The season starts Monday.
The league and the players have agreed to a rule change which is designed to speed up the games. When a fielding team desires to walk a batter intentionally, it will be permissible to simply so indicate to the home team umpire, and the batter will be sent to first, rather taking the time to lob 4 pitches outside.
Last season, there were 932 intentional walks- an average of 0.38 per game. So, in around 62% of the games it won't matter. In the games where there is an intentional walk, this will save perhaps 45 seconds to a minute.
Put another way, the game has been shortened by about 1.5 pitches per game.
Talk about incremental.
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Season starts on Sunday. I'm excited to see the new kids on the field - Bird, Judge, and Sanchez - for the Yankees. Starters are suspect outside of Tanaka. Probably another .500 season.
I like the Cubs team a little better this year than last. Lost Chapman, Fowler and Hammel; but, they added Wade Davis and will have a full season of Schwarber (only played 1 game) and Wilson Contreras (mid season callup). Plus all their young players are still improving.

VM
Love this time of year. Getting close to NBA playoffs, golf is heating up with the Masters and baseball is starting.

I like the Dodgers team right now with a good mix of vets and young guys. It will come down to pitching again and while they have depth there is a lot of questions behind Kersh.
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Originally posted by Vino Me:
I like the Cubs team a little better this year than last. Lost Chapman, Fowler and Hammel; but, they added Wade Davis and will have a full season of Schwarber (only played 1 game) and Wilson Contreras (mid season callup). Plus all their young players are still improving.

VM


Davis scares me right now as does Rondon, hopefully Almora can hit a bit and JHey has a bounce-back year.
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Originally posted by irwin:
The season starts Monday.
The league and the players have agreed to a rule change which is designed to speed up the games. When a fielding team desires to walk a batter intentionally, it will be permissible to simply so indicate to the home team umpire, and the batter will be sent to first, rather taking the time to lob 4 pitches outside.
Last season, there were 932 intentional walks- an average of 0.38 per game. So, in around 62% of the games it won't matter. In the games where there is an intentional walk, this will save perhaps 45 seconds to a minute.
Put another way, the game has been shortened by about 1.5 pitches per game.
Talk about incremental.

I cannot let your math slide. If there was an average of 0.38 intentional walks per game then the chances that fewer than 75% of games had no intentional walks is very low; as games surely occurred with two or more intentional walks.

Carry on...
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Originally posted by winetarelli:
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Originally posted by irwin:
The season starts Monday.
The league and the players have agreed to a rule change which is designed to speed up the games. When a fielding team desires to walk a batter intentionally, it will be permissible to simply so indicate to the home team umpire, and the batter will be sent to first, rather taking the time to lob 4 pitches outside.
Last season, there were 932 intentional walks- an average of 0.38 per game. So, in around 62% of the games it won't matter. In the games where there is an intentional walk, this will save perhaps 45 seconds to a minute.
Put another way, the game has been shortened by about 1.5 pitches per game.
Talk about incremental.

I cannot let your math slide. If there was an average of 0.38 intentional walks per game then the chances that fewer than 75% of games had no intentional walks is very low; as games surely occurred with two or more intentional walks.

Carry on...


You're probably right.
I like my Cubs to win their division. Cardinals might be lacking a bit of pitching. I think this could be the year Seattle breaks its playoff drought. If I had to pick the World Series winner right now, I guess I'd go with Cubs over Boston in 6.
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Originally posted by eyesintime:
I like my Cubs to win their division. Cardinals might be lacking a bit of pitching. I think this could be the year Seattle breaks its playoff drought. If I had to pick the World Series winner right now, I guess I'd go with Cubs over Boston in 6.


The Cubbies finally win one after 100+ years and their fans are already counting their rings...

CARDINAL NATION

Looking forward to seeing the new Braves stadium in a couple weeks.
Madison Bumgarner hit two HRs today in the opening game. First pitcher ever to do so in the history of major league baseball.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner hit two HRs today in the opening game. First pitcher ever to do so in the history of major league baseball.


