM
Yaz's grandson is leading off for the Giants tonight in Boston, so that's something.  Maybe the Red Sox can claw their way to a winning home record this year!  If they can do it when finishing dead last they can do it in a massively disappointing follow up to the best season in club history.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Cartman on September 18, 2019, 05:00:14 AM
Goddamn

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/09/17/pirates-all-star-closer-felipe-vazquez-arrested-on-charges-of-solicitation-of-a-child/

I just saw this story...and it's fucking gross. Jesus christ...
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on September 18, 2019, 07:36:00 AM
Mike Trout is out for the year. He’s still the AL leader in WAR but Alex Bregman may have a legit case by the end of the season for MVP.

All these MVP candidates dying off due to injuries. Yelich's injury is also a possible blow to Milwaukee's playoff hopes. Washington and Chicago have a chance to fight it out and take the Wild Card over Milwaukee.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 19, 2019, 11:58:41 PM
The Carl/Mike Yastrzemski stuff in Boston is a good time to note that Carl Yastrzemski hit .417/.504/.760 in September in a season where the Sox beat two other teams by one game to win the pennant. One of the greatest clutch performances in baseball history.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 20, 2019, 06:25:34 AM
Here's a fun note. The Detroit Tigers lead MLB with 107 losses. They have 15 position players on their active roster. Ten of those 15 have negative WAR. Victor Reyes is the only position player worth more than one win above replacement.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on September 21, 2019, 03:48:19 AM
The Carl/Mike Yastrzemski stuff in Boston is a good time to note that Carl Yastrzemski hit .417/.504/.760 in September in a season where the Sox beat two other teams by one game to win the pennant. One of the greatest clutch performances in baseball history.

INTERLEAGUE PLAY IS UNNATURAL.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on September 21, 2019, 05:34:43 AM
Andy Green is no longer the manager of the San Diego Padres. Rod Barajas will be the manager for the remainder of the season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on September 24, 2019, 11:35:24 AM
The Phillies were eliminated from playoff contention this afternoon.  I can't imagine Gabe Kapler keeping his job after this season
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 25, 2019, 07:20:29 AM
The Phillies were eliminated from playoff contention this afternoon.  I can't imagine Gabe Kapler keeping his job after this season
The Phils were undone by their pitching staff either not advancing (Pivetta and Eickhoff in particular) or being completely decimated by injuries. Kapler is unpopular. I think he gets fired if only to placate the season ticket market. But I don't think it's the cure-all everyone thinks it is either.

Clint Hurdle has to be gone. After the Cubs' seven game slide (and counting), I think Joe Maddon is done as well.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Harley Quinn on September 25, 2019, 08:48:47 AM
Does Bruce Bochy stick around in San Francisco? He's been largely successful but they've slid pretty hard the last few seasons. Rick Renteria's gotta be on the hot seat at least in Chicago too.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: OldSchoolWrestling on September 25, 2019, 08:53:30 AM
Does Bruce Bochy stick around in San Francisco? He's been largely successful but they've slid pretty hard the last few seasons. Rick Renteria's gotta be on the hot seat at least in Chicago too.
Bochy announced he was retiring back in February.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 26, 2019, 04:44:00 AM
Bochy is Hall of Fame bound. 11th all time in managerial wins, the rest of the top twelve has been enshrined. Also three World Series wins, every other manager with three or more is in the Hall.

Four days left in the season and the only pennant races left are whether the Indians can make the playoffs, and the 3-4-5 seeding of the Cardinals, Nationals and Brewers. The batting races are wrapped up. Eugenio Suarez is two HRs behind Pete Alonso for the NL home run crown. Jorge Soler needs one more HR to claim the AL crown (he would be the first Royal to lead the league in homers).

