Al's Ramblings

Monday, September 30, 2013

(9/30/2013 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Obama is going to spend extra money to "close" monuments that are usually open 24/7.

That, my friends, is leadership in a comedy of errors.

9/30/2013 09:27:00 PM

(9/30/2013 03:48:00 PM) - Al

They can't accept the fact that it is not a one party system.

9/30/2013 03:48:00 PM

(9/30/2013 03:32:00 PM) - Al

You know it's doomed when the public spends all its time trying to find a way to beat it.

9/30/2013 03:32:00 PM

(9/30/2013 03:15:00 PM) - Al

I don't see Butler passing through unclaimed, his AAA numbers mirror Sean Halton's, and he seems far more athletic.

9/30/2013 03:15:00 PM

(9/30/2013 01:37:00 PM) - Al



It's their way or the highway.

9/30/2013 01:37:00 PM

(9/30/2013 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman with SL's stunning RISP numbers...and mentions the same group hit .264 last season in the same situation.

And probably will again next season. Luck is not repeatable.

9/30/2013 01:23:00 PM

(9/30/2013 01:05:00 PM) - Al

If you thought health care was expensive before, wait until it's free.

9/30/2013 01:05:00 PM

(9/30/2013 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Dale Sveum let go by the Cubs, Theo says nothing to do with wins and losses. Probably his inability to work with his younger players, a bad sign for a team building with youth.

9/30/2013 12:59:00 PM

(9/30/2013 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Found out today that a 13.1 sticker on a car means its owner has ran a half marathon.

Keeping with WI's reputation as a bunch of fatties, I did not know that, and have never seen one.

9/30/2013 12:41:00 PM

(9/30/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

There's just nowhere left to cut.

I welcome a government shutdown. They are wasteful and accomplish very little.

9/30/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/30/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

What's sad is, another embarrassing incident happens every single day in public schools. They don't act like they care, nor do they act like they put any effort into what they do.

9/30/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/30/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

It's almost as if the data does not support the overreaction, so they just ignore it and hope the rubes won't notice.

9/30/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/30/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Now that the season is over, I'll start compiling some lists as far as the future. First up, top twelve free agents likely to be signed by the Crew...and yes, that includes guys that have played for MIL. In no particular order...

Corey Hart (history, 1B, cheap one year deal)
Francisco Rodriguez (history, might be only team who offers a chance to close)
Mike Morse (power bat, 1B, might thrive in Miller Park, might be looked at only as reserve by others)
Alexi Casilla (2B/SS reserve, great speed)
Clint Barmes (2B/SS reserve, plus defender, hits LHP)
Mark Reynolds (1B/3B, hits LHP)
Michael Young (longshot, but if he wants to play, has played 1B/3B)
Chris Capuano (history, won't get a guaranteed rotation spot anywhere)
Joba Chamberlain (might thrive out of limelight, good raw numbers)
Joe Smith (while others chase bigger names, Crew might go after him as a solid 7th/8th inning guy)
Matt Thornton (have wanted for years, lefty who gets RH's out, very consistent)
Phil Hughes (see Joba, better stuff than results)

I'll throw in a few more, guys who I think will have to sign minor league deals this offseason...

Frank Francisco
Wilson Betemit
Jeff Baker (lefty killer, if Weeks dealt, may fit in as platoon partner at 2B, versatile)

9/30/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, September 29, 2013

(9/29/2013 08:54:00 PM) - Al

If the truth was what it is, you'd lie too.

9/29/2013 08:54:00 PM

(9/29/2013 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Diamondbacks won 81 games, remade the team around "grit," then won 81 again. I'd like to think we just quantified the actual value of grit.--Zachary Levine

The same people who believe in grit don't believe in math. It's all about scoring more runs and allowing fewer. The rest is for the lawyers.

9/29/2013 06:41:00 PM

(9/29/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The Crew finish with 74 victories on the year. For the past nine seasons (that's every season since 2004) the Crew has won 74 or more games.

How many teams can say that?

The Yankees, Cardinals, A's, Angels, Rangers, and Brewers. In other words, big markets (SL is a medium sized market, but due to history and regional fan base, tends to play up), along with Billy Beane and Doug Melvin.

Think about that a few minutes.

Another way of looking at it? BAL has won 74 games 3 out of 9 years. DC (who was MON back in '04) has won 74 4 of 9. PIT...twice. COL, despite having perhaps the greatest home field advantage in sports, 4. The Royals 2 of 9. SEA 4 of 9.

If it makes you feel better, you'll note many of the teams who performed most poorly in this exercise are coming off of solid campaigns...pould seem to be a roof that the "success cycle" exists.

9/29/2013 04:30:00 PM

(9/29/2013 01:25:00 PM) - Al

I got the Saints in Survivor today. FYI.

9/29/2013 01:25:00 PM

(9/29/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy still catching those well in front of home plate. Take a step back and no swipe tag is necessary.

9/29/2013 01:00:00 PM

Saturday, September 28, 2013

(9/28/2013 11:23:00 PM) - Al

Interesting fact about the Brewers dating back almost an entire decade. Look for it on Tuesday, as my rundown on the past and future begins at 9AM Monday.

9/28/2013 11:23:00 PM

(9/28/2013 11:03:00 PM) - Al

By trying to delay Obamacare, the GOP wants to return the country to the dark time known as "now and basically what we've had your whole life."--Derek Hunter

Heh. Also known as 25 years of economic prosperity which, coincidentally, were sparked by massive Reagan tax cuts

9/28/2013 11:03:00 PM

(9/28/2013 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Too bad Davis is out tomorrow, as the Mets start a lefty. I assume Gindl will play LF, as he has handled LHP pretty well, both in MIL and AAA.

9/28/2013 10:59:00 PM

(9/28/2013 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Got an email saying the opposing team's broadcasters having very nice things to say about the Crew, many have noticed their record and play, especially the rotation, and playing shorthanded.

Said Cubs' TV team of Kasper and Deshaies said something to the effect of, "The Cubs and Brewers have similar records, but a vastly different outlook for next year. The Cubs are looking to continue the youth trend and move closer to where they want to be. The Brewers? They look to be right back in it. They have a very good, very deep rotation, and with Braun back, think of the battle in the NL Central."

Good to hear. We're not talking about a good 10 or 20 game stretch. This is a good team that had a bad month, and their three best offensive players got about 500 AB's total, rather than a piece.

9/28/2013 08:38:00 PM

(9/28/2013 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Counsell did a nice job today of explaining how the braintrust uses defensive metrics and "looks ahead" instead of at the past. No one cares if someone hit 30 home runs last year, they only care about what a player will do in the next 1-3 seasons.

His description of the metrics being "not perfect, but they verify what scouts say" was brilliant. I've often said Gomez is the best CF I've ever seen (funny, I used to get arguments about that, but not for a couple years), and the numbers bear that out. Sometimes, the numbers don't seem to make sense (Adam Jones has won Gold Gloves, but is often negative). Schafer looks great and has great metrics, considering his limited time.

As he said, they are a work in progress....I think they often overstate both good and bad, in order to try and be more relevant. As good as Gomez is, I don't think he's saved 37 runs. I don't think Choo should be -18 or whatever he is either.

9/28/2013 08:21:00 PM

(9/28/2013 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed after game that Henderson, Kintzler, Wooten all unavailable due to recent workloads.--JS

Not any surprise at all. Ron would not tell us anyway, but I have to wonder if at least one of them may be injured, as Henderson especially, has had decreasing velocity of late. 

9/28/2013 08:07:00 PM

(9/28/2013 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Nice to have your long reliever, in this case, like reliever #9/10, walk in and hit 96-97 on the gun.

All that collecting velocity has paid off.

9/28/2013 07:12:00 PM

(9/28/2013 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Strike three, working on strike four.

These guys remain awful, right to the end.

9/28/2013 07:10:00 PM

(9/28/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Double switch makes team weaker defensively, but Figaro is almost certainly the last arm. Gomez might well be the next pitcher.

9/28/2013 06:59:00 PM

(9/28/2013 06:42:00 PM) - Al

If those three are truly unavailable, it might be Figaro the rest of the way regardless. Gonzalez not making it through his inning really hurts now.

9/28/2013 06:42:00 PM

(9/28/2013 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Wooten, Henderson, and Kintzler must have been given the day off after working two days in a row. As much as the team and true fans want to win, common sense has to be used.

9/28/2013 06:22:00 PM

(9/28/2013 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Still can't believe the Brewers got Blazek, a guy that throws 95+, for a month of Axford. I must be missing something here.

9/28/2013 05:42:00 PM

(9/28/2013 05:06:00 PM) - Al

I think I predicted Mike Guerrero's promotion a couple weeks ago. Not sure if John Shelby will lose his "uniform" status since he works in the cage during the games. Counsell got cut off before he could finish his thought.

I assume this will allow Darnell Coles to move up to AAA as well, probably keeping him happy for another season as well. 

Mike will be partially getting a spot because of his ability to speak Spanish. Been awkward I'm sure to have to have another player translate at times. 

9/28/2013 05:06:00 PM

(9/28/2013 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Gomez wants 40 SB's, he may well try for 3B.

9/28/2013 03:25:00 PM

(9/28/2013 03:24:00 PM) - Al

I guarantee you Nelson is listed higher on the offseason board than Hellweg. Strike throwers are low maintenance, Hellweg is not. As of today, I'd say Jimmy is #6 going into Maryvale. 

9/28/2013 03:24:00 PM

(9/28/2013 03:04:00 PM) - Al

A complete and utter disregard for common sense. It is painful to observe, never mind be a psrt of.

9/28/2013 03:04:00 PM

(9/28/2013 03:01:00 PM) - Al

I can't imagine Billy Hamilton won't be on the roster if they have a separate one for the wildcard game...after all, you just need one SP. However, I don't know how that works.

9/28/2013 03:01:00 PM

(9/28/2013 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Hunter Pence and Corey Hart are almost statistical twins.

