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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

May 15, 2014, 6:30 AM EST

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Yankees 4, Mets 0: Remember how when the season started Masahiro Tanaka was the Yankees’ fourth starter? Haha, yeah, he’s so totally the ace right now that it’s not even funny. Like, he’s the ace by leaps, bounds, mile and parsecs. The man who simply won’t lose tossed a shutout, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out eight.

Rays 2, Mariners 0: Tampa Bay wins but they lose Ben Zobrist to a dislocated thumb, so that sucks. Both Rays scored in anti-climatic fashion: a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.

White Sox 4, Athletics 2: A three-run homer by Jose Abreu n the eighth was the big blow. That gives him 15 on the year. “On pace” stuff is usually lame, but if you’re into that sort of thing Abreu is on pace for 58 homers and 158 RBI. The fact that he’s also only on pace for 39 walks is good evidence that those previous on pace numbers aren’t likely to hold. But it’s fun for now.

Giants 10, Braves 4: It’s pretty crazy what some changes in the weather will do to a park. I mean, the Giants win this game regardless because they simply hit better and pitched better than the Braves, but AT&T Park is a rather different place when it’s an uncharacteristic 90 degrees and there’s no wind. The ball flies all over that joint when it’s like it was yesterday afternoon. Just one to put in the back of one’s mind when that ice shelf in the Antarctic melts and we’re all living in some shorefront Otisburg in Ohio or Nevada or whatever.

Royals 3, Rockies 2: It’s amazing what a few days of saying a guy is a bum and we should send him to Omaha does to someone. Mike Moustakas went 2 for 3 and drove in all three of the Royals’ runs.

Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 1: Ian Desmond and Tyler Moore each hit two-run singles off Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning. The Nats take two of three from Arizona.

Tigers 7, Orioles 5: Justin Verlander didn’t have his best day but the offense picked him up and the Tigers notched the sweep. Detroit is just cruising through 2014. They’re on pace for, like, a 108-win season.

Angels 3, Phillies 0: Garrett Richards shut out Philly for seven innings with eight strikeouts and five hits. The Angels have won five of six. The Phillies fall to four games below .500. They have the same record through 38 games in 2014 as they had in 2013 so, like, progress.

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Indians 15, Blue Jays 4: Well, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. Especially toward the end. David Murphy drove in five. Neil Wagner ended up wearing this one for the Jays, which is pretty noble. Really, if someone said “you can play one major league game only” and then disappear into oblivion, I would be tempted for that one game to be me wearing a blowout for the benefit of my team and my bullpen. To go out there and give up a bunch of runs and accept it with equanimity. Granted, in this masochistic fantasy I’m doing it for, like, four innings. But you see what I’m getting at. 

Astros 5, Rangers 4: Texas had a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth but then Houston chipped away and won it on a Matt Dominguez RBI single in the ninth. The Astros took two of three from the Rangers, winning their first series against their cross-state rival after dropping the last 15 against them. Fifteen series, that is. Not games.

Red Sox 9, Twins 4: David Ortiz homered twice for the second straight night. He’s 28 for 53 in 13 career games at Target Field. In 56 career games against the Twins he’s 75 for 214 with 19 homers and 49 RBI.

Pirates 4, Brewers 1: Chris Stewart and Starlin Marte combined to drive in three in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez who, after getting the first out in a tie game gave up four consecutive hits. Not the sort of thing he’s done much of this year.

Marlins 13, Dodgers 3: Anthony DeSclafani was making his big league debut for the Marlins. He’ll not get run support like this one very often, especially considering he drove in two of Miami’s 13 runs himself. Reed Johnson had a two run homer and Jeff Mathis smacked a three run bomb. Randy Wolf, just signed by Miami, got a three-inning save. Saves are totally important when you come into the game with an 11-run lead.

Padres vs. Reds; Cubs vs. Cardinals: POSTPONEDI know we can walk through rain, But I don’t want to end up drowned again. Too much dancing in bad weather. Makes it hard to stay together 

  1. dondada10 - May 15, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Tanaka is really, really good.