Felix Hernandez takes the mound tonight in Seattle. Probably his last start in a Mariners uniform.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 27, 2019, 02:27:35 AM
May 23, 2019, the Nationals lost to the Mets, falling to 19-31 on the season. Since then the Nationals have gone 71-38, tied with the Dodgers for best record in the National League. If they don't slip up in the wild card team, they're dangerous. On merit I think the Nationals are probably a better team than the Cardinals.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on September 27, 2019, 02:19:38 PM
Indians eliminated from playoff contention. So all the teams are set.  Seedings only things left to be determined
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 28, 2019, 05:18:49 AM
Twins vs Yankees set. The A’s host the Rays in the wild card game if both teams tie. Winner faces the Astros in the ALDS.

NL is a little trickier. The Nats are one win away from clinching home field in the wild card game. If the Nats are tied with the Brewers/Cardinals though, that team gets home field. The Cards would host a tiebreaker game if the Central is tied.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on September 28, 2019, 06:55:21 AM
YES TIEBREAKER GAME!

The Yankees are limping into the playoffs with all the late season injuries/players shaking off injury rust.  I'm not writing off Minnesota just because we've wiped the floor with them historically in October
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on September 28, 2019, 11:55:30 AM
Pete Alonso hits his 53rd homerun breaking the all time rookie record for a season
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on September 28, 2019, 12:00:54 PM
So after handing out extensions like candy last offseason (and only the Bogearts one not already seeming like a huge mistake) and not even bothering to build a bullpen, the Red Sox want to avoid the luxury tax and reduce payroll.  Bye bye Mookie.  Their farm system is a trash fire too, so nothing worthwhile is coming from that direction. 

If the pitching staff was merely mediocre they'd at least be playing in the Wild Card game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on September 28, 2019, 12:34:24 PM
I read that Betts might make close to $30m in arb, and he doesn't seem that attached to Boston.....best thing to do is trade him for a haul now and restock the farm.  It's not like they didn't try to sign him to an extension
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 28, 2019, 11:57:59 PM
The Red Sox have $140 million committed to just seven players. Xander Bogaerts is probably their most tradable contract. It’ll be very difficult for the Sox to cut payroll and remain competitive at the same time.

The Cardinals can clinch the NL central with a win today (or Brewers loss). If that fails, tiebreaker game Monday. If that fails, wild card game Tuesday. If the Cardinals fail to win any of those, it will have taken seven straight losses to keep them out of the NLDS.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on September 29, 2019, 04:21:25 AM
Cubs fired Joe Maddon
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on September 29, 2019, 04:28:45 AM
They didn't fire him. His contract was up this year and it was a mutual decision. You could tell from the interviews during the last week that if Joe chooses to continue next year it wouldn't be for the Cubs.

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Probably my favorite manager period of a Chicago sports team since I was really too young to fully enjoy The Phil Jackson Bulls era. He should be as beloved as that shithead Ditka is in Chicago and I hope he prospers on his next team if he decides to continue (He is the oldest current MLB manager in baseball). Joe was one of the lesser problems of the 2019 Chicago Cubs and if anyone should've been gone from the team after this season it should've been Theo for pretty much every free agency signing from 2017-19. Who the fuck gives Daniel DeScalso and his .527 OPS a two year deal?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on September 29, 2019, 05:17:10 AM
I'm fine with both parting ways. Hopefully it will signify some roster movement too. This team has been pretty stagnant for a while. Theo is a lot to blame with basically every signing/trade he has made since the World Series team. Maddon's team management has been beyond frustrating to watch the past two years. I really doubt he coach's next season. TV seems like something he would be more interested in doing.

I would imagine in their bottle of wine hotel room meeting, Maddon asked some specifics about next year's team and probably got answers that would make coming back for one more season unappealing.

Can't hate on any GM or Coach involved in getting this team a World Series, but I am glad change is starting.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on September 29, 2019, 05:44:23 AM
This comes at a time with the move to Sinclair and just me hating Tom Ricketts and that shit family altogether, that makes it a do or die season to keep my interest as a fan. Without Joe, who did have his flaws as every single manager ever does, this team's likability goes down a lot. And if they get a hardass like Girardi who actually has proof of losing his team unlike the media speculation about Maddon to replace him I'd probably skip the season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on September 29, 2019, 06:09:15 AM
In news of Managers actually getting fired and not resigning:

