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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by stringertom, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. chollyred

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    Anybody see the Brave's comeback against the Cubs this Saturday? Homerun shot by BJ Upton to tie the game, then a followup shot by brother Justin Upton for the walk off win!

    My 11 y/o was mourning the loss of Michael bourne, but I think this weekend settled his grief. :D
     
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    Nice bounceback for CC after a rough Opening Day...seven SO innings and outduels Verlander. Also, very classy move by Detroit to honor Rivera on his last regular-season visit to Coamerica.
     
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  3. JGads

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    Rangers are out then because they've already lost one. Don't think the rest will lose any.

    I'm trying to watch my team, guys. It's so hard. En route to sixth straight loss tonight after the opening day win. Pray for me.

    Another Houston shout out here... I went to college with Bourne at Univ. of Houston. Great dude.
     
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  4. TommieF

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    Carlos Marmol!!! Terrible. He lasted one week as closer this season. Thank God. Cubs fan here.... In for a long season... Again
     
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    Lincecum doing his best "Wild Thing" imitation...7 free passes in his first five-inning outing last week but managed to shut the Dodgers down and last night four more BBs and a wild pitch that contributed to a ND vs the Rockies.

    Bochy says his "stuff" is excellent but you can't expect many wins when your starter can't find the strike zone.

    The good news...Romo is 5 for 5 in saves so far.
     
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  6. JGads

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    Don't understand how Marmol has spent so much time as the closer. He's never NOT been awful in that role, clearly doesn't have that 'it' factor required for that job.

    In other news, Astros go 13-0 up on Seattle and hold on for a 16-9er! WAHOOOOOOOOOO! 2-6, baby. Here we come.
     
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    Sounds like you're expecting to shed some tears in your beers this season, JGads...make sure they're Stroh's!
     
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    Bro...I'm like GOATing right now
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    HEEEEEEEEEEM!
     
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  9. JGads

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    Stros win again! Stros win again!

    All our Little League offense needed to wake up was to leave one of the most offense-friendly ballparks out there (ours) and go to.... Seattle?

    Likely heading south to Anaheim one day this weekend to check out the ol' ballclub against the mighty Angels. Full Astros gear, including epic new/old Star logo hat, will be ready to go.

    'We're going streaking!'
     
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  10. stringertom

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    Safeco Field is more hitter-friendly this year...fences moved in quite a bit.
     
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  11. JGads

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    Yeah saw that but they showed on the broadcast that every homer - they were all no-doubters - would have been out last year, too. New guy Chris Carter (from the A's), who did nothing but strike out in our first six games, jacked three of those bombs in the last two games.

    3-6! Here we come, AL West!
     
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  12. TommieF

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    It seemed like the Cubs management felt they had to give the guy a chance this yr??? No ideas why. He was horrible in his first chance at Pitt.. Lucky he didn't blow that one... Then blew it against Atlanta. Only cost the team one loss. At least they got the guy out of there. The guy is TERRIBLE
     
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    Another S for Romo.... Over my lowly Cubs. I would love for a 2-2 split this weekend
     
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    Giants fans LOLing at this dodger brawl...
     
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    Quentin is an idiot...he gets more HBPs than anyone. Greinke hit him a couple times while both were in the AL but it's still no excuse to charge the mound...it was a close game and Quentin had worked the count to 3-2. No way did Greinke intend on hitting him! Now the Dodgers have a big hole in the rotation to fill after the broken clavicle. Selig needs to boot Quentin for the same amount of time it takes for Greinke to heal.
     
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  16. JGads

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    Angels payroll: $127 million. Astros payroll: $21 million. Seeing my Stros beat the Angels, 5-0, from a front-row dugout seat at The Big A? Priceless.
     
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    Looks like the Cubbies didn't "fear the beard part 2"...after the Giants took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, Romo blew the save and took the loss on a walk-off hit.

    Meanwhile, the Yanks pulled off a one-of-a-kind triple play vs the O's in their win behind CC. Four straight for the new-look Pinstripers...Youkilis likes his new team (nine-game hit streak).
     
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  18. JGads

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    God he looks so weird in that uniform. Can't get used to it. Just doesn't seem right.
     
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  19. TommieF

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    Atlanta Braves.... What a start. Looks like the Nationals will have their hands full in the East
     
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    Hunter Pence rapidly becoming my favorite player...the Giants mojo is still good from last year. Sabean: sign Wilson!
     
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    Kuroda pitches a CGSO gem to salvage a series win for the Yanks over the Birds. If Pettitte can rebound from back spasms, that's a nice trio of SP's for the Pinstripers. Hughes/Nova...not so good thus far???
     
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  22. JGads

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    Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone.

    Saw '42' the other day. Palatable for the masses, but way too Disney-like. Could have been so much better, grittier, more real.
     
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    I figured 42 was just gonna be a fluff piece more or less. There were other projects reportedly over the years with a little darker undertones that Ms. Robinson had not signed off on.
     
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    So did I (on 4/16, with my mom and her sister-who both grew up loving NY baseball-especially the Yankees). I liked it, but thought it was 30 minutes too long. IMO the best part of the film is their re-creation of Ebbets Field.

    By the way, VERY Classy of the Yankees to play "Sweet Caroline" (apparently the Red Sox have adopted that as their theme/rally song) as a tribute to the city of Boston.
     