    • Kevin S. - May 15, 2014 at 6:42 AM

      Is a 9.4 K/BB good?

  2. uyf1950 - May 15, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Masahiro Tanaka to put it simply is the real deal. He’s worth every dollar and yen the Yankees paid to sign him. With just about 25% of the season gone he has made 8 starts every single one of them a quality start. His stat line so far: 6-0 with an 2.17 ERA a 0.91 WHIP and a 9.43 K/BB Ratio.

    • nbjays - May 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      It’s a good thing he’s (so far) proving to be worth the money Brian Cashman shelled out for him because, at this point, the Yankees aren’t getting much value for their money out of McCann, Beltran, Soriano, or Roberts, and even Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t giving them a hell of a lot for the dump truck load of cash they dumped on his doorstep.

      • uyf1950 - May 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Sorry but you are wrong about Roberts and Ellsbury. As for Soriano he’s only costing the Yankees $5MM ($4MM against their luxury tax number). Heck in baseball money that’s chump change. McCann and Beltran so far have not done the job offensively but that should change Defensively McCann’s doing an excellent job. Throwing out 38% of runners attempting to steal when the league average is 27%. Beltran’s another story but he’ll come around he’s to good of a player historically for him not to.
        In case you weren’t aware it’s not the offense that’s been hurting the Yankees it’s been their starting pitching the last 3 weeks. If the Yankees starting pitching was even average they probably would be running away with the division at this point. That is just my opinion.

      • anxovies - May 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

        The Yankees have scored 4 or more runs in 8 of their last 10 games. Ellsbury is doing just fine, he’s in a bit of a slump now but has been hitting great. Roberts is smoking the ball (2 triples last night) and Beltran was hitting well until the bone spur thing came up. Both Beltran and McCann have 5 HR 15 RBI, Ellsbury has a .362 OBP. Unless you blame Cashman for the injuries that have hit the pitching staff and Beltran, he’s done OK this year. It’s generally a good thing to check facts.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I’m very aware that while the offense isn’t “hurting” the Yankees, the amount of offense for money they are getting is not very good. They are not setting the world on fire with their offensive stats, being pretty much middle-of -the-road in the division in hitting. And mediocre starting pitching is plaguing every team in the AL East right now. Not one team has shown they are any better than the rest. But if you guys are happy paying that much more money for the same mediocrity as the rest of the division, more power to you.

    • sdelmonte - May 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      Problem is, there’s only one of him. So far.

      I suspect that Cashman is on his way to the secret base where all the clones in the Star Wars came from to make a Tanaka Clone Army. It’s what I would do.

      Otherwise…he really needs to be great every time out for the next month. Even if the subs are okay, the bullpen will need a night off every so often since I expect a lot of 6-4 games with five relievers used.

      • indaburg - May 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        “The problem is, there’s only one of him.”

        The rest of the AL East and their fans do not see that as a problem.

      • sdelmonte - May 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Hey, I’m a Mets fan, so I don’t see it as a serious problem either.

        But it’s not as much fun to root against the Yankees when their players are hurt. And as a baseball fan, who doesn’t love Tanaka so far? If we have to lose, let’s lose to him.

      • uyf1950 - May 15, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        @ indaburg, with the exception of the Jays (Buehrle) most of the other AL East teams don’t even have one of him.

      • sdelmonte - May 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Isn’t Lester still bringing it?

      • uyf1950 - May 15, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        @sdelmonte, Lester’s been good but I don’t think even Red Sox fans would say he’s been as good as either Tanaka and Buehrle.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Re: Buerhle

        He’s averaged 25 HR given up each year he’s been a starter (or roughly 1 per 9 innings pitched). this year he’s at 1 HR in 53 IP. That number is going to regress hard, and so is his ERA. Just as Tanaka won’t maintain an absurd 88.2 left on base percent.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Uyf, notwithstanding the 4-3 record and the 4.02 ERA, I’d take David Price and his 11.66 K/BB ratio over 99% of the Al East pitchers (except maybe the aforementioned Buehrle and Tanaka).

