NL CENTRAL PREDICTATRON 2019

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who will win the division

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Chicago Cubs 4
Milwaukee Brewers 3
St. Louis Cardinals 2
Cincinnati Reds 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0


na (NA), Friday, 15 March 2019 19:42 (eight months ago) link

also feel free to discuss any of the division teams in here unless you really want to start a team-specific thread

na (NA), Friday, 15 March 2019 19:42 (eight months ago) link

i have no idea who's going to win the division. my instinctual guess is the cardinals.

i am predicting the cubs offense will rebound from last year but i do not trust any of their pitching beyond hendricks

na (NA), Friday, 15 March 2019 19:53 (eight months ago) link

expecting lester to really fall off a cliff this year, which is not something one often thinks of 18-game winners

i think there's a good chance the pirates finish last, and in a way, i hope they do

mookieproof, Friday, 15 March 2019 20:26 (eight months ago) link

the cubs' pitching is potentially very good but also potentially a total disaster. Lester, Darvish, and Hamels all have the ability to strike out 200 and win 18 games, and also be sloppy, ineffective, and/or injured for the majority of the year.

Bote has been hitting the ball well this spring and taking a ton of walks. Same for Schwarber. I'm anticipating a major year from Bryant and a return to the slightly better stats from previous years for Rizzo. I think they'll be in it til the end, but a division title might be a stretch.

omar little, Friday, 15 March 2019 20:33 (eight months ago) link

Lester has always felt like a guy who has been balancing on the edge of a knife; those worrying walk numbers and disastrous starts have always been there, but usually he's won despite the former and the latter have been infrequent. I agree he could fall off that cliff.

omar little, Friday, 15 March 2019 20:34 (eight months ago) link

he's gotten worse every year since 2015 but it also seems like he figures out ways to get around getting worse

contreras' offense has looked better in spring training too, which is a good sign

na (NA), Friday, 15 March 2019 20:43 (eight months ago) link

if his offense is good that'll be a bonus, he's a very good defensive catcher as-is.

omar little, Friday, 15 March 2019 21:29 (eight months ago) link

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/03/brewers-rumors-craig-kimbrel-talks.html

if the brewers get him, they will have hader, knebel, jeffress, and kimbrel. wow.

also, not that anyone cares but i would have to switch my second favorite NL central team designation elsewhere because i can't stand kimbrel's dumbass hanging arm monster thing

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 02:40 (eight months ago) link

i have no idea who is going to win the division. will probably wait until the deadline of the poll, just in case last minute additions (like kimbrel) swing the balance

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 02:42 (eight months ago) link

Cardinals lineup adding Goldschmidt looks pretty impressive. I like picking up Wieters to be the backup catcher too as I think part time duty seems to bring back the bat for some veteran catchers. If Yady actually lets them take him out of the lineup, it could be good for both of them. Cardinals pitching isn't quite as impressive, but it does have room to improve in 2019 too.

Cubs won 95 last year and had kind of middling years out of quite a few players. Pitching staff is older and I would think could be worse, but they still have good depth and could deal for a couple guys too.

Brewers seemed to have everything go right last year. It will be interesting to see if they fall back or hold up to last year. I kinda feel like they will fall back a bit.

Pirates are better than they might seem on first glance. They should/could have the best rotation in the division, but then they held pat on improving the club in any means. Things go well with the young guys, they could be a .500 team I would figure. Kind of a push.

Reds with the trades have some interesting players playing for contracts including Puig. They should be like a bunch of Cincy teams in that they score runs like a beer league softball team and have pretty sxxt starting pitching. They have added some arms that should help the rotation, but I'm a Reds fan and a pessimist. Sonny Gray is already fighting a bad back. I do think the bullpen could be good and has some depth, so they could win some games with softball scores.

I'd bet my 2 bucks on the Cardinals to win the division, but the NLC should be very competitive as it often is.

earlnash, Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:29 (eight months ago) link

Huh Ian Happ starting the season in AAA

na (NA), Sunday, 24 March 2019 00:34 (seven months ago) link

I'm glad Jimenez is not on this Cubs roster.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 24 March 2019 03:50 (seven months ago) link

I'd have to think it is just that Ian Happ has options and they are still ridiculously deep in some places. Seemed that Happ would eventually end up the replacement for Zobrist. Got to think Happ would be in the bigs on a bunch of other clubs and some clubs might inquire upon him.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:07 (seven months ago) link

i really hope this predictatron isn't right but i'm a little worried about the possibility that andrew miller is the greg holland of 2019

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:09 (seven months ago) link

Scooter Gennette is out 8-12 weeks with a hammy. Looks like Reds are going to use Jose Iglesias at short and move Jose Peraza back to second at least to start the season.

Nick Senzel heading to AAA to keep playing CF as Scott Schebler has won the starting job there for now. Senzel was probably going to go down anyway so that the Reds could get the 'bonus year' and most likely bring him up in May. Got to wonder if Senzel might be playing some 2b, as he played that at times in college and minors.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:28 (seven months ago) link

didn't know senzel could play CF! (or can he?)

i have nothing to back this up with, but it seems like there are more players these days who can legitimately play a decent OF and IF. in early zobrist days it seemed more unusual?

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:33 (seven months ago) link

Senzel did some winter ball work in CF and has prepped for it all spring.

Talk was that Puig might see some time in center too, it's not an ideal situation and probably will get defensively exploited in some of the bigger parks. You will get more offense instead of Billy Hamilton, but you will have a number of extra base hits drop in without him.

I think being able to play more positions at least to a certain level of competency is still a valid way to have an extended playing career.

I think Andrew Miller was a much better pitcher than Holland over all career, but it's hard to bet on any reliever at age 33 as it is such a boom/bust proposition. For every reliever that fails, you have another reliever seem to bounce back and be productive again after some time of either being injured and/or ineffective. And at 33, they could just be done at any time.

earlnash, Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:47 (seven months ago) link

relievers are indeed a crapshoot. it'd be nice if andrew miller could manage to be at least league average, though, rather than single-handedly blowing a handful of games over the course of a month like holland did last year

but i'm there are fuckups (Karl Malone), Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:56 (seven months ago) link

Corey Knebel potentially needing Tommy John really sucks

frogbs, Monday, 25 March 2019 04:09 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Hendricks extension with #Cubs is four years, $55.595M, according to a source. Includes club option for fifth season as well.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 26, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 17:51 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Brewers did better than i would have expected

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 04:07 (seven months ago) link

they won the division last year and have only gotten better on paper

na (NA), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:04 (seven months ago) link

i picked Brew-haas

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:10 (seven months ago) link

goldschmidt will have a chance at a 4th HR in the top of the next inning

Update:
Home run #3: 106.4 mph https://t.co/HJKbE4WAZ7

— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) March 30, 2019

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:32 (seven months ago) link

how many more years y'all got him for

frogbs, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:34 (seven months ago) link

for all the years

dan maclaughlin keeps saying "you are going to love him saint louis! you are gonna LOVE him!"

he did it after 2 home runs in Spring Training, and predictatronably he did it after his first regular season HR

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:37 (seven months ago) link

i just saw someone say that Yelich has a 42% HR/FB rate in Miller Park. is that right?!

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:38 (seven months ago) link

lol brewers just IBB'd goldschmidt

down 5-9 in the 9th. i get it, but

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:41 (seven months ago) link

i thought the brewers were cool

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:41 (seven months ago) link

Maclaughlin just said “folks you’re gonna love him” as it went to the post-game crew

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:54 (seven months ago) link

christian yelich is on fire

Karl Malone, Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:24 (seven months ago) link

*shakes fist*

YELIIIIIICH

Karl Malone, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:27 (seven months ago) link

This might have been the greatest trade in Milwaukee Brewers history

frogbs, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:28 (seven months ago) link

only other players to HR in first 4 games:

Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and Trevor Story.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:33 (seven months ago) link

he's been absolutely on fire since like...august 2018?

Karl Malone, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:34 (seven months ago) link

And a walk-off double...He's obviously already clinched another MVP.

clemenza, Sunday, 31 March 2019 21:26 (seven months ago) link

On base all 5 times

frogbs, Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:16 (seven months ago) link

lolcubs

mookieproof, Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:55 (seven months ago) link

I don't remember the STL announcers being as annoying/repetitive as they are on the call for the Goldschmidt homers.

Michael F Gill, Monday, 1 April 2019 02:39 (seven months ago) link

i am going to LOVE him in st louis!

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 April 2019 02:53 (seven months ago) link

you guys are REALLY not gonna make team threads? so weird

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 April 2019 03:10 (seven months ago) link

in this age of robot umpires, all sense of boundary has been erased and we just mingle around to different food stands, watching baseball

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 April 2019 03:43 (seven months ago) link

cubs scored 28 runs in the rangers series and still went 1-2

na (NA), Monday, 1 April 2019 14:43 (seven months ago) link

Opposite: Jays held the Tigers to 6 runs in 4 games (only 3 runs in the regulation 36 innings) and went 2-2.

clemenza, Monday, 1 April 2019 16:37 (seven months ago) link

33 pitches in the first for waino; 14 of them strikes : /

mookieproof, Monday, 1 April 2019 17:39 (seven months ago) link

yadi is playing 3B

mookieproof, Monday, 1 April 2019 21:59 (seven months ago) link

Says something for the Reds to give up two weekend home games soon against the Cardinals to play in Mexico. I do hope they break out the 'Los Rojos' uniforms they used last year.

earlnash, Monday, 1 April 2019 23:48 (seven months ago) link

With the injury to Hunter Greene, it just ads to the bad luck and ineptitude the Reds have had developing pitching. Reds have pretty bad luck drafting and developing starting pitching for decades, even just average ones.

They had one short window when they had Cueto, Bailey and Mike Leake (who was drafted and went straight to the big leagues) and other than that Brett Tomko (who was traded for Griffey) and not all that hot going back to the late 90s. I think the next best self drafted and developed starter by the Reds you have to go back to Tom Browning in the 80s.

