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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Aug 21, 2014, 7:11 AM EDT

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Nationals 3, Diamondbacks 2: Yet another win for the Nationals. Their ninth in a row. Yet another walkoff. Fourth in five games, I think. Anthony Rendon hit the single that scored Bryce Harper in the ninth. Afterwards Harper described the Nats current run: “It’s absolutely epic. That’s the best word I can put out there.” Isn’t that two words? Ah, forget it, he’s rolling.

Tigers 6, Rays 0: A good way to test to see how close attention someone is paying to the Tigers is to ask them who their best pitcher and best hitter have been this season. If they don’t say Rick Porcello and Victor Martinez, they haven’t been paying attention. Porcello tosses a three-hit shutout for his 14th victory and Martinez drove in five.

Rangers 5, Marlins 4: Nick Martinez allowed two runs over six innings and got the win in front of what, for him anyway, was a hometown crowd. After the game he said that it was a big deal winning in Miami because he “grew up watching” the Marlins. I realize the math works out and that I’m an old fart and everything, but it’s hard for me to get my head around anyone growing up watching a team that, to me anyway, feels like it just showed up yesterday. I suppose people in their 50s feel the same way when I talk about growing up watching the Blue Jays come play the Tigers and stuff. Time marches on, though.

Blue Jays 9, Brewers 5: Milwaukee had a five game winning streak of its own snapped. Jose Bautista had a three-run homer in a five-run sixth inning. Here is Brewers manager Ron Roenicke describing the Jays scoring those six and Carlos Gomez hitting a two-run homer to pull Milwaukee closer:

“So tough inning, you know we come back and Gomey gets the two points and we get a little closer, and we give up another homer.

I’m not sure if I’m more disturbed by the “two points” or the “Gomey,” really.

Indians 5, Twins 0: Five Indians pitchers, led by T.J. House, combined to shut out Minnesota on six hits. For whatever reason I get all the Indians transaction news sent directly to me from their front office — I guess I got on the right mailing list a couple of years back — so I see every little option and purchased contract they do, even if it’s not at all newsworthy to most people. Four of the five pitchers in this one — House, C.C. Lee, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Shaw — are regularly featured in those, to the point where I actually spend a lot of time worrying about them. Wondering if they get bored or lonely driving up and down I-71 all the time. Wondering where they live when they’re going back and forth like that all the time. Good to see them go all Voltron like this for a night.

Pirates 3, Braves 2: Atlanta’s five game winning streak comes to an end and Pittsburgh’s seven game losing streak halts at the same time. The winning run came around in part to Justin Upton dropping a routine fly ball. The Upton giveth on Tuesday, taketh away on Wednesday.

Phillies 4, Mariners 3: Cole Hamels has lost a lot when he’s pitched well. Yesterday he won when he didn’t have his best stuff. He probably deserves that more than anyone.

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Mets 8, Athletics 5Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer. He has hit a LOT of homers in the past couple of months. The Mets and A’s split two. Remember a few years back when there were two-game series all the damn time? God, I hated that. Sometimes it’s good to remember that not everything baseball does is aggravating. Sometimes they fix the aggravating things they did before. In baseball, that’s vision.

Padres 4, Dodgers 1: Eric Stults won and said that he “executed pitches better” than he had. After the Mariners-Phillies game, James Paxton said “I probably could’ve executed pitches a little bit better.” I wish I had the technology to keep a running count for terms like that after games. I think they come and go in cycles. We’re in a big “executing pitches” era these days. It has surpassed “make pitches” by quite a margin, I think.

Rockies 5, Royals 2: The Royals lead in the Central drops to one thanks in part to a Matt McBride grand slam. Not bad for a guy who just got called up a couple of days ago. McBride doesn’t even get a chance to bat that inning if it wasn’t for a Christian Colon error at third that should’ve been out number three.

Giants 8, Cubs 3: First they win the protest over Tuesday night’s washout then they win the game. Not a bad day for San Francisco. Of course, commenters told me all day yesterday that the Cubs grounds crew made no mistake worth noting, so how they won the protest is beyond me. Oh, wait:

Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use.  As a result, the groundskeeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened.