        With another offense besides the anemic Rays, he’s likely a 6-1 or 7-0 pitcher.

    • moogro - May 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      He’s definitely got a yen for pitching.

  3. cktai - May 15, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Orioles call up Gausman and have him start against Verlander on 3 days rest after just coming off the DL. Can anyone explain this to me?

    • Kevin S. - May 15, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      Dan Duquette saw Tommy John trending on Twitter and decided to get in on the action?

      • deathmonkey41 - May 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Dat’s a Goud Wun!

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      Of the many head scratchers the O’s have created for me in 2014, this one definitely tops the list.

    • southpaw2k - May 15, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Maybe he feared the Tigers would pound Chen even worse, thus burning up more of the bullpen?

      Weak excuse at best, but I can’t think of any better argument.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I had stated in the Gausman thread that it only made sense if there was a yet to be announced corresponding injury or trade announcement. There wasn’t, so I don’t get it either. They set him up to fail, and now are talking about sending him back down. Terrible management decision if you ask me. There was talk of Tillman having a pulled groin, but his start wasn’t for a few days, so they didn’t have to move Gausman up.

  4. janessa31888 - May 15, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Corey Kluber is pitching like he wants to be the number one starter. David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall (shockingly) were tormenting the Jays pitching.

    • nbjays - May 15, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Fortunately, I saw what was happening and opted instead to watch the Habs – Bruins game. Much better outcome there.

  5. ashot - May 15, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    The Tigers pulled off a double steal and a squeeze play in the same inning. And Victor Martinez stole a base. Handsome Brad makes everyone faster.

    • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      I believe we’ve already matched our steals total from last year.

  6. thenameisbootsy - May 15, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    “Bad Weather”? Ugh. Even your music references annoy me.

    • dcarroll73 - May 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      Would you prefer Weather Report with an amazing bass riff by Jaco?

      • 4d3fect - May 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        Yes, please.

    • madhatternalice - May 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      “I’m annoyed by everything Craig writes, but since this is the only website on the planet that does recaps of baseball games, I guess I’ll just stay here and complain.”

      • 9foldmuse - May 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Granted, but in Bootsy’s defense, Craig’s utterances tend towards snarky, smarmy and solipsistic*, and simple information without so much bias would be preferable.

        *[Some of the names rejected by Disney for Snow White’s cohort]

      • madhatternalice - May 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        @9fold

        On one hand, I guess I understand that. On the other hand, if his writing isn’t to your liking, then why continue to read here?

        (Obviously the “your” isn’t directed specifically at you, but the general “you.”)

        I’ll never understand why some people feel the need to be a jerk. If I don’t like someone’s writing style, I don’t read them. It’s just that simple.

      • thenameisbootsy - May 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I read plenty of recaps all across the “interwebs.” Hardball Talk is just one stop along the journey. And, for what it’s worth, Craig isn’t the only one blogging here.

      • madhatternalice - May 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        You’re right, 9fold. How could I have confused your saying “Even your music references annoy me” to mean the entire site, and not, you know, the author of this post.

        What possible point does your comment serve? Or do you just like bitching for bitching’s sake?

  7. philliesblow - May 15, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Tigers were up 6 – 0 before Verlander gave up 5 in one inning. Jack Morris thought JV did a great job of pitching to the score.

    • detroitr1 - May 15, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      In fairness– Cruz used his 9 iron to to get the 3 run homer but the Birds did put up a fight. I’m surprised no one is talking about Verlander’s intentional throw to Cruz. That’s the first time in my collective memory that JV did that to a batter. Then again, JV kind of reminded me of Ron Burgundy on that play. It’s like he was challenging Cruz to a fight–but no messing with the ‘face and the hair’ type of dust up…