Pence signs for 5y/$90M. Corey must be rubbing his knees in disgust today.

Allow me to go on the record as hating this deal for SF. Pence is a fine player, but he's several years past his mythical prime, and they are paying him as if he's 26. I believe this is called paying for past production instead of expected production.

9/28/2013 02:20:00 PM

(9/28/2013 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Not a very tender display of affection, but good to see Cecil Fielder and Prince shaking hands in public. Prince is supposedly going through a divorce, so maybe that's helped him set the differences aside.

9/28/2013 02:12:00 PM

(9/28/2013 02:05:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are 53-54 since June 1st. You can do a little better by cherry picking the numbers, but you also make them meaningless.

The last 2/3rd's of the season, they are a .500 team without any PA's from Hart, and limited input from Ramirez and Braun. Granted, they had some positives from KRod and Axford.

Be interesting to see if Counsell leaks any info of any consequence on today's broadcast. I'm especially wondering about Hart...there are some other free agent 1B who could possibly be signed to a one year contract (Mike Morse, Kevin Youkils, Casey Kotchman, Adam Lind, Mark Reynolds, maybe even Justin Morneau with his post concussion crap)....but none will be better than Corey...if he's healthy, of course. 

9/28/2013 02:05:00 PM

Friday, September 27, 2013

(9/27/2013 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Nobody that covers high school football seems to realize no one gives a crap about high school football.

9/27/2013 11:37:00 PM

(9/27/2013 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Bucks were in the final two for Budinger. We'll never know if he would have got hurt in MIL or not.

9/27/2013 08:50:00 PM

(9/27/2013 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Davis leaves with a strained right quad and a sore left hammy.

Lucky for me, you can't pull fat.

9/27/2013 08:46:00 PM

(9/27/2013 07:05:00 PM) - Al

Detroit Human Services Dept got $200,000 intended for POOR PEOPLE and instead they spent it on themselves getting new furniture.--Greta

The ruling class is always a bit more equal than the others. Socialism's dirty little secret. 

9/27/2013 07:05:00 PM

(9/27/2013 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Everyone rooting for a three way tie in the AL wildcard. I don't have any horses in the race myself, so I suppose that would be as interesting as any other scenario.

If I understood it correctly, TEX is the winner in the event of a three way tie, because they get a free ride into the wildcard game.

EDIT: Nope, I had it backwards...CLE and TB will have two chances to win one game, while TEX will only have one. Winner of CLE/TB Monday faces TEX Tuesday, two winners play Wednesday. 

9/27/2013 06:32:00 PM

(9/27/2013 05:40:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Allen Craig taking so long to recover from a sprained foot. Makes me feel better about myself missing a couple weeks of work a score ago.

I did the same to my foot 20 summers past and I've never been the same, still unable to use a ladder painlessly and it took a good couple weeks before I could walk on it. You're really not able to tape it up to protect it (well, you can, but it does very little), so after a couple years of taping and tying my spikes really tight (that helped more than taping), it just wasn't any fun playing softball having to worry about reinjury, so I gave it up. 

9/27/2013 05:40:00 PM

(9/27/2013 05:12:00 PM) - Al

This hay facility was built for its export customers, their web site says. Huge fire out in CA.

9/27/2013 05:12:00 PM

(9/27/2013 04:59:00 PM) - Al

I doubt Segura is 100%, but I'm also sure he says he is, and is probably as healthy as he's been since June/July, as he's been banged up for much of the season and played through it.

9/27/2013 04:59:00 PM

(9/27/2013 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Everyone should be equal...but some should be more equal than others!

Heh. They're only in it for themselves.

9/27/2013 04:44:00 PM

(9/27/2013 03:35:00 PM) - Al

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt
limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US
Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend
on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our
Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt
weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that,
'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of
bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans
deserve better.--Obama, 2006

Shane sent this in, as apparently, the president has had a change of heart.

9/27/2013 03:35:00 PM

(9/27/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

A self-sufficient, independent woman is a Democrat's nightmare. - Mia Love

True that.

9/27/2013 09:00:00 AM

(9/27/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

If they told me I had six months to live, I'd marry Mariano Rivera's'd seem like five years.

Nothing bores me more than media created "history." When Obama was elected, I said it had never even occurred to me a black man would not be elected president at some point, so it meant nothing to me. It'll be the same for a woman someday. Some, who do not believe in the greatness that is the USA, weren't intelligent enough to see the inevitable.

Rivera was a fine closer, but so was Trevor Hoffman. The difference? Well, one played in more playoff games, but mostly, one played his career in the biggest media market in the world.

9/27/2013 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, September 26, 2013

(9/26/2013 08:37:00 PM) - Al

What's wrong with being a normal kid? To be blunt, how many kids play the cello?

9/26/2013 08:37:00 PM

(9/26/2013 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Gomez suspended for a game, no ATL players appear to have been.

I feel Freeman's and McCann's actions were worse, but this could be because of ATL still playing meaningful games.

EDIT: Reed Johnson also suspended one game. MLB appears clueless, as the entire incident would have never happened if not for Freeman and McCann. They look mighty silly.

9/26/2013 05:30:00 PM

(9/26/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be honest, what are they going to do, put him in prison?

He's still a bad, bad man.

9/26/2013 04:30:00 PM

(9/26/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

If you're a lib, you can be a pig.

9/26/2013 03:30:00 PM

(9/26/2013 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez was in Brewers' original lineup but now he is out. Norichika Aoki is playing CF.--FSW

Very likely a one game suspension to be announced soon. 

9/26/2013 03:24:00 PM

(9/26/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

What? Vaccines are good? Stunning.

9/26/2013 02:30:00 PM

(9/26/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Massive tax increases, missing cash, leaving fictional birds think you hate it now, wait until you have it.

9/26/2013 01:30:00 PM

(9/26/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

They may clean your bum, but it clogs up the sewer.

9/26/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/26/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

 I'm not above spilling soda on the seat next to me at the movies just so no one sits there.--BlondeOne

 I'm just antisocial enough to do this.

9/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/26/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The post office needs an emergency rate hike, but still is bringing me a flyer on Saturday (that often says on the back "deliver Wednesday or Thursday."

They lose $50M every day you know.

But you know what? They're gonna nail health care. Superb service, and cost savings you will not believe.They'll be paying us to go to the doctor.

9/26/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/26/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The hell you say.

Remember that promise...he won't raise taxes on anyone making under $250K $200K...except, he has, and a lot.

How do you know he's lying? His lips are moving...

9/26/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/26/2013 09:31:00 AM) - Al

Brewers since July, vs likely playoff teams: 16-14, and 6-4 in series play.--Joe Block

They've played well versus everyone, in the second half.

9/26/2013 09:31:00 AM

(9/26/2013 09:25:00 AM) - Al

Brewers 49-50 with 3.45 ERA and 15 shutouts in last 99 games.--Joe Block

I don't think there's any doubt Doug goes into the offseason looking at this as a .500 team. Also, right or wrong, he'll be feeling pretty secure in his top seven SP's, if he decides to bring them all back.

9/26/2013 09:25:00 AM

(9/26/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

So lefties, please, please enlighten me why married folks should pay one penny more in taxes than singles?

Can't wait to hear this hypocrisy and backtracking. 

Of course, I know the answer...because he already spent it on stupid, unneeded crap. That's what he does. It's embarrassing, but it's the only thing he doesn't suck at.

9/26/2013 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(9/25/2013 09:59:00 PM) - Al

Still can't believe they counted Carlos Gomez's run without him touchingplate though. So weird.--JH Moore

There are nerds, and then there's JH, king of the nerds.

9/25/2013 09:59:00 PM

(9/25/2013 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Kyle Lohse wishes the season was only half over. Been at his best the last couple months.

9/25/2013 08:43:00 PM

(9/25/2013 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Actually, it hard to believe that BJ Upton is healthy. His OPS, as a RH hitter, is under 450 versus LHP. A platoon of Schafer/Reed Johnson can destroy BJ's production. 

9/25/2013 08:18:00 PM

(9/25/2013 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Know what's ironic? Juan Francisco is having a far better season than Uggla or BJ Upton. Isn't even close.

9/25/2013 08:14:00 PM

(9/25/2013 08:10:00 PM) - Al

I had to get to pee during that last at bat, and Brian McCann stood in my way and told me to have more respect for the game.

They really take that stuff seriously.

9/25/2013 08:10:00 PM

(9/25/2013 07:27:00 PM) - Al

I'll answer the TV question...I think teams will move to a four man rotation and limit them to 5-6 innings before we see a six man rotation. There are not 180 quality SP's even before injury, to say the least.

9/25/2013 07:27:00 PM

(9/25/2013 07:14:00 PM) - Al

If the season had more than four games remaining, Josh Prince would probably get a call. Down to bare bones as far as infielders go.

9/25/2013 07:14:00 PM

(9/25/2013 07:02:00 PM) - Al

Now Aramis Ramirez is out of the game, too. He was elbowed in the jaw by Freeman during the scrum.--Adam,

Sounds like a suspension to me. That's a shame.

9/25/2013 07:02:00 PM

(9/25/2013 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Of course they will. No team cares about anything but winning...well, there's a few that get concerned with fictional "unwritten rules violations," but for the most part, it's all about winning when you get the chance.

9/25/2013 06:34:00 PM

(9/25/2013 06:22:00 PM) - Al

I feel the same way about watching HR's as I do about any other celebration...I do not believe in it, but they can do what they want. If you don't like it, prevent it.

How in the world can McCann still be in the game? These umps are as clueless as it gets. Every single crew is more worthless then the next.

EDIT: I do find it amusing the Braves are so upset after all but forfeiting Monday's game. They can't seem to decide if they are serious about giving 100% or not. To be truthful, many teams call it in this time of year...players don't play if they are not feeling good, or just because. 

