2012 MLB Season Discussion: Off-Season

Whee, afternoon baseball. Rays win in 11 on a double by BJ Upton!

Stele wrote:

Whee, afternoon baseball. Rays win in 11 on a double by BJ Upton! :cool:

I hate BJ Upton.

You would have loved this drunk guy at last week's game then...

Gimme a B.
Gimme a J.
What's that spell?
BJ!

It was hilarious because I don't think he was sober enough to spell any other names.

Madness last night in Boston. Luke Scott hit, after the first pitch went behind him and another crowded him off the plate. Both benches cleared, a lot of words exchanged. More after the game, from both coaches and players.

Looks like the recap has changed now on ESPN but the article I read on my phone last night post-game seemed to imply the blame was probably from Boston pitching coaches or something. Still a big kerfluffle about Luke Scott calling Fenway a "dump" a month or so back, when it was celebrating it's 100th year.

Anyway, the game until that point was great. Grand Slam for the Rays... and later back to back home runs. Got their 7 runs quick and held on to win.

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Yes! Rays win the series with Boston and are tied for first again with Baltimore.

The Blue Jays pitching staff decided to take the weekend off. The results: giving up 14, 9, and 12 runs. Awesome. Our bullpen is utterly exhausted going into a week without rest.... not good.

After getting swept by the Blue Jays, at least one Orioles player - last night's losing pitcher, Jason Hammel - has dredged up the old accusation that the Blue Jays have someone helping them out with pitch identification:

Hammel went on to suggest that the Blue Jays' hitters were getting some outside help because of the way they attacked his offspeed offerings.

"They were taking some pretty big hacks on my breaking stuff, too, which leads me to believe something else," said Hammel, who lost for the first time in May. "The swings they were taking on the breaking stuff was pretty amazing to me. I don't think you can take swings like that, not knowing they're coming. I don't know, that's all I can say. ... There's rumors and things like that, I don't know. I can't speak on that, but they were taking very, very strong hacks on breaking stuff. It's something I've never seen before."

The Blue Jays were accused last season of having someone from the outfield seats tip off pitches to the hitters. It was strongly denied, but it became enough of a story that general manager Alex Anthopoulos called a news conference to address the situation.

Hammel gave up four homeruns last night.... all on fastballs. If Hammel wants to know why the Jays are taking big hacks at offspeed pitches (and missing a lot!) he has to look no further than a lack of plate discipline and a tendency towards over-aggression that has plagued the team at times this year. Maybe he should have thrown more offspeed pitches and less poorly located fastballs last night.

At least the Os getting swept matched up nicely with the Rays getting swept.

Things got a little chippy with the Rays-W.Sox yesterday. There was a very dirty slide the night before with Pierzynski trying to take out Zobrist at 2nd. And I think the Rays retaliated, hitting him with a pitch in the 3rd. And then Jose Quintana threw a wild one behind Zobrist in the 4th, and immediately got tossed.

Trophy Husband wrote:

NL and AL East races could be amazing this year. All teams in both dividion are over .500 and first and last place are seperated by three games or fewer.

And three of the big payroll teams (Yankees, Boston and Phillies) are sitting below 2nd. Granted, Boston and Philly have been decimated by the injury bug. The Eastern teams are in big trouble if/when they get healthy.

NL and AL East races could be amazing this year. All teams in both divisions are over .500 and first and last place are seperated by three games or fewer.

This is really sad. Hate messages against his wife? Really? People really need to get over themselves, it's a sport.

Besides, Milwaukee should be used to losing by now
(Just kidding, I have nothing bad to say about Milwaukee and their cheating outfielder)
(Kidding again, atleast they were able to re-sign Prince Fielder last year)

Well done Red Sox! Finally out of the cellar. Let's hear it for the future manager of the year Bobby Valentine!

