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Postby Zealot » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:23 pm

It's only for the money. Otherwise, who the fuck would want to play for San Diego?
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Postby Timberwolf » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:20 pm

Zealot wrote:It's only for the money. Otherwise, who the fuck would want to play for San Diego?


:lol: :upsidedownlol:

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Postby Firehawk » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:04 am

Baseball's finally back! Time for another year of frustration and disappointment in Seattle. Even though good god that opening day lineup is potentially terrifying.

Dee Gordon, Jean Segura, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger, Ryon Healy, Mike Zunino, ICHIRO. With Felix Hernandez on the mound.

Maybe I shouldn't get my hopes up, but that lineup has so much potential to do some friggin' damage.

Unfortunately, they're playing the Indians to start the season, so uhhhhhh

EDIT: Aw shit they've scratched Zunino, it's already beginning
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Postby senator » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:03 am

Cubs win today! Ian Happ with a homer off the first pitch of the game, too. I'm happy. Add to that the fact that I picked up Out of the Park Baseball 19 on Steam, and I'm in a good baseball mood.

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Postby Firehawk » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:26 am

I feel Seattle oughta make it a tradition to air this little clip every year on Opening Day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMmEurkA0X0

It's such a good way to start off a season. And with a voice I still deeply miss. No announcer to me will ever match who Dave Niehaus was.
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Postby TigerSword » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:40 am

Adam Jones with an 11th inning walk off home run to give the Orioles the win in their home opener. Not a bad way to start a season.
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Postby 450splash » Sun May 13, 2018 1:52 am

So, how do you folks like the season so far?

I have to admit, I didn't think my Cardinals were going to have a really good season (I was figuring they'd be about .500 like they were last year), but they are doing well so far. My brother is quite the Mets fan, so he loved their quick start, but that seems to be cooling off. I work in DC, so all I ever heard about are the frickin' Nats. Ugh.

By the way, what the F!@#$ is up with the AL Central? Only Cleveland is exactly at .500 and they're in 1st? Total suckage all around. :)
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Postby El Marsh » Sun May 13, 2018 2:31 am

450splash wrote:By the way, what the F!@#$ is up with the AL Central? Only Cleveland is exactly at .500 and they're in 1st? Total suckage all around. :)


Listen here, fucko!
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totally being insincere there :D

The AL Central is undoubtedly the worst division in baseball this year but at least my 4th-place Royals have the "Excuse" of being in year 1 of a longterm roster overhaul. Their best hitters to this point have been Mike Moustakas, Lucas Duda, and Jorge Soler (a guy many thought a lost cause after he struggled both in Chicago and in his first season in KC last year; the Royals gave up all-world closer Wade Davis to acquire him). Moose, Duda, and closer Kelvin Herrera will probably be wearing different uniforms by the end of the season, as might Jon Jay, Alcides Escobar, and Abraham Almonte. As for the rest of the division? Chicago has been "rebuilding" for a decade but still somehow relapsed this year while Detroit held on a bit too long to the core from its reign over the AL Central and their rebuild has yet to really start (and frankly can't really succeed until they find someway to rid themselves of Miguel Cabrera's albatross of a contract. The Indians and Twins really have no excuse since they were both expected to be in the playoff hunt at season's end (which we're not even close to but the start for them both has to be concerning, especially given that the other two divisions have 3 teams each with better records) than first place Cleveland. Personally, I'm just glad that the Royals have been playing so much better over the last two weeks. The first month and a half was......difficult and hearkened back to those years of consecutive 100 loss seasons. This might still be a 100 loss season but if they can at least keep it competitive until they have to sell at the trade deadline, it will at least be enjoyable to watch/listen to (as I do more often than not).

Here's hoping that the Royals draft some great players next month and can get some good returns for Moose and Herrera and maybe another moveable piece for Duda (a classic, low average, high strikeout, good HR number power hitter).