9/25/2013 06:22:00 PM

(9/25/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Maybe Democrats will eventually turn on Obamacare when they realize you might need a Photo I.D. to participate in the program.--Dennis Miller 

It's funny because it's true. 

9/25/2013 06:05:00 PM

(9/25/2013 05:56:00 PM) - Al

I'm actually surprised the number isn't higher...far less than 50% of the 65+ people I talk to are online. Many are terrified of the computer.

9/25/2013 05:56:00 PM

(9/25/2013 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Talking to the Rambling brother online today, noticed that BAL has scored more runs this year and allowed fewer than last. That impossible to repeat +20 wins in one run games proved to be too much, as they are -14 this season. Luck really helps, and balancing out a small sample sure doesn't help.

Remember that next season, as the Pirates have five more wins than their run differential would lead you to guess. I've never found a pattern among teams that have won far more than they "should," though I have noticed they all seem to have lights out bullpen guys, 2-3 guys in the 8th/9th innings especially. I have yet to find a site that keeps track of bullpen ERA in the 7th/8th/9th, but I bet they would be excellent.

9/25/2013 05:12:00 PM

(9/25/2013 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Sickels on Scooter. Does not mention his trouble hitting LHP, though he is still young enough to improve.

I love Scooter, and have long proclaimed all he does is hit. He's still young enough to have some room for growth/improvement too. Those who failed to see him as a prospect are casuals who failed to take age, age at level, and how poorly 2B hit into consideration. He's not going to put up a 900 OPS like he did last month, but even a 725-750 OPS is well above average if he can play a decent 2B.

I worry about "smaller" guys like Scooter and Segura staying healthy, and that will always be a concern. That said; Gamel, Green, and Hart's injuries make good health appear to be a crapshoot, and it often is. 

9/25/2013 04:55:00 PM

(9/25/2013 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Finally remembered to buy Sodastream syrup today, first caffeine in 2-3 weeks. Hope I don't get the shakes.

9/25/2013 04:39:00 PM

(9/25/2013 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Watching the final episode of SVU from last season. Detective Benson, who has been on since the beginning of the show, 1999, is now 49...and is far better looking than she was then.

Both my dog and I are jealous at her ability to age so gracefully. I don't think I've seen a mature woman looking that good since Sophia Loren in Grumpier Old Men.

9/25/2013 04:28:00 PM

(9/25/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son started in a charter school a few weeks ago, and loves it thus far. The emails I received when I complained about his old public school, many with words like "dumpster fire" and "self appointed rulers of the world," speak for themselves. I was very unimpressed with his teacher last year, who misspelled tons of words on every take home letter and who didn't even get the class through all the multiplication and division tables (I learned those in 3rd grade, you know, the Rambling son has to pause for ten seconds to tell you what 9x8 is...and he was in the gifted, accelerated 5th grade class).

9/25/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/25/2013 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Let's pretend to be surprised. After a while, lies are common place, and we've caught plenty.

9/25/2013 02:16:00 PM

(9/25/2013 02:12:00 PM) - Al

The other day I compared Estrada to Gallardo, sort of fitting in with the often contrarian theme of Ramblings.

One thing I've heard lately is that the '14 Crew should be better solely because Braun will be back. I question it, because Davis, Gindl, and even Schafer have been somewhere between passable and very solid. So, let's take a look at LF production this year compared to others (which would have been mostly Braun).

2013--.336/.459, 795 OPS, 3rd in NL, 92 simple runs created
2012--.392/.578, 970, 1st (2nd was 870, crikeys), 136 src
2011--.392/.581, 973, 1st (3rd was 771, goodness), 137 src

So, if Ryan returns healthy next season, it should be a massive improvement, 44-45 runs equals 4.5 wins, using the simple rule of ten. Of course, there are some that wonder if he will be as good, but to be honest, as far as we know, he's tested positive one time, and he's been outstanding for ages...not to mention, no one actually knows if they actually increase production...for the most part, they have been proven only to help in recovery time, as does cortisone and any number of painkillers.

Just to not forget defense, Braun has played 3000 innings in LF the past three years, and has been worth +1.2 UZR, and +14 DRS. I use 1200 innings as a "full season," so he's actually been worth about six runs a season on defense, treating UZR and DRS equally (I prefer UZR, but, so be it). The other LF's this year have been -0.1 using UZR and +6 DRS, in 850 innings, all the positive is Schafer, meaning about +4.5 in a full season...we'll call it a push, as defensive metrics, are, at best, a better estimate than measurement.

Still, if Braun is able to be 100% and mentally strong, I have little doubt LF will improve by 3+ wins.  Don't forget, Ryan turns 30 in November, so he has likely peaked, but as a good athlete, his decline will likely be slow. Even though the LF replacements have been plenty decent, one forgets how valuable a healthy Ryan Braun is.

See, even I can be does happen.:)

9/25/2013 02:12:00 PM

(9/25/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

It ain't a revenue problem...the more they take, the more they spend.

9/25/2013 01:30:00 PM

(9/25/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

We've become so used to double standards such as this, we're kind of immune to it. Good for her for pointing it out.

Those Muslim ladies can wear whatever they like, and so can this rebellious gal. However, if they wish to use public transit, or go through airport security, tough luck, conform to the norms or you can stay home.

9/25/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/25/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As I said after Katrina, if you're taking food, water, or diapers, I get it. You do what you have to do.

If you're taking electronics, jewelry, or the like, you should be shot on sight. No jury would convict. None.

9/25/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/25/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what happens when government gets too big and has too much power...they start dusting off the ridiculous and enforcing it.

This is Obama's dare we not punish the successful...they're evil, you know.

9/25/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/25/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Public schools seem to think they run the world.

Kids can do what they want on their lawn. The fact the school does not understand that is troubling and telling.

9/25/2013 09:00:00 AM

(9/25/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Madison— Wisconsin jumped to #2 in the nation this month, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s coincident index.  Wisconsin’s growth rate over the last three months is the best in 25 years and the state’s ranking is the best in history.
"This is more great news, not only for the state, but for job-seekers and employers as well," Governor Walker said.  "A better economy means a better quality of life for all Wisconsinites, and that is why it is my top priority.  This latest history-making ranking is one more sign we are heading in the right direction."
The coincident index is a measure of economic conditions for all 50 states.  The coincident index is calculated by using four state variables.  These include employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary data. 
This ranking is latest in series of positive economic news for state:
  • Private sector job growth from April to July shows the largest three-month gain onrecord going back to 1990 at 28,100.  Total job growth is the best as wellwith 31,900.
  • Wisconsin housing permits for the first seven months of 2013 are 20.5% above 2012.
  • New business formations year-to-date are up 4.2% from 2012 levels.
  • Average initial weekly unemployment insurance claims are at 13-year low.
Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 6.7%, below the national average of 7.3%.

FYI, WI was 49th when Jim Doyle left office. That's quite a turnaround, but, purely coincidental, I'm sure.

Imagine what a common sense laden, fiscally conservative budget and leadership could accomplish if implemented in DC. I know, what a novel thought.

9/25/2013 08:30:00 AM

(9/25/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This seems to be exactly what McCain nice, wait for your turn, and then move ever so slightly to the right.

Reagan would turn over in his grave. How about we stand for the free market and small government. I don't want to be a Dem Lite.

I've had it with the constant talk of compromise. You can't compromise with the Constitution, with capitalism, and with the American Way. When you do, you have Obama...and that's why he's lost the way. His principles aren't mine (of course, to be fair, he doesn't really have any, he bounces around looking at polls and trying to be Marx while pretending he never heard of him), and my beliefs are still the same as they were twenty years ago; freedom, fiscal restraint, and tiny government good; regulation, tax and spend politics, and big government bad.

I don't bounce back and forth, because, I actually have seen what works, what doesn't, and quit fighting it. Government spending fails because of the immense waste that is involved, while letting people spend money on what they's the purest form of supply and demand in all the land.

9/25/2013 07:30:00 AM

(9/25/2013 12:13:00 AM) - Al

Duck Dynasty is a show about God fearing, American entrepreneurs who love to hunt. According to the Democrats, it's a show that shouldn't even exist.--Ted Cruz

Cruz is winning me over. Now reading the lyrics of a Toby Keith song. I like Keith just because he told the Dixie Chicks what he thought of them. I'm sure there's lots of things I would disagree with Cruz on, but by gosh, his America and mine are pretty darn close. Shut up and get out of the way.

The left would call a committee and try to decide just how they should, indeed, be quiet and move along.

9/25/2013 12:13:00 AM

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

(9/24/2013 11:01:00 PM) - Al

There is a technical legal term for's poppycock.--Ted Cruz

Many are commenting online tonight that they love it when Dems ask Cruz questions, because not only does it help him eat up time, but his responses are hilarious, like the one above. Also, the disgust on the left for giving people freedom, and not having the government control everything, is just off the charts.

9/24/2013 11:01:00 PM

(9/24/2013 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Betemit would be a nice minor league contract with spring training NRI. Versatile and after missing a season, beggars can't be chosen.

9/24/2013 08:29:00 PM

(9/24/2013 07:49:00 PM) - Al

How is this different? Looks identical to me.

9/24/2013 07:49:00 PM

(9/24/2013 07:17:00 PM) - Al

After being called every name in the book by Hank Reid, Ted Cruz reads his kids Bible stories from the Senate floor as he fights for this novel cause called capitalism.

Even if you didn't know what he believed in, it's hard not to like him.

9/24/2013 07:17:00 PM

(9/24/2013 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Juan Francisco just took called strike three...the catcher caught the ball with his glove on the ground.

They do a heckuva job. The effort is just remarkable.

9/24/2013 07:08:00 PM

(9/24/2013 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Orioles eliminated from the wildcard hunt (or will be in a few minutes).

That's funny, since they know how to win close games...

Yes, I do love mocking cliches...

9/24/2013 06:41:00 PM

(9/24/2013 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Nelson to start Saturday if Peralta's blister does not heal.