On pace for 324 Eek

The Indians are loaded again, if they stay healthy I'm hoping they win it all this year.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner hit two HRs today in the opening game. First pitcher ever to do so in the history of major league baseball.


Mad Bum will be seeing plenty of curves and sliders the rest of the year.

New season and yet it seems like it is still 2016. Go into the ninth with the lead and lose. No extras as Melancon gave up two in the ninth giving up 4 straight singles after getting the first two out. Ugly.

Go Giants.
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Originally posted by Juicy:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner hit two HRs today in the opening game. First pitcher ever to do so in the history of major league baseball.


Mad Bum will be seeing plenty of curves and sliders the rest of the year.

New season and yet it seems like it is still 2016. Go into the ninth with the lead and lose. No extras as Melancon gave up two in the ninth giving up 4 straight singles after getting the first two out. Ugly.

Go Giants.


That's the thing about baseball. You have to throw strikes and get the other side out in order to win. Can't just run out the clock.
Orioles won their home opener against Toronto in extra innings. Two extra inning games against the Blue Jays in a row. First was the "playoff" game last year, which the O's played in Toronto and lost by a run in extra innings. Then, today in Baltimore they won it in the 11th.
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
Well, at least the Pads won't go 0-162.


They may be like Cespades era A's this year. I liked Schimpf, Renfro and Hedges out of the gate last year. I think 2/3 of those guys homered in their first game. Dickerson and Jankowski stepped up a lot when some of the big name talent with mediocre performances left. Myers seemed to tank after all-stars but he was impressive up till then. Heard good things about Margot. I don't know about that Bethancourt thing but whatever. And they won their second game against the Dodgers. Not too shabby. Last year was an awful start. Did they even score a run the first 4-6 weeks? They woke up once they got to Colorado but they were pitiful in the beggining. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something great. Smile
In the Texas vs. Cleveland three game series, a total of 35 runs were scored by the two teams.

Meanwhile, in the Orioles vs. Toronto two game series, a total of 9 runs were scored by the two teams.

Sometimes there is a lot of hitting. Sometimes a lot of pitching.
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Originally posted by irwin:
In the Texas vs. Cleveland three game series, a total of 35 runs were scored by the two teams.

Meanwhile, in the Orioles vs. Toronto two game series, a total of 9 runs were scored by the two teams.

Sometimes there is a lot of hitting. Sometimes a lot of pitching.
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Lindor makes up for earlier fielding error with a Grand Slam to win it for the Indians late. He truly is turning into a superstar, and this years Indians have the feel of the '95 team, who was never out of the game with their lineup.
Yankees are in deep yogurt. The #1 and #3 starters were ineffective, to say the least, and #4 and #5 are good AAA pitchers.
Looking forward to watching the Nats again this year. Should have great pitching and with Turner and Eaton running wild on the bases, and Harper looking like he is back in his MVP form, it will be fun. Remember they still won 95 games last year with off years from Harper (imagine, 24 HR, 86 RBIs, and 21 SB is an off year) and Zimmerman.
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Originally posted by spo:
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
Well, at least the Pads won't go 0-162.


They may be like Cespades era A's this year. I liked Schimpf, Renfro and Hedges out of the gate last year. I think 2/3 of those guys homered in their first game. Dickerson and Jankowski stepped up a lot when some of the big name talent with mediocre performances left. Myers seemed to tank after all-stars but he was impressive up till then. Heard good things about Margot. I don't know about that Bethancourt thing but whatever. And they won their second game against the Dodgers. Not too shabby. Last year was an awful start. Did they even score a run the first 4-6 weeks? They woke up once they got to Colorado but they were pitiful in the beggining. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something great. Smile


Hmmm. I know it's early, but you might want to rethink that. Not looking so good after the first series.
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Originally posted by dinwiddie:
Looking forward to watching the Nats again this year. Should have great pitching and with Turner and Eaton running wild on the bases, and Harper looking like he is back in his MVP form, it will be fun. Remember they still won 95 games last year with off years from Harper (imagine, 24 HR, 86 RBIs, and 21 SB is an off year) and Zimmerman.