That asshole Clint Hurdle got fired by The Pirates. Hated him the last few years and his attitude of encouraging pitchers to throw at players.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on September 29, 2019, 09:01:28 AM
Can't even get your only decent pitcher this year to 20 wins against the doormat of the league.  Fuck this season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on September 29, 2019, 10:19:00 AM
Wait, when the fuck did Girardi ever lose his team?  When he managed them to game 7 of the ALCS in his last game in pinstripes?  Fuck outta here with that noise.  Him leaving had nothing to do with that and everything with Cashman feeling the team needed a change.  And maybe he was right, Boone's been really good so far.  But so was Joe G

He'd be a good hire for Chicago or the Mets if they ditch Calloway
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on September 29, 2019, 10:21:56 AM
Also, surprised Maddon was the oldest manager in baseball.  I miss the days of grizzled old baseball lifers managing in their 70's.  He's only 65!

Unlike the trend of hiring freshly retired players in the NBA to be head coaches which has had pretty mixed results, I think it's going to keep happening more often in MLB due to the success so many have had
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 30, 2019, 12:23:46 AM
It feels like we remember many managers as older than they actually are. Thinking of most managers of my early youth, Gene Mauch, Tommy Lasorda, Sparky Anderson, Earl Weaver, none of those guys managed into their 70s and most retired around 60, 61. Don Zimmer managed (officially) his last game at 60. Whitey Herzog retired at 58! I would've guessed they were all older and I think that reflects on how we view baseball managers in general.

Are managers getting younger? Possibly. But if it were charted I think it would get thrown off by Lou Boudreau types who became player/manager at 24.


Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Sty Guy Kamala on September 30, 2019, 12:36:50 AM
Cursory search shows that only four guys managed into their 70s; Connie Mack, Jack McKeon, Casey Stengal, and Felipe Alou. Mack and McKeon managed in their 80s.

It's just that people in their 60s in the 20th century just seemed like they were in their 80s.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Smues on September 30, 2019, 02:07:39 AM
Frank Robinson was 70 his last year with the Natinals.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on September 30, 2019, 04:05:30 AM
You can't tell me ol' Sparky Anderson wasn't in his 80's in the 80s.

(http://www.sdshof.com/uploads/products/hi-res/sparky-9.jpg)

CMON!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Sty Guy Kamala on September 30, 2019, 04:15:36 AM
He was only 76 when he died in 2010. He was in his 40s/50s in the '80s! It does not seem possible but it is somehow the truth. People knew how to age in the '80s by gawd.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on September 30, 2019, 04:19:58 AM
And this guy was 40.

(https://i0.wp.com/twinstrivia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Kelly-mgr.jpg)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 02, 2019, 12:13:26 AM
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 03, 2019, 12:26:47 PM
I have a sick feeling it's going to be the Cards year.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 03, 2019, 02:37:16 PM
Apparently the Cardinals felt "disrespected" by Ronald Acuna's homerun trot in the 9th inning of today's game. Oh God this shit again. More fun police
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Hawk 34 on October 03, 2019, 04:19:02 PM
That wasn’t even the most disrespectful thing he did in the game!
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: The Amazing Rando on October 03, 2019, 04:39:17 PM
Man, even if I was shitty if I played in a pro sport I'd be the most "disrespectful" player ever. I would be the most over the top asshole I could possibly be at all times and very obviously fucking around. I'd hit a homerun and moonwalk into home plate. I'd score a touchdown and do the fucking worm EXTREMELY POORLY. I'd make some long ass putt and I'd jump around the green spinning like fucking Kurt Angle. I would do Jericho's "Drink It In" pose at every possible opportunity. I wouldn't care if my team was losing by a billion points. They'd interview me and be like "you know you seemed to be acting quite outrageous while your team was down by 62 points." and I'd smile and say "OBVIOUSLY if it wasn't for me we'd have been down by 92 points." and then I'd give a thumbs up and fist bump the nearest reporter. Then I'd pour Gatorade on my own head. It's just a fucking game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 03, 2019, 05:01:31 PM
The Braves should just have him bat leadoff, so each of Cardinals can hit him, and chaos will ensue.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 04, 2019, 10:53:48 AM
Gotta say, I’m a bit amused that the Yankees are on MLB Network while FOX shows professional wrestling.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 05, 2019, 10:23:52 AM
So are the Twins just never going to win in the postseason again?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 05, 2019, 01:26:21 PM
A fifteen game postseason losing streak. That’s just absurd.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 05, 2019, 04:15:25 PM
Astros/Yankees is going to be a hell of a World Series.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on October 06, 2019, 02:15:36 PM
A fifteen game postseason losing streak. That’s just absurd.