EDIT: Peralta is done for the season, Nelson will start Saturday, unless they run out of available arms in the meantime. 

9/24/2013 05:30:00 PM

(9/24/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

We all know the answer...they do not want to be a part of it, just force it on others.

That's what they do.

9/24/2013 04:30:00 PM

(9/24/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Most ice ever measured in Antarctica.

Remember those stories about lack of ice, water rising, and flooding the coasts? All 100% fiction, by people who are trying to make a few more million to spend on massage parlors. And, without a shred of evidence, plenty of rubes bought it.

As Barnum said...

9/24/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/24/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

If you think health care is expensive now, wait 'til you see what it costs when it's free.--PJ O'Rourke

Nothing more true has ever been said.

9/24/2013 03:30:00 PM

(9/24/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

News you will never see in the USA...Kenyan credited with saving a hundred lives at mall see, he was a law abiding citizen, with a gun.

9/24/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/24/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. – Milton Friedman

And they'd have to raise taxes to try and find more. For the children. 

9/24/2013 02:30:00 PM

(9/24/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine Reagan bitching 5 years later about Carter? Lol. Real men just fix it!--Bizarro Dee

Five years later, Reagan had a booming economy, a 49 state victory, and Carter was still blaming others foir his failures (yes, some things never change).

9/24/2013 02:00:00 PM

(9/24/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Here's a book that needed to be written.

This pretend war on football is especially ironic given the popularity and mainstreaming of MMA.

9/24/2013 01:30:00 PM

(9/24/2013 01:20:00 PM) - Al

The Broncos may be having too much success, as others will study them more and more and figure out a way to stop them, or at least slow them down. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. And the way they are scoring, almost at will, makes them a career making squeaky target.

9/24/2013 01:20:00 PM

(9/24/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

For most people, losing hours due to Obamacare allows them to "follow their passion," says lefty loon Pelosi.

How out of touch can one person be? The GOP should play that question and answer nonstop in October of 2014.

She's the one who said food stamps would stimulate the economy too. If she was right, we'd be smack dab in a Reagan recovery....but, since she's an ignorant fool, we're not.

9/24/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/24/2013 12:06:00 PM) - Al

It's working.

Saving taxpayers money. Stopping the abuse of health insurance.

Common sense measures like this are what we need at all levels of government. There's nothing wrong with fiscal responsibility, no matter how much they hate it.

9/24/2013 12:06:00 PM

(9/24/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

You can tell the Army is having no problem recruiting right now.

9/24/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/24/2013 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Football player cuts down on military while pumping up himself.

What an oaf.

9/24/2013 11:50:00 AM

(9/24/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They're still too severe and punish the innocent, but good to see Penn State getting a lesser penalty.

9/24/2013 11:30:00 AM

(9/24/2013 11:10:00 AM) - Al

BK to try healthier fries, but as we all know, if they don't taste yummy, it won't matter.

9/24/2013 11:10:00 AM

(9/24/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Ladies are the segment of gun buyers growing the quickest.

9/24/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/24/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Dr. Pepper is enjoyed hot by many? Never heard of it, but it does sound yummy.

9/24/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/24/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Homemade chicken plucker works incredibly in 14 seconds.

Almost makes me want to have to pluck a chicken.


9/24/2013 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 23, 2013

(9/23/2013 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Have to wonder if Estrada will volunteer to call it a season after that one, 7 innings, no runs, 115 pitches.

Considering they keep saying they'd like to give Nelson a start, seems possible.

EDIT: Maybe not, his ERA is 4.02. You know he'd like it to start with a 3. 

9/23/2013 08:46:00 PM

(9/23/2013 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Yo Gallardo, 2011-13--3.78 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 8.4 K/9, 6.10 IP/S
Pitcher X, 2011-13-----3.97 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 8.7 K/9, 5.81 IP/S

The only negative in Pitcher X is he's got about one less out per start, but to be honest, much of that may be from working some in relief and not being "stretched out"...hence, being limited to 4-5 innings at times.

Pitcher X is Marco Estrada. Funny how he's never mentioned in the same breath as Yo, even though he's been as effective when healthy. 

9/23/2013 06:20:00 PM

(9/23/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

orioles swept on loney walkoff HR puts them on edge of elimination. 30 1-run defeats for o's.--Heyman 

Remember last year how BAL "knew how to win" the close ones?

Apparently, they forgot. PIT is likely to suffer the same fate next season, just like SL's RISP stats are likely to revert to the norm.

Hey, it's just math.

9/23/2013 06:05:00 PM

(9/23/2013 05:30:00 PM) - Al

As I've said, it'd be nice if they even pretended to care.


9/23/2013 05:30:00 PM

(9/23/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Polite and civil...just let them die, says a future death panel member.

This is how I know I'm on the right side. Because I'd be forced to cry myself to sleep if I shared the same beliefs as these clods.

9/23/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/23/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I think most of his policy was once a throwaway line.

9/23/2013 03:30:00 PM

(9/23/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Simply put, Kyle Lohse can pitch.

9/23/2013 02:30:00 PM

(9/23/2013 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I think some of the new shows look very good, and this comes from someone who watched about five prime time shows last season.

I'm DVRing Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Goldbergs, and Trophy Wife thus far, and once again, am stuck with Criminal Minds and SVU being on at the same time, allowing me to tape one, but not the other, unless I watch one of them "live." With only one more week of Brewers, it is doable, but the Bucks and Badgers will start soon.

9/23/2013 01:42:00 PM

(9/23/2013 01:21:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if he wasn't being truthful.

9/23/2013 01:21:00 PM

(9/23/2013 01:14:00 PM) - Al

So far, Reid has used words like anarchists, fanatics & extremists to describe opponents of Obama health law.--Jamie Dupree

On the left, this is what they call "compromise" and "working together."

9/23/2013 01:14:00 PM

(9/23/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

This makes as much sense as anything.

9/23/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/23/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Too many jokes.

9/23/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/23/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Let's hope the US follows Germany's lead in '14. Even many on the left are tired of some unelected loudmouth telling them what and how much to eat.

9/23/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/23/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

All of his policies are anti children, but they are pro union...despite spending oodles more than they did in the 50's, public education is in the crapper...they throw all the money away on terrible teachers (the worst gets the same as the best), instead of rewarding the good ones.

9/23/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/23/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

MERKEL: 'We're confident people can manage their own lives'. How refreshing! How American! Well, used to be American.--Drudge

Thankfully, the Obamas' utopia that they have created by taxing and spending has solved all problems associated with know, freedom, prosperity...

9/23/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, September 22, 2013

(9/22/2013 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Final three schools for Sussex Hamilton's Brady Ellingson --- Iowa, Oakland and San Diego. Decision likely to come within a week or so.--WisBBYearbook

I'm wondering how that's even a decision. San Diego has nice weather, but plays in the WCC. Oakland is in Michigan, and plays in the Horizon. Unless he'd simply rather be a big fish in a small pond, that's an easy call.

9/22/2013 07:47:00 PM

(9/22/2013 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Surrounded by armed security, Obama says fight for gun control 'ought to obsess us'... You go first, Mr. President.--Drudge

Heh. It's funny because it's true. 

9/22/2013 07:01:00 PM

(9/22/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when dissent was considered patriotic.

9/22/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/22/2013 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Heck, about the most significant thing that happened during the last government shutdown was Clinton hooked up with Monica.--Palin

 The big picture is Obamacare is a money sucking, first step to socialized medicine. If not stopped, it will soon bankrupt the not forget, it is completely unfunded.

Palin is a distant second to great lines to Reagan, but so is everyone. Her ability to separate truth from the lies put forth every day from DC.

9/22/2013 03:29:00 PM

(9/22/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I do find it funny that the UK papers print everything the old media proudly pretends does not exist.

It can't get much worse. The angry rubes that stayed home in '12 may just make it to the polls in '14.

We can hope.

9/22/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/22/2013 11:31:00 AM) - Al

Not only is it ridiculous, it shows just how ignorant one of the leaders of the Dems is. I could fall down on the budget and find a hundred things that can be eliminated or cut in half.

Remember when Pelosi was running the House, she basically kept the Air Force on standby to fly her home, costing the taxpayers millions. Multiply that by thousands, and one could easily make a huge dent. But, that isn't what they want. They want to make the rubes dependent on the government for every single thing in their lives, and continue making it bigger. It has nothing to do with the children, or the elderly, or those unable to take care of themselves. They were around when Ronald Reagan was president, and his entire budget was the same size as the "stimulus" (which, oh by the way, did not work, just like I told you it wouldn't). People weren't dying in the streets, and those who needed it were being taken care of.

Rewrite history as you wish, but it won't work. Most of us that lived through the economic prosperity of the 80's are still alive. We've seen low unemployment (don't forget, liberals now insist "full employment is around 5% unemployment...the same number they lambasted W about less than a decade ago) and job creation numbers that would make Obama pee his pants. It's possible again...but only with fiscal discipline and people being allowed to keep what they earn. When the administration's stated goal is to "spread the wealth," and 16% of the economy now solidly in government control, socialism is upon us. 

9/22/2013 11:31:00 AM

(9/22/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Emmys honor some druggie over Jack Klugman and Larry Hagman.

Common sense, as we know it, is dead.

9/22/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/22/2013 08:00:00 AM) - Al

My brother can't stay on my mom's insurance because her pre-existing conditions plus him makes it 2 expensive. He's a 20 year old college student.--The Savvy

Luckily, Obamacare takes care of all...never mind.

9/22/2013 08:00:00 AM

(9/22/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

This week we learned that if you want to make Democrats disappear, all you need is some Benghazi parents.--Bill Powers

What this country needs is a boatload of Benghazi parents.

Cowards, one and all. Vile, and disgusting excuses of human beings. They should be kissing the feet of the Benghazi kin. I'd like to think that some on the left have an ounce of patriotism, but the facts seem to show otherwise.

