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I'm watching the MLB and Yankee games tonight, and I am dumbfounded at the infielders' attempts to apply a tag on a baserunner. In three cases, the ball has beaten the runner to the bag by a wide margin. Instead of placing their glove in front of the bag, the infielder tries to apply the tag on the upper body. Frustrating to watch at the lack of fundamentals.
When the Yankees started winning, I was cautiously optimistic but felt that a few weeks were not enough of a sampling to base great optimism upon. I figured it would take two good months and now that we approaching the two month mark, I think these Baby Bombers have the staying power to make the playoffs. Chapman out for a month will be a real test.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
I'm now expecting a tight race in the AL East. Baltimore and the Yankees look very good and Boston will be there at the end. I'd love to see Tampa in the mix too.


I don't know, Board-O. The Orioles have lost 10 of their prior 13 games, and 7 of those were by one run. Their relief pitching is terrible.
Their starting pitching is spotty.
They now go to Houston for a series against a team that is smokin' hot.
Oh dear.
When the Yankees started to play well, I felt it was enough of a sample size to get excited and that two months would be a better indicator. Now I'm excited, and Chapman should be off the DL fairly soon. No hurry to get Ellsbury back though. Yankees just need a third baseman. Irwin, are you going to re-sign Machado?
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Great time to be a Yankee fan. Putting a big hurt on the Orioles again (5 runs in the first after 16 yesterday). Sanchez is getting hot and lots of young talent in the Minors. Didn't think it would happen this quickly, but Cashman has done a great job rebuilding the team. Now if Tanaka can only get straightened out.

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The Nationals' Max Scherzer is just a pleasure to watch. He didn't have his best stuff last night, and even plonked a couple of batters. He adjusted on the fly to go 8 solid innings. 10+ strikeouts for the 5th straight start.

If only this team can find a solid, mature closer and a little mid-relief, they should be a force to contend with.

PH
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Orioles pitchers tied a major league record last night that has stood since 1924.
They have failed to hold the opposition to fewer than 5 runs for 20 games in a row.

Performances like this I could do without. Frown


Wow! That's horrible for you. How many of those 20 did they win?

Excellent question. They were 6-14 in those games
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
The Nationals' Max Scherzer is just a pleasure to watch. He didn't have his best stuff last night, and even plonked a couple of batters. He adjusted on the fly to go 8 solid innings. 10+ strikeouts for the 5th straight start.

If only this team can find a solid, mature closer and a little mid-relief, they should be a force to contend with.

PH



Melancon may be available soon although the Nats may not want him back. Giants have been done for awhile. Play-offs every even year continues. This year got terrible quickly.

Go Giants.
last night's game between the Cubs and the Nationals.....
The Nationals had around 7 stolen bases off Jake Arietta. After the game, the Cubs back up catcher, who was in the game, criticized Arietta for having a slow delivery. The back up catcher was cut after making these remarks.
Not sure what his salary was, but he made around $14 million in 2016.

Who said speech is free?
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Originally posted by irwin:
last night's game between the Cubs and the Nationals.....
The Nationals had around 7 stolen bases off Jake Arietta. After the game, the Cubs back up catcher, who was in the game, criticized Arietta for having a slow delivery. The back up catcher was cut after making these remarks.
Not sure what his salary was, but he made around $14 million in 2016.

Who said speech is free?

Not his first incident popping off. He whined about his playing time the morning of the World Series parade.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Unless the Yankees remember how to play baseball, this is looking like anybody can take the division.

True..it is turning into a very evenly matched division, which I suppose will mean that someone will win the division, but there probably will be no wild card from the AL East. I guess.
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Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
Don't worry - if the Pads get anyone decent, they'll trade him for more prospects. As someone who grew up with them, and sat through many games at the Murph, the Pads are Oakland South when it comes to developing and keeping talent.


They traded Buchter, damn. I was really starting to like Between 2 Bases. Mad
As one who has seen the Yanks play many games in Oakland, Anaheim, Dallas, and KC, their fans are legion. Winning as much as they have (27 and counting), you would think everyone would hate them, but that's definitely not true. Also, if you travel to Europe, their logo is the only one you see of all American sports. I counted 17 hats and 6 shirts during a two week trip to Provence in June.
I have hated the Yankees since I started watching baseball in the late 1950's. I was actually happy when the Red Sox won the series after so many years. However, my dislike of the Yankees has waned, and my dislike of the Red Sox has increased, the latter supplanting the Yankees as my least favorite team. I actually don't mind the Yankees that much anymore.
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Yanks pick up Sonny Gray - a solid pitcher who can be a #2 or #3. Smile


As an A's fan, I'll amend that statement and say that he can be a #1. He was hurt coming into the year, and now he's back on track. If he had an offense that wasn't a bunch of rookies combined with a bunch of cheap veterans that no one else wanted to sign, his record would be amazing. He's a stud.

I remember arguing with an old college buddy who was an A's fan, then switched to the dark side (Giants). His kid was wearing Giants world series gear, and I told him that he was a crap fan. He told me that there was no way he'd let his son grow up having to deal with the agony of cheering for these awesome prospects for a year or two, just to watch the A's trade them away to the Yanks or the Dodgers, etc. I'm starting to get it.
Baseball is a funny game. The Yankees retook 1st place during a Red Sox swoon, but now, suddenly, the Red Sox won 5 in a row and are three up.

The Rockies and the Nationals have each won 64 games. But the Nats are in first place in the East division, 13 games ahead of the Marlins, and the Rockies are in third place in the West, 14.5 games behind the Dodgers.
Washington Nationals have been playing games with less than half their starting position players for a long time now, and doing pretty damn well.

Dusty Baker will have some hard decisions to make when his starters begin returning to the lineup. Some of the bench guys who were called on to fill in have been doing incredible stuff.

Looks like we now have a serviceable bullpen to take us through the end of the year. Could be a fun ride!

PH
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Today's Yankee-Tiger game was marked by four hit batters (one unintentionally hit in the helmet), one pitch thrown behind a batter, and three brawls. There will be suspensions and fines aplenty.


And, Detroit is 16 games below .500, and totally out of post season contention. So, I wonder what would cause these two teams to fight?
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Well, that was helpful! :laugh cry:

How about filling in the blank(s) Board-O?

PH


And you call yourself a baseball fan!



Seems from the story that it was a walk off double.

I think the batter hit a HR to break up the no hitter and win the game but he passed the runner in front of him rounding the bases so he was awarded a double.

VM
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Today's Yankee-Tiger game was marked by four hit batters (one unintentionally hit in the helmet), one pitch thrown behind a batter, and three brawls. There will be suspensions and fines aplenty.


And, Detroit is 16 games below .500, and totally out of post season contention. So, I wonder what would cause these two teams to fight?


Deep seated hatred between the two teams going back a long time. Complete frustration on the Tigers team with their pitiful performance this season, even to the point where it seems Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez don't like each other.

Have I mentioned Brad Ausmus should be fired?
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Today's Yankee-Tiger game was marked by four hit batters (one unintentionally hit in the helmet), one pitch thrown behind a batter, and three brawls. There will be suspensions and fines aplenty.


And, Detroit is 16 games below .500, and totally out of post season contention. So, I wonder what would cause these two teams to fight?


Deep seated hatred between the two teams going back a long time. Complete frustration on the Tigers team with their pitiful performance this season, even to the point where it seems Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez don't like each other.

Have I mentioned Brad Ausmus should be fired?

I don't think there was deep-seated hatred between them. There is now. The Tigers have eliminated the Yankees from the playoffs (twice, I think) but I don't remember bad blood between them. I will be sure to watch their first game next Spring.

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