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  25. LeeD

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    Media jinx...
    Funny how they lauded BarryZito's pitching last and this year, having won 16 consecutive starts of his, then get's SHELLED by Brewers, after two games of shutout ball.
    Jinx's are real!
     
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    Tigers looking great; Fielder on a crazy on base streakish thing right now. Debating on staying up and watching it tonight, don't want to sleep through the day tomorrow.
     
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  27. hollywood9826

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    Or maybe he just sucks and got lucky all those times.
     
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    Jeter now out past the All-Star break...the broken ankle now has a small crack in it that requires no further surgery but significant time to heal. Nunez/Nix platoon is not producing offensively but are OK in the field. Teixiera now swinging the bat in his rehab, Granderson is progressing but A-Rod is still a couple of months away. Girardi is doing great with all the replacements but this is a big letdown in Gotham.
     
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    Doc Halladay got his 200th win last night while Tim Hudson was denied the same feat. I'm not certain either gets to the 300-club, but Roy's chances are better as he's a couple years younger (36 next month).

    The Yanks have two potential members of that very exclusive club...old man Pettitte came back from a missed start with 7 strong innings for a 3-0 start and victory #248. If he gets past 260 this year, I'm sure he'll re-up for two-to-three-year run at the milestone. Meanwhile, Sabathia is 3-1 and sitting on 194 career wins at age 32. I think he's a lock for 300, barring major injury. Also, he would be the first Afro-American in the group...Fergie Jenkins has come closest with 280+ wins.
     
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    Marathon City last night...A's beat the Angels in nineteen innings and the Marlins prevail in a ho-hum fifteen frames.

    A's victory was particularly inspiring...they scored five in the 8/9 innings to tie it up, gave up a run earlier in extras only to tie it up and then won on a two-run walk-off HR in the 19th.
     
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    Very quietly, one of the best stories so far is Mo Rivera's perfect start to his comeback and final season. He's 13 for 13 in saves, an ERA under 2.00 and an anchor in a locker room minus almost all the other long-time pinstripe studs.

    Just how does a 43-year-old return from ACL reconstruction to top shelf form with just one arrow in the quiver???

    My ultimate item on a bucket list...Mariano teaching me the cut fastball!
     
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    Hes without a doubt the greatest closer in MLB history. No one like this guy
     
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    stringertom G.O.A.T.

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    And a great guy...he went along with some pranks arranged tonight on the same field where he wrecked his knee last year...chalk body outline on the warning track and a huge poster entitled "No Mo Zone".
     
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  34. stringertom

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    Pleasant epidemic of quality starting pitching this weekend...Friday had twin one-hitters (Cards' Shelby Miller, Bosox' Jon Lester), Saturday had Adam Wainwright's two-hitter and Sunday produced Chris Sale's one-hitter for the White Sox.

    Between Miller and Wainwright's yielded hits, they retired 40 consecutive batters, tying a MLB record. They also have managed to reduce the starting staff's combined ERA to a tad above 2.00, a full run better than the next best MLB team.
     
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    Thread bump (was on page five!)...Homer made me do it!

    The first no-hitter of '13, halfway through the season, was pitched last night by the Reds' Homer Bailey. Throwing mid-to-high 90mph, he overpowered the Giants in a hitters' park. Bailey now owns the last two no-no outings (previous victims were the Pirates in late '12). Great stuff, D'oh!:twisted:
     
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    Dog days of summer are fast approaching so MLB will be the sole act until NFL camps and preseason games crank up. The All-Star break is only days away so I'll throw out the first pitch for shout-outs to the best of the first half-season:

    Most surprising team: the Pirates! Solid, young nucleus should keep them in contention.

    Break-out slugger: Chris Davis! Cabrera has some competition for the Triple Crown.

    Undefeated Pitcher of the Year: Max Scherzer! Move over Verlander, we have a new ace.

    Comeback POY: Mo Rivera...one blown save on his farewell tour after ACL surgery. Will be sad when the last "42" shuts it down!

    I'm sure there's a lot more I left out...bring it on!
     
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  37. serve and Justin

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    Best "over-the-mound" pitcher: Bartolo Colon...seriously 40 years old and playing like a 25 year old.

    Biggest Waste of salary: A-Rod (followed by Josh Hamilton)

    Breakout Player: Paul Goldschmit, he was good last year but wow he is fun to watch...of course he can't really be the best at this spot...Puig...he is amazing.
     
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    I jinxed Mo as he gave up the lead and lost the game 2-1 vs the O's this weekend on a ninth-inning HR. Still, two blown saves after last year's nightmare injury is strong stuff for even a much younger guy.

    I like Goldschmidt too but Davis is a dozen dingers ahead, a few RBI's better and about even on BA. Both are All-Stars on loaded hitting lineups. The Big Apple at Citi Field may get a workout in a week!
     
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    He's back!!!

    Called up early from the AAA rehab due to injuries on the Yanks' roster, The Captain gets hit #3,305 on the first pitch, advances from 1st to 3rd on a single and scores run #1,869 in his first MLB action since last October. Go, DJ!
     
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    16 cutters, 3 up and 3 down for The Ageless One! Mo finished his ninth All-Star appearance just like all the other eight...PERFECT!
     
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