Well, to be fair, most of those L's have been against the Yankees

I knew they were in trouble the moment young guys started talking about "the curse" or whatever.  Shook before even showed up
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on October 06, 2019, 02:16:59 PM
I think the Twin Cities might just be cursed.  AWA rasslin....the Mania that never happens......Prince OD's.....fuck
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 07, 2019, 02:34:56 PM
Two game fives in the NL.

At this point I can't even imagine being a Twins fan.  Not much else to say
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 07, 2019, 02:49:08 PM
Twins are snakebit.  Only explanation I have.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 08, 2019, 07:05:44 AM
Twins are snakebit.  Only explanation I have.
It's bizarre. In the regular season there have been only 20 streaks of 16+ losses since 1908. The '96 Cubs were the only team in that bunch who didn't lose 90+. These are playoff teams losing 16 straight. Though to the defense of the current Twins players, 12 of those losses predate the entire roster and this Yankees' team is clearly better.

The Twins have never lost 16 in a row in the regular season since moving to Minnesota.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 09, 2019, 02:46:02 PM
Playoff Clayton strikes again.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 09, 2019, 03:32:20 PM
Pretty big choke job by the Dodgers. I actually think the Nats can beat the Cards.

And the Nats win their first playoff series *after* Harper leaves
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 09, 2019, 03:48:08 PM
Good news for Dodger fans is the Dodgers can't lose in the World Series this year.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on October 09, 2019, 05:33:00 PM
That Braves game was just brutal.  Down 10-0 before they even get to bat.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 12, 2019, 07:04:24 AM
https://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/27828247/los-angeles-angels-employee-details-team-knowledge-tyler-skaggs-drug-use-federal-dea-investigators-espn

WTF
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on October 12, 2019, 08:00:30 AM
Okay, holy shit. No wonder why the family didn't want this out there. Jesus Christ, that's awful.

And I don't care if it is going to be difficult to prove whether the alcohol or drug killed him. The fucking employee needs to be in jail for getting Skaggs addicted. And if the drugs were obtained through the Angels, well, they are going to get dinged for sure.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 12, 2019, 09:00:55 AM
My gut instinct is that if someone is/was addicted to the extent Skaggs was, they have more than one supplier.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 12, 2019, 02:08:32 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/l9F3BBE.jpg)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Amy pats fan on October 12, 2019, 03:06:11 PM
CAN IT BE?!?!!

Great win by the Yankees.  Tanaka is getting up there with Pettitte, El Duque and Cone as the most clutch Yankees post-season starters of my lifetime.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on October 12, 2019, 04:55:08 PM
My gut instinct is that if someone is/was addicted to the extent Skaggs was, they have more than one supplier.
Yeah, he started abusing that before the Angels. However, this employee continued to supply and help keep up his addiction. So yeah, no. Fuck that guy.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on October 12, 2019, 06:01:18 PM
My gut instinct is that if someone is/was addicted to the extent Skaggs was, they have more than one supplier.
Yeah, he started abusing that before the Angels. However, this employee continued to supply and help keep up his addiction. So yeah, no. Fuck that guy.

It is very easy to get that stuff in this country. If it ain't him it's someone else. Skaggs killed himself. Also, an addict like that, with the details listed in the story and everything, would have long gotten rid of the pills Kay gave him before they arrived in Texas. They get them and use them as fast as they can.

Okay, holy shit. No wonder why the family didn't want this out there. Jesus Christ, that's awful.

