NL CENTRAL PREDICTATRON 2019

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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 (four 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 (four months ago) link

sounds like he's just about ready.

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

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

earlnash, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 23:11 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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


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