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Sunday, July 27, 2014

(7/27/2014 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Wooten has had four one inning outings in AAA since he went down, and has had two scoreless outings...and given up three runs in one and four runs in the other. It could just be mental, as he did not pitch badly at all in MIL, but he can't even be considered depth right now.

If they needed a reliever tomorrow, they'd probably go with Fiers, with Figaro and Blazek as options.

7/27/2014 09:53:00 PM

(7/27/2014 08:50:00 PM) - Al

An updated look at the top prospects.

I have Nelson, Taylor, and Haniger as my top three; with Arcia and Williams close behind. I don't rank the players just drafted yet. I would have the top three as untouchable, and I certainly wouldn't move the others for two months of a role player. If a team controlled reliever like Josh Fields were to become available, I'd move anyone except the top three.

7/27/2014 08:50:00 PM

(7/27/2014 08:41:00 PM) - Al

I think Doug would like to pick up three players, in a perfect world, in which the market value for middle relief and bench vets is closer to the historical norm.

That said, he's not giving up Nelson or a top guy for a role player.

7/27/2014 08:41:00 PM

(7/27/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

I hate this rule. I know it's supposed to protect catchers, but it's not working, and the current umpires have no idea how to apply it. None.

The catcher was blocking the plate...when Howard was twenty feet away? Pathetic.

7/27/2014 08:27:00 PM

(7/27/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

You're doing a fine job old media.

I don't see any bias at all. None.

7/27/2014 04:00:00 PM

(7/27/2014 02:28:00 PM) - Al

The Mets have several good relievers, but all are cheap and they have little reason to discuss moving them.

7/27/2014 02:28:00 PM

(7/27/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Things I've noticed: No one who is knowledgeable about the game gives a hoot about walk up music. However, it fascinates the casuals. 

7/27/2014 01:45:00 PM

(7/27/2014 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Glad to see Front Row Amy made it, as she was feeling ill last night.

She just adds a little something to the viewing experience.

7/27/2014 01:37:00 PM

(7/27/2014 01:13:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers, who are in first place in the NL Central, have a bullpen piece (preferably lefthanded) high on their priority list. They would love Andrew Miller, but might settle for Craig Breslow. The Brewers would add a starting pitcher if the price was right.--Boston Globe

A couple weeks ago, the Brewers were rumored to be interested in Jake Peavy, and Doug made the rare step to say "he had no idea where that rumor started." Not only was it a slap in the face to Jimmy Nelson, who had just been called up to join the rotation, but i they wanted a SP who was having an off year with a 5 ERA, they could have just put Marco back in.

This is every bit as strange. The Brewers didn't even have a LH reliever in 2011, and the bullpen was outstanding. Now, the Crew has three of them, Will Smith and two guys with a sub 2 ERA...and they want another? I could understand Doug telling teams he'd like to add a reliever, and didn't care which arm they throw with, as long as they can get hitters from both sides out (not a loogy, so to speak).

Miller is an outstanding reliever, while Breslow has always been used as a loogy...though his career numbers are almost identical versus LH/RH. 

7/27/2014 01:13:00 PM

(7/27/2014 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Ramirez gets the day off, Elian plays 3B.

Roenicke says he will just give starters days off as the DH in Tampa, so that probably means more playing time for Logan (and maybe Elian) and Marty.

Scooter getting one more day, to be safe. Can PH. 

7/27/2014 11:24:00 AM

(7/27/2014 12:58:00 AM) - Al

12:45AM, some goofball sets off very loud fireworks in our neighborhood.

It's amazing we survived as a species.

7/27/2014 12:58:00 AM

(7/27/2014 12:33:00 AM) - Al

Israeli soldier killed...during cease fire.

Damn that Israel. They so evil.

7/27/2014 12:33:00 AM

(7/27/2014 12:25:00 AM) - Al

The Henderson bobble truck broke down, but it has arrived at MP.

7/27/2014 12:25:00 AM

Saturday, July 26, 2014

(7/26/2014 10:54:00 PM) - Al

The Astros have a handful of relievers to market this July, including Qualls, Josh Fields, and Tony Sipp. The Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich reports that the trio of relievers continue to draw plenty of offers.--MLBTR 

I've long been a big fan of Fields, who has been solid, but unlucky. 12 K's per 9, average fastball is 94, and is effective against both lefties and righties. He'll be a closer, and a very good one, as soon as someone lets him close.

