I am creating this new thread, and locking the old threads, so we follow one thread for all baseball.
I seem to recall a topic back in 11, which was largely 13 and I. Must have been one of the ones Alpe closed.Descender said:
We don't have a "Watching paint dry" thread either, but I don't see anyone complaining about that...marinoni said:Yeah, I was surprised there's no baseball thread. So here we go.
I've been a Red Sox fan since '86 and I'm still fairly pessimistic despite the decent start. However, as a Canadian, I do follow and care about the Jays and I'll tell ya the people who say it's still early, too early to worry are ignoring the numbers.
I'm pretty sure most experts are predicting a 93-94 win season to get a wild card. That is about where I put this team in the pre-season. I didn't agree with the hype about them being world series favorites, I thought they'd be a solid playoff contender and once you're in anything can happen. So let's say they immediately turn things around and play at that 93-94 game clip. That doesn't do it though, does it? They would be short the losses from April. Now I'm not saying they can't catch up but it does mean two things.
One, they've put themselves in a position where they will, at some point in the season, have to go on a bit of a run for a couple weeks. Or they pick up those extra wins here and there through the length of the season. That doesn't sound like a big deal but believe me, when you're already playing at the level you should be, finding even a few extra wins is very tough.
Two, they absolutely cannot afford a prolonged losing skid later in the season.
Finally, it's the pitching so far that I don't get. Near team-wide hitting slumps happen, I get that. But I just don't understand how four solid, proven pitchers can be so bad all at the same time.
Unless you want to point out the recent comparisons between A Rod and LA at Sport Illustrated. Otherwise; it's more fun to play than watch.ChewbaccaD said:We don't have a "Watching paint dry" thread either, but I don't see anyone complaining about that...
Home plate collisions are not that common in baseball, certainly not as common as hits to a QB in the NFL. There isn't the testimony of hundreds of former players, as is the case with the NFL. But a catcher in that situation is far more vulnerable than a NFL player, because he's not wearing a helmet, and there is nothing in the rules to prevent the runner from going for his head.Matheny's personal history makes the most compelling case for change, or just expediting the debate about change…the stories of Matheny's fogginess, and the fact that he uses the word "scary" to describe his 18 months in cognitive limbo, render the status quo unconscionable…
Over those 18 months, he routinely had to call his wife, Kristen, from his car to remind him of his destination and directions. He had to wear a heart monitor, because if his pulse approached 120 beats per minute, his mind would spin. Fatigue, headaches and dizziness. His five kids would walk with him, and "when we'd go up a set of steps, they'd have to stop and wait with me, because I'd get completely lightheaded and had to hold onto the rail for a minute."
He'd pull into gas stations, fill up the tank and forget the nozzle was still inserted as he drove off, pulling the hose off its base…
It was 2006, and he played for the Giants, a year ahead of Bochy's arrival. A series of foul tips off his mask in a short period of time produced the concussions. Matheny believes that they had such a dramatic effect because they compounded the damage from multiple collisions…
Matheny kept thinking everything would clear up if he just kept working away. On May 31, catching his friend and longtime teammate in St. Louis, Matt Morris, he realized he was hurting himself and the team. He went to the mound in a tough inning, with runners on, and called for a fastball during the conference to prevent the man at second from reading a sign and relaying it to the batter.
"By the time I got back behind the plate, I kind of forgot what we talked about," Matheny said. "So I knew I was in trouble at that point. And I guessed the wrong way."
He went down to block an expected breaking pitch. The fastball hit him in the chest. "Runners advanced, runner scored," he said.
Verlander was simply awesome from what I saw while mainly watching the Giants lose again. Agree with your view of who the 'favorites' are, but I'll be contrary and pick the Tigers and Cards to go through.Alpe d'Huez said:We're down to four teams.
I have to like the RedSox over the Tigers, though the way Verlander pitched last night, no one will hit him.
The consensus is the Dodgers over the Cardinals, but the way St. Louis is playing, and especially pitching, I am not writing them off.