I would comment on the rest of baseball but I'd be here all night if I did. :lol:
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Postby Timberwolf » Tue May 22, 2018 5:40 pm

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450splash wrote:By the way, what the F!@#$ is up with the AL Central? Only Cleveland is exactly at .500 and they're in 1st? Total suckage all around. :)
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Marsh, I think your KC Royals still has a shot of winning the division :lol:

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Postby Firehawk » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:26 pm

I'm still in a bit of a state. The Mariners are probably better than they've been in 17 years, at least so far, and yet they're still only half a game up on Houston, because the Astros are ALSO insanely good this year. After so many years of frustration with Seattle, finally seeing the team doing well is something I'm far from prepared for... but, I'm still bracing myself for the moment things go to shit.

The Angels are also getting exposed pretty badly in this current series. They're completely a one-man team (especially with Ohtani likely out for the rest of the season). Pujols is long since past his prime, and there really aren't any other exceptional players on the team anymore. It's a wonder they're managing to hold over .500.

The Angels/Mariners series going the last couple of days has been really, REALLY high-octane though. A ton of home runs, Nelson Cruz is looking like himself again, Mitch Haniger might be the best hitter on the team... hell the entire Mariners lineup has been fantastic. I just wish Felix Hernandez could finally put his shit back together and be the ace again, but until he does (if he does) we've got Paxton who's been ridiculously good, Gonzales has been solid, LeBlanc's been good...

finally, ONE-RUN GAMES, WE WILL WIN ALLLLLLLLLLL THE ONE-RUN GAMES
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Postby Timberwolf » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 pm

Brewers 1
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Hell of a game. I was on the edge of my seat in the last inning. Unbelievable.

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Postby Timberwolf » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:36 am

There's talk of baseball employing the DH in the National League. I hope they do. Bases loaded in the 2nd inning and the starting pitcher with a career .112 batting average is up to bat. Not an ideal situation.

Not to mention pitchers cannot run on the basepaths. The Brewers' Jimmy Nelson comes to mind. He still has not pitched this year after being injured in a slide last year.

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Postby Firehawk » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:08 am

You'll still have people screaming about "sacrilege" if they do it or even THINK about doing it. Baseball people love their traditions and hate when those traditions are threatened. But it would be good for pitchers' health, I think, if they could focus on just the one thing. Plus the ones that CAN hit worth a damn can still do so if the team really wants.
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Postby El Marsh » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:44 am

Last week, 3 time Cy Young winner (who's working on his 4th this season) Max Scherzer scored the winning run in an extra innings game after singling as a pinch hitter for the relief pitcher spot. He ran from first base to do so.

I know it's the exception to the rule but some of those pitchers really do enjoy hitting and are reasonably adept at it. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's why Scherzer went back to the National League in the first place (he had offers all around).

National League pitchers have been hitting regularly for 140+ years and they're no more haggard nor hale than their American League counterparts who only do so a couple of times a year (well, since interleague play became regular; there was a 30 year stretch where the ONLY time that you saw an AL pitcher take an AB during a game was at the NL park in the World Series).

I'm indifferent on the change but if they do go to the DH in the NL then I'll really miss those rare, awesome moments when a pitcher gets it done with the stick.
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Postby Zealot » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:15 pm

Oh yeah. Let's add another offensive bat to every NL team that hits around the Mendoza Line and whiffs 200+ times a season. Not like we have enough dumb hitters in the league as it is. :sarcasm:

No thanks. Keep the pitcher. It adds strategy to the game which is something the AL lacks.
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Postby Zealot » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:25 pm

TigerSword wrote:Adam Jones with an 11th inning walk off home run to give the Orioles the win in their home opener. Not a bad way to start a season.


I feel bad for your O's, Sword. They may lose this guy and Manny Machado because they threw all their money to Chris Davis. Halfway through a gigantic contract earning $23 million/season and he may go down this season as the worst oWAR player in the history of the game. Ouch.
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Postby El Marsh » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:01 am

Hey Zealot

ZEALOOOOT!

this is cool :D

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2384 ... ee-brewers

and yeah, in my ummm......zeal (lol), I posted this in the "other sports" thread a couple of days ago, though I just now noticed and decided to post it here where it belongs
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Postby Timberwolf » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:38 am

Hey Marsh, looks like your Royals and my Brewers had an entertaining game yesterday.