Bullpen is suspect. Last night was a good example. Otherwise, I agree with you.

PH
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Go ahead, Irwin, I can take it! Razz

It's a long season, but these two comeback wins against the Yankees do make me feel better than if the Orioles had lost.
Meanwhile, the O's are 4-0. Three games were one run games and one was a two run game.
Should be nice weather tomorrow anyway.
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
Not watching, don't care. MLB lost my interest a number of years ago


I don't watch but I keep track.

It's tough to get 6 1/2 hours free to watch a game on the telly!
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Go ahead, Irwin, I can take it! Razz

It's a long season, but these two comeback wins against the Yankees do make me feel better than if the Orioles had lost.
Meanwhile, the O's are 4-0. Three games were one run games and one was a two run game.
Should be nice weather tomorrow anyway.


Your truth, man Smile
Yankees are 2-4 and they're losing one run games. With their bullpen, that's not supposed to happen. Hoping for a better than .500 season with no aspirations of much more. This is the season to develop the Baby Bombers.
As is 4-4. Babt Bombers playing well now, but I have no illusions they're in the same class as the best teams...yet. Crippling injuries so far and Gardner may be headed to the DL after a collision today.
Close game, but after a 1-4 start, Baby Bombers are 7-4. Much better than I expected, but still a small sampling.
Orioles have a rookie, Trey Mancini, who has 7 home runs so far this season. But, Zach Britton, closer, is now on the DL. Frown
When is OK to start being excited that a potential 85-88 win team might be much better than that? What sample size is needed? I figure two months. How about you, Irwin? It's nice sharing first place with you.
I think a good sample of 162 games is about 50.
Doesn't mean you can't improve dramatically or hit a tailspin.
Meanwhile, both your Yankees and my O's are looking bad this evening.
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Originally posted by irwin:
I think a good sample of 162 games is about 50.
Doesn't mean you can't improve dramatically or hit a tailspin.
Meanwhile, both your Yankees and my O's are looking bad this evening.


Not to mention the Cubs. Eek
Chris Sale is unbelievable. I think he pitched 8 innings, just over 100 pitches and i think only 20 were balls. Made the jays look silly.
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Originally posted by vinoevelo:
Made the jays look silly.

So far this season the Jay don't need much help in that department.
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the DL yesterday.
He's 0-3 this year, but has only gotten 5 runs of support in his first 4 starts. Anyway, he sustained an injury to his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident. Had bruised ribs too.
You're paying a guy millions of bucks and he does this. Sheesh.
In 2002 Giant 2nd baseman Jeff Kent broke his left wrist during spring training doing a "wheelie" on a motorcycle. In 2011, Giant's pitcher Jeremy Affeldt went on the DL, sustaining an injury when trying to catch his kid who jumped off a couch to greet him. After he got off the DL, he sliced his hand while separating frozen hamburgers at a barbecue.

Giants are sort of snake bit in the injury department.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the DL yesterday.


He should be fined his pay for the whole time he is on the DL. He had no real right to go mountainbiking and put himself at risk for such an injury. Players have a responsibility to refrain from activities with a real possibility of injuries.
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
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Originally posted by spo:
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
Well, at least the Pads won't go 0-162.


They may be like Cespades era A's this year. I liked Schimpf, Renfro and Hedges out of the gate last year. I think 2/3 of those guys homered in their first game. Dickerson and Jankowski stepped up a lot when some of the big name talent with mediocre performances left. Myers seemed to tank after all-stars but he was impressive up till then. Heard good things about Margot. I don't know about that Bethancourt thing but whatever. And they won their second game against the Dodgers. Not too shabby. Last year was an awful start. Did they even score a run the first 4-6 weeks? They woke up once they got to Colorado but they were pitiful in the beggining. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something great. Smile


Hmmm. I know it's early, but you might want to rethink that. Not looking so good after the first series.