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        Yea, I was surprised aswell. Verlander’s pitch as obviously intentional and he should have received an ejection instead of a warning. I mean he threw BEHIND Cruz for goodness sake. Cruz responded in the best way possible. Three run homer in his next at bat. Sadly, the rest of the team couldn’t make anything happen.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        “As skilled as these pitchers are at this level, balls get away from pitchers sometimes,” Ausmus said, “just like I’m sure the ball got away from Bud Norris.” — from Chris Iott’s write up

        Yeah, that was paybacks.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Balls do get away from pitchers on occasion. I have a really hard time however believing a ball got quite THAT far away from a guy as good as Verlander. And looking at it, it really looked intentional. It’s not like he missed by a few inches, he missed by a few FEET.

        http://m.nationals.mlb.com/video/v32865111/detbal-verlander-throws-a-pitch-behind-cruz

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I think the end of Beautiful Brad’s statement is the most pertinent part.

  8. moogro - May 15, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    The unhitting and unhittable Drew Butera pitched the ninth with no hits and a strikeout.
    Hard to believe that the Western Empire uses this guy for catcher. Oh, to pitch left-handed or to squat.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Trouble is, when the Feesh go flat they go so flat that you sometimes can’t tell if they’re being awful or charitable.

      • nbjays - May 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        So rename the team from the Marlins to the Flounders?

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Yeah, but after the so-named frat member in Animal House.

  9. emdash01 - May 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Doug Fister rebounded and threw 7 very good innings, giving up just one run on a solo homer. Nice to see as the team is going to have to go a while with 3 of their best hitters on the DL and struggle to score many runs.

  10. Old Gator - May 15, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    The Feesh sort of redeemed themselves for an atrocious road trip (so far) by unloading on Paul Maholm, who last night singlehandedly gave cluelessness a bad name. No, I’m not talking about the marshmallows he kept heaving down the Feesh’s wheelhouses for most of four interminable innings. I’m talking about the second inning play where, trying to field a two out squibbler down the third base line off the whifflebat of Jeff Baker, he ackcherley let the Iron Giant score from second base. The Giant literally ran right past him while he had his back turned, so intent was the beleaguered Bum on throwing Baker out when the guy was practically on top of first before Maholm even got his hand on the ball. When he finally looked towards the plate and saw the Giant crossing it he had a look on his face as though he’d been slapped. General hilarity prevailed in the Feesh dugout, where a little of that had been sorely needed after the rolling catastrophe of the prior five days.

    No word yet about when El Keed will receive his bionic elbow, but it will prolly be soon. Meanwhile, Anthony Sclafani came up from Jacksonville, eschewing the simple pleasures of the chilli corn chowder at the Mossfire Grill and the southern fried chicken livers at Beach Road Fried Chicken for the haute cuisine of Tinseltown and nailed his first major league win filling out the roster slot of the fallen Keed. Six innings, even Ks, two earned runs – nicely done. Sclafani prolly wouldn’t have been the one to get the call except that Andrew Heaney had just taken his turn in the rotation and couldn’t pitch yesterday. They say timing is everything. However, no one seems to know when they said it.

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Anthony DEsclafani. Heh. And I had pizza last night, too.

  11. Jason Lukehart - May 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    David Murphy and Lonnie Chisenhall became the first Indians with 5 hits in the same game since July 10, 1932.

    • janessa31888 - May 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Have aliens taken over Chisenhall’s body? I never would have predicted that he would get 5 hits in a game.

      • Jason Lukehart - May 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        He was very unlucky on BABIP last season, but it’s regressed upwardly with a vengeance so far this season.

  12. happytwinsfan - May 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Buxton’s catch last night was breath taking. The instant after the crack of the bat, his back is to home plate. On the dead run, his back still to home plate, after per usual running out from beneath his hat, he somehow knows when to stick out his glove, catching the ball over his right shoulder, so he can, say hey, in one whirling motion which ends with him smiling on his butt, throw a laser to second base doubling off the runner.

    The Red Sox players have this look saying “so what, now we gotta play against Zeus?”. This look is replaced by a befuddled “what the f**k” expression when Sano hit it over the roof in the seventh. It is our duty to empathize. This must have helped to send to the background some of the embarrassment of Meyer’s 19 strikeouts.