There cannot be that many clubs that have done worse and this is the primary reason the Reds have been mostly terrible for 25+ years.

earlnash, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 22:19 (seven months ago) link

I picked those four guys as they had at least had a couple seasons as a league average starter. Still that is only 4 starting pitchers in like 30 years developed out of the draft! Not good.

earlnash, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 22:35 (seven months ago) link

Freddy Peralta today: 8 IP, 11 K, 0 BB. not bad

frogbs, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:50 (seven months ago) link

fire joe morgan maddon

mookieproof, Friday, 5 April 2019 02:55 (seven months ago) link

Reds slow start has to be causing some grumbles already in the front office and fan base, especially with FC Cincy absolutely packing the joint everytime they play and the Reds drawing like the Dayton Dragons.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/04/02/reds-set-new-low-attendance-record-great-american-ball-park/3339552002/

earlnash, Sunday, 7 April 2019 12:07 (seven months ago) link

to be fair, the dayton dragons have sold out every single home game for like 20 years

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:16 (seven months ago) link

haha, yeah! i went to a game there once, it was excellent

Karl Malone, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:19 (seven months ago) link

holy shit, there was a season highlight by bader just now, i'll try to post a clip when i see one. he played a machado hit to deep CF off the wall so perfectly, it was incredible. he grabbed it off the bounce with one fluid motion from glove to the throw, which was a perfect strong throw to 2B. the play would have been close, but no one was there to make it (should have been paul dejong but he wasn't covering because 99.999% of the time there's no chance to make that play in the first place.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:28 (seven months ago) link

yadi just passed curt flood and ken boyer for 8th place in career hits for the Cardinals.
some future Yadi trivia: wIth another 254 hits, he’ll pass Rogers Hornsby for 3rd all-time for the Cardinals in hits, with 2111. Could happen as early as late-2020 season, or early 2021 season.

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 7 April 2019 19:41 (seven months ago) link

If this were a renaissance painting what would it be called? pic.twitter.com/EroGuK7W69

— Sean Lahman (@seanlahman) April 7, 2019

Andy K, Sunday, 7 April 2019 19:55 (seven months ago) link

is that clint hurdle trying to hold back puig? smh

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 April 2019 19:58 (seven months ago) link

One thing lost in the melee was that towering shot Josh Bell hit to center yesterday. That was a heck of a blast.

Derek Dietrich seems like a pretty nice waiver pickup for nothing, as it does seem he can hit a bit and at least stand in a few positions ok with a glove.

earlnash, Monday, 8 April 2019 16:03 (seven months ago) link

“Everybody In” includes Cubs limited partner Betsy DeVos. pic.twitter.com/NUbhw7oVSy

— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) April 8, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 8 April 2019 19:13 (seven months ago) link

2-3x a year I put a Cards game on mlb.tv and say "CHRIST, IT'S McCARVER" before switching feeds.

KM, is Fowler going to lose his starting job? Need to know for the reverse fantasy team.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:41 (seven months ago) link

he should lose it, but he probably won't fully lose it until May. It's too bad, because even the version of Jose Martinez that isn't hitting well is probably better overall than Fowler (even though he's somehow even worse at fielding than Fowler), and if Tyler O'Neill ever gets a chance to figure out how to not strikeout 35% of the time he could be very good. but he's a veteran and everyone likes him and he has two years left on his contract, so. today on the broadcast, the announcers enthused about how fowler has been unlucky, and how he has the 3rd highest line drive rate in MLB at the moment. so people are looking for reasons to keep him in. if he manages to provide even a brief glimpse of a good string of at bats, he'll buy himself another month or two

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:47 (seven months ago) link

i feel bad for fowler, he seems like a good guy and he had to deal with so much bullshit when he came over the the cardinals

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:49 (seven months ago) link

cardinals are extending matt carpenter ('s contract)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 19:59 (seven months ago) link

Carpenter is solid, be handy if the DH were to happen in 2020-21.

earlnash, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 22:05 (seven months ago) link

Mythical NL cardinals DH spot is reserved for J. Martinez, imo

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:06 (seven months ago) link

Trevor Richards threw a really nice game for the Fish tonight until they lost it on a couple of Great American bonus HRs in the bottom of the 8th for the Reds.

earlnash, Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:46 (seven months ago) link

what a shocking development

Tyler Glasnow in Pittsburgh: 5.79 ERA, 5.8 BB/9, 71 ERA+
Tyler Glasnow in Tampa Bay: 3.34 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, 123 ERA+ pic.twitter.com/cGeEJSe0hh

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 11, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:56 (seven months ago) link

as he intended, he made the highlight reel

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 14 April 2019 14:41 (seven months ago) link

Reds had an outfield of Matt Kemp in left, future first baseman Jesse Winker in CF and Puig in right. That has to be one of the slowest/worst coverage combos in left and center in the league. Winker is SLOW and cumbersome. Dude is like young Kent Hrbek.

earlnash, Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:21 (seven months ago) link

I was wondering why Puig was trending right now. I guess he needs that bobblehead money.

This piece on him on the LA Times today is pretty good:

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-yasiel-puig-dodgers-legacy-reds-20190414-story.html

It says a lot about him that he was so reckless while with the Dodgers and has recently said he wasn't trying hard during his time there, whereas now with the Reds he is.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:34 (seven months ago) link

Red's running out a bizarro Spring Training split lineup tonight against Kershaw.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4N9-PSW4AEoyF_.jpg:large

earlnash, Monday, 15 April 2019 23:24 (seven months ago) link

6 RBIs for Yelich already

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 02:24 (seven months ago) link

6 of his 7 HRs vs the Cardinals this year, just brutal

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 02:44 (seven months ago) link

well, Goldy's got 5 vs. the Brewers :)

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 02:52 (seven months ago) link

or maybe 4. the bum

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 02:53 (seven months ago) link

lmao what

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 03:15 (seven months ago) link

jeeeeeezus

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 03:15 (seven months ago) link

Red's running out a bizarro Spring Training split lineup tonight against Kershaw.

― earlnash, Monday, April 15, 2019 4:24 PM (four hours ago)

Puig took Kershaw into the cheap seats in his first at-bat back at Dodger Stadium.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 03:35 (seven months ago) link

And again

frogbs, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:47 (seven months ago) link

he's had a HR in each of the last 7 games vs. st louis

frogbs, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:59 (seven months ago) link

i don't know if any other player has singlehandedly ruined the cardinals so much over such a length of time

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 02:04 (seven months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/GxkHEme.png

early season silliness

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 April 2019 05:05 (seven months ago) link

The run differential is wacky. Reds definitely left two potential wins on the table in LA this week.

earlnash, Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:01 (seven months ago) link

Your 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates, tied for 1st

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 19 April 2019 17:38 (seven months ago) link

Now 19 games into the season, the Cardinals are still waiting for a starting pitcher to record a seventh-inning out. In fact, they’re only the third team since 1908 -- joining the 1995 Padres and 2018 Cubs -- to go this deep into a season without a starter going longer than six innings.

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 20 April 2019 15:51 (seven months ago) link

Mikolas into the 7th, KM, I hope you're happy!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 April 2019 20:31 (seven months ago) link

I have to admit I am pretty happy

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 20 April 2019 21:18 (seven months ago) link

Machado shows a sense of humor here.

https://www.facebook.com/Reds/videos/864492680562546/

earlnash, Sunday, 21 April 2019 01:48 (seven months ago) link

two more HRs for Yelich today, he's on pace for 100

frogbs, Sunday, 21 April 2019 04:25 (seven months ago) link

i’m told the record for april homers is 14, shared by a-rod and prince albert

yelich has 13 on the 20th

mookieproof, Sunday, 21 April 2019 06:46 (seven months ago) link

He has a great chance at the RBI records for April (35) and through-end-of-April (36)--both Juan Gonzalez.

clemenza, Sunday, 21 April 2019 12:42 (seven months ago) link

Plus he has three more games against be cardinals in April. He’s got this thing pretty much wrapped up

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 April 2019 12:46 (seven months ago) link

The slow curve that Yelich hit for the second home run was a pretty good pitch. Even if he was sitting on Ryu to bring the curve on the first pitch, it was right on his hands and Yelich just swatted it.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:22 (seven months ago) link

I looked at his game logs from last year, and he started his epic finish as early as July 8. Since then, coming up on 100 games:

G – 96
AB – 380
H – 139
2B – 26
3B – 5
HR – 38
R – 87
RBI – 106
BB – 52
BA –.366
OBP – .446
SLG – .761

clemenza, Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:48 (seven months ago) link

Incredible!

timellison, Monday, 22 April 2019 01:07 (seven months ago) link

Bellinger robbed him of one today

frogbs, Monday, 22 April 2019 03:23 (seven months ago) link

Reds put a curb stomp down on the Cards last night. Cincy hit like the beer league softball team they are designed to be last night. A hot night and some bad pitching, and the Reds will probably play some high scoring games this year. They always seem to have a couple of slug fests a year at Great American as it is such a small park. Ball carries really well on a hot day game, I've seen a couple of them over the years.

earlnash, Saturday, 27 April 2019 13:20 (six months ago) link

all of that may be true. however, jedd gyorko struck out a batter.

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:56 (six months ago) link

worth it!

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:56 (six months ago) link

Your 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates, tied for 1st

the wheels came off shortly after you wrote this -- strong work

mookieproof, Monday, 29 April 2019 17:06 (six months ago) link

In a Drew Storen-esque move, Cardinals’ Alex Reyes broke his pinkie by punching a wall after his last start.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 April 2019 17:47 (six months ago) link

On his non-pitching hand, thankfully

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Monday, 29 April 2019 17:58 (six months ago) link

Looks like Nick Senzel will join the Reds this weekend. I'm kinda thinking that Scott Schebler's terrible start is probably going to be the end of his shot at being a regular for Cincy and may have signed his ticket to Louisville and eternal AAAA baseball.

earlnash, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:09 (six months ago) link

info for Reds fans: Vargas is not this good

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 00:34 (six months ago) link

jason vargas is a baseball legend

paul dejong has 14 doubles

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 00:35 (six months ago) link

cardinals have won 59 of 97 (.607) since mike matheny went to hell, a 99-game winning pace

just throwing some cardinal trivia out there

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 00:40 (six months ago) link

Mets have been taking the Reds lunch money for a few years.

earlnash, Wednesday, 1 May 2019 00:41 (six months ago) link

puke

na (NA), Wednesday, 1 May 2019 14:38 (six months ago) link

cardinals/cubs series starting tomorrow should be good. cards have won five in a row, cubs have won four in a row

na (NA), Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:25 (six months ago) link

nice to see Eric Thames having a solid start

frogbs, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:27 (six months ago) link

why is ian happ in triple-a? he doesn't strike me as worse (or less versatile) than almora or bote or zagunis

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:08 (six months ago) link

probs bcz he's currently slashing .235/.336/.398 in the hitter friendly PCL?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:17 (six months ago) link

he was sent down in march. career MLB wRC+:

happ: 109
almora: 92
bote: 103
zagunis: 54

granted, almora is a better outfield defender

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:24 (six months ago) link

maybe there were some other issues?