Nope, no one screwed up there.

Cardinals 7, Reds 3: The Cards got to Johnny Cueto for five runs in five and Lance Lynn was solid. The Cards have won eight of nine and are almost singlehandedly bringing respectability to the NL Wild Card race. Someone’s gotta.

Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Nelson Cruz took the MLB lead in homers with his 33rd as the O’s sweep the Chisox. The O’s hit three homers in all off Hector Noesi. They lead all of baseball in bombs.

Astros 5, Yankees 2: I probably follow a disproportionate number of Yankees fans on Twitter for whatever reason. And Yankees fans — or these Yankees fans, not sure which — probably gave the Astros disproportionate criticism for all that “2017 World Series champs!” and front office hype that they were getting a little while back. As such, watching them come to grips with the Astros beating the Yankees all the damn time recently has been somewhat amusing. Four of five on the season for Houston. Now: let us see whether the talk about the Yankees still being in the playoff hunt abates any. Because dudes, if Houston is eating your lunch, you’re not a playoff team.

Angels 8, Red Sox 3: A win, yes, but losing Garrett Richards, almost certainly for the season, is a huge, huge blow for the Angels. Josh Hamilton had three RBI. Right now it’d be better if he could throw 98 miles per hour, because the Angels are going to need that way more in the season’s final month and change.


  1. goskinsvt - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Raise your hand if you had the O’s 9 games up at this point in the season…? Put your hand down you liar.

    • southpaw2k - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      I did pick the Orioles to win the AL East this year back in March, but at no time did I expect them to be 9 games up in the division.

      I sure as feces am not complaining, though.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Funny you say that, I was looking back at preseason predictions yesterday and I think I saw MAYBE 2 national writers pick the O’s. And that was between NBC Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and a few others. The vast majority had the O’s in the cellar or 4th place. Before the season started Vegas had the O’s at 40-1 odds to win the WS. They are currently at 10/1 which is good for 6th best behind A’s, Angels, Nats, Tigers, Dodgers. And we could pick it apart saying that the O’s are playing better AND have a better record than the Tigers, Dodgers and Nats (well… can’t play better than 9 in a row with the Nats right now) but I’ll save my breath.

      • nvl004 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        Still a lot of time to blow it. If you wanna crown em, crown em.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Oh no no no- I am not crowning them yet at all. I need to see Manny come back healthy, Davis show up on occasion and no more injuries to occur. If they can stay healthy? I’m not afraid of any particular AL team at all. That being said, we need to handle our division first and foremost then worry about the finish line.

    • ripwarrior - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I put 100 on them before the season started to win the east. Hooping they stay on top so I can collect 400 from my bet.

      • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        4:1 odds? Seems low. The Sawx were coming off a WS, the Rays have won 90 games 5 of 6 years, the Yankees re loaded with Ells, McCann, Tanaka, and a healthy Tex, and the Jays got healthy.

        I don’t think I’d have taken 8:1, but that’s why Vegas always wins.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      I had them winning the Wild Card. I was sure the Rays were going to win the division, so you can see how brilliant I am.

  2. greej1938l - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    I need too stop reading these. Get pissed off everytime

  3. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Why isn’t it SOP to unwind and rewrap the tarp after every use? It is here. They wait until after the game and spend ten minutes doing, y’know, their job.

    • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      My neighbor has ivy growing on his walls, just like at Wrigley. I’m kind of shocked that they don’t have random tires laying in the bullpen, and a rusted El Camino parked on the warning track. The lack of tarp folding doesn’t surprise me at all.

      • karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:58 AM

        Of all the Chicago Cubby things that have ever happened, this is the Chicago Cubbiest.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        If the engine is rebuildable, I’ll take the El Camino off their hands.

  4. trbmb - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    The clock ticks louder for the brilliant Yankee GM, the Cashboy. Cash delivery by Cashboy didn’t work this year.

