NL CENTRAL PREDICTATRON 2019

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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 (six months ago) link

christian yelich is on fire

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

*shakes fist*

YELIIIIIICH

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

This might have been the greatest trade in Milwaukee Brewers history

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

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

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

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

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

On base all 5 times

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

lolcubs

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

i am going to LOVE him in st louis!

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

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

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

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

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

yadi is playing 3B

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

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

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

fire joe morgan maddon

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

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

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

is that clint hurdle trying to hold back puig? smh

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

cardinals are extending matt carpenter ('s contract)

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

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

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

6 RBIs for Yelich already

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

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

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

or maybe 4. the bum

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

Jesus the Mets being -4 despite deGrom

Van Horn Street, Monday, 30 September 2019 02:34 (three weeks ago) link

well, degrom was drafted before 2012. but still

mookieproof, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:05 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 week ago) link

david ross is the new cubs manager

pirates have fired team president frank coonelly

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:22 (yesterday) link

It sucks he won't be on ESPN anymore.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 17:43 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) link


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