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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #50 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.

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« Reply #51 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.

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« Reply #52 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.
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« Reply #53 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.


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« Reply #54 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?

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« Reply #55 on: April 03, 2019, 01:45:13 AM »
Juiced up for it. And then went "fuck it" after that.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #56 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.

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« Reply #57 on: April 03, 2019, 12:21:43 PM »
Not Jacob deGrom.  7 scoreless today with 14 K's.  And he went yard as well

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« Reply #58 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.
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« Reply #59 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.


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« Reply #60 on: April 04, 2019, 09:56:46 AM »
small sample size?

Chris Davis is now 1 for his last 52(!) with 28 K's!

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« Reply #61 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?

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« Reply #62 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?

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« Reply #63 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).

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« Reply #64 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.
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« Reply #65 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.
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« Reply #66 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.

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« Reply #67 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.

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« Reply #68 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.
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« Reply #69 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!

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« Reply #70 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.

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« Reply #71 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.

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« Reply #72 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.

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« Reply #73 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

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« Reply #74 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.
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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #75 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.
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« Reply #76 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.

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« Reply #77 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.

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Re: MLB Regular Season: 2019
« Reply #78 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.

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« Reply #79 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.

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« Reply #80 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.

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« Reply #81 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.

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« Reply #82 on: April 11, 2019, 12:32:32 PM »
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« Reply #83 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.
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« Reply #84 on: April 13, 2019, 04:18:25 AM »
CHRIS DAVIS GOT A HIT AND DROVE IN 2 RUNS AS A BONUS CELEBRATE!

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« Reply #85 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!
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« Reply #86 on: April 13, 2019, 04:33:29 AM »
Send Porcello to Portland for that.

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« Reply #87 on: April 15, 2019, 05:42:27 AM »
Chris Davis hit his first home run.
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« Reply #88 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.

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« Reply #89 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.

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« Reply #90 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

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« Reply #91 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.

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« Reply #93 on: April 19, 2019, 04:31:59 AM »
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« Reply #94 on: April 19, 2019, 08:09:26 AM »
DeGrom has a bad elbow. Not good.


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« Reply #95 on: April 19, 2019, 08:35:24 AM »
Yeah headed back to NY for MRI.  Oh well..

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« Reply #96 on: April 20, 2019, 11:10:47 AM »
He threw a ball around the outfield today, and said he was fine.
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« Reply #97 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.
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« Reply #98 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.

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« Reply #99 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.