Bote's been extremely solid and has had a few folk hero moments.

omar little, Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:27 (six months ago) link

(also the eastern bits of the PCL -- iowa, nashville, round rock, memphis, new orleans -- are actually pitcher-friendly)

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:30 (six months ago) link

happ had a bad spring training but i'm guessing there also wasn't roster room to platoon happ and almora like last year. i'd rather have happ than zagunis though

na (NA), Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:32 (six months ago) link

or better yet keep all those guys AND GET RID OF ADDISON RUSSELL

na (NA), Thursday, 2 May 2019 20:32 (six months ago) link

it's interesting to me (if probably not you) how i suddenly don't hate the cardinals

part of it is surely that they haven't made the playoffs in a few years, but i think it's mostly the absence of tlr/matheny

mookieproof, Friday, 3 May 2019 17:45 (six months ago) link

also Paul DeJong is rather attractive

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 May 2019 17:48 (six months ago) link

Dakota Hudson is a handsome guy

I think there are more likable personalities on the team now, too. It used to be Carlos Martinez + a bunch of boring guys, but now there’s Jose Martinez (the most entertaining player in the NL, esp when he’s failing on defense), Ozuna, Bader, Tyler Bro’Neill, etc.

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 May 2019 17:52 (six months ago) link

they are still boringly efficient/good to me but i like ozuna (as a player and for entertainment value) and fowler (as a good dude and for residual cubs world series goodwill)

na (NA), Friday, 3 May 2019 18:02 (six months ago) link

jose martinez is like hunter pence if hunter pence was weirder

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 May 2019 18:14 (six months ago) link

i don’t believe you

mookieproof, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:38 (six months ago) link

I liked the score of the Reds/Giants game much better when I turned off the tv. Cincy is just the gang that cannot shoot straight.

Congrats to Luis Castillo on being NL Pitcher of the month for April. The last Red to win NL Pitcher of the Month...wait for it...Kent Mercker way back in '97.

earlnash, Saturday, 4 May 2019 11:39 (six months ago) link

i predict that this is the last game that dexter fowler will start in CF for the rest of his career (at least in a cardinals uniform)

why you would start fowler in CF ahead of bader AND o'neill is beyond me

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 4 May 2019 20:17 (six months ago) link

in the same inning, one of the most embarrassing misplays of dexter fowlers career + the best defensive play of jose martinez's career

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Saturday, 4 May 2019 20:24 (six months ago) link

and the longest game in Miller Park history is blown by the Amazins

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 5 May 2019 04:49 (six months ago) link

During that game:

Braun: 6/8
rest of the Brewers: 5/54

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 5 May 2019 14:06 (six months ago) link

Fxxx a Posey, has he not caused enough grief to Reds fans?

earlnash, Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:43 (six months ago) link

Actually stayed up to watch the 18 inning game and was really hoping Braun was gonna get the walkoff

frogbs, Monday, 6 May 2019 01:05 (six months ago) link

that 81-pitch kyle hendricks complete game shutout was sick

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/kyle-hendricks-threw-the-least-2019-game-of-the-year/

na (NA), Monday, 6 May 2019 14:38 (six months ago) link

Senzel looks legit.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 6 May 2019 18:06 (six months ago) link

Reds put it on the Giants pitching in the 4 game set, scoring 37 runs but they still only split 2 games apiece. Both the Reds and Giants are now 15-20.

earlnash, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 02:14 (six months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5_UTrsW4AULCQW.jpg

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:02 (six months ago) link

josh bell 472 feet into the allegheny

fourth homer in pnc park history to reach the river on the fly

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 18:06 (six months ago) link

Yelich with #16 today

I wonder how many of those homers have come in the 1st inning. Not enough to look it up, but it feels like the Brewers have started up 1-0 in half their games

frogbs, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 18:15 (six months ago) link

Yelich up to .356/.462/.797

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:12 (six months ago) link

what on earth

According to Theo, Russell was moved by actor Terry Crews’ journey.

— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) May 8, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:23 (six months ago) link

double puke

as part of russell getting called up, ben zobrist is going on leave for "personal reasons"?

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:31 (six months ago) link

hope everything's ok for him

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:32 (six months ago) link

Unreal how an actual NFL team cut their star running back and may get rid of their star wide receiver bc of similar behavior and the cubs are clinging to this dude and curating a rehab journey narrative for him.

omar little, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:37 (six months ago) link

DIETRICH TO THE RESCUE! pic.twitter.com/eYSqUGxFcD

— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 6, 2019

earlnash, Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:59 (six months ago) link

another big NL central series this weekend - brewers/cubs. right now the brewers are a half game behind the cubs, but the cubs have a run differential of +54 and the brewers have a run differential of +2.

na (NA), Thursday, 9 May 2019 15:02 (six months ago) link

Pirates color commentator Bob Walk was upset about Ozuna tagging up on Munoz's deep fly ball in a 12-run game 🧂🧂🧂 #timetofly pic.twitter.com/kjBsdh5IS2

— VHS (@VanHicklestein) May 10, 2019

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 03:44 (six months ago) link

the play-by-play guy on that clip is trying to defuse a bomb on live television

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 03:45 (six months ago) link

they have kind of a fraught relationship. as if you couldn't tell

sort of impressive to give up 17 runs without allowing a homer tbh

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 05:04 (six months ago) link

Those Whitey Herzog Cardinal's teams were really good at scoring runs without a homer, but that was as fast a running lineup as you would find ever in baseball and half of them were switch hitters.

Bob Walk would probably tag on his own guy for not tagging up and doing the right baseball move in the 6th inning if the Pirates were up 12 runs. "Three innings to go, anything could happen..." You just know it is true.

earlnash, Friday, 10 May 2019 14:09 (six months ago) link

the gentlemanly thing to do would be to stand between 2nd and 3rd base and wait to be gingerly tagged out, then tip your cap and jog to the dugout knowing that you helped your fans go to bed 2 minutes earlier

frogbs, Friday, 10 May 2019 14:15 (six months ago) link

then tip your cap ^in the direction of Bob Walk^ and jog to the dugout knowing that you helped your fans go to bed 2 minutes earlier

just a small edit, otherwise accurate

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:41 (six months ago) link

joe block (frogbs you may remember him, i think he did brewers games for a while) is a dweeby bald dude who has at least a passing understanding of advanced stats.

bob walk is protective of the pirates and otherwise just bitchy about literally everything in the vein of jim kaat or (i'm told) cardinals color guys.

it is legit uncomfortable to listen to them work together, which is why i never do it. (and the other pxp guy, greg brown, is just corny as hell)

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 14:54 (six months ago) link

i mean at least when keith hernandez is bitchy you can sense gary and ron laughing at him; with block and walk it's just tense

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 14:56 (six months ago) link

yeah I remember Joe Block - he was kind of a wet blanket personality wise but he was a good announcer who seemed fairly smart

Brewers are lucky to have a good TV broadcasting crew - so good in fact, that Brian Anderson is out a bunch of the season because he gets poached for NBA playoff games. Bill Schroder is sort of your standard "cranky ex-player" type but he's still pretty good. Between his thick Midwestern accent and the name "Bill Schroeder" I don't think you could hire anyone more appropriate for the Milwaukee Brewers. You can practically see the case of Miller Lite under the desk.

frogbs, Friday, 10 May 2019 15:01 (six months ago) link

from what i've heard, the cubs have a decent broadcast team

otherwise, without hearing all 30 teams' broadcasts, i will nonetheless confidently declare that the NL Central is the worst division for broadcasting

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:06 (six months ago) link

from what i've heard,

that was very ambiguous, but by that i mean what i have literally seen and heard

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:06 (six months ago) link

firsthand. while watching their games. fuck

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:07 (six months ago) link

i don't even know, because if i'm watching a game at home, i rarely have the sound on or up. i am very fond of the radio broadcast team of pat hughes and ron coomer though.

i keep getting reminded that starting next season there are basically going to be no cubs games broadcast on over-the-air local TV, and it feels like a gut-punch each time. it's such bullshit

na (NA), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:16 (six months ago) link

yeah i like the cubs guys a lot. except when kasper does 'cubs win! . . . cubs win' i mean

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 15:19 (six months ago) link

i keep getting reminded that starting next season there are basically going to be no cubs games broadcast on over-the-air local TV, and it feels like a gut-punch each time. it's such bullshit

i keep forgetting about that. "i don't even have a tv", and i watch everything through mlb.tv (+ a VPN making it seem like I'm browsing from a different time zone when I want to watch a local game)

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:22 (six months ago) link

even when i hear non-Mets broadcasters on mlb.tv, so few of them register, except Kirk Gibson sounds semi-comatose on Tiger games

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:24 (six months ago) link

i can now watch everything on my tv *except* mets games, which is unfortunate

need to figure out how to make roku work with a vpn

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 15:29 (six months ago) link

Yeah, it sucks not having all games on local TV, but the MLB Streams subreddit is a savior, in case anyone is interested.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:13 (six months ago) link

pirates are out here defying pythagoras

mookieproof, Monday, 13 May 2019 01:07 (six months ago) link

my prediction of jon lester's decline appears to have been premature

mookieproof, Monday, 13 May 2019 02:21 (six months ago) link

Bryant has been absurd lately, i was out for dinner and the cubs game was on and i pointed out to my kid that Kris Bryant was up and mentioned, "he's been on fire lately" and he immediately hit a home run.

omar little, Monday, 13 May 2019 05:57 (six months ago) link

keston hiura comin up (to milwaukee)

drink every time someone calls him 'a professional hitter'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:46 (six months ago) link

#Brewers prospect
Keston Hiura is a hitting machine.... Look at this beautiful base hit spray chart from all his @milb games 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/TOIjZ9AzmS

— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 14, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:47 (six months ago) link

could be the end of the road for Travis Shaw, who has put up -0.7 WAR so far

frogbs, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 16:31 (six months ago) link

he seems to have conveniently developed a wrist injury, but yeah. lets them move moustakas back to third too

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 18:14 (six months ago) link

almost killed a pitcher for his first hit

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:33 (six months ago) link

I pitch in softball and that shit hurts

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:05 (six months ago) link

NL central has the top three wildcard teams

BDIB

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 04:52 (six months ago) link

Kris Bryant, 3 HR tonight...

WmC, Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:52 (six months ago) link

i know willson contreras can't catch every cubs game but why have they consistently paired yu darvish, the wildest pitcher they have, with back-up back-up catcher taylor davis?

na (NA), Monday, 20 May 2019 20:25 (six months ago) link

oh wait, back-up catcher victor caratini is back and catching tonight, that's a little better

na (NA), Monday, 20 May 2019 20:26 (six months ago) link

1915 Reds threads are pretty nice I think.

http://cdn1.creativecirclemedia.com/kentuckytoday/original/20190519-214256-reds.jpg

earlnash, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:14 (six months ago) link

ooooh yeah

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:21 (six months ago) link

this reds/brewers game is odd (luis castillo and zach davies both out after three innings) but entertaining

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 19:53 (six months ago) link

these two teams have played some weird-ass games over the last couple years, I love it

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:14 (six months ago) link

just like that we've got an RBI HBP to bring it to 9-11

frogbs, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:18 (six months ago) link

so much MANAGING going on in this game

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:36 (six months ago) link

Something Wick This Way Comes (to the cubs)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 21:47 (six months ago) link

Fugly game by the Reds pitching. Hernan Perez and Orlando Arcia deserve today's Bill Hall Award (tm) for down lineup Brewer to hit like they are going to the Hall of Fame against the Reds.