I know there is 140+ games to go but I still feel optimistic. Not saying the World Series is in the bag or anything but I think this team will improve over the course of the season.
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Originally posted by spo:
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
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Originally posted by spo:
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
Well, at least the Pads won't go 0-162.


They may be like Cespades era A's this year. I liked Schimpf, Renfro and Hedges out of the gate last year. I think 2/3 of those guys homered in their first game. Dickerson and Jankowski stepped up a lot when some of the big name talent with mediocre performances left. Myers seemed to tank after all-stars but he was impressive up till then. Heard good things about Margot. I don't know about that Bethancourt thing but whatever. And they won their second game against the Dodgers. Not too shabby. Last year was an awful start. Did they even score a run the first 4-6 weeks? They woke up once they got to Colorado but they were pitiful in the beggining. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something great. Smile


Hmmm. I know it's early, but you might want to rethink that. Not looking so good after the first series.


I know there is 140+ games to go but I still feel optimistic. Not saying the World Series is in the bag or anything but I think this team will improve over the course of the season.


They've got some nice, young position players in the majors right now. I think their farm system is light in position players (to be expected when you've brought up so many good ones of late), but they have good pitching prospects in the minors. Don't know how far off they are, but like you said they're likely not going to WS this year so no reason to rush them. Definitely a team that will be very competitive in a couple of years.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the DL yesterday.


He should be fined his pay for the whole time he is on the DL. He had no real right to go mountainbiking and put himself at risk for such an injury. Players have a responsibility to refrain from activities with a real possibility of injuries.


Like taking the ball on the short rest so consistently one pitcher throws a third of a teams innings in a world series? Giants would complete frauds if they did anything to him. He is a stud on a very team friendly deal who has shown a willingness to put the team above himself and his long term future. SF is doing the right thing by doing nothing.
In last night's Oriole game, one of the opposing players hit what appeared to be a bases loaded double down the right field line. It was initially called "fair" by the closest umpire. The Orioles challenged the call because it landed in foul territory, based on the clear divot in the dirt on the foul side of the line.
However, the call was upheld on the grounds that the camera wasn't close enough to see if any chalk was kicked up. They don't have cameras for down the line calls.
Technology is really good, but only if it is used properly.
The Orioles came back to win anyway.
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Originally posted by jburman82:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the DL yesterday.


He should be fined his pay for the whole time he is on the DL. He had no real right to go mountainbiking and put himself at risk for such an injury. Players have a responsibility to refrain from activities with a real possibility of injuries.


Like taking the ball on the short rest so consistently one pitcher throws a third of a teams innings in a world series? Giants would complete frauds if they did anything to him. He is a stud on a very team friendly deal who has shown a willingness to put the team above himself and his long term future. SF is doing the right thing by doing nothing.


Well, we disagree. He most definitely did not put the team above himself when he went mountainbiking during baseball season. He's costing the team dearly and should shoulder the burden.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by jburman82:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the DL yesterday.


He should be fined his pay for the whole time he is on the DL. He had no real right to go mountainbiking and put himself at risk for such an injury. Players have a responsibility to refrain from activities with a real possibility of injuries.


Like taking the ball on the short rest so consistently one pitcher throws a third of a teams innings in a world series? Giants would complete frauds if they did anything to him. He is a stud on a very team friendly deal who has shown a willingness to put the team above himself and his long term future. SF is doing the right thing by doing nothing.


Well, we disagree. He most definitely did not put the team above himself when he went mountainbiking during baseball season. He's costing the team dearly and should shoulder the burden.


That's fine and a lot of people think like that but if the Giants did that, come playoff time it would be real easy for him to say Im only taking the ball every 5 days. Cant risk any injury that would affect my future earning power. To me, doing this would be cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Great duel tonight between Tanaka and Sale. Irwin's boys coming to the Stadium with first place as the prize.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Great duel tonight between Tanaka and Sale. Irwin's boys coming to the Stadium with first place as the prize.