Even though the Brewers lost, it was still a good game.

Now if only the MLB can get rid of Facebook for baseball coverage, I'd be happy. It's definitely not tavern friendly. I had plans to go to a local tavern to watch the game. But when I found out the game was on Facebook, I stayed home. I already got my computer hooked up to my TV so I watched the game on that.

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Postby Firehawk » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:09 pm

5-1 on the current Mariners homestand, winning 8 of their last 9, and WE STILL CAN'T CATCH UP WITH GODDAMN HOUSTON

Hopefully facing the Rockies will give Seattle a bit more of a boost, but Colorado's actually a fairly solid team this year, while Houston's playing the White Sox, who... aren't.

Even when Seattle's good, we can't catch a fucking break.
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Postby El Marsh » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:36 am

Have you seen the numbers that the Stros are putting up?

Boston clearly has the most power-heavy offense in baseball but Houston is second in the majors in runs scored and 1st (by far) in fewest runs allowed. It's really no surprise that they have the #3 record in all of baseball, just ahead of the Mariners.

I really have no dog in the fight since my Royals are on pace for their worst season ever but it would be nice to see Seattle finally break through, as they've never won a pennant and haven't made the playoffs in 17 years. I just hope for their sake that they don't have to do the wildcard game against the Red Sox or Yankess (the #1 and #2 best records in the game at the moment). That might not be fun but hey, nobody gave the Royals a shot in 2014 or 2015 and all they did was win the pennant both seasons with the WS the next. Be nice to see something like that again.

As for the NL, the #1 team there at the moment is.......the Milwaukee Brewers. I don't find it nearly as surprising as some given how close they came to the postseason last year WITHOUT monster producers Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. Adding those two pieces really put their already capable lineup over the top. Where the big surprise with this team is pitching. While I think their starting pitching could still use some support come the trade deadline, they have two of the best bullpen arms in the game today with Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress. In some ways, they're like those aforementioned Royals teams (that featured the also aforementioned Lorenzo Cain) in that they don't score a lot of runs but their pitching and defense make it so that they can win games without really having to. I'll always have a soft spot for the Atlanta Braves (the team I paid attention to for GOOD baseball when my Royals were struggling as a kid) who are having a resurgent season but I would not be bothered at all if this was Milwaukee's year.

How great would it be to see the Mariners and Brewers win their first pennant in the same season?
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Postby Firehawk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:16 am

There would be some kind of strange quality to a Mariners/Brewers World Series. After all, the Brewers started life (for a single season) as a Seattle team... not that anyone remembers the Seattle Pilots outside of the state of Washington.

Honestly, I just want to see the Mariners get there, at least. Getting to a World Series would be fantastic. There's only two teams in the league that have never reached it: the Mariners, and the Nationals.

Part of me would get a kick out of those two meeting in the big one just to knock it out at the same time.
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Postby Zealot » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:08 am

How does one spell Pittsburgh Pirates?

I spell it J-O-K-E. :seppuku:
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Postby Zealot » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:10 am

El Marsh wrote:Hey Zealot

ZEALOOOOT!

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http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2384 ... ee-brewers

and yeah, in my ummm......zeal (lol), I posted this in the "other sports" thread a couple of days ago, though I just now noticed and decided to post it here where it belongs


Yeah. Probably the best thing to happen in Pittsburgh this baseball season. Brault is quite busy off the field with his band and podcast with fellow teammate Trevor Williams.
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Postby Timberwolf » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:27 am

Thanks for the love on the Brewers, Marsh. I myself am amazed about their season. They are getting hit by injury after injury. But the next guy steps up and they don't miss a beat.

I just hope they learned their lesson from the Zack Grienke trade years ago and not trade away a bunch of prospects for a rental. If they do need to make a trade at the deadline, it needs to be low risk like the Neal Walker trade last year. I'm not a fan of trades involving prospects for rentals at the deadline.

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