Thames seems to like hitting Reds pitching. I think a couple of years ago he hit like 10 HRs against him.

And all of this is without Braun, who is a long time Red nemesis.

Jay Bruce used to be the guy that hit a ton against the Brewers.

earlnash, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 23:40 (six months ago) link

Yelich was out too

frogbs, Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:02 (five months ago) link

Anthony Rizzo hit one out that would have gone about a mile if the Budweiser sign above the Wrigley video screen hadn't gotten in the way.

https://www.mlb.com/video/anthony-rizzo-homers-12-on-a-fly-ball-to-right-field-kyle-schwarber-scores-kris-?t=most-popular

WmC, Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:33 (five months ago) link

<3 david freese

mookieproof, Friday, 24 May 2019 23:26 (five months ago) link

who told yadi that neck tattoos and white hair was a good look

mookieproof, Monday, 27 May 2019 00:42 (five months ago) link

bengie

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 27 May 2019 00:53 (five months ago) link

His new neck tattoo is actually a lot better. Before it was just a set of music notes 🎵🎶

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Monday, 27 May 2019 00:54 (five months ago) link

I'd like to know how much the Reds team batting average went up this weekend as they went (42-116) .362 at the plate in the 3 game series. Cubs now have lost 2 series to the Reds in May.

earlnash, Monday, 27 May 2019 01:22 (five months ago) link

Not that it matters in the big picture as Derek Dietrich has pretty much emulated his success in some ways both with the home run power and certain panache, but Scooter Gennett must have been hurt pretty bad in spring training. He was out 1/2 of spring training and is heading into June, out two months without starting back playing yet. Don't think they expected it to go this long.

earlnash, Monday, 27 May 2019 01:27 (five months ago) link

yadi looks like he’s seen attack ships burn off the shoulder of orion

mookieproof, Monday, 27 May 2019 01:38 (five months ago) link

when he makes his big league debut tonight, génesis cabrera will become the 2000th player to appear in a game for the cardinals since they joined the NL in 1892

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:49 (five months ago) link

(mitch keller recently became the 1979th player to appear for the pirates)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:52 (five months ago) link

cubs sign carlos gonzalez to a minor-league deal. local sports radio dudes point out this shows how the team feels about ian happ.

na (NA), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:09 (five months ago) link

just a head's up - one of the cardinals top prospects is Dylan Carlson, which is the same name as the Earth guy.

could be cool

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:25 (five months ago) link

génesis cabrera will become the 2000th player to appear in a game for the cardinals

"Cards! You've got Genesis!"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:30 (five months ago) link

I could see Carlos Gonzalez as a nice platoon player and pinch hitter. It's kind of an old Yankees type signing. Might hit or miss, either way they can afford to give him a shot. Cargo's stat line is a pretty classic peak around age 30 so far, but hey he hit the lottery with one big deal. I'd figure after that kind of deal, baseball is a hobby (albeit that pays well). I'm sure Cargo would like to play in the playoffs and have a shot at winning a ring.

earlnash, Friday, 31 May 2019 01:41 (five months ago) link

The Cardinals have lost seven consecutive one-run games in May. You have to go back to July 1970 to find that many one-run losses and zero victories in the same month.

not sure if the second sentence is MLB-wide or just cardinals history - probably the latter

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Friday, 31 May 2019 14:39 (five months ago) link

I would imagine - assuming these are 50/50 your odds are 1 in 128 out of any given 7-game stretch of one-run games, I would guess some team accomplishes that misfortune every year

frogbs, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:59 (five months ago) link

pretty sure this is the first time since jason thompson circa 1982-85 that the pirates' best hitter is their first baseman

in between there have been a couple serviceable guys and an astonishing number of flat-out awful ones

mookieproof, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:48 (five months ago) link

3+ hour rain delay. this trio must have been ragin

https://i.imgur.com/JmI64CS.png

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Sunday, 2 June 2019 04:41 (five months ago) link

Brewers/Pirates yesterday was nuts

frogbs, Sunday, 2 June 2019 12:10 (five months ago) link

The Brewers placed Gio Gonzalez on the injured list with a dead arm.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 2 June 2019 15:26 (five months ago) link

that's pretty ominous, doesn't "dead arm" usually mean TJ? not to mention Chacin is *also* on the DL, though he's been fairly garbage in nearly every start thus far. on the flip side Jimmy Nelson is set to return Wednesday, the Brewers could potentially have a decent starter in their rotation for once

frogbs, Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:17 (five months ago) link

nah, 'dead arm' is pretty common. not a good sign or anything, but it happens.

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:40 (five months ago) link

I kind of always just took it for basic over use inflammation.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:47 (five months ago) link

"pretty sure this is the first time since jason thompson circa 1982-85 that the pirates' best hitter is their first baseman"

Bell starting to hit like he looks. He's built like Frank Thomas, football player build.

Pirates have had a lot of formerly serviceable guys at the end of their careers playing first who are most known for playing with other teams.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:48 (five months ago) link

The move Brewers fans have been dreading. Hiura goes back down to make room for Travis Shaw’s return from IL. https://t.co/L7ciO1hak2

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 3, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

seems like a dumb move

na (NA), Monday, 3 June 2019 20:06 (five months ago) link

idk. i mean shaw did hit 30 homers the last two seasons, but he also did not look cured in his triple-a stint

tough all around when every team needs 15 relievers

mookieproof, Monday, 3 June 2019 20:16 (five months ago) link

I am sure he'll be back fairly soon but yeah, pretty disappointing. he looks big-league ready.

frogbs, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:19 (five months ago) link

I'm pretty sure the longterm solution is gonna be DFA'ing Aguilar - he's actually been *worse* than Shaw, and I think his prior success is a bit more flukey. Plus, we already have Eric Thames...you can always use middle infielders, while bad 1B/DH guys do nothing but clog up the roster

frogbs, Monday, 3 June 2019 22:26 (five months ago) link

Moustakas just broke his finger so Hiura will probably be coming back in a day or two.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:21 (five months ago) link

Cardinals first round draft pick UK pitcher Zach Thompson is from the county in Indiana where I grew up. Jeremy Hazelbaker who had one season as a utility guy for the Cardinals also wen to the same small county high school. I'm sure there are going to be a few less Reds fans growing up in the area and a few more Cardinal (sic) fans. Not like it is a big push to follow the Cubs or something else than the Reds these days in Indiana.

earlnash, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

Unfortunately, he is Zack with a K, and for that reason alone, i don't like the cut of his jib

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:06 (five months ago) link

so you have also bounced Britton from the brotherhood?

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:12 (five months ago) link

lol, watch the first part (the fielding segment) of this video of the guy the cardinals drafted in the second round yesterday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5c4v_sSfQU

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:19 (five months ago) link

mmmmm

Today @baseballpro, how #Rays Austin Meadows has fulfilled the potential that always lurked in his bat, becoming one of baseball’s best hitters. It’s a story of approach and mechanics, and of the #Pirates looking awfully silly again. https://t.co/b1BKvUnYgf

— Matthew Trueblood (@MATrueblood) June 5, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 14:34 (five months ago) link

all three pirates color guys have now said stupid shit that drew national attention just in the last month. i think only steve blass was obviously racist, so maybe that's a minor victory

mookieproof, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 19:39 (five months ago) link

craig "dumbass" kimbrel signs 3-year, $43M deal with Cubs

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:29 (five months ago) link

what was he originally asking for?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:52 (five months ago) link

5+ years, triple digits, I believe

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 6 June 2019 14:05 (five months ago) link

triple abbreviated digits

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 6 June 2019 14:05 (five months ago) link

The New York Daily News reports:

President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney along with other Republican Party bigwigs are hosting a campaign retreat for donors in Chicago this weekend where guests will be feted with a Wrigley Field reception in a “Friends and Family” suite including a Cubs-Cardinals rivalry game, according to a published report.

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is a host of the invitation-only event. Ricketts also is finance chair of the Trump Victory Committee, which is a joint fundraising venture of the president’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:27 (five months ago) link

gross.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:14 (five months ago) link

all three pirates color guys have now said stupid shit that drew national attention just in the last month. i think only steve blass was obviously racist, so maybe that's a minor victory

― mookieproof, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 2:39 PM (two days ago)

I guess Blass would bust a blood vessel if he was a barves broadcaster — they're having an Ozzie Albies palm-tree necklace giveaway night.

WmC, Friday, 7 June 2019 23:57 (five months ago) link

it's his last year, at least. and few of us know what it's like to have a disease named after one's self

he's literally been involved with the pirates for almost 60 years; i guess he must have secretly hated dave parker and the we are family team

mookieproof, Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:17 (five months ago) link

I think some people on TV just chatter their way into trouble by not thinking about what they are saying and then trying to save face that they are not an idiot, when it is obvious at least in this case they were.

earlnash, Sunday, 9 June 2019 13:51 (five months ago) link

I find myself rooting for the Cards this weekend as the Cubs need to go die as long as the Rickettses are around

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 June 2019 01:06 (five months ago) link

reds are 111 runs better than the pirates. and a game behind them

pirates also have a worse run differential than the marlins

mookieproof, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:11 (five months ago) link

Mike Moustakas has 20 home runs already

frogbs, Monday, 10 June 2019 13:25 (five months ago) link

pirates: last place in the division, worst run differential in the league, worst team ERA in the league, second-worst home attendance in the league

also their biggest trade acquisition in forever, chris archer, has a 5.73 ERA and -0.2 bWAR. it's gonna be hilarious when they decline the 2020-2021 team options on him

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:46 (five months ago) link

Archers performance isn’t even the worst part of it!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:49 (five months ago) link

at least meadows and glasgow have had minor injuries that will *probably* keep them from winning major awards

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 June 2019 21:51 (five months ago) link

brian reynolds looks ok??

na (NA), Thursday, 13 June 2019 22:00 (five months ago) link

Meadows looks right back on track. Not sure about awards tho (all star yes, maybe silver slugger).

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 13 June 2019 22:07 (five months ago) link

There is plenty of season left for this number to get back to what you usually might see, but the Reds Pythagorean record on Baseball Reference is right now pretty wacky.

Pythagorean (37-31)
Actual (30-38)

earlnash, Sunday, 16 June 2019 16:35 (five months ago) link

cardinals call up rangel ravelo, who has hit .301 in 838 minor league games over 10 seasons

mookieproof, Monday, 17 June 2019 17:09 (five months ago) link

sounds like he's just about ready.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 17 June 2019 18:02 (five months ago) link

Moves: OF Tyrone Taylor will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight with the AZL Brewers Gold.

INF Brett Lawrie has been released.

