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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #100 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.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #101 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.

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« Reply #102 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #103 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. 
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #104 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.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #105 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #106 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #107 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.

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« Reply #108 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #109 on: May 04, 2019, 01:31:35 PM »
The Cincinnati Reds released Matt Kemp.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #110 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #111 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

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #112 on: May 07, 2019, 05:29:58 PM »
Mike Fiers threw a no hitter against the Reds.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #113 on: May 08, 2019, 09:00:49 AM »
Addison Russell returns for the Cubs tonight.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #114 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #115 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #116 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.

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« Reply #117 on: May 09, 2019, 05:31:46 AM »
I think the A's could do it.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #118 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.

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« Reply #119 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.

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« Reply #120 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.
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« Reply #122 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
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #123 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.

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« Reply #124 on: May 16, 2019, 10:26:03 PM »
Marlins in May: 400 ABs, hitting .203 as a team with ONE home run.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #125 on: May 17, 2019, 01:53:23 AM »
Christian Yelich: 18 HRs
Miami Marlins: 24 HRs

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« Reply #126 on: May 17, 2019, 12:49:44 PM »
Don't forget Ozuna...

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« Reply #127 on: May 17, 2019, 01:18:04 PM »
And the Marlins scored seven runs off deGrom because of course they did. The

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« Reply #128 on: May 19, 2019, 06:12:23 AM »
LOL Mets just got swept by the Marlins.
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« Reply #129 on: May 19, 2019, 06:50:50 AM »
And managed 3 hits over the last 18 innings...

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« Reply #130 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...

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« Reply #131 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.
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« Reply #132 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.

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« Reply #133 on: May 20, 2019, 07:55:49 AM »
Cespedes fractured his ankle on his farm. LolMets
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #134 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.

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« Reply #135 on: May 22, 2019, 11:30:03 AM »
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« Reply #136 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.

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« Reply #137 on: May 27, 2019, 05:16:06 AM »
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« Reply #138 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.

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« Reply #139 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).

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« Reply #140 on: May 29, 2019, 01:07:30 PM »
Congratulations to the Nationals for finally building a lead their bullpen can hold.

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« Reply #141 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.

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« Reply #142 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.
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« Reply #143 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.

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« Reply #144 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.

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« Reply #145 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.

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« Reply #146 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.

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« Reply #147 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.

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« Reply #148 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.

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« Reply #149 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.