AndrewA wrote:
brouhaha wrote:

Well done Red Sox! Finally out of the cellar. Let's hear it for the future manager of the year Bobby Valentine! :)

The cellar in the AL East has a better than .500 record. Crazy division. Hopefully the Six will be back there later today - Daniel Bard managed to give up 5 runs on 1 hit (a two run homer)

I love how it's 2.5 games that separate them all. Honestly, I hope it stays this somewhat close all year. Here's last year's standings (as of today) compared with now; slightly better all around:

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Yeah, Bard single handedly lost that for them. Hutchison certainly kept the sox in check......relief was lights out. That'll win games! Day off tomorrow for the sox then a six-game homestand starting with the Orioles.

Rays back on top after solid 8-4 win over the Orioles, despite having 6 hits to their 12. Mostly thanks to 3 errors and some timely walks right before hits.

If Texas would lose today we could be back on top of the AL overall.

brouhaha wrote:

Well done Red Sox! Finally out of the cellar. Let's hear it for the future manager of the year Bobby Valentine! :)

The cellar in the AL East has a better than .500 record. Crazy division. Hopefully the Sox will be back there later today - Daniel Bard managed to give up 5 runs on 1 hit (a two run homer)

Hey, this happened (with some controversy)!

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The Mets never do anything normally. But what a great night.

Kyle Lohse cruising through 6 innings today, 3Ks, 2H, 0BB, 1ER. In a 2-1 game, top of the 7th, bases loaded, no outs, Matheny pinch hits for Lohse, who has only thrown 76 pitches. PH strikes out, but the Cards get a run before the inning is over.

Cardinals give up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 7th.

I hope the Cardinals go on a 30-game losing streak, and they fire Matheny. The way they've been playing, they're about halfway there.

(Of course, Allen Craig just hit a 2-run HR, but that doesn't give Lohse and my fantasy baseball team a win, now does it?)

The Cards are mess right now. It will be interesting to see how Matheny manages their way out of it.

Slumberland wrote:

Hey, this happened (with some controversy)!

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The Mets never do anything normally. But what a great night.

He went over 100 pitches. He'll be on the DL within a week.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
Slumberland wrote:

Hey, this happened (with some controversy)!

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The Mets never do anything normally. But what a great night.

He went over 100 pitches. He'll be on the DL within a week.

Worth it.

Kush15 wrote:

Kyle Lohse cruising through 6 innings today, 3Ks, 2H, 0BB, 1ER. In a 2-1 game, top of the 7th, bases loaded, no outs, Matheny pinch hits for Lohse, who has only thrown 76 pitches. PH strikes out, but the Cards get a run before the inning is over.

Cardinals give up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 7th.

I hope the Cardinals go on a 30-game losing streak, and they fire Matheny. The way they've been playing, they're about halfway there.

(Of course, Allen Craig just hit a 2-run HR, but that doesn't give Lohse and my fantasy baseball team a win, now does it?)

I thought i should let you know that my fantasy league counts holds, so I have three middle relievers that I also try to get bonus K''s from. One of them is Mark Rzepczynski.

I tell you this because he got the W today.

Woo. Rays sweep the Marlins.

Stele wrote:

Woo. Rays sweep the Marlins.

Woot! Hate that the Yankees are right up there near the top though

True. But I didn't expect them to stay down all season.

The thing that makes me feel great about the Rays is we're still doing it, with Longoria injured. And he was coming up big early in the season with clutch RBIs. But if we can hang around the top 2-3 spots without him for a while, I think we'll still have a good chance to win the division.

The Blue Jays are cooked. They just lost two starting pitchers in three days - one a legitimate ace in Brandon Morrow. Combined with a terrible bullpen (again - ugh), that will pretty much ruin the fading playoff hopes, I think.

f*cking Mets. 11-2 last night and 9-1 tonight over the Rays.

Stele wrote:

f*cking Mets. 11-2 last night and 9-1 tonight over the Rays. :shock:

And RA Dickey set the franchise scoreless streak in the process, while throwing a one-hitter.

Woohoo Matty Cain! Just got home from the park and Cain's perfecto!