    Nice game, except for Mauer’s six for six being lost in the excitement. And fourteen to nuttin, really? Save something for tomorrow boys.

    • dluxxx - May 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      I see you decided to pull an all nighter. You must still be drunk… or asleep.

  13. hittfamily - May 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Odorizzi last night: 6 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 BB, 7 k’s. Odorizzi 6 days ago: 5 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 2 BB, 11 k’s.

    That’s 11 innings, 0 runs, 6 hits, 4 walks, and 18 strikeouts in his last 2 outings! Royals fans must be livid.

    The loss of Zobrist is going to hurt. Not only do they lose a top 20 player in MLB, but it also means Logan Forsythe will be receiving regular playing time. As soon as they start to get healthy, with Alex Cobb making a minor league start next week, then another guy goes down. I wonder if we see our first glimpse of Hak Ju Lee?

    • redsoxchamp11 - May 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM

      Zobrist is a top 20 MLB player? hahahahaha. No way. I can name 20 guys in the AL East alone I would rather have than him….omitting pitchers. He does hold value because of the versatility, but he is no where near the top 50 in the MLB.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        I can name 20 guys in the AL East alone I would rather have than him

        Ok, name them

      • hittfamily - May 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        Last year he ranked 18th among hitters in fWAR. In 2012, he ranked 13th. In 2011, he ranked 12th. In 2010, he ranked 49th. In 2009, he ranked 2nd. Since 2009, when he became a starter, he ranks 3rd in fWAR, behind Longo and Miggy. If he played anywhere but St Pete he’d be a superstar.

        If you think Pedey’s the best 2nd baseman in the AL east now that Cano is gone, you are mistaken.

      • anxovies - May 15, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        He’s Top 20 in my book and I’m a Yankee fan.

      • jsala02 - May 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        McCann, Beltran, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli, Bautista, Encarnacion, Jose Reyes, Longoria, Machado, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz. That’s 13 in his division that I would take over Zobrist, and there are probably 13 more in the other divisions, so top 20 player in MLB? Nope

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz

        Yikes, career/peak

        wRC+:
        Zobrist: 118/152
        Jones: 107/126
        Cruz: 115/147
        Ellsbury: 110/150

        And that’s not including that both Jones and Cruz are negatives defensively while Zobrist is above average defensively. Ellsbury had that insane year, but he hasn’t come close to that offensively. Beltran was roughly the same as Zobrist offensively the last three years (by wRC+), but who knows if this recent elbow injury is a long term issue or not (never mind that Beltran’s defense has fallen off a cliff).

        Encarncion is a great offensive player, but there’s a reason his nickname is E5. Bautista is in the same category as is Ortiz.

        I’d maybe take Pedroia and Longoria over Zobrist right now, with a wait and see on Machado. No idea what to think about Napoli because he’s a good hitter but the new defensive position is a question mark.

      • hittfamily - May 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        McCann has been worth 4.7 fWAR since 2012. Zobrist was worth 5.4 last year alone. McCann has a .263 OBP this year, in the 2nd friendliest hitters park there is.

        Since Zobrist became a full time starter, his worst season was 3.7 wins above replacement. Ortiz’s best was 3.9.

        You don’t have any clue what you are talking about.

    • sportsdrenched - May 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Indeed, I was OK with Shields for Wil Myers. Odorizzi in the mix was just dumb on Dayton’s part. You also got Mike Montgomery who I saw pitch in a futures game in 2010. At the time he was pitching so well I thought he’d be the Royals ace by now. But so far, April 2010 seems to have been his career high point. but if any organization can fix him, it’s the Rays

    • indaburg - May 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      The good news… as putrid as our team has been, we’re only 3.5 games out of 1st. That’s incredible. We’re almost as lousy as the Astros. It means the rest of the AL East is pretty sh!tty too. In any case, Bedard and Odirizzi are pitching better. A healthy Cobb back, and a healthy Hellickson back (no one will convince me that Hellboy wasn’t pitching hurt last year). If our pitching starts to click and stays healthy, our true strength, we’re in good shape.