— Brewers Player Dev (@BrewersPD) June 18, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:38 (five months ago) link

Marty Brennamen was pretty fun today driving home listening to the Reds comeback. You could tell he was pretty disgusted like 'yep the Reds are going to lose again' especially after Barnhart and Votto striking out on seven pitches was going to strand the opening double by Peraza.

Then you had the couple singles by Senzel and Winker and the game was over with the game won. Marty seemed genuinely surprised by the turnabout and was actually laughing.

earlnash, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:10 (five months ago) link

Reds sweeping the Astros is also par for the course for this oddball club.

earlnash, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:11 (five months ago) link

i too am open to adding a controllable hitter

The @Reds, who rank 3rd in @MLB in team ERA, have the ingredients for a second-half run at a playoff spot, as one NL Central observer said to me this week. The Reds’ front office is open to adding a controllable hitter at the deadline, source says. @MLBNetwork

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 20, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:30 (five months ago) link

NL CENTRAL RUN DIFFERENTIALS

Cubs: +63
Reds: +41
Cards: +12
Brewers: +6
Pirates: -77

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:47 (five months ago) link

The Matrix (1999)#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/jRvrDjSG0W

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 21, 2019

This was a pretty fun play from last night. It looked like Cain was taking a weird angle to go get the ball but he played the carom perfect and what a throw which led to the ugliest slide that actually worked you might see all year. Jesse Winker runs like a dad playing softball.

earlnash, Friday, 21 June 2019 09:44 (five months ago) link

I'd think having a game where you get hit by a pitch three times in the same game is probably more rare than hitting three home runs in game, Derek Dietrich has accomplished both this season.

earlnash, Saturday, 22 June 2019 13:39 (five months ago) link

this is by far the most interesting division race in baseball

brewers, cubs, or cardinals could all be in 1st by this evening, depending on how the games go, and the reds are going to be a part of that race soon, especially if they are trade deadline buyers.

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:52 (five months ago) link

Make that 6 HBPs in a 3 game series so far for Derek Dietrich, which I guess is some sort of record.
I guess the Brewers don't like the swag.

earlnash, Sunday, 23 June 2019 10:27 (four months ago) link

no judgements, bc i'm sure divorcing your spouse when you've been married for more than a decade and have kids is tough, but it still seems weird to me that zobrist is apparently missing almost the entire season

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:13 (four months ago) link

it's really strange, i just wonder if there's something really fucked up happening there.

omar little, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:15 (four months ago) link

makes me wonder if he's going to come back at all, dude is 38. would be a sad way to leave the game though.

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:18 (four months ago) link

yes but he nearly had a 4 WAR season last year, dude is aging pretty well. his power is way down this year but he's barely played so who knows. this situation is indeed very odd...baseball players barely take a game off for the birth of their own children

frogbs, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:23 (four months ago) link

i can barely send an email when my spouse is really mad at me, i can understand not being able to concentrate on a slider when going through a messy divorce.

but yeah, it is true that players don't tend to take off much time for such things

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:24 (four months ago) link

Whoa, knowing nothing about this (and I know it's 2019 and all) but I was reading up and was not prepared for HER being the cheater... That's a huge buck of the old MLB stereotype.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:44 (four months ago) link

Oh man, she is a Xtian singer and he used her music exclusively for his walkup music...

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:53 (four months ago) link

Oh and they were big Megachurch personalities as well... ugh.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 19:54 (four months ago) link

On a less TMZ note, rumors have it that if all goes without a hitch, tonight is Kimbrel's last appearance in the minors before getting called up.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:05 (four months ago) link

/\@/\

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:14 (four months ago) link

man, fuck the braves. the tomahawk chop is awful enough, now they've got this guy closing games. it's a bummer because i very much like their new crew of acuña and albies and inciarte and swanson

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:17 (four months ago) link

oh wait, he's with the cubs now.

man, fuck the cubs

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:17 (four months ago) link

Braves got Keuchel, the other K-surnamed FA holdout.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:21 (four months ago) link

lol KM. Plenty to hate when they get together and have a testosterone-spraying contest like last night. Josh Donaldson started that shit and didn't get any of the heat for it. God knows what'll pop off when McCann catches instead of Flowers.

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:40 (four months ago) link

i only saw clips so i couldn't tell what set contreras off. was he mad that tyler flowers actually knows how to frame pitches?

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:41 (four months ago) link

I think that's what it boils down to. He said he didn't like Flowers butting in with comments while he was having words with the ump.

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:42 (four months ago) link

gotta love catcher drama

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:49 (four months ago) link

Ryne Sandburg had the similar type of absence, walked away in 1994 and was out of baseball in 95 before coming back.

earlnash, Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:20 (four months ago) link

craig counsell has a good disappointed face

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:50 (four months ago) link

pirates with some nice stats-padding tonight

'maybe colin moran is actually good!'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 July 2019 02:48 (four months ago) link

Puig made a helluva game-winning baserunning play just now

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 02:34 (four months ago) link

yeah that was a weird way to lose. looked like a beer league softball play.

frogbs, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 02:37 (four months ago) link

Puig has had a couple of crazy games against the Brewers on the basepaths.

The one play earlier in the game when Puig was going into second and the throw was on time but Arcia wanted NOTHING to do going in hard to tag him.

Reds are kind of in a put up or shut up position on this season. They seem by the numbers to be perhaps better than their record and possibly capable of making a move, but they seem to not be able to get past 3 or 4 below .500. Offense seems to be coming together just as the bullpen is starting to fall apart.

earlnash, Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:28 (four months ago) link

two yadi related things:

- the cardinals broadcaster referred to him as "the hall of famer" earlier in tonight's game
- he is having an awful season. his plate discipline is awful (3.3% BB%), which means his OBP is awful (.288), his power is non-existent (.109 ISO), which all means his OBP is unplayable (.658)

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 July 2019 04:26 (four months ago) link

OPS at the end, not OBP

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 4 July 2019 04:26 (four months ago) link

division standings are funnier than ever today

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 July 2019 13:48 (four months ago) link

Reds have an off day on Friday, that's something that has to be pretty rare to happen.

earlnash, Friday, 5 July 2019 02:22 (four months ago) link

Bucco comeback w/ 5 in the 9th to tie Brewers 6-6

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 July 2019 02:53 (four months ago) link

alas for nowt as they lose in the 10th, having to pinch-hit a pitcher (Musgrove) with the tying run on second

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 6 July 2019 03:23 (four months ago) link

couple days ago they ph'd with pitcher steven brault, who is batting .381/.381/.429 and it worked

in any case, smh

heard yelich was pumping balls into the allegheny in HR derby practice

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 July 2019 03:38 (four months ago) link

Reds going with Kluszewski-era sleeveless jerseys today. Puig and Dietrich lookin doubleplusgood with the bare arms

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 7 July 2019 18:21 (four months ago) link

Is this the correct "Cubs Hate" thread?

Amazing. Todd Ricketts, Cubs co-owner & RNC finance chair, apparently failed to tell @AssessorCook that he tore down his old house & built a bigger one there (& the old Assessor never checked it out). He’s effectively dodged thousands in prop. taxes since https://t.co/VNKi1CtJJj

— Kim Bellware (@bellwak) July 9, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 20:03 (four months ago) link

hope he can afford to pay the backtaxes and the slap on the wrist he might be facing

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 20:46 (four months ago) link

Phil Ervin went 6 for 6 last night for the Reds football game against the Rockies 17-9.

Coors Field...it does a batting average good!

earlnash, Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:20 (four months ago) link

https://www.mlb.com/news/six-hit-game-c266043102

Pretty good names on that list.

The Schnozz did it...Ernie Lombardi

Jimmie Piersall

Kirby Puckett

Chone Figgins

earlnash, Sunday, 14 July 2019 12:43 (four months ago) link

dakota hudson: bad at bunting, bad for america

mookieproof, Friday, 19 July 2019 00:51 (four months ago) link

I keep confusing him with Dakota Fanning

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 01:21 (four months ago) link

standings by expected win/loss record (based off of run differential)

Cubs: 55-41 (+68)
Reds: 50-44 (+29)
Cards: 49-46 (+14)
Brewers: 48-50 (-9)
Pirates: 43-52 (-54)

Karl Malone, Friday, 19 July 2019 16:42 (four months ago) link

it must be Joey Votto's fault

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 17:00 (four months ago) link

This years Red's club is even more weird than usual. They seem to get shut down and score nothing then win 14-2.

David Bell has pretty much completely torched the bullpen at this point, they are cooked and I got a feeling they are going to lose quite a bit more going forward.

earlnash, Saturday, 20 July 2019 18:39 (four months ago) link

Best news for the Reds would be to go hard on the sell and try to flip some guys for some more arms.

I kind of like Tanner Roark...he's a guy I could see moving, but if they could sign him for 2 more at the right deal, he's a pro and pretty much out there every time his time in the rotation comes up.

Puig is also hitting well now. I'd think there would be interest in him as he could be one of those x-factor type guys for a stretch run. I think the Reds would like to extend him, but I'm guessing there is more money out there than Cincy will commit.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 July 2019 01:07 (four months ago) link

https://d31029zd06w0t6.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_onlinereds-2.jpg

Juan Graterol listed as an idealistic 205 pounds in your scorecard.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 July 2019 11:51 (four months ago) link

Club losing both of it's catchers to injury at the same time is pretty ominous for the rest of the season. Pitchers are a cowardly lot and seem to be easily started like deer, it seems losing their battery mate often times causes them to lose ability to pitch.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 July 2019 11:53 (four months ago) link

are you all going to the gun show? it's in the reds vs cardinals game this afternoon (reds in throwback sleeveless jerseys)

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:27 (four months ago) link

need to see some Harrison Bader guns

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:31 (four months ago) link

There are more people at a Northern KY gun show than at a Reds game.

-doh... Hot as it has been this weekend in Cincy, the Cards series hasn't been packed, which it usually would be.

Of course, I AM one of those silent ones that say f'all that cost, I'd rather watch them or not on TV. Most of the time the Reds play totally stupid when I turn them on TV anyway.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:05 (four months ago) link

I think there is a portion (probably sad) that are waiting for Marty to go totally BROCKMIRE at some point this season in his final season. You can kinda hear his disgust at points, earlier when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs and then did bupkus he was like "this is why this club is 8 games under .500 going nowhere" spiel.

earlnash, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:10 (four months ago) link

Brewers just hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the 8th and lost

frogbs, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:47 (three months ago) link

cardinals tied a major league record with eight extra-base hits in one inning (against the pirates)

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:21 (three months ago) link

14 total bases for dejong

Karl Malone, Thursday, 25 July 2019 02:02 (three months ago) link

from rosenthal:

For all the talk of the Pirates trading Vázquez, the team shows little appetite for actually making such a move, sources say.

