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« Reply #150 on: May 06, 2011, 04:15:14 PM »

Is it Arbitration Window Closing Day already?
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« Reply #151 on: May 06, 2011, 04:16:12 PM »

Nice. Whose spot in the rotation is he taking?

I'm tentatively planning on being in Omaha on Sunday for baseball. Can I be on the Jockbrokers?
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« Reply #152 on: May 06, 2011, 04:46:28 PM »

Is it Arbitration Window Closing Day already?
Oddly, no. Teheran is just making a spot start since a doubleheader on Wednesday threw off the rest schedule for the Braves.
I have no idea why the Royals are calling up Hosmer already, unless for some reason Dayton Moore honestly thinks that they have a chance at contending...
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El_Josharino
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« Reply #153 on: May 06, 2011, 04:51:40 PM »

Nice. Whose spot in the rotation is he taking?

I'm tentatively planning on being in Omaha on Sunday for baseball. Can I be on the Jockbrokers?

I think he'll push Jurrjens to Sunday, and then that will give Hanson and Hudson both regular rest rather than have to throw one of them on three days, since they both threw on Wednesday in the twinbill.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to pick you. I think a bunch of people may be gone this week, so we may not play "official" games or whatever.
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« Reply #154 on: May 07, 2011, 10:15:46 AM »

Braves are smoking! May is a good month to be a Braves fan.
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« Reply #155 on: May 07, 2011, 11:57:24 AM »

The bullpen is straight filthy. O'Flaherty coming on with no outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, and striking out the middle of the Phils' lineup was brilliant. Venters and Kimbrel untouchable as always.

For all the ballyhooing everyone did about the Phils' pitching, the Braves have been every bit as good. Going into last night, the Phils pitching had a cumulative WAR of 7.1 to the Braves 7.0. It's now at 7.6-7.3 thanks to Lee's 16 Ks, but the Braves lead in team ERA, 2.86 - 3.09 (Oakland with the best ERA in the bigs at 2.64! Yowza.) and the Phils only lead by a slight margin in FIP (2.73 - 2.81) which is really surprising considering the Phils have more strikeout pitchers vs. the Braves' groundball specialists.
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« Reply #156 on: May 07, 2011, 12:11:08 PM »

It's encouraging to see the team band together and really shine under duress. Could've gone the other way with a new coach. What do you think will happen to Lowe? He's a fucking idiot and deserves to be punished, but I'd hate to see him go.
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« Reply #157 on: May 07, 2011, 12:31:27 PM »

Same thing that happened to Cabrera, Choo, Crisp, etc: Nothing at all. MLB doesn't really have any language in place to enforce a penalty for such things, but it'll be added to collective bargaining after this season. I don't know if the Tigers or Indians or anyone enforced anything on those other guys, I don't think they did, so that's the precedent. It's kinda silly considering Ozzie Guillen being punished for Twurting from the clubhouse after being ejected from a game, but there you go.
The Braves won't be able to get rid of him completely, he's due to make 15 mil this year and next, and unless he starts putting up Halladay-esque numbers, nobody is taking that contract off of our hands.
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« Reply #158 on: May 07, 2011, 12:55:37 PM »

Seems like the law might want a piece of him. I mean, shit. It's not just a DUI.
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« Reply #159 on: May 07, 2011, 01:09:49 PM »

Well sure, he'll have to face legal repercussions, but assuming it's a first offense DUI, isn't that pretty minimal? I'm not sure what laws are like in Georgia, but I think here it's a fine, a few months of a suspended license, and a few months probation.
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« Reply #160 on: May 07, 2011, 06:29:25 PM »

Don't look now, but Justin Verlander is pitching a ***VERY INTERESTING*** game for the Tigers...
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« Reply #161 on: May 07, 2011, 06:45:28 PM »

Don't worry everyone, I didn't jinx it by saying ***VERY INTERESTING*** instead of no-hitter, and he pulled it off. 2nd in his career already, pretty impressive.
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« Reply #162 on: May 07, 2011, 06:47:55 PM »

He seems like a nice guy, I'm glad he's a good pitcher.
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« Reply #163 on: May 08, 2011, 05:38:27 PM »

.500 bitches!
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« Reply #164 on: May 08, 2011, 05:41:21 PM »

Also, maybe it's time to jump on the Cleveland bandwagon. They're kicking so much ass. Some announcer mentioned that they're off to their best start since 1901.
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« Reply #165 on: May 08, 2011, 09:03:47 PM »