9/22/2013 06:30:00 AM

Saturday, September 21, 2013

(9/21/2013 09:19:00 PM) - Al

He loves debt because it's easier to spend tons of cash and punish the evil successful that way.

And yes, he's a hypocrite, and a liar. He will say anything and blame anyone as he tries to cement a legacy that ignores a record of ineptness and scandal after scandal.

He has no path, no leadership ability, and, appears to be completely ignorant on domestic and foreign policy. When you stand for nothing, heading in the proper direction...or even knowing what direction that a mighty tough decision.

9/21/2013 09:19:00 PM

(9/21/2013 09:04:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to mention earlier that Counsell said Khris Davis has made the braintrust reconsider their "alignment."

As I said last night, Doug did not say no when asked if Braun would be asked to switch positions. Normally, you would have expected an immediate "well, it's really hard changing positions" type answer.

None of us know what will happen in the offseason, but Aoki being dealt to a team in need of a leadoff hitter with Davis and/or Gindl, or some combo thereof taking over, makes so much sense, it's difficult to imagine another scenario taking place.

Considering Counsell was in the team meetings this past week, I take that with a bit more meaning than I would from Brian or Bill.

9/21/2013 09:04:00 PM

(9/21/2013 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere in a mansion in TN, consuming enough electricity to power a village, Al Gore orders a hit on the author of this article, insisting, "We're doomed, and it's all because of that damn Industrial Revolution."

In another room, models jump into giant piles of cash, as his personal assistant confirms a call girl will be arriving at 7PM a Prius.

We only have ten's never less than a decade, because then that time would come and they'd be proven incorrect. It'll always be ten or more, because it's all fiction...designed to make themselves extremely wealthy.  

9/21/2013 06:30:00 PM

(9/21/2013 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Multiple reports on Twitter of Brewers' players meeting fans in the parking lots at Miller Park. Nice touch.

9/21/2013 05:26:00 PM

(9/21/2013 05:24:00 PM) - Al

Per BA, Crew resigns Arcenio Leon to a minor league contract. He was claimed off waivers last year, taken off the 40, and spent a year in AA, where he struggled with control. Obviously, a hard thrower still trying to put it all together.

Probably inconsequential, but Axford, Henderson, and Kintzler all have the same backstory. You can't teach velocity.

Hat tip to Mass Haas on Twitter.

9/21/2013 05:24:00 PM

(9/21/2013 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Better to cover up with, my friends.

If she isn't convicted of treason, she might be the next president.

9/21/2013 04:25:00 PM

(9/21/2013 04:04:00 PM) - Al

NBC News calls KIA US soldiers "NATO troops."

Doing a fine job. Pravda was more truthful and less biased, but...

9/21/2013 04:04:00 PM

(9/21/2013 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Harvard, with $30B in the bank, wants to raise $6.5B more.

Yet, they still have no qualms about taking taxpayer money at $50K a year per student. It's not quite a ponzi scheme, but it's really close.

9/21/2013 03:10:00 PM

(9/21/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Almost half the living Medal of Honor winners were in PA Thursday. The president...DNC fundraiser.

You can't write this stuff.

9/21/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/21/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Can'\t mow lawn until you're 16, tricycle helmets...the death of common sense is upon us.

9/21/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/21/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This will amount to a huge increase on every electric bill in the USA.

It's a hidden tax, that accomplishes nothing. Our air is cleaner than it's been in decades. Why then, you ask? Because environmental wackos gave Obama millions in cash. It's a political thank you that will, once again, severely limit money to spend that may have boosted the five year slump that just happens to coincide with the tax and spend ways of the Obama administration.


9/21/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/21/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Explaining why taxes do not work, simply, so even Obama can understand it.

The left hates success, and tries to punish it by taxing the bejeebers out of profit, death, income, and whatever else they can think of.

9/21/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/21/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Reason lists 17K things the government has spent money on since sequestration.

They're still spending far too much, despite lies to the contrary. It's pathetic how much was made of a fictional dilemma.

9/21/2013 09:00:00 AM

(9/21/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Thr Republicans are trying to save the country from bankruptcy and economic collapse.

And what exactly does Obama, he of the $7T added to the debt in 4.5 years, know about governing responsibly?

9/21/2013 06:30:00 AM

(9/21/2013 05:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, there isn't anywhere left to cut.

Help me Rhonda.

9/21/2013 05:30:00 AM

Friday, September 20, 2013

(9/20/2013 11:35:00 PM) - Al

Just saw an ad for an online bank bragging about its 0.9% rate on savings.

If I'm going to bother moving my money, I sure ain't going to do so for 0.9%.

9/20/2013 11:35:00 PM

(9/20/2013 11:02:00 PM) - Al

Walk really hurts Blazek. They usually do.

9/20/2013 11:02:00 PM

(9/20/2013 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Another foot towards Yuni, it's a DP. The Cards are a very lucky team, but so are the Pirates (I believe they are 6-7 wins above where they should be). Truthfully, I think the Reds are the best team in the division...but not the most blessed.

9/20/2013 10:59:00 PM

(9/20/2013 10:50:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez hits it 45 feet and gets a hit/RBI, Gomez hits it hard and it's a DP.

Better lucky than good.

9/20/2013 10:50:00 PM

(9/20/2013 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Lots of discussion on Billy Hamilton scoring from 2B on a infield hit, but the 3B simply knocked it too far away from the SS. Lots of above average runners would have scored on that.

9/20/2013 09:20:00 PM

(9/20/2013 09:01:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

9/20/2013 09:01:00 PM

(9/20/2013 08:19:00 PM) - Al

The Cards look to have several guys who wouldn't be playing if they were out of contention. Several guys have barely been trotting to 1B, nowhere near full speed. Sometimes, you gotta wonder if those guys playing at 75% are any better than their backup who is pretty much full strength. 

9/20/2013 08:19:00 PM

(9/20/2013 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Doug did not scoff or deny any talk of Braun possibly being asked to change positions (RF or 1B). That would seem to tell me that it is something that has been discussed. Obviously, RF is not much different, and Ryan has the arm strength for it, though his arm has never been consistent or accurate, by any means.

I have been watching hard for balls hit to the Brewers' RF that the runner would have taken an extra base on Davis' weak arm, and in the past month, there has not been a single hit that I have seen, though there has been a couple medium deep fly balls that the runner declined to challenge Aoki, that they may well have went on Davis, both were on 2B and would have been going for 3B.

9/20/2013 08:05:00 PM

(9/20/2013 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg's K/BB ratio was 17-5 going into tonight's game. Obviously, he's not going to have success walking that many guys...and I'm not sure why it is, as a ground ball pitcher, he should be throwing strikes, and letting the hitters bang them into the ground.

He looks to have horrible luck, though by my count, he has a .344 BAbip, which is high, but not nearly as high as you would think, as many dinky hits have made it through the infield.

9/20/2013 07:46:00 PM

(9/20/2013 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Not sure what Bianchi was looking at there. Scooter was ten feet closer to the bag than the runner, not sure what made him go to 1B. Maybe thought the runner had been running on the pitch or something.

9/20/2013 07:18:00 PM

(9/20/2013 06:42:00 PM) - Al

Oh to have such time consuming problems to keep me awake at night.

Like trying to decide between your two model girlfriends, the redhead or the blonde?

9/20/2013 06:42:00 PM

(9/20/2013 04:10:00 PM) - Al

It's getting difficult to take public education seriously.

It's as if they want to be mocked, and deservedly so. 

9/20/2013 04:10:00 PM

(9/20/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Possibly, with some good fortune, I will someday manage to be as polite and civil as those who do not believe in fiscal responsibility.

Have a good weekend, friends. Personally, I wish you all the best of luck and your children to not be ill, but what do I know?

9/20/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 03:49:00 PM) - Al

You know someone is as casual as they get when they say to conserve 40 man space, the Crew should "cut Yuni."

Yuni is a FA, and thus, will not be on the 40 (unless resigned, of course). Don't embarrass yourself by continuing to talk when you know nothing.

That's why I do not talk about nuclear fission on here.

9/20/2013 03:49:00 PM

(9/20/2013 03:38:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just announced his laptop failed to boot up when he got home, and according to Dell's code, it is a processor error. Luckily, we have a couple reserves he can use for the time being. He's a gloomy gus to start his weekend.

9/20/2013 03:38:00 PM

(9/20/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I discussed signing Feldman last offseason, as he has always been stellar outside of Arlington, a notorious hitter's park. I would not be surprised at all if the Brewers make an offer to him, while trying to shop Gallardo or Estrada (who will get a hefty raise in year two of arby).

9/20/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Mom sells One Direction tickets after daughter caught fibbing.

9/20/2013 02:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 01:44:00 PM) - Al

The D-Backs are the girl at the bar who wants to go home because no guys are paying attention to her. The fun sponge. We all know that girl.--Lindsay Guentzel

Heh. The DBacks seem to be a mighty grumpy bunch. Of course, trading away your talent for "grit" will have that effect, I suppose.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm of to be offended by things other people do that really don't affect me at all.

9/20/2013 01:44:00 PM

(9/20/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I just don't think he understands even the simplest things.

9/20/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked that it would seem that taxing and spending seems to not be boosting the economy!

If it did, in theory, simply confiscating everyone's income would work even better, because that would just be a 100% tax rate. 

9/20/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I was watching my Joel Osteen show from last week, and he said, "I'm too white to have any swag." The camera panned to a group of black audience members, who were all looking at each other, laughing heartily.

Reminds me of the old Dennis Miller description of a white person walking onto the dance floor and making a conscious decision to begin dancing, as opposed to the black folks on the floor, as they begin moving to the music as soon as they stood up. 

9/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember, Pelosi insisted food stamps would lead us to prosperity.

We're in the best of hands. 

9/20/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/20/2013 11:38:00 AM) - Al

Seattle is my survivor pick this week, after taking DEN and NE the first two.