And I don't care if it is going to be difficult to prove whether the alcohol or drug killed him. The fucking employee needs to be in jail for getting Skaggs addicted. And if the drugs were obtained through the Angels, well, they are going to get dinged for sure.

I'm gonna be blunt. The family may have known that he was an addict and didn't do shit. Don't know how they couldn't know. We also don't know how Skaggs became addicted. The fentanyl is definitely what killed him, and the investigation doesn't say that Kay gave that to him.

Here's the problem from where I stand. The problem is that playing sports is very difficult. Vontae Davis has talked about how NFL locker rooms are full of pain pill addicts. Steroids are banned. Weed is banned. CBD is banned. You want to know where these problems start? When these leagues don't give the players a safer avenue to deal with their pain, people are going to turn to pills that are legal. Then they are going to obtain them illegally to deal with their pain, then it becomes a full blown addiction.

The employee supplied him infrequently and should be banned from baseball. But I do pose the question of where that ends? That's a road people may not want to go down. There are almost certainly star players who would be caught up in this, who trade pills with each other the same way Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire shot each other in the butt. If MLB was to impose an opioid testing program and investigate those who tested positive...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7M71wmwWRo

Also, these are executives that knew about this issue. We aren't just talking about some batboy or a trainer here.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 13, 2019, 10:42:37 AM
His family may have known. Getting through to an addict is easier said than done.

This problem obviously goes deeper than Skaggs. Halladay’s death was the result of painkiller addiction. MLB needs a program to help opioid abusers. Punishing the suppliers is a temporary fix but it isn’t going to solve the real problem. 909’s post is spot on.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Flik on October 14, 2019, 02:39:24 AM
Sorry, I got a little too heated over the subject. You are right 909, that's how it should be handled.

Just... Yeah, I'll shut up. Again, sorry.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: THE TUGSTER on October 14, 2019, 07:10:56 AM
Congratulations to the Houston Astros on winning the 2019 World Series.


...oh wait, this is just Game 2 of the ALCS?  Sorry, guess I was just confused by Correa's home run celebration
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on October 14, 2019, 07:35:48 AM
Congratulations to the Houston Astros on winning the 2019 World Series.


...oh wait, this is just Game 2 of the ALCS?  Sorry, guess I was just confused by Correa's home run celebration

He hit a huge home run. Guys have celebrated like that on walk offs throughout the regular season.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: THE TUGSTER on October 14, 2019, 07:46:13 AM
Regular season it's whatever, but it's a bit silly when your team has already lost home field and control of a playoff series.  It's like the dude who throws a lob to himself when his team is down 20 points
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 14, 2019, 07:58:50 AM
The Astros will win this series cause they ain't doing all the stupid bullpenning the Yankees are doing.

The Nats are the team of destiny though because they repelled the Cardinals devil magic.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on October 14, 2019, 08:39:39 AM
Regular season it's whatever, but it's a bit silly when your team has already lost home field and control of a playoff series. It's like the dude who throws a lob to himself when his team is down 20 points

Really?! One is a game winner in a huge playoff game, where if they go down 0-2, going back to NY for the next 3 that's pretty much it. The other is a basket in a blowout. Yeah, I totally see how both things are exactly like each other.  ::)
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 14, 2019, 09:47:51 AM
It’s a big win. Most guys play their entire careers and don’t get a home run that important.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: THE TUGSTER on October 14, 2019, 11:51:00 AM
Regular season it's whatever, but it's a bit silly when your team has already lost home field and control of a playoff series. It's like the dude who throws a lob to himself when his team is down 20 points

Really?! One is a game winner in a huge playoff game, where if they go down 0-2, going back to NY for the next 3 that's pretty much it. The other is a basket in a blowout. Yeah, I totally see how both things are exactly like each other.  ::)

