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Old 06-02-2017, 07:04 PM
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Mets crap the bed against the Brew crew last night, hopefully they can get 3 out of 4 with a win today.

And a scandal filled night it was at citi-field.

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Saw the Mr. Met thing. My 5 year old loves Mr. Met because, "He's got a big baseball for a head!" I'm sure he's no longer doing it and I lost touch with him when we graduated, but I went to college with the guy who once donned the Bernie Brewer suit. Was better at the old stadium when he'd slide into a mug of beer.

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Glad the Crew was able to manage a split after losing the first two. All of the sudden Chase Anderson is pitching like Greg Maddux. Series against the Dodgers this weekend. I'm going on Sunday.

Sooner or later the national media has to admit that the Cubs aren't what they were last year. Going into the season it was, "The NL Central is the Cubs and everybody else." Then it was, "Once all the ceremonies are over they'll be able to focus and get back on track. The Cubs will still run a way with the central." Then the best on was a couple of weeks ago when they were playing the Brewers and the Friday game was played in the rain and 40 degree weather. "The Cubs have played X of how many games in weather below 50 degrees this year. Once the weather heats up I think you see the Cubs do likewise." Doesn't the opposing team play in the same conditions? And today, "The Cubs just have too much talent to be down all year. They're still my pick to win the Central and make a return trip to the World Series."

I'm not saying they won't end up winning the division. But at some point, you are what your record says you are.
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:59 AM
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The Mets nightmarish season continues. They hit a record 4 home runs off Kershaw in 1 game in LA and still lose.
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The Mets nightmarish season continues. They hit a record 4 home runs off Kershaw in 1 game in LA and still lose.
That's brutal.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:53 PM
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Baseball season is a marathon. The real indicator of who will win in a weak division will come after the all star break and the trade deadline. The Pirates are scrapping to stay out of last place thanks in large part to Andrew McCutchen who has bounced back from his slump in dramatic fashion. Still, the Bucs are sellers and ownership is about dumping salaries so he'll be gone come August. They do it every year and it makes me sick.
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Well, it's the All Star break. Will the Pirates be sellers or ride it out in the hope that the Cubs and Brewers implode? The Bucs are 7 games under .500 and that's the hope, but talk around town is that McCutchen is still on the table despite his numbers these past couple of months being MVP quality. There's also talk of interest in Cole who still has a couple of years left on his contract. The local paper had a column (opinion piece) suggesting that they move Marte who (along with Kang with his legal troubles back in Korea) really screwed the team with their off the field antics. What didn't figure into the mix was Watson tanking as the closer, but he's pretty much gone by the trade deadline - but now we have Rivera so I guess we're just out a set up guy out of the bullpen.

I have these thoughts in my head of McCutchen being traded to the Cubs. There's preceeence for that with Aramis Ramirez back in the early 2000s. It wouldn't surprise me, but that would mean the Bucs would be out of contention for several years while they hope their next outfielder can make the move up from AAA. Marte certainly isn't back to his old self there while on Juan"rehab" assignment and even if he were to contribute once his major league suspension is up he's still ineligible to participate in a post-season run (if that were even possible at this point.)

Oh well, such is baseball in Pittsburgh. Steelers training camp starts soon and hockey not far behind. Apart from the tax dollars for the stadiums it's all just a diversion anyway from "real life" things.
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A lot of people around here are bent that Corey Knebel, the Brewers All-Star closer didn't get in the All Star Game. Joe Maddon went with his own guy, Wade Davis, in the top of the 10th and I don't have to tell you how that turned out. Good for him.

I'm not upset Knebel didn't get into the game. Many saw the snub as a Cubs slight on the Brewers. I see something more sinister and I'm not normally a conspiracy theorist. Had the game gone 15, 16, 17 or more innings Mr. Maddon would have had no choice but to use the Brewers closer multiple innings exposing him to possible injury or ineffectiveness when the season resumes on Friday. Pitch 4 innings in the All Star game? Maybe not available Friday night. Maybe it costs the Brewers a game. Who are the Cubs chasing in the standings again?

Just glad the Crew kicked their ASS in the makeup game for the no-rain rain-out called by the Cubs last month because they burned through their bullpen in the previous extra inning game. Karma is a B!
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Well, it's the All Star break. Will the Pirates be sellers or ride it out in the hope that the Cubs and Brewers implode?
When the Brewers took over first place almost 2 months ago now I thought it would be short lived. As time went on I was like, "Hmmmm? Wonder how long they can hang on with this 1.5 - 3.5 game lead. Ask me at the All Star break." Now that it's the All Star break and they have their largest lead yet 5.5 games I'm still skeptical, but have a growing optimism.

They have to be buyers at the trade deadline. They're in a spot where no one expected them to be at this point in the season. They have a glut of outfield and middle infield talent in the system that they can hopefully deal for a true #1 starter rental a la CC Sabbathia in 2008. Chris Archer maybe?

I never like playing this game, but......if the Brewers go .500 the rest of the way, 36 wins, that will give them 86 for the year and should really be enough to win the division unless the Cubs go on an absolute tear. The Cubs need to go 43-31 the rest of the way to get to 86 wins. The Brewers just need to play .500. That said they'll probably win 20 games the rest of the way and go 70-92.

Wait a minute! Didn't I say I had a growing optimism? Ask me in September!
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Kwak, sorry, I just think Mecuchin is a big fish in a very small pond. Not a guy who can grab a team by the nuts And drag them through. Just my 2 cents.
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The Cubs are already dealing. Got Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
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Went to Brewers/Phillies yesterday. Took 2 out of 3 so can't complain. But Cubs swept the Orioles and gained a game. Too early to scoreboard watch but it's hard not to.

Garza pitched 5 innings giving up one run and the Brewers were down 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th. Two out single puts a runner on 1st. Garza due up. Pinch hittter. Garza is rolling and if you don't score at least 1 run you aren't going to win anyway. I'd let Garza hit, hopefully get another couple strong innings out of him. And take my chances against the Phillies bullpen. They're the worst team in baseball for a reason. I said immediately to the guy sitting next to me that I wouldn't have pinch hit. He has the same ticket package as me so I've sat by him before. Anyway, the pinch hitter, Brett Phillips, hits a 2 run homer to put the Brewers up 2-1. Someone sitting behind me who obviously overheard what I said tapped me on the shoulder and said, "That's why you pinch hit there! And that's why you don't know anything about baseball!" Which is kind of baggy to do to someone you don't know, but whatever. I reiterated that I still would not have pinch hit in that situation.

Top of 6. Bring in a newly recalled reliever Rob Scahill who promptly gives up 3 straight singles. Bases loaded. Bring in newly acquired Tyler Webb, 7 career games. The kind of relievers you have available to you in the 6th inning. Grand slam, Brewers down 5-2 which ends up being the final score.

I had to get up to go to the bathroom and refresh my beer and the guy who tapped me on the shoulder gave me a look....just couldn't resist....said, "That's why I wouldn't have pinch hit for my starter in the 5th inning of a one-nothing game."

Who knows? Maybe Garza goes back out in the 6th and the Phillies hang a snowman. You never know. But I think the percentages probably say stick with your starter there.
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