NL CENTRAL PREDICTATRON 2019

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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 (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

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


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