  5. janessa31888 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Our two former Blue Jays are doing very well right now. Tuesday it was Yan Gomes and yesterday Mike Aviles providing The big hits. Bless you, Toronto.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Aviles never played for the Jays as they got him in trade for Farrell; however, I am happy that Gomes has found a home. In the trade for Gomes and Aviles, the Jays got Esmil Rogers. Rogers proved to be erratic. Fortunately, the Yankees claimed him and last night, Rogers helped the Yankees lose to Houston.

      • janessa31888 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        Yan has become my new favorite player after Justin’s departure. Emil Rogers was such a nightmare. I was amazed CA was able to get anything for him.

  6. hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I went to the Rays game last night. The game sucked. I really logged on to vent. They took away my dad’s pocket knife. That really pissed us off. It’s only a $20 knife, but the absurdity of the whole thing has gotten out of hand. Guns’s, grenades, and the like I encourage people to leave at home, but a tiny folding knife? It was the smallest swiss army knife you can buy. Pretty much the only thing he uses it for is the tooth pick. You can get on an airplane with it, but don’t try to go see a Rays game with such a killing device in your pocket. No really, TSA allows it!

    The dumbest thing is that 40 feet after the checkpoint, you can buy a game used baseball bat and as many beers as you want. So MLB will take away a 75 year old man’s toothpick toting, 1.5″ bladed knife, then sell him a 3 foot long club and make sure he gets nice and liquored up while toting it around. I’d be more afraid of a guy with a sharp pencil, than a guy with a 1.5″ knife. Oh well, what’s done is done.

    Speaking of sharp pencils: We actually had great seats. 15 rows up behind home plate. What was weird to me, and other’s might know the answer, is that we were surrounded by scouts. We counted 27 men with briefcases, clipboards and stop watches. Why? The trading deadline already passed. Anyone have any guesses?

    • someguyinva - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      The non-waiver trading deadline passed. Players can still be traded through August 31 if they clear waivers first, and most players are placed on revocable waivers during the month of August.

      • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        I know that, but the Rays only have 4 players making more than 5 mil. Longo, Zobrist, Balfour, and Heath Bell. Longo and Zobrist would never pass through waivers, and Balfour is awful, and would never be traded for. Bell, well, you better be a bar tender if you want to watch his fat ass.

        I assume no other Ray other than Balfour, and possibly Molina, would pass through waivers. And the Tigers aren’t trading anyone off their current roster either. The best guess I had was that these were rival scouts watching Porcello. They probably neglected to scout him much, thinking that he would never make a post season roster, then he suddenly becomes Detroits best pitcher.

      • someguyinva - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM


        Can’t scout them during the Hot Stove season, so might as well build up a library on them now?

    • camdenyard - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      LOL – thanks for the visualization “sell him a 3 foot long club and make sure he gets nice and liquored up while toting it around”

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      As a conceal & carry knife owner….gotta leave that thing in the car…except when you’re looking for a new knife. Then it’s an excuse to get an upgrade because your old one got confiscated.

      • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        It’s not a weapon any more than a shoelace is though. If I am fighting for my life, and you offer me a bat (which they sell), a used champagne bottle (which they sell), a good freshly sharpened pencil (which they sell), or an inch and a half blade on a non locking handle which can’t be gripped, I choose the knife last every single time. It’s not enough of a weapon for TSA to consider it a weapon, so the Rays should not consider it one either. At least if they continue to sell baseball bats.

    • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      You can poke someone’s eye with a 1.5″ knife! Seriously, it sounds like security was a little overzealous. As a woman, I usually have no problems sneaking stuff into the stadium. I just hide it behind some tampons in my purse and use a line with a man checking. I could probably bring a fully loaded AK47 into the stadium if I hid it behind some tampons in my purse.

      I’m guessing they are scouting for the post-season.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Totally sick-making self-congratulation. You had no idea what actually went wrong with the tarp in Chicago and you still don’t know what the heck you’re talking about. You assured us all that the protest had no chance at all, and yet still you show up the next day to pat your own self on the back.