Vázquez, 28, will earn just $12.5 million combined in 2020-21, and the Pirates — who also hold $10 million club options on him for ’22 and ’23 — believe they can return to contention as soon as next season.

The way club officials see it, the team’s collapse and last-place standing in the NL Central stem in part from injuries at various points to starting pitchers Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams, catcher Francisco Cervelli and right fielder Gregory Polanco. Other clubs do not hold the same view, believing the Pirates essentially are fooling themselves, and should move Vázquez at a time when his value is soaring.

“The well-run teams are realistic and have a good feel for their talent and how it stacks up to their competitors,” one executive said. “The poorly-run teams do not.

“The Rockies are a great example. They thought they were building off a 91-win team (last season) without appreciating how fortunate they were and that their true talent was well below that.”

Time will tell if the Pirates prove correct in their self-evaluation. Perhaps they are gun-shy after getting burned as buyers last season in trades for right-hander Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela. The performance of even top closers is volatile; long-term control of relievers is generally not coveted the way it is with other players. Still, Vázquez could bring a haul.

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 19:47 (three months ago) link

pirates suspended a reliever last week and the bullpen coach today, which means they have as many suspensions as wins since the all-star break

mookieproof, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:20 (three months ago) link

Happy birthday Clint Hurdle, cardinals legend Tom Pagnozzi, and in a distant last, annoying broadcaster Ricky Horton

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:51 (three months ago) link

Man how much do the Brewers regret not signing Wade Miley right now

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 01:28 (three months ago) link

Reds rookie skipper David Bell has been ejected from 7.7% of the games he’s managed. That seems like an unsustainable pace, but personally I believe in him.

— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) July 31, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:07 (three months ago) link

End of the roster move for the Reds that could be potentially interesting is that outfielder Aristides Aquino was called up from Louisville with all of these dealings going on. Aquino is an older prospect at age 26 and was kinda going nowhere and did some shifting in his approach to get the ball up in the air and in the last two seasons has been just blasting long home runs all over the place. He hit something like 3x 450 ft. shots in a couple games a few weeks back.

earlnash, Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:46 (three months ago) link

At least Aquino could be in the tradition of Wily Mo Pena and Juan Francisco.

https://www.mlb.com/video/franciscos-mammoth-blast/c-19127709

earlnash, Thursday, 1 August 2019 17:49 (three months ago) link

zobrist played in south bend over the weekend, so i guess he's coming back

mookieproof, Monday, 5 August 2019 21:16 (three months ago) link

Zach Davies to the DL

that's 4/5ths of the Brewers starting rotation to the DL in like 2 weeks

frogbs, Monday, 5 August 2019 21:18 (three months ago) link

Aquino does have some power.

Cards definitely look smart for not giving Albert Pujols that ginormous contract, still two years left to go. His swing is looking real slow to me.

earlnash, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 01:50 (three months ago) link

I was just ragging on my cousin, the Cardinals Fan from New Jersey, over the Redbirds now being tied with the Mets, and that got him off the phone p quick

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 August 2019 01:39 (three months ago) link

the alex reyes story is getting really sad. this will be the third straight season to be lost to a season ending injury.

for a very brief time, before all the injuries, his stuff was electric

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 August 2019 01:39 (three months ago) link

Pretty good first week or so in the bigs for Aquino. The way he swings and his build reminds me a bit of Jose Bautista.

earlnash, Saturday, 10 August 2019 23:28 (three months ago) link

He's got three HR through six innings tonight!

clemenza, Sunday, 11 August 2019 01:24 (three months ago) link

Aquino hit 3 shots over 450 feet across 2 games at Louisville a few weeks ago. The video of the one to dead center was a lunar landing, it look like it was a golf shot.

earlnash, Sunday, 11 August 2019 02:45 (three months ago) link

Reds are back to 3 under .500 for the first time in a while, this seems to be their ceiling so far this season. Alot of people both in the media and fans seem to be waiting for them to go on a run, which they have not done. Getting Bauer and if Sonny Gray is healthy and productive, they should be able to stay in some games. Bullpen is pretty cooked though. Be nice to see Votto get hot just getting on base left and right. Suarez has tore up some pitching with his power, but the guy will look totally lost at times striking out like mad too.

We will see, any chance to parlay these good seasons by individual players into the post season is going to be decided in the next week or so. They need to win series especially head to head with Nats, Cards and Pirates. For it to be a legit playoff shot, I think they will need to rip of a week full of wins, as that would plant them near the top of the NL Wild Card and even out that 1-8 start.

earlnash, Sunday, 11 August 2019 02:58 (three months ago) link

reds have been jobbed by their run differential -- they're pretty good, and the NL central is not insurmountable

that said, they need to go on a run and our best beloved joey votto should fucking wake up and lead it

mookieproof, Sunday, 11 August 2019 04:28 (three months ago) link

the reds can make a run, imo, but their problem is that there are also several other NL teams that could also go on a run - WAS, MIL, STL, NYM, ARI, SFG (?!?!). or continue a run, in the mets' case

Karl Malone, Sunday, 11 August 2019 04:45 (three months ago) link

As I said, 3 under .500 seems to be their ceiling. They have knocked on that door I think 4 or 5 times now this season and then like Sysyphus rolled back down the standings to start again.

earlnash, Sunday, 11 August 2019 22:56 (three months ago) link

Alright, so here's my issue with this, and really, one of my issues with this entire organization:

Everyone, from the top down, is so fucking smug.

They think they're playing chess and we're all only capable of understanding checkers. https://t.co/ilAd6DXGMI

— Jim Rosati (@northsidenotch) August 11, 2019

pirates are now 4-24 since the break. the elite closer they hung onto because they're so close to competing has made two appearances in their last 15 games because there are no save opportunities. (they didn't even use him today, for christ's sake, during which they allowed seven runs in the seventh and eighth to blow an 8-4 lead.) but at least they understand 'the game within the game'

mookieproof, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:08 (three months ago) link

the opportunity to be judgmental

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:29 (three months ago) link

i accept

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 August 2019 02:29 (three months ago) link

Yu Darvish has been Scherzer-like in the second half. With Hendricks having some recent meltdowns and Jon Lester completely disintegrating it’s a pretty good sign that he’s turned things around. But I don’t expect the Cubs to go anywhere if (not when) they make the postseason.

omar little, Friday, 16 August 2019 03:04 (three months ago) link

hell of a loss for them tonight

frogbs, Friday, 16 August 2019 03:11 (three months ago) link

yeah i agree, i think the cubs have a good chance to win the division and then crap out in the first round of the playoffs. unless they can somehow convince the league to let them play all their playoff games at wrigley

na (NA), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:50 (three months ago) link

despite the (good) add of castellanos they've still got holes in the offense (happ/almora/kemp) and the bullpen is frightening

na (NA), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:52 (three months ago) link

i think the cubs have a good chance to win the division and then crap out in the first round of the playoffs.

this is probably true of whoever ends up winning the NL Central tbh

Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:52 (three months ago) link

true

na (NA), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:53 (three months ago) link

although i guess the NL Central winner will have the benefit of playing the NL East winner (most likely), while the wild card survival champion will have to play the Dodgers in round 1

Z S - Amazon FC Ambassador (Karl Malone), Friday, 16 August 2019 14:53 (three months ago) link

pretty ugly exposé of turmoil in the pirate clubhouse today in the athletic. imo they should go hire mike matheny -- it would really help me jettison all fondness for the team

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:17 (three months ago) link

Let’s slow things down here, you don’t understand what you’re saying

Karl Malone, Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:42 (three months ago) link

as the millennials say, step on my throat mike matheny

mookieproof, Saturday, 17 August 2019 02:44 (three months ago) link

Well the Reds pretty much did what deep down I figured would happen sliding back. They have had a few starters get totally pounded in the last week.

Got to figure whoever was on the spot and picked up Aquino in their fantasy leagues are doing great in the playoff hunt. Anyone mashing 10 HRs in 16 games helps in that arena, but impressive to start in the bigs.

earlnash, Saturday, 17 August 2019 12:53 (three months ago) link

alright, let's get real. which team is going to win the division, and which (if any) will nab a wild card spot?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:32 (three months ago) link

i am going to be pessimistic and say that the cubs will win the division, cardinals will get one of the WC spots (along with the Nats), and the Brewers will just miss. but i think it's just as likely that no wild card teams come from the NL central this year.

i guess a lot of teams are frustrated with the lack of moves made at the trade deadline this year, but it seems bonkers that the cardinals didn't make a move for starting pitching, especially considering their OF surplus. here's who they have right now, either on the roster or on the cusp:

- marcell ozuna (starter, LF)
- dexter fowler (starter, CF or RF)
- harrison bader (CF, defensive wiz, just got called back from a short stint at AAA to learn how to hit the ball again)
- jose martinez (RF, on the IL for another week or so. can't actually play RF, but plays there anyway)
- tyler bro'neill (RF, on the IL for another week or so. may someday hit+ 40 HRs, great speed)
- yairo munoz (an infielder who sometimes, inexplicably, gets asked to start at CF or sub in at RF, where he looks like an infielder trying to play outfield. 70 wRC+.
- tommy edman (exhibit A of how doing really, really well in your first week can change the perception of your manager for the rest of the year, even if you don't deserve it. he is also an infielder that is now being asked to play RF. when he started playing there a few weeks ago, it was noted that he had not played outfield since high school. the announcers love him. mike shildt loves him and says that he is now an everyday player (mainly in the infield as a replacement for matt carpenter, but he also plays 2B). somehow, he starts in RF about twice a week. 85 wRC+, and that's after a recent hot streak.)
- dylan carlson (#2 prospect in the system, now at AAA, shot up through multiple levels this year, is probably better than everyone else on this list except for Ozuna)
- randy arozarena (yet another solid outfielder, just got his first promotion to MLB (he's back in AAA now).

so you have 7 outfielders competing for 3 spots. plus 2 weakass infielders that inexplicably are starting in outfield week after week.

i guess the trade market must have been reaaaaally weak

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:01 (three months ago) link

Brewers are kind of a dumpster fire right now, their offense is pretty good but their pitching staff is such a dumpster fire right now. It was pretty much the worst-case scenario there, the guys who were good in '18 fell apart and none of the new pitchers panned out. Not to mention Jimmy Nelson coming back with a massive thud, getting blown up in nearly every appearance so far. Maybe we shouldn't have put so much faith in a guy who led the league in walks AND hit batters a couple years ago. Zach Davies & Chase Anderson are okay but they rarely can go more than 5. And the relief pitching is a total mess; Hader suddenly turned into bad K-Rod, Jeffress can't get outs in key spots, and Knebel got hurt in Spring Training, so our go-to guy is....Mat Albers!!

so yeah, I'd be surprised if they made it, but they do have some of that "team that could surprise everyone" vibe to them

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:12 (three months ago) link

carlson should be ready by april 15 if not sooner. he's been in AAA for a week and has a 1.500 OPS (bader was also killing the ball in memphis tho)

yeah i think it's more the starters that were available. i don't think they could have pulled off greinke, which leaves . . . cashner? homer bailey? doesn't seem to be much point

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:13 (three months ago) link

yeah, i guess it's true that there didn't seem to be much on the trade market...

it just seems odd that they can't flip some of these guys for some non-OF prospects, at least

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:20 (three months ago) link

just hope STL and CHC beat up on each other sufficiently to let the Mets sneak past one of them

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:44 (three months ago) link

just so you all know, the cardinals were totally about to win that game

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:02 (three months ago) link

That was a pretty fugly weekend in Pittsburgh by the Reds. They need to take those damn pajama uniforms and put them on the mound and set them alight.

earlnash, Sunday, 25 August 2019 23:53 (two months ago) link

Walls seem to be closing in on the Brewers

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 01:37 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/0uQd7cz.png

i am also larry mullen jr (Karl Malone), Monday, 2 September 2019 15:17 (two months ago) link

The Pythagorean Reds would like their season back.