      Best case scenario, Zobrist is out for a couple of weeks. We weren’t scoring much with him in the line-up anyway. Losing him defensively is huge–he is a good defender and his versatility is very valuable.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Fortunately the floating devil carpets have their usual array of utility 2nd base types, and Forsythe and S-Rod will no doubt fill in admirably. A little less defense, a little more power.

      • hittfamily - May 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I’m still very optimistic about this year, record be da#ned. Bedard has been great! Ramos will go back to the pen, and Cobb will take his spot. I don’t know what happens to Hellickson if Bedard keeps this up. The offense has been hit or miss at times, but Loney is on fire, Dejesus is on fire, and Jennings is finally living up to his potential. Longo and Myers’ bats will come around. Neither will end up with homers in the teens.

        I also heard they won’t be putting Zobrist on the DL, which is great. Maybe that means no ligament damage? I feel more confident in this team than have about any team since 2010.

      • unclemosesgreen - May 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        How did Zobrist manage to hurt himself so badly there? Dude must be fragile.

  14. Eutaw's Finest - May 15, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I am befuddled by the O’s offense these days. Despite a 5-run inning last night aside, you’re talking 2 runs over 26 innings in this series. They don’t have a single starter hitting above .300 as of yesterday, and the usual heavy hitters (Jones, Davis, Hardy- yes, Hardy, Machado) can’t seem to hit for power anymore. And while I have zero clue what the issue is, and why 2014 has produced cold bats across the boards (except Wieters and well, it’s hard to help the team from the DL), I have found one common trend as of late that has become a thorn in the O’s side- over aggressive at-bats. I have started counting the number of 1st-pitch outs the O’s have produced recently. They are good for about 4 a game, and I’ve seen as many as 8 in the series against the Twins a few weeks back. That’s disturbing. I understand the occasional hitter is going to hack at the first pitch and occasionally catch it, but you can’t have that many 1st pitch outs in a game. It’s lack of plate discipline and patience. Especially with runners on- yesterday Hardy had 2 on and 1 out, then popped up the first pitch he saw to the catcher and killed the momentum.

    And while I know this is likely a minor issue in the grand scheme of things for the O’s failing offense, it’s been leaving me shaking my head in disgust every game wondering why we are hacking at every first pitch these days.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 15, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      They are swinging at too much junk, not being patient at the plate, and not extending at bats. Machado is hitting below the mendoza line, which is becoming a major cause for concern. Jones swings at EVERYTHING and everyone knows it. Davis has started hitting, but not for power. Cruz and Markakis are currently propping the team on their backs.

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        If you watch (and I’m sure you do) pitchers are staying at the bottom of the strike zone against us, knowing we swing at anything down low. I just don’t understand a) why it’s becoming an issue for the ENTIRE team, and b) why the hitting coach is not addressing the issue and making adjustments with players?

  15. paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Josh Reddick’s new walk up music is Careless Whisper by George Michael.

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v32859103/cwsoak-players-fans-enjoy-reddicks-walkup-music

    • girardisbraces - May 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Guilty feet have got no rhythm….

    • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I wish some of the Cards would change their music to “Born this Way,” “One Love,” “It’s Raining Men,” and stuff like that. I would die laughing.

      • happytwinsfan - May 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        I want the relievers to come in to the Mighty Mouse song.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        I don’t know. The Cardinals seem to take themselves pretty seriously. Joe Kelly would definitely do something like this…but most of the others are pretty straight laced and/or high strung.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Oh, man, that was like a nice fat one over the plate. I will not swing at it. I will not swing at it. I will not swing…

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Jeez, can’t even hit a hanging curve. Disappointing.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Well, that’s the last time I play nice.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Nice = boring.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Oh, please, you’re such a baseball conformist. Men who don’t flip bats don’t get to judge style.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        I’m not a conformist by choice, I just have no natural style or flair.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Poor ‘lions.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        I’m not complaining. It is just true. When younger and not busted, I was quick, athletic, and had a natural economy of motion with great hand eye coordination (which I still have)….but no flair. Flair just doesn’t come natural to me….it is why I always have to be drunk to dance.