    At least Clown Fingers managed to edit this ATH. Nice work.

    It’s not the horrible editing, CF. It’s the puerile name-calling. Calling grown men “Clown Shoes.” It’s about calling Tony Randazzo “a big friggin’ baby who probably doesn’t have any business umpiring at the major league level.”

    It’s about being so thin-skinned and weak-minded that you told me to seek anger management therapy for daring to disagree with your adolescent ranting.

    If you’re going to stand up here throwing haymakers at everyone without regard for the truth or common decency, you should at least be able to take criticism.

    • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Who is CF?

      • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        Craig Ferguson maybe? Calcaterra wants robot umps, and Ferguson talks to a robot sidekick, so I get the confusion.

      • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        Maybe it’s not a typo? Maybe CF is Clown Fingers, aka, CC?

        So it’s either horrible editing or puerile name-calling. Got it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        CF = Clown Fingers = Craig

      • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        So you’re going with peurile name-calling (“Clown Fingers”) in a post complaining about peurile name-calling (“Clown Shoes”). Not impressive. Not even original.

    • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      What’s your deal with this story? Are you the union steward of the groundskeeping lobby? Craig gave his opinion that the groundscrew did not do its job correctly, and that it was their fault that the game was called. MLB said the same thing.

      Don’t be so grumpy. It’ll give you wrinkles.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        That argument was even dumber than your screen name, and that’s saying something.

        It was pretty obvious that something went wrong with the grounds crew, it didn’t take a genius to realize that. I am objecting, and quite clearly for the non reading comprehension challenged, to his puerile and demeaning language in going after them. Then I was going after his ridiculous posing as some kind of expert on what went wrong and when.

        When something goes that wrong, there’s usually a lot of blame to go around. Mother Nature, the umps who didn’t get the players off of the field earlier, the head grounds keeper who didn’t notice that the tarp was mis-rolled and didn’t have it re-rolled … but rather than wait for the inevitable post-mortem, Craig vehemently went after the guys pulling the tarp.

        He was a dick, got called on it, and then quadrupled-down on his dickishness, just so nobody would miss the point that he is a dick.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        “Got called on it” = you called me a dick. But give yourself as much authority as you’d like.

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        I think the anger management recommendation from yesterday would be a healthy choice.

      • whatacrocker - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        While I don’t love unclemosesgreen’s methods in pointing it out, I will say that I agree that there’s been a little bit of an unpleasant edge to some of CC’s posts this week. And, even more so, to some of his comments in the comments section. Not sure what the deal is, but even before I read the extended Cubs tarp rain delay debate yesterday, I said to myself a couple of times, “Hm, that’s a bit uncharacteristically harsh/brusque.”

        Also, once I DID read the commentary on the Cubs fiasco, I kinda began to agree that it was poor form to pile on the Cubs’ grounds crew. These guys do a not terribly glamorous job for presumably not a LOT of pay (at least, the ones that aren’t the head groundskeeper), and they obviously get it right 99% of the time. It does seem like a cheap shot to call them out like that, like attacking a nurse who makes a mistake, or a paralegal, or a copy editor.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Shouldn’t you be marketing exotic derivatives to people at a severe information disadvantage or something?

        Get back to ruining the economy, and come up with a better, less infantile screen name.

        What do you think your clients would think about taking your advice if they knew you were such a little internet troll?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      You spout off in pretty apparent emotional anger at typos quite often and I’m the one who is thin-skinned and weak minded? OK. You go with that, dear.

      • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        Relax, Craig. We got this.

        I’m the first to complain about typos, and the misinformation about where the Indians played their game made the joke about I-71 completely miss its Target (yeah, I did that). However, if Craig’s purpose is to provide a running commentary on dumb things that happen in baseball I’d say he does pretty well at it, even if he’s an occasional participant. That just gives US a chance to comment on dumb things he does. He’s not as smart as he thinks he is. But then, people whose perception of their own IQ matches their actual IQ are out there winning Nobel Prizes, not writing baseball blogs–and probably not reading them, either.