Record: 64-73, 4th place in NL_Central (Schedule and Results)

Pythagorean W-L: 70-67, 618 Runs, 604 Runs Allowed

earlnash, Monday, 2 September 2019 18:28 (two months ago) link

I see Ben "Zobrist vs Zobrist" Zobrist is back and hitting

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 September 2019 01:58 (two months ago) link

The Brewers are...

5-5 last 10g
10-10 last 20g
15-15 last 30g
20-20 last 40g
25-25 last 50g
30-30 last 60g

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 7, 2019

mookieproof, Saturday, 7 September 2019 05:45 (two months ago) link

Well that’s odd

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Saturday, 7 September 2019 05:53 (two months ago) link

cubs are getting banged up at the worst time. they played david bote at ss yesterday bc addison russell got beaned in the face and javy is day-to-day but might not play any more this season. apparently they're calling up nico hoerner to play some ss even though he's never played above aa. kris bryant has also been in and out with knee issues and hasn't homered in a while. at least contreras is back.

na (NA), Monday, 9 September 2019 16:26 (two months ago) link

i could not remember kris bryant's name yesterday and it was driving me batty. i refused to look it up. i woke up in the middle of the night and immediately thought "kris bryant". so don't worry, everything's all good now

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Monday, 9 September 2019 16:28 (two months ago) link

Darvish over his last ten games: 2.69 era with 4 walks and 79 strikeouts over 60.1 IP.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 16:58 (two months ago) link

since it's the NL central thread, i'll add Jack Flaherty's line over the last 10 games:

0.70 ERA with 14 walks and 81 strikeouts over 64.1 IP
(his 96.3% LOB% and 5.3% HR/FB rates over that period might have contributed to his ERA success, too)

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:01 (two months ago) link

With the way the ball is flying having a good HR/FB might just be a skill? For example, Darvish is still getting crushed in that aspect. I get it’s quite park dependant but I suppose if everyone is hitting the low pitches and going for HRs pitchers must figure at least try to find way to induce fly outs.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:10 (two months ago) link

btw don't miss that Pirates UZR in the chart

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-cardinals-great-and-boring-defense/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:49 (two months ago) link

just watched Steve Cishek spit the bit vs SD last night, a joy to behold

so much fun to hate the Cubs

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:07 (two months ago) link

I didn’t realize he was still pitching!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:46 (two months ago) link

technically he is

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 12 September 2019 01:46 (two months ago) link

oh no, the fucking Pirates visit Wrigley this weekend

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 03:34 (two months ago) link

you get your 18 games against the marlins, they get theirs against the pirates

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 03:57 (two months ago) link

Six of which are still to play!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 16:08 (two months ago) link

https://i.redd.it/g2fbp8nvs5m31.jpg

frogbs, Friday, 13 September 2019 16:11 (two months ago) link

not so fast...

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 17:23 (two months ago) link

BREAKING NEWS: Albert Almora Jr. cut his hair

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 13, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 17:44 (two months ago) link

just the type of move the Cubs needed to make to shore up their outfield

omar little, Friday, 13 September 2019 17:50 (two months ago) link

omg Pirates with 4 in the first

throwing error by newly shorn Almora

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:34 (two months ago) link

two seconds after your post and it's 4-2

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:36 (two months ago) link

4-3

this Brault guy must be good

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:39 (two months ago) link

The Wind Is Blowing Out

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:39 (two months ago) link

guess i won't rush home to watch on the laptop

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:40 (two months ago) link

3rd dinger of the inning by the Cubs

done with this one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

4-5

lmao

frogbs, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

lmao @ the last few posts, not the Cubs winning

frogbs, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

brault had allowed five homers over his last 16 appearances going back to may 18. oh well!

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:43 (two months ago) link

dear Mr Manfred

1) fix the ball
2) blow up Wrigley Field

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 20:44 (two months ago) link

The Cubs have hit three home runs in the first inning of a game for the first time since Sept. 17, 2006, also at Wrigley Field.

Jacque Jones, Ronny Cedeño and Carlos Zambrano did the honors against Eric Milton and Sun-Woo Kim of the Reds.

— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) September 13, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:46 (two months ago) link

holy shit they're only in the fifth?

mookieproof, Friday, 13 September 2019 22:57 (two months ago) link

lmao

omar little, Friday, 13 September 2019 23:01 (two months ago) link

tbh should they get there i still expect the Cubs to make as much of an impact on the postseason as the O's, ultimately.

omar little, Friday, 13 September 2019 23:02 (two months ago) link

quite a Bears-Steelers game

I shd've specified Wrigley should be imploded while the Rickettses are holding Trump fundraiser

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 13 September 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

5 0 5 0 7

Andy K, Friday, 13 September 2019 23:03 (two months ago) link

pirates tying franchise records right and left today

plunked four batters in a game (last done in 1909)

allowed double-digit runs for the 28th time this season (last done in 1930)

mookieproof, Saturday, 14 September 2019 21:14 (two months ago) link

following up on Flaherty, who escaped my notice tbqh

https://www.mlb.com/news/jack-flaherty-is-best-pitcher-of-second-half

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 September 2019 11:47 (two months ago) link

great weekend, Buccos

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:03 (two months ago) link

hang onnnn Cards

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:11 (two months ago) link

We could witness more history: The Pirates have allowed 46 runs in this series. One more ties their modern-era record for most runs allowed in a three-game series (June 23-25, 1950). Cubs have hit 13 home runs over three days.

— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 15, 2019

mookieproof, Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:20 (two months ago) link

Junior who? fuckin St Loo

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:22 (two months ago) link

Cards about as helpful as the Bucs

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:23 (two months ago) link

Junior Fernandez is going to kick the Mets’ ass a hundred fold in 2020-25 just for that!

I’m more bummed about giant walking the bases loaded. He was unstoppable in the first half but now he’s completely lost it

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Sunday, 15 September 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

Giant = Gant

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Sunday, 15 September 2019 22:15 (two months ago) link

has wainwright announced an intention to retire? he's having a pretty nice season

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:37 (two months ago) link

he has kind of hinted at it, but he also did that last season. and he's also laid some hints about retiring when yadi does (whose contract is up at the end of 2020)

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:00 (two months ago) link

i feel bad for talking so much shit about him last year, hoping that he'd retire. he really seemed *done* done last year, though. his velocity dropped off a cliff and it was just one hanging uncle charlie after another for months straight.

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:01 (two months ago) link

Wainwright has quite a bit of guile and just mixing speeds is pretty effective if he has control. I'd imagine returning depends a whole lot on how the rest of the season plays out.

Those 40s Cardinals clubs are the only players that would have won 3 titles. Wainwright and Yadi would have three rings if they won it this year.

earlnash, Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:21 (two months ago) link

Anthem time! 🎵🇻🇪🎵 pic.twitter.com/yigLc9Awbs

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 19, 2019

earlnash, Friday, 20 September 2019 01:28 (two months ago) link

this Flaherty has big (figurative) balls

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 September 2019 01:52 (two months ago) link

Uugh, this 9th has been excruciating

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Friday, 20 September 2019 02:30 (two months ago) link

Feels so weird to say this but.......go.......Cardinals

frogbs, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:38 (two months ago) link

Aw heck just caught up

frogbs, Friday, 20 September 2019 02:40 (two months ago) link

I
Hurt myself today
To see if I still felt

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Friday, 20 September 2019 02:40 (two months ago) link

isn't that a shame

mookieproof, Friday, 20 September 2019 03:46 (two months ago) link

glad the Cubs have acquired future HOFer Craig Kimbrel to shut down the opposition.

omar little, Friday, 20 September 2019 03:47 (two months ago) link

at least the Mets may finish ahead of the Cubs.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 September 2019 23:14 (two months ago) link

AH, THE PIRATES

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 September 2019 23:37 (two months ago) link

YADIER

(first time ive ever posted that)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 September 2019 22:22 (two months ago) link

Kimbrelol

WmC, Saturday, 21 September 2019 22:23 (two months ago) link

DEJONG

LOL Kimbrel

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 September 2019 22:23 (two months ago) link

a perfect final cubs game on WGN

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 September 2019 23:02 (two months ago) link

glad the Cubs have acquired future HOFer Craig Kimbrel to shut down the opposition.

― omar little, Friday, 20 September 2019 03:47 (yesterday) link

omar little, Saturday, 21 September 2019 23:38 (two months ago) link

Or as I said further back in the HOF thread:

Kimbrel looks like he's toast. he had that massive 2017 w/Boston but otherwise the two seasons before and the two since don't seem exactly Rivera-like in terms of consistency and microscopic ERAs. He's a guy that i do not want to see on the hill for the Cubs in an important situation in the World Series (lol?)

omar little, Sunday, 22 September 2019 00:09 (two months ago) link

Kimbrel threw a meaty fastball up, in Wrigley, in a one run game. And after he got taken deep, he threw exactly the same pitch to the next batter! Juiced ball or not, that's dumb baseball.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 22 September 2019 06:01 (two months ago) link

Darvish was again incredible...til he wasn’t.

omar little, Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

how'd the Pirates win 65 games?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:12 (two months ago) link

it is a mystery

mookieproof, Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:23 (two months ago) link

Assuming the Brewers snatch this WC slot, it's amazing that they gave Travis Shaw 261 PAs (mostly at 3B i think) to the tune of .157/.280/.274.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:33 (one month ago) link

SLG < OBP is always an amazing accomplishment

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Monday, 23 September 2019 16:34 (one month ago) link

not only that but he was constantly coming up during pivotal moments, like it would always be 2 on, 2 out, 1 run game, 8th inning, here's Mr .150

tbh I have no clue what happened to him, he was pretty damn good the last 2 years and he's too young for that sharp of a decline. I wonder if he's been hurt all year.

frogbs, Monday, 23 September 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

fire emoji

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-cardinals-lay-waste-to-the-cubs-2019-season

mookieproof, Monday, 23 September 2019 18:23 (one month ago) link

don't want to gloat too much - the cubs could very easily be spoilers to the cardinals hopes to win the division. cardinals get dbags + cubs to end the season. brewers get reds + rockies

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Monday, 23 September 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

for those who might care, wainwright is in line to start the final game of the season, against the cubs. could be his last regular season appearance, if he decides to retire and the cardinals get their asses kicked by the braves/nats

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Monday, 23 September 2019 19:01 (one month ago) link

rough inning for the cubs

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:31 (one month ago) link

Brewers officially have a run differential of 0

frogbs, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:41 (one month ago) link

flaherty looking good as he heads toward the bottom of the seventh

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 03:37 (one month ago) link

In his 4th Major League start today, Cardinals rookie Randy Arozarena has beaten out an infield single, stolen second, stolen home, thrown out a runner at third base from CF, and homered.

— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) September 25, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 21:56 (one month ago) link

rip cubes

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 September 2019 03:10 (one month ago) link

positives for the cubs 2019 season - javy maintaining his 2018 breakout, darvish's second half, heyward's best season as a cub, contreras rebounding from his bad offensive season last year, hoerner looks like a viable 2b and leadoff hitter option going forward

biggest problem i think was the feast-or-famine offense, so many 1-run losses and cold streaks

i like a lot of the players but cubs games moving from WGN to the ricketts-owned pay channel next season is going to make it hard for me to be an active fan. going to try and follow the white sox more closely instead.

na (NA), Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:06 (one month ago) link

free agents: hamels, zobrist, castellanos, strop, cishek, lucroy

dudes getting raises: kimbrel (+$6m), hendricks (+$4.5m), bryant/baez/schwarber/russell arb 2, contreras arb 1

i could see them non-tendering russell, although he shouldn't be that expensive

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:48 (one month ago) link

brew crew is on FIRE

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:10 (one month ago) link

it helps that they've been playing the padres, reds and pirates, of course. but still, they've been relentless. next up: the feared colorado rockies, playing for nothing

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:12 (one month ago) link

the cubs' attachment to russell is mystifying to me. a below-average hitter/decent fielder at a position where they already have an mvp candidate. and that's not even factoring in his domestic violence allegations.

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:14 (one month ago) link

and nico hoerner appears to be a viable younger/cheaper/less assholish option

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link

it helps that they've been playing the padres, reds and pirates, of course. but still, they've been relentless. next up: the feared colorado rockies, playing for nothing

true but they had like 10 games vs. the Cardinals in April so that's kinda how it goes

frogbs, Thursday, 26 September 2019 23:46 (one month ago) link

we need a schedule overhaul w/ more intradivision games, and 32 teams to make Howie Rose's head explode

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 September 2019 23:55 (one month ago) link

the double-a texas league covers a big geographical area and only has eight teams, so division rivals play each other 30 times a year. it's kinda crazy

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 02:23 (one month ago) link

Gotta say I enjoyed the division format for threads

Van Horn Street, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:13 (one month ago) link

same

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:15 (one month ago) link

only division where we have fans of each team?

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:17 (one month ago) link

i will make individual threads for every team not in this division next year

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:23 (one month ago) link

I think Jays and Mets can have individual threads because they have an outsized # of fans on ilx.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:25 (one month ago) link

cubs need a win this weekend to beat their notorious pecota projection

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:51 (one month ago) link

With Cubs out, Maddon isn't playing his "A" lineup in St. Louis, so @Brewers can start their bitching now: "Of course they're going to bitch, and I get it, but quite frankly, there are certain things I really don't give a shit about, and that would be one of them."

— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 26, 2019

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Friday, 27 September 2019 23:17 (one month ago) link

maddon otm

anyway his 'A' lineup last won a game 10 days ago, so

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 23:22 (one month ago) link

I can sense he's on his way to Queens

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 27 September 2019 23:29 (one month ago) link

nah, mets are too cheap. i'm thinking san diego

mookieproof, Friday, 27 September 2019 23:48 (one month ago) link

wonderful catch by almora just now! that was the second time he robbed yadi tonight (first would have been a double, at the top of the wall).

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Saturday, 28 September 2019 01:38 (one month ago) link

oooooooof what a double finish
limping near the finish line

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Sunday, 29 September 2019 03:10 (one month ago) link

Happy retirement to Cincinnati Reds HOF announcer Marty Brennaman! I will long treasure his response to a fan's question about his greatest fear from a 2014 "Ask Marty!" segment! pic.twitter.com/2ccu8nvSXs

— ℑ 𝔇𝔬𝔫'𝔱 𝔅𝔩𝔞𝔪𝔢 𝔜𝔬𝔲 (@NickPinkerton) September 27, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 September 2019 06:03 (one month ago) link

Hurdle out

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 September 2019 18:54 (one month ago) link

idg why you’d fire someone hours before the final game

mookieproof, Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

Cubs don't appear up to the task

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:51 (one month ago) link

Don’t get rid of Maddon imo

Great opportunity for Mets and Giants

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 29 September 2019 21:30 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/iFV9qJF.jpg

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:14 (one month ago) link

i'm 98% sure i'd still say this if the cardinals hadn't ended up taking it, but this was a good season to follow the NL Central! no team ran away with it, with 3 teams with a good shot all the way to end. even the pirates were in first place as of late april, and the reds could be dangerous soon.

https://i.imgur.com/HqKF3O4.png

Sally Jessy (Karl Malone), Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:20 (one month ago) link

NL central titles since neal huntington took over as general manager of the pirates:

STL 5
CHC 3
CIN 2
MIL 2

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00 (one month ago) link

Is Huntington the real problem? From a distance it looks like no matter what the FO does, the Pirates won’t achieve anything with Nutting

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 01:22 (one month ago) link

that is probably true, but his record of trading and player development is pretty piss poor as well

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 01:29 (one month ago) link

Jesus the Mets being -4 despite deGrom

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 02:34 (one month ago) link

well, degrom was drafted before 2012. but still

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:05 (one month ago) link

Ha yes, okay.

Forgot the Archer trade. I do think it’s a fireable offense.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 18:37 (one month ago) link

The #Pirates have dismissed pitching coach Ray Searage and bench coach Tom Prince.

All the other coaches from manager Clint Hurdle's staff "are candidates to remain on the big league staff pending the conclusion of the
managerial and coaching staff hiring process," per the team

— Rob Biertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) October 3, 2019

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:20 (one month ago) link

i saw someone suggesting fabled gritty pittsburgh native DON KELLY -- currently the astros' 1B coach -- for manager

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:23 (one month ago) link

One neat factoid I came across in a career retrospective of Marty Brennamen's broadcast career was that he did the famous Christian Laettner shot for Duke against UK on the radio. I knew that Marty was a color announcer for UK basketball also for a few years in the 70s, but did not know or remember him doing college basketball tournament games on the radio that late.

earlnash, Friday, 11 October 2019 01:36 (one month ago) link

david ross is the new cubs manager

pirates have fired team president frank coonelly

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:22 (four weeks ago) link

It sucks he won't be on ESPN anymore.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:43 (four weeks ago) link

what do we think about Ross on the Cubs? felt a little out of left field to me, but i don't follow them too closely.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:47 (four weeks ago) link

Apparently everyone in baseball loves Ross. Definitely a cubs legend due to 2016 WS heroics. He was ok as a broadcaster/analyst, I guess.

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:51 (four weeks ago) link

Honestly, feels like the manager’s main impact on games is to just avoid doing incredibly dumb and unnecessary stuff. The rest is just serving as a figurehead for people like me to yell at when they’re frustrated at the organization for not better decisions years ago

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:55 (four weeks ago) link

supposedly maddon was thought (by the cubs) to be too much of a players' coach? it kinda seems like ross would be as well, especially when dealing with so many former teammates, but maybe not. that's the only drawback i can think of

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:57 (four weeks ago) link

there had been talks of the cubs possibly trading bryant or baez or contreras (or...) and i wonder if this hiring makes shedding any of those core players from the 2016 world series team less likely

na (NA), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:59 (four weeks ago) link

i'd be surprised if it made any difference -- theo et al reserve that power for themselves and seem sufficiently unsentimental.

apparently kris bryant's service-time grievance is finally to be ruled on this week; if bryant wins, he'll become a free agent after next season.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:16 (four weeks ago) link

hard to imagine Ross being a better manager than Maddon but I agree with y'all, it's probably not gonna make much of a difference. I mean the Brewers hire of Counsell worked out pretty well and that was someone I could easily see being too much of an "old-school baseball" sort of guy

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:19 (four weeks ago) link

we joked about mathenaging -- and matheny did not, in fact, seem very good at managing his bullpen or making strategic decisions -- but for me the fact that he played favorites and let assholes like bud norris shit on rookies daily is much more damaging.

playing basically every day for six months while travelling all over the continent is pretty hard, and even more so when you hate your boss or don't get along with your co-workers. apart from building the strategy of using relievers based on leverage rather than inning, counsell had to sell the idea to players who'd been doing it differently their entire lives. he's able to do that because he's a good manager of people, and i imagine ross is as well.

(joe torre got a lot of shit for things like personally destroying scott proctor's right arm, but the fact that he was able to get his highly paid yankees teams to perform so consistently well is v. impressive to me. i mean, the a-rod/jeter thing, gary sheffield, clemens -- that's a lot of ego to massage.)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:45 (four weeks ago) link

rumor has it that pirates gm neal huntington will also be canned, which is unusual because he has two years left on his contract and the team is so fucking cheap

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 21:56 (four weeks ago) link

attn karl

https://www.mlb.com/news/memories-of-david-freese-2011-world-series

mookieproof, Friday, 25 October 2019 15:59 (four weeks ago) link

thank you, i didn't see that! the will leitch story (about the story) is legendary

It is my great honor to post on this messageboard! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 26 October 2019 02:57 (three weeks ago) link

The Pirates spelled their interim GM’s name incorrectly in their press release. It is Kevan Graves.

— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) October 28, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 28 October 2019 14:21 (three weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

“It’s back to the future,” Mark Attanasio says. Here is the new primary Brewers logo. pic.twitter.com/Tw4pDAaWIx

— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) November 19, 2019

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:42 (three days ago) link

Awesome

All the gear I have has that logo anyway so no problem for me

frogbs, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:02 (three days ago) link

Love the old logo - not a fan of the font.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 03:25 (three days ago) link

same

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:29 (three days ago) link

Lots of people today are pointing out something I missed: The Brewers' new alternate road uni looks a lot like a Wolf Cub Scout uniform. pic.twitter.com/ZaHnOBXuvH

— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) November 19, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:37 (three days ago) link

i quit on the same day i got my webelos badge

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:12 (three days ago) link


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