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Thank you for the mental pic of you drunk dancing!

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        …and Matheny is better looking than Ausmus!

      • historiophiliac - May 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        In your dreams.

    • APBA Guy - May 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Yeah, it’s a bit of a laugh, but the RF fans are dancing to it, and he says he’ll keep it as long as he’s hitting.

      • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        I think it is fantastic. Baseball should be fun. This is all kinds of fun.

  16. NatsLady - May 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Aaron Hill can field. That is all.

    • Shayna - May 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Come home, Aaron Hill. All is forgiven.

      Sincerely,
      The Blue Jays

  17. dluxxx - May 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    “He’s 28 for 53 in 13 career games at Target Field. In 56 career games against the Twins he’s 75 for 214 with 19 homers and 49 RBI”

    In 455 career games playing for the Twins, Ortiz was 393 for 1477 with 58 homers and 238 RBI. Then he went to Boston where they didn’t ask him to “hit like a little bitch” and he became a superstar. And I’m reminded of it every time I see a highlight of him. I love me some Big Papi, but I also hate me some Big Papi. Those numbers say more about the Twins organizational philosophy on “using the whole field” than it does about Ortiz’s early career numbers pre-Boston.

    • dluxxx - May 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      But! The Twins have a chance to win another series this afternoon, and with the collapse of Correia that we all knew was coming, I think there’s a good chance we see Meyer earlier than most expected.

      • happytwinsfan - May 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        maybe in two or three weeks. If they wait to June, his major league service clock doesn’t start ticking until something, sort of like my alarm clock.

        What’s this lamp shade doing here?

    • Cris E - May 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      He’s always played well against the Twins, but selecting the Target Field days as some sort of meaningful era is not useful. The Twins have sucked massive pipe in three of the four years they’ve played at Target field, and much of the trouble has been on the pitching staff.

      The thing about Ortiz back when MIN went cheap and BOS took a flyer on him was that he wasn’t some lead pipe cinch to succeed. He was a big guy that could hit the ball hard, but there were issues and he was looking for a payday. I think they chose wrong when the Twins picked Doug M over an actual slugger, but BOS signed Jeremy Giambi and Dave Nilsson the same week they picked up Ortiz, so to a certain extent they were just casting a wide net and seeing what was going to work.

  18. sportsdrenched - May 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    In addition to Moustakas having a game. Jason Vargas deemed by many to be Irvin Santana’s replacement, struck out 8 over 6 2/3 IP, and had the Rockies off balance until Drew Stubbs took him deep.

    Now we’ll see about these Orioles. Who the Royals took 2 of 3 from in Baltimore a few weeks back.

  19. APBA Guy - May 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    The A’s bullpen tossed out their 8th blown save in 15 tries yesterday afternoon in 90 degree weather. As Craig reported about AT & T, the ball carries better when it’s hot at the Mausoleum, like at most parks, but the pitchers were terrific at keeping runners off base so the A’s two solo shots put them ahead 2-1 until Abreu-who needs no weather related distance enhancement-took one off the ankles and into the stands in laser-like fashion.

    Probably a better barometer of how much the hot weather affects the ball was Pence’s HR to right center yesterday. Pence isn’t Abreu, but the shot he hit was OVER triples alley, something I haven’t seen since the days of Bonds. I’ve watched BP at AT&T, and the Giants work on pulling the ball so they have a chance to hit it out to right, because normally, anything to right center is either caught or a double/triple. Pence dispensed with all that, and even Crawford carried one into the cove on the fly. We’ve had a lot of warm weather out here early this year, so this may be a sign of things to come for the Gigantes and their opponents.

  20. Gamera the Brave - May 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Otisburg?
    OTISBURG?!?!?

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