The Crew almost certainly would have taken him in the Rule 5 last year had HOU not beat them to it. 

7/26/2014 10:54:00 PM

(7/26/2014 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Jim Henderson struck out all three batters he face in a perfect inning of relief during the Sounds' 8-1 victory over the Oklahoma City RedHawks.--JS

If Jim's velocity is back to near '13 levels, Doug will probably only look for a near perfect match in the bullpen. Henderson is not as good as Houston Street, but he costs 8% as much and does not cost the team any prospects.

I think they are looking for a SS who can play other positions, and an OF who can play all three spots and have some pop. 

7/26/2014 10:44:00 PM

(7/26/2014 10:31:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR has said in the past couple days that Qualls and Hawkins are not being shopped, due to their veteran presence. Doug verifies.

7/26/2014 10:31:00 PM

(7/26/2014 09:17:00 PM) - Al

Someday, pitch framing will be known as "lucroying."

7/26/2014 09:17:00 PM

(7/26/2014 09:01:00 PM) - Al

I don't think I've ever seen a cut off man take a throw so far away from home plate. Heck, the cut off man needed a cut off man.

7/26/2014 09:01:00 PM

(7/26/2014 08:50:00 PM) - Al

This is what happens when government does more than it should.

Homemade? Shut up and quit embarrassing yourself.

7/26/2014 08:50:00 PM

(7/26/2014 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota doesn't need many more credits to finish his degree. This fall, he is only taking two classes: golf and yoga.--ESPN

Bret Valentyn's last semester was after he had graduated, so he only took a single class. I find it difficult to believe that the NCAA, which has approximately infinity minus one rules in place, almost all of which are in place for no reason except to punish athletes, allows student athletes to not take a full load of classes.

7/26/2014 07:50:00 PM

(7/26/2014 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Pierzynski with three hits in his Cards' debut.

A RHP started, by the way. It ain't rocket science.

7/26/2014 07:42:00 PM

(7/26/2014 06:58:00 PM) - Al

They lost the red, white, and blue on the Wonder Woman outfit. That said, I'm curious if her legs are really that long, or if they are computer assisted. The boots make that very possible.

7/26/2014 06:58:00 PM

(7/26/2014 06:21:00 PM) - Al

The pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez.

I'm not sure if he's better than Kintzler or not. Juan's secondary numbers are a bit weak, though he's been solid. I guess one thing to remember is, Brandon does have an option.

Juan's velocity is down over 2 mph this year, and that may never return, as he missed a lot of time due to injury. That said, he's never allowed fewer line drives than he has this season. 

7/26/2014 06:21:00 PM

(7/26/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

In the past week or so, my Twitter feed has been overloaded with folks "looking for peace" in the Middle East and blaming Israel for deaths in Gaza.

I appreciate these posts, because it allows me to remove ignorant, hippie, Occupy leftover, anti Semites from my timeline. How one expects Israel to ignore the fact their cities are used for target practice is beyond me.

Without getting into the entire conflict, Israel is perhaps our bestest ally not named Canada. Israel has a strong military, and has no qualms about using it the way they defend their land, citizens, and interests. Sadly, a side effect of war is the death of innocents. Of course, Israel does not defend itself randomly, nor does it attack per chance.

See, many peaceniks, true simpletons of our time, feel Israel should respond to missile attacks by "turning the other cheek" and by doing nothing, except the prerequisite holding of hands, singing of folk songs, and such...which, by the way, was invented by the incredibly out of touch generation that spit on returning veterans, burned flags, and are now spending far more money than they are taking in, leaving the next in line to have to fix a debt crisis, because they are so damn much smarter than we are.

{pause to recover from long run on sentence, even though it's a minor crime compared to the world in which the other side has created, one poor decision after another}

7/26/2014 02:27:00 PM

(7/26/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

On a cheat day today, and the Rambling wife wanted to try a new place called Brews Brothers, which is about a mile from us. They basically just have beer, burgers, fries, and chips. Good, but nothing revolutionary.

We were chatting about her and the Rambling son going up to her family's cabin next weekend, which I was aware of. However, I did not know that they were staying until Wednesday, and that she had taken time off.