      • Old Gator - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Perhaps a toupee would be the beginning of a solution to Craig’s being called a dick all the time. That, and avoid wearing turtlenecks at all times.

        I mean, it worked for Yul Brynner in The Sound and the Fury.

      • Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Just made my day, Old Gator. Now I can’t get the full-body condom cut-away from Naked Gun outta my noggin.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        No, not at typos, but keep telling yourself that. And keep telling yourself that calling a guy “dear” is some kind of winning way out of an argument.

        And keep demonstrating your weakness, I love it.

        Get therapy. “Dear.” It’s about typos.

        All loser ways out. Also poser ways out. Poser.

  8. karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    With all the megahype given to Strasburg and Harper, Rendon gets overlooked–but he is more responsible for the team’s success this year.

    Tanner Roark also pitched a hell of a game despite not having his best stuff. He’s basically turning into a second Doug Fister right before our eyes.

    • someguyinva - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Rendon’s not completely overlooked. I don’t know if you live in the DC metroplex, but the media here had a few days of fun with this back in May –

    • natstowngreg - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Bottom of the 9th. Kevin Frandsen (starting for Rendon) just singled the walk-off run to 3rd. Pinch-hitter needed. Matt looks down the bench. Hey, Anthony Rendon is available. He should be OK. Stuff like this happens in winning streaks.

      Neither starter was particularly sharp. It took Trevor Cahill to the 3rd before he had thrown more strikes than balls. Both gutted through, to each pitcher’s credit. Once again, the Nats’ bullpen failed; again, in the form of Tyler Clippard. Rafael Soriano showed what a little rest can do; the 9th was his best inning in a while. Tyler needs similar rest.

      There were two points where we, the paid attendance, got particularly excited. One was when the out-of-town scoreboard posted the Braves’ walk-off loss. The other was when Rendon came out of the dugout, bat in hand. Good stuff.

      Bryce Harper was not put on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school kid for his mastery of the English language. Thankfully. My concern is this. Should the Nats happen to find themselves in the World Series, could Young Mr. Harper cope with the extremely, awesomely, radically, totally epic nature of the experience? Or, would his head explode? But seriously, it must be a great deal of fun to be 21 and talented and in the midst of a winning streak.

    • sire2334 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Yeah, I would agree that he’s overlooked nationally but that’s changing. And is far as the “megahype”, it’s tough living up to those expectations regardless of who you are. Both of them look like their back on track though. That being said, how good is Mike Rizzo? Seriously, the guy is like a surgeon knowing the exact tweak to fix a problem. Not only that but he’s set the minors up in a way to give the big club success in the future. This team isn’t going anywhere for a long time and that’s pretty cool for those of us who suffered early.

      • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Mike Rizzo is scary. The fact is that he’s got three useless players on the bench (Taylor, Espinosa and Hairston). Taylor and Espinosa are “defensive” backups who can’t hit, and Hairston is, well, what exactly IS Hairston? Rizzo’s best hitter has played only 53 games (and for about 20 of those games he wasn’t hitting much, due to recovering from a fractured thum). He’s got a rookie manager who was neither a catcher nor a pitcher so he’s learning how to handle a bullpen on the fly (and two guys who might help in the bullpen are on the minor-league DL).

        But, yeah, let’s go ahead and talk about Billy Beane and Dave Dumbrowski, and rank Rizzo as 14th best. Yes, he drafted Stras and Harper. They’re league-average right now. He took a 100-loss team and if the Nats make the playoffs that will be two years of three, and they might have done it last year if three teams hadn’t come out of the NL Central with 90+ wins. (“meaningful September baseball”).

      • karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Dombrowski is STILL looking for his pants and wallet.

  9. tmohr - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Ron Roenicke seems to be channeling Hank Schrader.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Hmm, looking forward to those “Roenickebrau” t-shirts.

  10. historiophiliac - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    The Rays got Rick-rolled! With a V-Mart slam. Eat ’em up, Tigers!

