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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:59 pm

Yes, I remember him.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:40 am

Check this out!

https://www.mlb.com/video/moth-flies-in-umpires-ear/c-2363893283?tid=6479266

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:49 am

The Blue Jays threw up another dud of the game yesterday. Jamie Garcia pitched a scoreless inning, and he was the only pitcher not to give up or run. They lost 10-5.

In positive news, Grichuk hit his 15th home run. He's actually hhas a pretty good stat line and has been hitting over .300 since returning from the DL a couple months ago.

Speaking of great stat lines, Vladimir Guerrero has played 8 games in AAA so far and is hitting .455 AVG, .581 OBP, .682 SLG, 1.262 OPS, with 8 walks and only 2 strikeouts. The 2019 season can't come soon enough.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:10 pm

I saw most of that on MLB Central this morning. They showed Grichuk's homer and Guerrero's in AAA.

Matt Carpenter continued to be as hot as any hitter I've ever seen as he hit his 31st homer last night and STL beat Florida 7-1. Carpenter's stats since mid-May when he was batting .146 are just insane.

Thru Tuesday's game:

Carpenter was hitting .145/.294/.282 on May 15. He has hit .334/.434/.714 with 28 home runs in the 75 games since. This from a player who vowed in Spring Training "not to chase the home run," whose previous career high OPS was .885. It is .987, higher than any NL hitter.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:35 pm

Wow, that's quite a turnaround. It makes you wonder what clicked.


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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:23 am

This is interesting. It also shows the extent to which they keep records and stats.

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/smoak-unlikely-catalyst-blue-jays-make-baseball-history/

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:53 pm

Wow. They really do keep track of everything in baseball.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:54 pm

I'm watching Greg Holland be Greg Holland but at least he's not doing it directly St. Louis anymore. He just walked in the go ahead run for the Cubs in the 7th inning so he's still hurting us though.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:44 pm

Carpenter just hit his 32nd homer to put STL up 4-0 over the Royals.

This guy is just soooo locked in right now it's unbelievable.

The final was 7-0. On the local morning sports report they said the last time Carpenter failed to reach base in a game was all the way back on July 7. That's pretty amazing; he's reached base in every game for over a month.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:30 pm

Today with Tyson Ross making his debut start for the Cardinals, he's now the 150th different starter Molina has caught since 2004.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:22 pm

Cards swept the Royals and have now won 5 series in a row and 5 games in a row. Nats in STL tomorrow night.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:51 am

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I'm watching Greg Holland be Greg Holland but at least he's not doing it directly St. Louis anymore.  He just walked in the go ahead run for the Cubs in the 7th inning so he's still hurting us though.  

It's amazing how he has become so completely inept this season.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:52 am

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Carpenter just hit his 32nd homer to put STL up 4-0 over the Royals.

This guy is just soooo locked in right now it's unbelievable.

The final was 7-0.  On the local morning sports report they said the last time Carpenter failed to reach base in a game was all the way back on July 7.  That's pretty amazing; he's reached base in every game for over a month.

I read that he leads the league in homers. That's a pretty good chance he ends up with over 40.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:52 am

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Today with Tyson Ross making his debut start for the Cardinals, he's now the 150th different starter Molina has caught since 2004.

Wow, that's phenomenal. I wonder what the record for that is.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:56 am

I was away at the lake for the weekend, so I didn't have to watch the Jays fumble through a series against Tampa.

The only Jays-related things I found interesting about the weekend are: two of the Jays' top 10 prospects, Sean Reid-Foley (RHP) and Danny Jansen (C), are making their debut on Monday. It's about time they started seeing what these young guys can do. The other interesting thing is that Guerrero homered four games in a row.


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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:43 am

They need to bring Guerrero up

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:12 am

I doubt it will happen. Despite teams saying they are not doing it, they seem to "manipulate service time" with players they deem as future superstars.

He was named the International League hitter of the week.
https://www.milb.com/buffalo/news/vladdy-named-il-batter-of-the-week/c-290136718




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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:45 pm

The Cards won their 6th game in a row last night beating the Nats 7-6.

I don't know exactly what it is but this team has now won 5 series in a row and 6 games in a row since Matheny was canned. That can't be coincidence.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:14 am

Sometimes a managerial change kicks things into gear. The Cards are still very much in the running for a wild-card spot, and possibly the division. That would be something.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:18 am

The Jays beat Kansas City 6-5 last night. As the Jays' radio announcer said, it's a not very good team playing a terrible team. At least the Jays are not the terrible team.

The Jays brought up their "catcher of the future" on Monday. He had two singles on Monday, and a home run last night. He has also thrown out a runner in each game. At least bring some of the prospects that gives us fans something to cheer about.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:24 am

They were talking about this last night on the broadcast as well.
https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-granderson-leads-incredible-team-trip-negro-leagues-museum/

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:11 pm

I've never been to any baseball HoF, not even the Cardinals one. But it is cool to see players appreciate a lot of these unknown guys from the Negro Leagues.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:13 pm

Cards won again last night 6-4.  Ho hum, another rookie starter with another effective start.  The pen tried to blow it but without guys like Cecil and Holland down there they just don't have a true gasoline can for the oppositions fires. These guys in the pen only add dry kindling to a fire instead of throwing an accelerant on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:36 pm

Haha. We have plenty of both. Except you never know what's in each can; gasoline, diesel, or water.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:32 pm

So far tonight it's Cards 4, Nats 0 after 6 innings.

Rookie Austin Gomber with another effective start and now we're into the revamped bullpen. Poncedeleon is up first.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:42 pm

Oh great, Carpenter was just hit on the hand with a pitch and left the game.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:30 am

X-rays were negative. And Carpenter said he opened a jar of his salsa so he's good to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 am

Salsa cures all

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PostSubject: Re: Play ball!   Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:04 am

Have you heard the salsa story? The whole team is eating it now.

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