I have 17 right overall after two weeks. Got last night's wrong though.

9/20/2013 11:38:00 AM

(9/20/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The Keystone pipeline is icky. You know, it would carry oil, and employ people...and most of all, not be a disaster, so it would not fit in with this presidency.

We all know the environmental concerns are a crock. They said the same thing about Alaska, and there have been no issues. Sadly, the wackos donate so much cash, this administration can be bought and sold at the drop of a hat.

9/20/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/20/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

It's really difficult not to love Governor Palin.

9/20/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/20/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.

With the highest pay-per-view boxing price - at an average of more than $70 - the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone.

Nevada boxing regulators say the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record. A total of 16,146 seats were sold for the event at an average price of almost $1,240 per ticket.--AP

Goodness. Much like TV in the summer, if you have a quality product, people will find it.

9/20/2013 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, September 19, 2013

(9/19/2013 10:35:00 PM) - Al

Adam confirms Ravin throws 100+. Maybe they can dial him back to 95 and hit the corners.

9/19/2013 10:35:00 PM

(9/19/2013 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Al, love your stuff. How does Thornburg not do so well in the minors and do ok for the Crew. After LAST year I thought he was a fill-in at best, but is he for real?

I am an unabashed casual, I apologize, that is why I count on you to form my opinion.


I posted way back when that Thornburg's poor numbers were mostly a result of the offensive environment of the western cities of the PCL, as well as a far higher than normal HR rate.  He is pitching consistently, and while not unhittable, has certainly been very solid. He's also doing it while topping out at 92-94, so he's not anywhere near his max velocity. And, he's had the opposite HR luck in the bigs, only 1 in 59 caqn bet he's had a few fly balls caught on the warning track, or just hit to the deepest part of the park, as that's just not sustainable for a guy with his stuff (good, not great velocity, and a breaking ball that often ends up in the strike zone). 

I think Tyler will end up as either a very good reliever or a bottom of the rotation starter...even through this streak of productive starts, he has never made it into the 7th (though he could have last night). He gets both lefties and righties out, and his lack of height has not been an issue yet, either with his stamina or a tendency to be "up" (many feel shorter pitchers lack a downhill plane, though, for whatever reason, it doesn't bother southpaws) with location.

9/19/2013 07:46:00 PM

(9/19/2013 06:48:00 PM) - Al

The empty side of the room is the Dems during the Benghazi testimony.

They're doing a heckuva job.

9/19/2013 06:48:00 PM

(9/19/2013 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Overpaid, every single one. They should just start with a whole new batch. They are as hopeless as it gets. Guys off the street can be idiots and miss calls just as easily as this moronic bunch.

9/19/2013 06:06:00 PM

(9/19/2013 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Crew claims Josh Ravin from Reds. He does fit the mold, big RHP, that Doug has signed plenty of over the years.

He has had very little success, but must have a good arm, as he strikes out about a batter an inning...but has walked almost as many.

I think he may well have been claimed just to make a good impression; to help sign him to a minor league contract this offseason, as I can't imagine them using a 40 man spot on him all winter.

9/19/2013 05:58:00 PM

(9/19/2013 05:50:00 PM) - Al

Hart repeats he would play cheaply to stay in MIL. He almost sounds desperate to stay, as either he or his wife (or both) must really want to remain there. 

9/19/2013 05:50:00 PM

(9/19/2013 04:26:00 PM) - Al

I don't know how they sleep at night. I truly don't.

I'm surprised Hillary didn't fly in just so she could listen to the families and then yell, "Quit your whining. What difference does it make?"

9/19/2013 04:26:00 PM

(9/19/2013 03:36:00 PM) - Al

I just got home from the office and picking up the Rambling son, so I'm only in the 2nd inning. FYI.

9/19/2013 03:36:00 PM

(9/19/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

She plays golf too.


9/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/19/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

In remarks on the Senate Floor on March 16, 2006, Sen. Obama said the need to raise the Debt Limit was "a sign of leadership failure."

Heh. The breeze must have changed direction again...

9/19/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/19/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Good reminder: Declaration of Independence 1,322 words US Constitution 7,794 words. Government Regulations on sale of cabbage 26,911 words.--Ron Paul

It's broken. Time to start fixing the problem. 

9/19/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/19/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I thought I was a contrarian, but compared to this, I'm just a brainless follower.

9/19/2013 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

(9/18/2013 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, my Yahoo account was comprised again today, despite having a password longer and more complex than Russia's nuclear codes.

Changed again. Sigh.

9/18/2013 09:50:00 PM

(9/18/2013 07:57:00 PM) - Al

The city of Milwaukee will have be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

If not for Bud Selig and Herb Kohl, MIL would be nothing but a minor league town, and everyone would blame everyone except themselves.

The most ironic thing is, despite blocks of abandoned warehouses and factories downtown and near downtown, the city shrugs their shoulders and asks, "Well, where would we put it? 

9/18/2013 07:57:00 PM

(9/18/2013 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Sean Halton making a push for a roster spot. His RH pop and versatility gives him a leg up. His odds look even better if they do not bring back Hart, which many feel is a given.

I have no idea how they feel about Corey, but his situation does remind me of Marcum's. 

9/18/2013 07:37:00 PM

(9/18/2013 06:34:00 PM) - Al

In another free ad, Ranger Up has 25% off one of Rambling's favorite Tshirts today.

9/18/2013 06:34:00 PM

(9/18/2013 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are planning to expose Scooter Gennett to more lefties in the remaining games, see how he handles it.--Adam,

He's had limited success so far, but he will never have any luck if he doesn't see them. It is a learned skill, and he might be fine versus a "normal" LHP...loogys that throw hard and have a big breaking ball are always going to be a challenge.

9/18/2013 05:00:00 PM

(9/18/2013 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Wow. Just wow.

I think it's safe to say George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan did not meet with the most liberal newspaper in the land to make decisions.

Of course, that may be why they didn't embarrass themselves every day.

9/18/2013 03:53:00 PM

(9/18/2013 03:50:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC blasts Obama for partisan speech.

Let that sink in a minute.

Never let a tragedy go to waste.

9/18/2013 03:50:00 PM

(9/18/2013 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say how pathetic it is that some "fans" are pondering what draft pick the Crew would get if the season ended today.

Talk about sad. It's baseball, some #1 overall picks never make it, some courtesy picks like Mike Piazza go to the Hall of Fame. It's very difficult to consider any "fan" who is hoping for a higher pick to be anything but a bandwagoneer.

9/18/2013 03:46:00 PM

(9/18/2013 03:33:00 PM) - Al

This is how government works...throw stuff away, raise taxes, buy more.

When you have an open wallet called the taxpayer, common sense is pointless.

9/18/2013 03:33:00 PM

(9/18/2013 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Braun and Hart back in MIL today, but Weeks is home recovering from surgery.

9/18/2013 02:29:00 PM

(9/18/2013 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Barb Boxer is now obstructing Senate from investigating Benghazi. Live on floor now

I don't know how they sleep at night. They don't even pretend to care. 

9/18/2013 02:21:00 PM

(9/18/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The excitement different brands of wet wipes are trying to create is astonishing.

9/18/2013 02:00:00 PM

(9/18/2013 01:43:00 PM) - Al

I admit, this looks pretty tasty to me, having eaten about fifty carbs in the past two weeks.

9/18/2013 01:43:00 PM

(9/18/2013 01:09:00 PM) - Al

I don't blame Obama because Alexis was a supporter. He was a nut. But situation reversed, Barry'd blame the Tea Party in a skinny minute.--Todd Kincannon

No doubt. It's all politics to them. That's why he voted present 180 times...stands for nothing.

9/18/2013 01:09:00 PM

(9/18/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.--Ronald Reagan

Year five of sparking the economy by taxing and spending, still wondering why it doesn't work.

Reagan was a genius. He was there for eight years, and said a million things people are terrified to say today.

9/18/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/18/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Kool-Aid can be turned into Gatorade by adding some salt.---OMG Facts

The success of Gatorade is an ode to marketing.

9/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/18/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The only way to stop evil intent on doing damage is a good guy with a gun.

9/18/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/18/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Such a heart-warming story. Homeless man rewarded for turning in lost backpack with $42,000 inside. Would you?--GMA

My first thought would be why is anyone stupid enough to carry around $42K in cash?

9/18/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/18/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Mike Hunt can write nothing and fill space as good as any complete hack.

This is why old media is dead and dying.

9/18/2013 09:30:00 AM

(9/18/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Assault rifle effectively means, "gun we want to ban."

Of course, the gun in question is effectively the same as any number of hunting rifles popular in our part of the world...except for some scary looking plastic addons that make it look "icky."

All it takes to change the Constitution is 75% of the states signing off on it. I have no qualms at all about doing so.

However, the mere fact they wish to legislate through the judicial branch...or, simply ignore the law and do whatever they want (also known as the Obama way, and if you disagree, you're a racist) tells me they have no desire to do things the proper way. They only believe in procedure when the GOP is in power. Hypocrites, one and all.

9/18/2013 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

(9/17/2013 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Just watched Brooklyn Nine Nine I DVR'd earlier tonight.

Very funny, but very slapstick. Might be hard to keep up and it may be very hit and miss.

9/17/2013 10:40:00 PM

(9/17/2013 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Justin Grimm lowers his ERA a tad by throwing to 1B for a meaningless out as the game ends on the squeeze. Of course, the correct play is to pick it up and fire it home, just in case the runner falls down or missed the plate.

To be honest, I'm not sure if I've ever saw that before.

Also, I'm not sure why no one seems to ever pitch out versus the Crew, as Ron does the squeeze, with one out and a singles hitter at the plate a good percentage of the time. It's a bit of a risk with the bases loaded, but, so is hoping for the best.

It's almost like the opposing manager is thinking, "He's not going to squeeze, because he knows I know he's going to squeeze, and he thinks I'll pitchout."