Gausman tonight for the Orioles. He brings his 7.50 ERA into Yankee stadium to face Sabathia.
uh oh. We'll be out for dinner at a local Greek place. I may need some Retsina to make it through the game.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
The Nationals are playing pretty well. Nice road trip.

PH


Thanks to the recent Colorado Rockies series, the Nationals currently lead the MLB in wins, runs, RBIs, batting average, on base average and slugging average but are next to last in relief ERA (6.18)
I enjoy watching baseball again. There was a great pitching duel between Tanaka and Sale last night. I have Sale on my rotisserie team. Win-win for me.
I missed the festivities last night but watching the replay now. It is early, but there are a lot of positive signs for the Yanks.
I don't know how long this will last, but I'm loving it. These Baby Bombers continue to impress and should continue to improve.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I don't know how long this will last, but I'm loving it. These Baby Bombers continue to impress and should continue to improve.


arghh.
Right now the Yankees have the best record in baseball, but it's early. Irwin, if your guys beat the Yankees rookie pitcher, we're tied for first. I can live with that. Can you?
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Right now the Yankees have the best record in baseball


Uh... no. Razz In the AL, yes.

PH
today's game was excruciating. I kept turning it off thinking the Orioles were done for.
Miley started for the Orioles and gave up 8 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings, and yet, stood to get the win had the Yankees not tied it in the 9th. They almost lost in the 9th, but a guy beat a double play throw to first by a millisecond.
Then, the Yankees came within inches of winning it in the 10th.
Orioles were lucky to escape with the win.
So, yes, the Orioles and Yankees are tied for 1st, both being 15-8. The Yankees have outscored their opponents cumulatively by 43 runs, while the Orioles have outscored their opponents by a single run.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Right now the Yankees have the best record in baseball


Uh... no. Razz In the AL, yes.

PH


The Nationals... Rendon gets 10 RBI's today and goes 6 for 6, thus raising his batting average to .278 He had 15 RBI's for the season.
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Originally posted by irwin:
today's game was excruciating. I kept turning it off thinking the Orioles were done for.


And you call yourself a fan? I watched the Yankees and went to their games and rooted for them in 1991 when they were the worst team in baseball. That's what a fan does.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by irwin:
today's game was excruciating. I kept turning it off thinking the Orioles were done for.


And you call yourself a fan? I watched the Yankees and went to their games and rooted for them in 1991 when they were the worst team in baseball. That's what a fan does.


I'm a fan. But I hate disaster.
Going into the game April 30 vs the Mets, Anthony Rendon was not having a good year batting. He was batting .226 with no HRs, one double (0.238 slugging) and 5 RBIs.

In a 23-5 victory over the Mets, Rendon got 6 hits including 3 HRs and one double and 10 RBIs. The double came within a few feet of being a HR and if that had cleared the fence he would have been the first player to hit a solo, two run, three run and grand slam in the same game. Prior to this game, Rendon had not had a multi homer game in the 4+ years he has been in the MLB although he has had a 20 HR year and a 21 HR year before.


Metric Before game: After game:

BA .226 .278
Slugging .238 .411
RBIs 5 15
HRs 0 3
I'm more worried about Chris Sale at Fenway tonight. He strikes out a lot of hitters, and the Orioles strike out alot. His ERA is really good.
Orioles lost. Sale threw behind Machado's knees in the first inning, getting a "warning". Sale struck out around 11 or 12 Orioles. His control was superb. Thus, the throw behind Machado's knees was a calculated and illegal pitch.
The umpires did nothing.
Baseball is not football or hockey or boxing.
Let's get back to playing the sport, and not assaulting a fellow human being by throwing a 97 miles an hour baseball, from 60'6" away.
Two more games against the Red Sox this week.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Baseball is not hockey

Damn right. Hockey is not a sleep aid.