    • philliesblow - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      That was a sweet slam by VMart, especially since the Rays essentially gave Miggy the non-intentional intentional walk. Porcello is now tied for the major league lead with 3 shut outs.

  11. chill1184 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Duda Smash!

  12. hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    So Ben Zobrist is tied for 4th is fWAR, even after a trip to the 15 day DL. He’s 2nd in baseball over the last 5 years behind Miggy, and people still think that the Rays might not pick up his $7.5 mil option next year. I’m looking square at you socraticgadfly.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Please ignore all of SGs opinions about baseball. I never understood the idea that the Rays should or would trade Zobrist with that option for next year….the only reason to trade him would be if they were blown away by a deal if they think he’ll be gone after next year.

    • clydeserra - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      And everyone that needed middle infield or outfield help at the deadline always said “hey what about Zobrist! The rays will give him up cheap!”

  13. ziplock10 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Take a look people!


    Future MVP!

  14. scrot7 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I don’t care how much money Edwin Jackson is making, he is the worst starting pitcher in baseball and should not be on the mound any longer. I don’t pretend to think that the Cubs are going to win anything this year, but for the love of God…..every 5 days we have a guaranteed loss. Enough is enough.

    • hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      The Tigers lost Matt Joyce for Jackson. The Diamondbacks lost Max Scherzer for Jackson. The Cards lost Colby Rasmus for Jackson. The Cubs lost 52 million for Jackson.

      The moral of the story, is your team will always lose by adding Edwin Jackson to it’s roster.

      • spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        …And an unbelievable number of teams have learned that lesson. Who’s next?

    • tmohr - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      On May 17, Jackson beat the Brewers to lower his ERA to 3.98. Since then, he’s thrown 84.2 innings, has a 7.44 ERA, and has an OPS against of .951. As a Cub, his ERA+ is 71.

      Time to cut your losses, Theo.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Two more years at $11 million each. That’s a lot to cut. They’ll have to try something, ANYTHING first. Maybe teach him to throw a knuckle ball, or throw left-handed, or give him a shrubbery, or trade him for a shrubbery.

  15. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    There were more Orioles fans than Chicago fans last night. On tv it sounded like a home game. Really crazy. We are not used to taking over another teams stadium like that. Another good win by the birds and a great performance by O’Day. He’s the hidden team MVP IMO.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      That’s cool. I’m glad O’s fans are showing up in other cities too. But let’s not turn into Red Sox fans and be irritating about it.

      You’re right about O’Day. He has been the hidden MVP for a few years now.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        I just re-read that comment and realized that it sounded like I was calling you “irritating”. That was not my intent. Sorry!

        Go O’s!

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Oh, no I am right there with you. No offense was taken. I fully agree. It’s great we are starting to show up and so far we haven’t been irritating. That is my big concern. I don’t want my guys to turn into Red Sox Nation, and from what I understand O’s fans in Chicago were very well behaved and respectful and basically good matured. Let’s keep it that way Bird Land.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      It’s a heady powerful feeling, isn’t it? That’s how I felt in OPACY in 2008. Also loved the park, loved the downtown area near the park and had a great time, btw.

      All of these things are cyclical, and I’m rooting for your guys to make a serious playoff run. Orioles fans are overdue – I hope that you enjoy the ride.

  16. kalinedrive - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    I think I’d pick Max Scherzer over Rick Porcello, but I only partly pay attention.

    • indaburg - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      For someone who hasn’t been paying attention, you would be right. Although their ERAs and WHIPs are virtually identical at 3.10/1.12 (Porcello) and 3.07/1.13 (Scherzer), Scherzer has been better than Porcello. Scherzer’s xFIP is 3.05. Porcello’s xFIP is 3.68. Also of note is that Scherzer has a higher BABIP (.317) than Porcello. Porcello’s is .277–his career low. His career average is .307.

      • kalinedrive - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Scherzer also has 205 Ks to Porcello’s 100 with only 10 more innings pitched, giving Max a K/9 ratio of 10.48 to Porcello’s 5.44. Strikeouts may be fascist, but they are very unproductive outs and really come in handy in some tight situations.