Meanwhile, he keeps calling it and no one pitches out. With defenses being more and more aggressive with shifts and playing in, this seems to go against that.

9/17/2013 10:14:00 PM

(9/17/2013 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Last night, Sveum changed pitchers every other hitter, tonight, it's almost exactly like a normal game.

Very odd. Seems as if he was trying to prove some sort of point to Jackson, and all the rest was trying to cover it up.  

9/17/2013 10:03:00 PM

(9/17/2013 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Gomez will be bunting for a hit here in the 9th. 

EDIT: Missed that one. It made a lot of sense. 

9/17/2013 09:54:00 PM

(9/17/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Johnson did a spectacular job with the Kings. I would think he'd be on any short list.

9/17/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/17/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

If there was a demand for charging stations, they wouldn't need taxpayer money to operate.

As Chris Rock said, "You never hear a crack dealer say, "I don't know what I'm going to do with all this crack!"

Even drug dealers have a better understanding of capitalism than the administration. They just don't believe in it.

9/17/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/17/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Marcus Landry has some guaranteed money on his Lakers' deal...that's a very good sign.

9/17/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/17/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing bores me more than discussion of beards, good luck charms, or "gritty and scrappy" players.

The Red Sox are good because they are scoring far more runs than they allow. Ditto for every other good team. Granted, if you get along, you may create a better atmosphere in order to do that, but for the most part, silly discussion is just cliche and makes the media look like gullible buffoons.

9/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/17/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

WI has the best pension plan funding in the nation.

IL has the worst.

Thank you fiscal responsibility.

9/17/2013 11:00:00 AM

(9/17/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Back to Reagan.

It's all about freedom. Government is just getting in the way.

9/17/2013 10:30:00 AM

(9/17/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

If only we had elected a chess champion, at least they understand economics.

9/17/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/17/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Entitlement cuts, tax cuts needed to boost economy.

The hell you say? Who woulda guessed?

9/17/2013 09:30:00 AM

(9/17/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

At least I did not drink the Kool Aid, never mind the water.

This is why I generally dislike people so.

9/17/2013 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 16, 2013

(9/16/2013 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Good old CNN.

I'm surprised they didn't refer to it as "icky."

9/16/2013 10:28:00 PM

(9/16/2013 10:09:00 PM) - Al

I sent Bill the answer, but I don't know if he'll get it. I knew it would be during the war years.

Near bottom of link.

9/16/2013 10:09:00 PM

(9/16/2013 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Bishara named Miss Wisconsin 2014. She is a former Bucks' dancer, and I assume is one of the Fox Sports Wisconsin girls, though maybe Bishara is a more popular name than I think.

9/16/2013 09:13:00 PM

(9/16/2013 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Sveum was making some strange decisions this entire month, pulling guys very early. Maybe Theo told him to be aggressive in his hooks to make sure they get a look at young pitchers, but no vet wants to pitch and get taken out of a 2-0 game in the 4th. Very odd.

Always embarrassing when you have an incident in your dugout in front of the cameras too. Last one in MIL I recall was Prince/Parra, of which we all know Manny, at best, was a headcase.

9/16/2013 09:00:00 PM

(9/16/2013 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Ripken, for those of you watching on TV, was one of the most selfish players to ever play the game, putting his streak over his team and performing poorly at the end of most every season due to it.

What's especially sad is how he was an outstanding offensive SS, but all he's remembered for is that meaningless streak.

9/16/2013 07:33:00 PM

(9/16/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Gomez impacting playoff race.

9/16/2013 06:05:00 PM

(9/16/2013 02:07:00 PM) - Al

I assume the anchor did not think of Ft. Hood because, as we all know, that was just workplace violence.

9/16/2013 02:07:00 PM

(9/16/2013 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Know what no one has pointed out yet? Gindl ansd Halton's homers landed within a couple feet of each other.

9/16/2013 01:01:00 PM

(9/16/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Adam just commented that we are the only two who aren't sure that Gomez robbed a HR...I think it would have been off the top of the wall and stayed in. As he points out, everyone else just wants to say he took away another one.

9/16/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/16/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The Atlantic says the water thing is "odd."

What's odd is the first lady wasting time on trivial crap like this with, at best, sketchy evidence it does any good. It's almost like they just picked it out of a hat.

9/16/2013 01:00:00 PM

(9/16/2013 12:47:00 PM) - Al

An embarrassment is far too kind.

Our foreign policy is a laughingstock, plain and simple. That said, it may be better than our domestic agenda...

9/16/2013 12:47:00 PM

(9/16/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

This sums up the Reagan/Obama difference in a single tweet.

9/16/2013 12:30:00 PM

(9/16/2013 12:24:00 PM) - Al

I would do anything to be home today. Shooting happened on the 4th floor of my Dad's building...he is home safe. Praying for his coworkers.--Shannon Shepard

Our local sports gal's dad works in the building at the Navy yard, but took the day off today. Almost certainly an insider she reports, as it is a very secure building.

9/16/2013 12:24:00 PM

(9/16/2013 12:10:00 PM) - Al

Rewriting the Constitution, one line at a time.

9/16/2013 12:10:00 PM

(9/16/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is almost enough to make me stop eating ground beef medium rare.


9/16/2013 11:30:00 AM

(9/16/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

He simply has no understanding of how economies work. You see, we want technology, as someone has to develop that kiosk and that ATM. Someone has to keep it working, and repair it when it doesn't. A company has to build it.

It's almost as if he's never run anything in his entire life.

Maybe he should, I don't know, drink more water.

9/16/2013 11:30:00 AM

(9/16/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

No one's responsible for anything.

It's society in general. And it's pathetic.

9/16/2013 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, September 15, 2013

(9/15/2013 10:38:00 PM) - Al

Clint sends in this storyline of the last few seconds of the Badgers' football game.

The view of the knee is not close enough to see if it was down, but the rest seems legit.

Jason also sends in this rulebook quote, not that I did not believe him, but I don't know why you don't just have the player, you know, kneel down if he wishes to give himself up. Simulating a kneel down could mean a dozen things, and leaves a lot up in the air (including, possibly, a knee).

9/15/2013 10:38:00 PM

(9/15/2013 08:25:00 PM) - Al

Getting some pushback about the Badgers' "fumble/kneel down."

I see the NFL guy on Fox said the QB kneeled down. Friend of Ramblings Jason said the player only has to "simulate a kneel down," which is absurd, but may well be true.

9/15/2013 08:25:00 PM

(9/15/2013 06:31:00 PM) - Al

He doesn't even mention the shortage of doctors...many are just going to retire, especially those 55+. Some will stop seeing patients and just do surgeries and the like, because of the extra paperwork. There will also be more people running to the doctor instead of buying a cold medicine...why buy $20 of meds at Target when you can just head to the doc for free?

It will bankrupt us.

9/15/2013 06:31:00 PM

(9/15/2013 06:07:00 PM) - Al

The players don't get's supposed to be a crapshoot. That's the whole idea. It's supposed to weaken the wildcard winner and give an advantage to the team with the best record.

If you want a nice long series, win the division. The fact it is a crapshoot is why teams play so hard to win the division. 

9/15/2013 06:07:00 PM

(9/15/2013 04:48:00 PM) - Al

NFL survivor picks , I'm 2-0 through 2 weeks. I picked both Thursday games so far, DEN and NE.

I was 8-7 last week, and 6-4 in the early games. 

9/15/2013 04:48:00 PM

(9/15/2013 04:33:00 PM) - Al

I didn't think that was a bad pitch, but the tracker shows it almost right in the exact middle of the plate. Halton's probably a .350 hitter in that spot.

9/15/2013 04:33:00 PM

(9/15/2013 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Be great if Halton could find a winter ball team willing to play him at 3B, he'd be a nice asset there.

That's his ceiling we saw today, a RH bat with pop, but that's a talent 25 teams are looking for, especially since he can play 1B/LF/RF.

9/15/2013 04:26:00 PM

(9/15/2013 04:17:00 PM) - Al

I don't think that was a HR, but Gomez saves a couple runs.

That extension Doug signed Gomez to cost Carlos about $25M or more, assuming he would have had the same season, of course.

9/15/2013 04:17:00 PM

(9/15/2013 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Tom Harkin, a liar and all around terrible person, disses honorable people because they believe in fiscal responsibility.

Glad he's not on my ide.

9/15/2013 03:43:00 PM

(9/15/2013 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Climate change is the cause of everything bad. Nothing good.

Why can't those with common sense understand this?!

9/15/2013 01:45:00 PM

(9/15/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

He should have voted present...he could have been president someday!

These votes are mighty tough decisions when you don't believe in anything.

9/15/2013 12:00:00 PM

(9/15/2013 11:51:00 AM) - Al

RRR recommending winter ball for Juan Francisco. Couple of specific changes

I have to question his desire or ability to change, he's a streaky hitter who chases too many pitches out of the zone. He also can't hit LHP at all. What he does have, however, is 30 HR power, and despite his inability to be average at 1B, has solid defensive numbers at 3B, one of the weakest positions in the sport. He'll find a job somewhere, and probably put up an 800ish OPS, as he just keeps doing.

9/15/2013 11:51:00 AM

(9/15/2013 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Darnell Coles has joined the coaching staff for the rest of the month. Prediction: Future MLB manager.--Adam,

Coles is a very nice guy and former big league role player. I've thought for a long time Mike Guerrero would be added to the big league staff, as he is a young guy who speaks Spanish, and is at AAA. Coles is about the same age and is at AA. I would guess the Crew will either have to find them a job on the staff or they will soon find them elsewhere.

Let's be blunt, most coaches are just friends of the manager, and few changes take place. They don't make much money, as the money they get from a playoff share and/or from MLB licensing is usually more than their salary. 

