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  1. #121
    Quote Originally Posted by rasputin View Post
    ...The guy is in WAY over his head. He manages as if he's never seen a baseball game.
    Too bad you don't have a series scheduled with the Tigs this year. We're super beatable. Although that home-run-a-palooza that you sat through last night was pretty freakish.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  2. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by rasputin View Post
    My Cardinals are reeling, and the manager is clueless. ...
    The guy is in WAY over his head. He manages as if he's never seen a baseball game.
    The guy with a .562 career winning percentage as a manager? I do think managing a baseball game is not rocket science, but if Matheny is utterly incompetent, he's been faking competence pretty well for a number of years.

  3. #123
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke79UNLV77 View Post
    The guy with a .562 career winning percentage as a manager? I do think managing a baseball game is not rocket science, but if Matheny is utterly incompetent, he's been faking competence pretty well for a number of years.
    In 2012, with no experience as a manager at any level, he was handed the keys to the team that had just won the World Series. He has had VERY good players during this stretch, and has largely wasted them. Anybody could have had a .562 percentage with the horses Matheny has had.

  4. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by rasputin View Post
    In 2012, with no experience as a manager at any level, he was handed the keys to the team that had just won the World Series. He has had VERY good players during this stretch, and has largely wasted them. Anybody could have had a .562 percentage with the horses Matheny has had.
    Yes but my contract would have included a "not wearing stl logo gear" clause. That was a big sticking point but I refused to give in.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  5. #125
    So, back to reality.

    Anybody in the market for some aging, flailing stars? We've got several on that card table over by the garage door and there is another pile near the "25 cents" sign.

    Just about everybody is gathering moving boxes in Detroit. With the possible exceptions of Iglesias and Fulmer, U-Haul might have some busy phone lines soon.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

  6. #126
    Can't help myself -- I have to give some love to Aaron Judge and the Baby Bombers.

    After Sunday, he leads the AL in batting (.344), in home runs (21), in RBIs (47), in total bases (125), in walks(38), in OBP (.450) in SLUG (.718) and in OPS (1.168).

    I know it's just 60 games, but that's a solid chunk of the season, so it's not like just a hot streak.

    There is more -- Judge has hit the longest home run ever officially measured (496 feet) and the five hardest hit balls (by exit velocity) this season.

    He's the best of the Baby Bombers -- although 24 year old catcher Gary Sanchez is getting hot after missing a month with injuries. The third Baby Bomber, Greg Bird, hac a great spring, but has been hurt almost all season, so far. He's due to come off the DL in late June.

    Backing up the Baby Bombers are the three "Teen Age" Bombers -- Hicks, Castro and Gregorious -- all 27-year-olds having fabulous years and the two Aging Bombers -- Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner.

    They've helped New York to a four-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

    That said, I'm still not predicting the division title. We have four starters who have been solid, but our expected ace, Tanaka, has been terrible. We're getting little from third and first base. We've been without Chapman for the last two weeks (although he's due to return at the end of this week).

    We start a West Coast road trip tonight (with Tanaka starting at the Angels). We'll see how we stand after that trip. For now, I'm enjoying the ride and especially celebrating Judge and Sanchez.

    It's been a good two months for Yankee fans.

  7. #127
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympic Fan View Post
    Can't help myself -- I have to give some love to Aaron Judge and the Baby Bombers.

    After Sunday, he leads the AL in batting (.344), in home runs (21), in RBIs (47), in total bases (125), in walks(38), in OBP (.450) in SLUG (.718) and in OPS (1.168).

    I know it's just 60 games, but that's a solid chunk of the season, so it's not like just a hot streak.

    There is more -- Judge has hit the longest home run ever officially measured (496 feet) and the five hardest hit balls (by exit velocity) this season.

    He's the best of the Baby Bombers -- although 24 year old catcher Gary Sanchez is getting hot after missing a month with injuries. The third Baby Bomber, Greg Bird, hac a great spring, but has been hurt almost all season, so far. He's due to come off the DL in late June.

    Backing up the Baby Bombers are the three "Teen Age" Bombers -- Hicks, Castro and Gregorious -- all 27-year-olds having fabulous years and the two Aging Bombers -- Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner.

    They've helped New York to a four-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

    That said, I'm still not predicting the division title. We have four starters who have been solid, but our expected ace, Tanaka, has been terrible. We're getting little from third and first base. We've been without Chapman for the last two weeks (although he's due to return at the end of this week).

    We start a West Coast road trip tonight (with Tanaka starting at the Angels). We'll see how we stand after that trip. For now, I'm enjoying the ride and especially celebrating Judge and Sanchez.

    It's been a good two months for Yankee fans.
    FWIW, Girardi said that Ellsbury would be the fourth outfielder when he comes off the DL. Hicks has been that good.