Maybe the blowout was a playoff game! 🤔
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 14, 2019, 11:57:59 AM
Nats are winning it all
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 14, 2019, 12:57:37 PM
I dunno about that, but a Nats/Astros WS will definitely have some awesome pitching matchups.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 15, 2019, 11:51:03 PM
May 23, 2019, the Nationals lost to the Mets, falling to 19-31 on the season. Since then the Nationals have gone 71-38, tied with the Dodgers for best record in the National League. If they don't slip up in the wild card team, they're dangerous. On merit I think the Nationals are probably a better team than the Cardinals.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 17, 2019, 05:14:52 PM
If Joe Girardi waits long enough he can get his job with the Yankees back.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: THE TUGSTER on October 17, 2019, 06:47:13 PM
I take back what I said about Correa
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 19, 2019, 12:48:42 PM
Going on an hour and 50 minutes and not yet 3 and a half innings complete in this Yankees/Astros game. I have no idea how baseball can fix this shit. It's tough for even die hards
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: treble on October 19, 2019, 01:15:03 PM
Its weird to me that 2 teams with 103 and 107 wins don't have more than 3 starting pitchers that they trust.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 19, 2019, 02:59:34 PM
Oh for the love of God
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Brooklyn Zoo on October 19, 2019, 03:03:07 PM
Y’all can turn it off you know
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 19, 2019, 03:17:32 PM
SHORTY J

First decade since the 1910s the Yankees didn't make the World Series even once.  You hate to see that.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: THE TUGSTER on October 19, 2019, 03:41:07 PM
It's that time of year again!

Quote from: cpac
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS YOU PIECE OF SHIT RIVERA WHEN YOU WALK A FUCKING FAGGOT LIKE MILLAR TO LEAD OFF THE NINTH.  YOU FUCKING BUM.  I LOVE HOW THE RED SOX ACTED LIKE THEY WON THE WORLD SERIES AFTER THAT HOMERUN.   FUCK YOU RIVERA.

Quote from: cpac
I WANT TORRE FIRED, CASHMAN FIRED, KEVIN BROWN AND VASQUEZ HAVE GOT TO GO.   THEY ARE BOTH GUTLESS PUSSIES.  I WILL BE SMILING WHEN THAT STUPID RETARD IN TORRE FINALLY GETS FIRED.  FUCK ALL OF YOU.

Quote from: cpac
I WANT STEINBRENNER TO FIRE THE COMPLETE FRONT OFFICE, FUCK YOU CASHMAN, I WANT TORRE AND ALL OF HIS COACHES FIRED EXCEPT FOR MATTINGLY.  TO THINK THAT MATTINGLY COMES SO CLOSE TO GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THIS TEAM OF GUTLESS PUSSIES CHOKES TO THE FUCKING BOSTON.  FUCK BOSTON AND FUCK EVERY SINGLE YANKEE FOR EMBARASSING THE TEAM AND THE PINSTRIPES AND THE CITY.

Quote from: TheDoNYankees
GREAT JOB CHIEN MING WANG SUCK DICK CHINC GOOK.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Smues on October 19, 2019, 04:10:04 PM
Came here just for those quotes. You are a god among men Alf.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 20, 2019, 12:04:07 AM
It’s amazing that Brian Cashman is still the general manager.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 23, 2019, 01:51:40 AM

Ehh I don't know about this.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on October 23, 2019, 03:55:03 AM
Another step toward Theo & Jed being fired.

Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on October 23, 2019, 04:00:39 AM
They should be got fired instead Joe not being renewed. This reeks of Ross being way cheaper. I wanted Joe Espada.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Krankor on October 23, 2019, 10:10:57 AM
Ross just doesn't come across as a guy that can garner a clubhouse's respect. All those guys in that clubhouse are just his buddies. Listening to him broadcast numerous games, he doesn't even remotely come across as intelligent at analyzing the game. One would have thought if he had interest in coaching after he retired he might have joined Joe's staff. Instead he just made our ears bleed with terrible commentary.