  17. Old Gator - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Today is another one of those too-craqzy-to-think-crazy minimal posting days but I would like to point out that aside from Eovaldi’s Steve Blass impersonation yesterday, the Feesh’s inability to make routine fielding plays has again cost them a game. Also interessin’ to note is that in their last 38 games they’ve scored three runs or fewer 20 times. So, let the cacaphony of wild card delusions continue. The teams ahead of them would have to collapse collectively like a rain forest ecosystem in a nuclear weenter. Let’s just enjoy all the genuine progress this team has made despite the inherent vice of its loathsome ownership, and savor the Iron Giant as long as we still have him.

    Now, as Ridley said of Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, the Feesh are orf to chase that demon who lives out in the thin air. I’ll be watching to see if the Iron Giant can really get ahold of one in an environment of minimal atmospheric resistance. Yeeee-haaaaa!

  18. fearlessleader - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Lynn was better than “solid” for the Cardinals, allowing zero runs on four hits over seven innings (and he’d have had at least the eighth if not for the rain delay), but the back end of bullpen continues to make things more interesting than necessary. This time, it was chiefly Carlos Martinez’s doing rather than Trevor Rosenthal’s, but if memory serves, that’s five games in a row in which the Cards’ opponents have scored in the ninth inning. It’s not good for the heart, let me tell you.

    • fearlessleader - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Wait, no, I wrote that all wrong—opponents have scored in the ninth in five of the Cards’ last seven games. Somehow they’ve won all five, which means Matheny can keep his head in the sand a bit longer.

  19. spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Not to put a damper on the Nats “epic” run, but they have come at the hands of the Mets, stumbling Pirates, and D-backs. 9 in a row is impressive, but it would be more meaningful if they were like playing better teams.

    • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      No doubt it’s a “soft” part of the schedule (especially with the McCutchen-less Pirates). But that’s when you pile up the wins. At this point no win is more or less “meaningful” than any other. Store up those wins for the days of famine. We have a West Coast road trip coming up (Dodgers and M’s).

    • someguyinva - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Why would it be more meaningful? Aren’t the really good to great teams the ones that sweep series from bad teams, rather than just taking 2 out of 3 from them, or whatever?

      You can only play the team in the other dugout on that day. I can point to the Nats having a winning record this year against the Brewers, Giants, Pirates, and Dodgers, and you can counter with their having a losing record against the Cards, Braves, Angels, O’s, and A’s, and I can counter your counter with “yeah but the Nats were missing some combination of Harper/Ramos/LaRoche/Zimmerman/Fister when they played those guys”, and at the end of the day, we’re both talking about small sample sizes (one or two series, except for games against the Braves) while the Nats have a seven game lead in the NL East.

      It ain’t about how you win your games; it’s how many games you win.

      • spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        It is the “epic” that would be more meaningful. It was a post about the streak. Yes all wins are important, and 9 out of 9 is impressive, but when it comes at the hands of the aforementioned, some of the epicity is reduced.

        Plus no where did I address the “how” you win games, just “who” it was against. Remember 2012. The drumbeats were sounding about the invincibility of the Nats, they stood at 77-46, up by 7, while St. Louis hovered at 66-56, 8 out, and we all remember how that turned out.

      • someguyinva - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Please accept my apologies. I clearly mistook your meaning in the sentence “9 in a row is impressive, but it would be more meaningful if they were like playing better teams.”

  20. Jason Lukehart - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Not that it really matters, but Bryan Shaw hasn’t spent a single day in the minors since the Indians acquired him in the same trade that brought Trevor Bauer to the organization at the end of 2012.

    Lee and Hagadone on the other hand, yeah, they’re getting VERY familiar with the road between Cleveland and Columbus.

  21. clydeserra - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Wow, what a spectacularly bad month for the A’s. I suppose it comes down to the 10 with the Angels.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Watch out for the Mariners. While the A-A’s are going 5-5, there might be something going by them.

  22. officialhintz - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Hamilton can throw 98 actually lol.

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