    But, yes, an ace would be nice.

  8. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympic Fan View Post
    Can't help myself -- I have to give some love to Aaron Judge and the Baby Bombers.

    After Sunday, he leads the AL in batting (.344), in home runs (21), in RBIs (47), in total bases (125), in walks(38), in OBP (.450) in SLUG (.718) and in OPS (1.168).

    I know it's just 60 games, but that's a solid chunk of the season, so it's not like just a hot streak.

    There is more -- Judge has hit the longest home run ever officially measured (496 feet) and the five hardest hit balls (by exit velocity) this season.

    He's the best of the Baby Bombers -- although 24 year old catcher Gary Sanchez is getting hot after missing a month with injuries. The third Baby Bomber, Greg Bird, hac a great spring, but has been hurt almost all season, so far. He's due to come off the DL in late June.

    Backing up the Baby Bombers are the three "Teen Age" Bombers -- Hicks, Castro and Gregorious -- all 27-year-olds having fabulous years and the two Aging Bombers -- Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner.

    They've helped New York to a four-game lead over Boston in the AL East.

    That said, I'm still not predicting the division title. We have four starters who have been solid, but our expected ace, Tanaka, has been terrible. We're getting little from third and first base. We've been without Chapman for the last two weeks (although he's due to return at the end of this week).

    We start a West Coast road trip tonight (with Tanaka starting at the Angels). We'll see how we stand after that trip. For now, I'm enjoying the ride and especially celebrating Judge and Sanchez.

    It's been a good two months for Yankee fans.
    Agree with all above. And for Judge to be compared to Jeeeta as regards maturity, attitide and work ethic by the local media is saying quite a bit.

    I'm glad that the Mets are reawakening and DeGrom may be back to where he should be. But of course Ces is hurt again.

  9. #129
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    FWIW, Girardi said that Ellsbury would be the fourth outfielder when he comes off the DL. Hicks has been that good.

    But, yes, an ace would be nice.
    Severino may be becoming an ace right now.

    Judge did it again last night and Tanaka looked like himself. His splitter was darting out of the strike zone and making hitters swing and miss. If he is 90% of his expected self, the Yankees can win the division and compete with the Red Sox, Astros, Cubs, Nats and Dodgers. Yes, it's only 60 games but they have the highest OPS and the lowest ERA in the AL. That translates to the best run differential in the majors. If Bird hits like he did in the spring and they bring up Torres, they may solve their corner infield issues.

    I think this team is for real.

  10. #130
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    Ugh, been painful to watch the Nats the past week - the bullpen collapses continue unabated.

    A two-run lead in the 9th apparently is far from safe this year!


    Although biggest stomach punch was the last game vs. the Dodgers, where the following sequence happened (tied 1-1 midgame):

    - Strasburg throws a 3rd strike for a 3rd out, but pitch is in the dirt, and runner steals first
    - Another wild pitch and runner steals 2nd (so free 180 feet after inning should be over)
    - Next batter drives that runner in, Dodgers go up 2-1
    - Nats lead off next inning with triple. So runner on 3rd, 0 outs... you'd think they would score, right??
    - After a strikeout, pitcher luckily catches a hot comebacker and gets the man on 3rd in a rundown.
    - Nats lose 2-1.
    A text without a context is a pretext.

  11. #131
    I knew it was coming at some point -- the Yankees hit a rough stretch on the West Coast, losing six straight to the Angels and A's.

    The slide allowed Boston to move into a virtual tie for first. The Yankees are actually .002 ahead of the Sox, but Boston plays at Kansas City tonight while the Yankees are off, so the Red Sox can seize the lead.

    It's not like my Yankees are playing that badly -- the six losses were by a total of nine runs.

    But New York starts a short homestand Tuesday and need to get back on track.

  12. #132
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympic Fan View Post
    I knew it was coming at some point -- the Yankees hit a rough stretch on the West Coast, losing six straight to the Angels and A's.

    The slide allowed Boston to move into a virtual tie for first. The Yankees are actually .002 ahead of the Sox, but Boston plays at Kansas City tonight while the Yankees are off, so the Red Sox can seize the lead.

    It's not like my Yankees are playing that badly -- the six losses were by a total of nine runs.

    But New York starts a short homestand Tuesday and need to get back on track.
    Bound to happen, but you've been playing with house money. Any of my Yankee fan friends here would have been thrilled at this position when the season started. The quick "jelling" may have raised expectations sooner than warranted, but still a good season (and a year or two ahead of when it was anticipated by most, I think).

    On the other hand, my Mets...I had no expectations and they are being fulfilled. This injury thing is killing us (although all teams have it). I am deja vu'ing our BB season last year (although the Mets never had the expectations we had...)

    Can't wait for football...oh wait, I'm a Jets fan. (I take that back!)

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