Whoa, Pittsburgh is 3rd and only 2 and half back. I've been saying all along that they've got a really intriguing/exciting young team, what with McCutchen, Tabata, Walker, Alvarez, Jones, etc, but I don't see their pitching holding up over the longhaul. Charlie Morton and Paul Maholm (and is Ross Ohlendorf still throwing?) probably aren't going to cut it. But man, if they can keep that young core together, shit is going to happen for them.
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« Reply #166 on: May 08, 2011, 09:07:11 PM »

I kinda feel the same way about Cleveland, actually. Carmona should be solid, but I dunno about the rest of those guys. That said, Choo and Santana have been underperforming, and once they come around they're offense is going to be a real force. I think they've got a real shot at the Central this year, thanks to the terrible starts by the rest of the division. I mean, I feel pretty confident that Detroit and probably Chicago will be better than Cleveland for the rest of the year, but will they be 6-10 games in the standings better? That I'm not so sure about.
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« Reply #167 on: May 08, 2011, 09:11:01 PM »

Man, now that I'm looking at standings, how is Milwaukee so low? Is their defense/bullpen so bad that they're actually overshadowing that juggernaut offense? I know Gallardo has been roughed up, and Greinke's been disabled, but Marcum's been solid and Wolf is looking like his 2009 version again, yeah?
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« Reply #168 on: May 08, 2011, 09:11:49 PM »

Sorry for taking over the baseball thread everyone. But I have no problem hanging out here talking to myself for 20 pages.
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« Reply #169 on: May 08, 2011, 09:44:06 PM »

ESPN completely missed Freeman's homerun because they were interviewing a fucking pitching coach or something. Just cover the game, assholes.
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« Reply #170 on: May 08, 2011, 10:18:13 PM »

Sometimes we need reminders that Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game:
http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2011/5/8/2157405/pitches-saved-since-1988-or-greg-maddux-is-a-wizard
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« Reply #171 on: May 09, 2011, 12:48:00 PM »

Whoa, Pittsburgh is 3rd and only 2 and half back. I've been saying all along that they've got a really intriguing/exciting young team, what with McCutchen, Tabata, Walker, Alvarez, Jones, etc, but I don't see their pitching holding up over the longhaul. Charlie Morton and Paul Maholm (and is Ross Ohlendorf still throwing?) probably aren't going to cut it. But man, if they can keep that young core together, shit is going to happen for them.

Yeah! This is the most exciting roster they've had in a very long time. The starting pitching has been surprisingly solid (Ohlendorf is on DL), and Morton in particular is living up to his promise after his disastrous 2010 season. Seriously, I used to dread when he threw, now he's my second favorite in the rotation after McDonald. In particular, pitched a great game on Saturday. Kevin Correia has thrown some nice games, also. Also, the Pirates' bullpen has the third or fourth lowest ERA in baseball iirc.

With the defense and starting pitching a lot better than expected, all I'm really looking for is for the bats to grow a little heavier and more consistent. McCutchen notwithstanding (he is the quintessential leadoff man), the other guys you mentioned are all streaky at the plate. Tabata in particular had a great start but is slumping a bit.

But, yeah, this is the farthest in the season they've been at .500 since 2005. They're winning the series they should be winning (Astros, Nats, Padres) and even winning some series they probably shouldn't (Rockies, Reds). Starting today with L.A., 6 of Pittsburgh's next 8 series are against sub-.500 teams, so this shit could get real. It'll probably even out over the course of the season (I still anticipate we'll finish about 10 games under .500 at the end of the year) but there's still some room for relative jubilation. They won't contend this year but a year or two from now, if (a BIG if) the young core stays together and their pitching prospects develop as expected? Possible playoff team.
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« Reply #172 on: May 09, 2011, 02:26:00 PM »

Headed to Durham Bulls game at the DAP (where they filmed Bull Durham) tonight. The Bulls only play a couple a year in the old familiar dump, so I'm pretty excited for it.
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« Reply #173 on: May 09, 2011, 09:47:22 PM »

Oh man, the Bulls have probably been a fun team to watch the last couple years.
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« Reply #174 on: May 10, 2011, 01:15:01 AM »

Yeah, they've had a winning record just about every year I've been here. The night before their home opener, I guess they beat Jake Peavy (on a rehab assignment). Tonight's game was fun, even though the Bulls lost. Got into a bit of a conversation with Indy's left fielder. At first I was heckling him about his too-large jersey, but he was good-natured enough that I couldn't maintain my aggression.
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