They both suck compared to NBA right now.

That being said, Indians in first place in the AL Central right now Smile
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Originally posted by irwin:
Orioles lost. Sale threw behind Machado's knees in the first inning, getting a "warning". Sale struck out around 11 or 12 Orioles. His control was superb. Thus, the throw behind Machado's knees was a calculated and illegal pitch.
The umpires did nothing.
Baseball is not football or hockey or boxing.
Let's get back to playing the sport, and not assaulting a fellow human being by throwing a 97 miles an hour baseball, from 60'6" away.
Two more games against the Red Sox this week.


I was impressed that the Red Sox fans stood for Adam Jones.
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Originally posted by CSM:
Watching the Yankees and Jays right now. This Aaron Judge kid is kind of good.


It's exciting watching him. He was AL Rookie of the Month for April, leads the majors in home runs, and is batting .330. I know it's early and a small sampling size, but those are Mantle-type numbers.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Watching the Yankees and Jays right now. This Aaron Judge kid is kind of good.


It's exciting watching him. He was AL Rookie of the Month for April, leads the majors in home runs, and is batting .330. I know it's early and a small sampling size, but those are Mantle-type numbers.


I'm sure he'll regress given the age, but it looks so effortless. That's the most impressive thing to me anyway.
quite an exciting end to the Yankee game.

Meanwhile, the Orioles closer, Zach Britton, just off the DL, has re-experienced forearm issues, and may be headed back to the DL. This, as the Orioles have 19 games in the next 20 days, all against teams with above .500 records except one series. The pitching is depleted-- Wiley got hit with two line drives in the first inning last night and had to come out. Long relief working hard due to that and due to the stupid ejection of Gausman who hit a batter up in Boston on a 70 mph curve ball. He got
tossed and Chris Sale, who threw at Machado on purpose didn't.
Last night's game featured two pitchers from the Dominican Republic named Ynoa.
It's an exciting time for Yankee fans, and they're just getting healthy with the starting catcher and shortstop returning this week. The young guys should be improving, though it's hard to see how Aaron Judge, hitting .337 and leading the majors in HRs, could get any better.

And Irwin, I want to watch when the Orioles and Red Sox play again in early June.
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Originally posted by DoubleD:
Cubs-Yankees series this weekend. Should be a good one.

13+ innings and still going after Chapman blew a 3-run lead. A pretty good series for the Yanks.
I stayed up until 2:15 when the game ended. Yankees won on a fielder's choice. They have the best record in baseball, at least until today's games. They desperately need innings from Tanaka tonight.
Excluding pitchers and pinch-hitters, last night's Cubs-Yanks game had 4 players go o-fer - Castro (0 for 8), Gregorius (0 for 8), Romine (0 for 7), and Russell (0 for 6). Eek The Golden Sombrero is a term given to a player who goes 0 for 5. Someone needs to come up with a new word for these guys.
Ah, you're right.

And there were actually 5 players who went 0-fer. Headley was 0 for 7 and actually was the only one wearing the Golden Sombrero.
the two teams had 48 or so strikeouts over 6 innings.
quite something. An 18 inning game really stresses your pitching staff. A rule change calling a tie game after, say, 12 innings, might not be a bad thing. (I am prepared to get flamed here)
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Originally posted by irwin:
An 18 inning game really stresses your pitching staff. A rule change calling a tie game after, say, 12 innings, might not be a bad thing. (I am prepared to get flamed here)


I'm not quite prepared to commit to a rule change, but this series will certainly stress the Cubs' staff that was already stressed coming into this series. They desperately need their starters to eat some quality innings for the next week or so in order to get the bullpen back in shape.
Couldn't stay up long enough to see the ending of the Orioles/Nationals game last night. It was an incredible performance by both starters. Nats' relief pitching gives me tsuris...

PH
Hottest ticket in town today: Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. The added bonus is that the rained-out Saturday game will be played today as part of double-header. Saturday's game ticket holders cannot attend today's game.

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