I have never been to the cabin, because I am not a cabin person; and, years ago, I promised the Rambling dog he would never have to go to the boarding place again, because he hated it so. I would certainly not go every time, but once in a while I might, and will, once the Rambling dog longer here. As I pointed out though, this time, I never even recall being asked. The Rambling wife then informed me that "the entire family is going to be there."

The irony is, she said it as if that makes it more appealing. Considering she has to sleep on a sofa, while the Rambling son bunks in a closet (like Harry Potter), I'm not sure my back would ever recover.

7/26/2014 12:32:00 PM

(7/26/2014 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Peavy has been awful this season. They always think they can "fix" the veterans. Petit has pitched far better than Jake.

7/26/2014 10:59:00 AM

Friday, July 25, 2014

(7/25/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Cards to sign AJ.

I have to wonder if he waited a while to see if he could fine at least a platoon gig. 

7/25/2014 08:20:00 PM

(7/25/2014 07:22:00 PM) - Al

At Sam's Club, they're only $5 too (and far bigger than the grocery store ones). Probably the yummiest, healthiest, and most convenient chicken you can buy too.

You can use the carcass for stock too. I often say I will, but rarely do. 

7/25/2014 07:22:00 PM

(7/25/2014 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I basically don't eat carbs, so it would be tough for me.

However, I'd easily get by on $30. Wouldn't even be difficult. Sadly, I'd put on pounds doing so.

Know what, I'd even buy a cake mix and some cookie dough for desserts. And it would just kill the left, who would buy a sandwich and salad at the deli for $10 and say it couldn't be done. 

EDIT: There's a reason we have so many fat poor people. Food is cheap. 

7/25/2014 05:00:00 PM

(7/25/2014 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Kudos to Michelle Beadle for blasting ESPN for saying "women should not provoke" their abusers.

I'm finding it difficult to believe ESPN allowed that to come out over the air.

7/25/2014 04:36:00 PM

(7/25/2014 01:29:00 PM) - Al

I am not a scout, but this guy will be a pretty darn good player. If he can play SS, he might be top ten at his position as soon as he gets to the bigs...which should be very quickly, as he's "27"...which might well be 29 or 30 in Cuban.

7/25/2014 01:29:00 PM

(7/25/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al


7/25/2014 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(7/24/2014 03:36:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I'm a fan either. Renting was always so easy. Something breaks, gets loose, or leaks, call the landlord and you're done.

Mowing? Shoveling? That's for the little people.

7/24/2014 03:36:00 PM

(7/24/2014 01:12:00 PM) - Al

Tylenol, for the most part, is worthless.

Aleve works so good, I struggle to believe it's available OTC. Advil and aspirin both do a fine job too, but you have to take them with a lot of water and preferably after a meal.

If I had my choice of Tylenol and a witch doctor...I'd seriously consider the voodoo.

7/24/2014 01:12:00 PM

(7/24/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

More than 5 years after Nate McLouth trade, 40% of Pirates' rotation came from that deal; Charlie Morton and Jeff

ATL fans wonder why they don't have enough young, cost controlled pitching.

Because they decided years ago they'd rather have an OF who can't hit lefties or defend.

7/24/2014 12:57:00 PM

(7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

7/24/2014 11:00:00 AM

(7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Theo is right, but it's hard to make an exception because SL's westernmost geography for deacdes widens their fan base.

There's a few Brewers' fans in MN, IA, IL, and so on. Most are probably WI transplants. Meanwhile, there are many, many Cards' fans in the entire Midwest and heck, the entie Mountain time zone due to the fact they used to be the only game in town, and KMOX was available on almost everyone's radio.

7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

(7/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If there is a way to completely goof something up, you can count on a school system to do so.

I find it astounding anyone is at all surprised by this. Every time we had anything out of the norm occur with the Rambling son, it was soon followed by finger pointing, firm denials of any responsibility, and suggestions we take him in for forms of testing. Every single person we talked to did not even try to hide the fact they were just trying to pass the buck, and just hoping the problem would go away.

When we informed his teacher, who never got around to teaching her students about half the curriculum she was supposed to (he still struggles with division, because they "took a break" from it about January and never returned to it), that he had chosen to attend a charter school, she smiled and said, "Oh. You know, he might fit in really good there," as if he was some sort of reject.

For all their talk of anti bullying, they are totally lost on how to deal with it. They just let it go, and then blame the victim. Sounds exactly like Seattle in the link above...well, maybe it will just blow over.

7/24/2014 09:00:00 AM

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