Weird hire. I give it no more than 1 season. Complete waste of a year 2020 will be.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Thrasher on October 23, 2019, 11:55:02 AM
https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/10/23/mlb-investigating-rob-drake-tweet-ar-15-donald-trump

Cival War.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Smues on October 23, 2019, 12:39:37 PM
Cival War: I'm with Spellcheck.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 26, 2019, 01:40:21 PM
Bad time for the Nats' shitty bullpen to remember how shitty they are.  That's what you get for bringing Fernando Rodney into a WS game.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: The Art of Rasslin' on October 27, 2019, 10:17:17 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/27/donald-trump-booed-world-series-lock-him-up-chants-baseball

lol
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 28, 2019, 12:01:27 AM
The Nationals scored three runs total in their three home games. I feel bad for their fans honestly. They trailed every game by the middle of the 2nd inning.

This series as a whole has been devoid of late game heroics. Game two had the latest lead change of the series (7th inning), and that was also the biggest blowout.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 29, 2019, 01:51:19 PM
I sure turned into this World Series game to watch umpires stand around wearing headsets for 10 minutes.  Make a fucking call already.

That's a load of horseshit, IMO.  What the hell was the runner supposed to do there?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Joyful & Soyful on October 29, 2019, 04:13:32 PM
I haven't been watching the Series, but after how dramatic the 2016 and 17 series were, this going to a game 7 is much more boring and dull.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 29, 2019, 11:58:45 PM
It's interesting that this Series now depends on the performances of injured Max Scherzer and noted socialite Zack Greinke. There have been some praiseworthy individual performances. George Springer and Juan Soto. Stephen Strasburg beat the Dodgers twice and now beat the Astros twice, a postseason that should be legendary in Washington baseball history no matter what he does this offseason.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 30, 2019, 11:54:11 AM
Amazing how many runners the Astros have left on base this series and in the post season in general. That usually comes back to haunt you
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 30, 2019, 02:50:53 PM
LES EXPOS FINALLY DID IT!

Road team won all 7 games.  That may never happen again.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Cool, Bad, & Handsome on October 30, 2019, 02:55:45 PM
Bryce Harper was a cancer?
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Zetterberg is Go on October 30, 2019, 03:02:27 PM
Won’t lie, very casual Nats fan but followed them from Montreal. This is surreal.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: KingPK on October 30, 2019, 03:03:03 PM
Hinch yanking Greinke when he was dealing and not using Cole at all was Grady Little tier playoff management.

6th straight year the winner clinches on the road.  Last home clincher was Boston in 2013.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: Mr. S£im Citrus on October 30, 2019, 03:05:06 PM
Bryce Harper was a cancer?

I feel like I'm the only person on earth sympathetic to Bryce Harper. I mean, I'm not a big baseball fan but, TTBOMK, the only thing he did "wrong" was want the bag.

That kid's gotta delete his social media, right? He's gotta be getting roasted from every direction right now.
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 30, 2019, 03:06:41 PM
Amazing how many runners the Astros have left on base this series and in the post season in general. That usually comes back to haunt you

It fuckng haunted them all right.

Congrats to the Nats. Well the Mets are fucked in the division for a good while. Braves are loaded with young talent, Nats are champs, Phils have Girardi.  Oh well ...
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: strummer on October 30, 2019, 03:15:02 PM
Fernando Rodney gets a ws ring after nearly 2 decades in the game
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: MFer on October 30, 2019, 03:53:04 PM
I'm glad the Nats won and all, but


 :'(
Title: Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
Post by: alkeiper on October 31, 2019, 12:05:15 AM
Obviously I'm sympathetic to Bryce Harper. Teams are bigger than one player. Last year the Nats were so banged up that they used Harper a third of the season in center field, and that didn't work. This year they lost Harper but they added Patrick Corbin, got a full season from Juan Soto and had Victor Robles emerge as an every day player. I don't think it reflects badly on Harper as much as it reflects well on the current personnel of the Nationals.


It's amazing in retrospect. In the last sixteen years historic droughts have been ended by the Red Sox (86 years), White Sox (88 years), SF Giants (56 years and first for the city), Cubs (108 years), Astros (55 years to get their first) and now the Nationals (50 years for their first and Washington's first since 1924). All these sacred cows of hardship are dead and only the Indians are left standing. We're a season away from holding up Milwaukee and Dallas/Fort Worth as the patron saints of suffering.