9/15/2013 11:44:00 AM

(9/15/2013 11:33:00 AM) - Al

Wait! Did you just arrive on this planet? Nobody made fun of the WH before 2009? Really?!--Ray Stewart

Obama's inability to handle any criticism has nothing to do with the color of his skin, though it is directly related to his incredibly thin skin. As I predicted four years ago, the constant crying wolf, and pretending all criticism was racism, has backfired painfully. No one believes it, and he's now just considered a whiner.

Obama has only seen a fraction of the criticism that W did. The difference is in the response. W ignored it, went on about his business, and stayed on task. Obama is all over the place (how many times has he said the main focus is now "back to the economy?" He has ignored the Constitution, made his own rules, and the scandals, every single one remains uninvestigated and unsolved, proves that.

9/15/2013 11:33:00 AM

(9/15/2013 11:13:00 AM) - Al

I watched the first half of the Badgers' game last night, and hit the DVR button before going to bed. I just watched it, and I saw it as a fumble...Stave looked to set the ball on the ground without taking a knee. I'm sure many biased observers saw it differently.

9/15/2013 11:13:00 AM

(9/15/2013 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Let's play math on a Sunday morning.

The Brewers have a 3.96 ERA for the season, 11th in the NL.

Since June 1st, their ERA is 3.62, which would be 6th for the season...behind the five teams who will likely make the playoffs.

If they could would have been able to put up the 3.62 ERA all season, that's 49.98 fewer runs they would have allowed. I'm going to round to 50.

I'm going to take away those 50 runs from the 643 they've given up. 593. I'll ignore the fact they probably would have allowed fewer unearned runs as well.

The Crew has scored 577 runs this season.

577 vs. 593. In theory, a team that scored that many and allowed that many would have a winning percentage of .486...79 wins, over 162. Right now, they'd have 71. In reality, the Crew has 64.

I'm the first to admit, this is a bit of a pointless exercise. However, this is not a 60some win team coming back. Since June 1st, they are, in the real world, 44-50. They've scored 357 and given up 379, which, in fact, should lead to...44 wins (see, this stuff works out once in a while). That's a 76 win pace.

What does this all mean? Well, nothing, except it does seem to tell us the Crew is a better team the final three months than all of 2013, small sample size be damned. Also, considering they are losing two free agents (Hart, Gonzalez) this winter, almost all of that talent is returning.

I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I promise you Doug and Gord (and Mark) are thinking this is a .500ish team with a healthy Braun (never mind Ramirez and 1B not losing your top three options from day one. Hence, it's a lot easier to take a 81 win team and make it a 88 win team (a likely playoff team with two wildcards) than a whatever they actually end up with (about 70).  

9/15/2013 11:10:00 AM

(9/15/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

You knew she was guilty when she plead the 5th...innocent people have nothing to hide. This criminal does.

Remember, it's all about loyalty. This entire administration is made up of complete morons who have "proven themselves" to be worthy of such things. Let's be honest, John Kerry isn't qualified to do anything except marry money and throw his country under the bus with unproven hooey.

9/15/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/15/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm so glad they're not on my side.

9/15/2013 06:30:00 AM

Saturday, September 14, 2013

(9/14/2013 10:59:00 PM) - Al

I just looked it up...a "sun devil" is a whirlwind.

9/14/2013 10:59:00 PM

(9/14/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED, info on Al Gore's buffonery below. Suckers.

Remember how they insisted there was no ice a while back?

Lies. It's what they do. When you profit on scaring rubes, you will probably find a way to scare rubes.

EDIT: Gore off a million miles in his lie. He never thought anyone would check.

He said whatever he could to make money. It was not based on facts. It was based on saying complete crap that could not be proven or was very hard to prove. Then, every time the wind blows, or it rains, or snows, he called up the old media and said, "See?"

And they ate it up.

How you feeling now?

No one ever went broke overestimating the intelligence of the American public. 

Remember the Dennis Miller quote, "You know, when I was growing up, it was hot. It was really hot. It didn't just become hot a few years ago."

The irony is, all these guys are just charlatans. The end of the world as we know it is always...just a few years away. I have a couple survivalist sites bookmarked (they are labeled "panic now"), and five years ago, the end was in the 2012-16 range. Now? 2016-2020. Ditto for Gore. The immense heat up (or cool down) is always going to be just a few years away. And the rubes keep falling for it.

They remind me of the tonic salesman that shows up on every sitcom or drama series set in the past. They stroll into town, selling pure alcohol, and within a couple days (about 15 minutes of air time), every housewife and teetotaler in town is drunk, and shocked (SHOCKED!)  to find out that stuff that looks like booze, tastes like booze, and comes in a glass bottle just like booze.

All that time and money they've wasted on this scam, they could have been spending on lowering spending, lowering taxes, and not pushing off the inevitable to my son's generation.

They should be ashamed of themselves, and tried for treason. Even if they have to hauled back from another freaking vacation, or lying about drinking more water to stay healthy. They are pathetic human beings, and complete failures.

9/14/2013 04:00:00 PM

(9/14/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember those who insisted Act 10 would be a disaster for Wisconsin?

Me neither.

Common sense. Fiscal conservatism. Strong leadership. People keeping more of what they earn.

That's all that's keeping us from being successful in DC. A complete disregard for the taxpayer and lack of all four. They simply hate and do not believe in the free market, which has made the USA the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet. 

9/14/2013 03:30:00 PM

(9/14/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

312K Americans gave up job hunting in Aug lowering unemployment rate to 7.3%. Obama calls this step in right direction, urges more Americans to give up.--Jay Leno

It's funny because it's true.

This is why they talk about water and Syria. They can't believe taxing, spending, and entitlements don't always did in college!

9/14/2013 02:30:00 PM

(9/14/2013 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Total pitches seen in 2013: 1. BOS 23,691 2. MIN 22,620 3. OAK 22,190. 4. CLE 22,149 ...28. CWS 20,699 29. Marlins 20,416 30. MILW 20,392.--Buster Olney

Hard to believe the Crew is last, as Aoki, Lucroy, Weeks, and Francisco often work the count deep, though they have a lot of aggressive hitters to be sure.

I also am surprised the difference between first and last is only 22 pitches a game. That's barely worth mentioning, 2.5-3 pitches an inning. 

9/14/2013 01:52:00 PM

(9/14/2013 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg, battling himself all day, gets through 5 innings having allowed 4 runs. Not a banner outing, but a sign that he can eat innings even without his best stuff.

You can count on one hand how many pitchers have had success after compiling a 1-1 BB/K ratio in AAA, but I feel he'll have a nice run in the bigs, be it in the bullpen or towards the bottom of a rotation. I would expect him to be in AAA to begin the season, barring injury, but he'll be up before the end of '14 for good. As of today, he's in the 6th-8th SP range somewhere.

9/14/2013 01:47:00 PM

(9/14/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

If you asked me who might possibly know less about elephant poaching than anyone else on the planet, I'm positive I would, without hesitation, reply Chelsea Clinton.


Tune in next week, when Chelsea solves a Rubik's cube while just using her feet...and her mammoth female brain. 

9/14/2013 01:30:00 PM

(9/14/2013 01:07:00 PM) - Al

They're taking Gophers coach Jerry Kill off on a stretcher after he suffered a seizure on the sideline at halftime.

They're going to do this a few days before his funeral, eventually. He either needs to find a new job or get on different medication. I've worked with a dozen epileptics over the years and he's had more seizures in three years than all of them combined.  

9/14/2013 01:07:00 PM

(9/14/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Gee, I wonder why?

IRS scandal?

NSA scandal?

Benghazi coverup?

AP scandal?

giving guns to Mexican drug cartel, for reasons totally oblivious to the sane.

Ag Dept scandal.

You know, it's almost like they were totally unqualified from the get go, and the American public voted for the dude whose speeches were were being written by this fella.  And they say women are treated poorly in this administration? Shocking.

9/14/2013 11:30:00 AM

(9/14/2013 10:40:00 AM) - Al

The life of a pro football player...injections for pain before every game.

Takes the glamour out pretty quickly.

9/14/2013 10:40:00 AM

(9/14/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Something I've noticed...the more GIF's you have on your site, the more incredibly lame it is. I think it's one of those lazy, stupid things bad writers do because they...can't write.

9/14/2013 10:30:00 AM

(9/14/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The truth is, hotels should provide you with these perks. $70-80 for a night's stay is close to obscene. But, if people pay it...

9/14/2013 10:00:00 AM

(9/14/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Or, it could be your lack of modesty.

9/14/2013 08:30:00 AM

Friday, September 13, 2013

(9/13/2013 11:11:00 PM) - Al

KRod retweeted this. That'll go over nicely.

9/13/2013 11:11:00 PM

(9/13/2013 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' starters have 10 QS in 11g in September, posting a 3.28 ERA (71.1ip, 26er). They have 6 straight QS w/a 2.40 ERA (41.1ip, 11er).--Brewers' PR

Amazing how solid they have been since June 1st.

9/13/2013 10:54:00 PM

(9/13/2013 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Other than the fact they go cheap with medium fries instead of large, I can see this being a popular item....though it's only a $1-2 savings off the menu price.

9/13/2013 08:56:00 PM

(9/13/2013 07:59:00 PM) - Al

De la Torre will not appear in MIL, it would appear.

Brief report on him here. Any guy who strikes over a batter an inning in that much AAA time has some stuff.  Odd he was signed way back in '04 and released...I wonder if he had visa or injury issues.

9/13/2013 07:59:00 PM

(9/13/2013 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Umpire misses ball strike call by a foot to Gennett. Good one.

Calling it in the rest of the way, it would appear. Well, you know, it was hot a few days ago. It's been a long season, and you know, they work three hours a day.

9/13/2013 07:36:00 PM

(9/13/2013 06:32:00 PM) - Al

This is us if Obamacare is allowed to survive. Simply put, when there's no incentive to, the quality suffers.

9/13/2013 06:32:00 PM

(9/13/2013 05:39:00 PM) - Al

There's also no proof that leaving kids hungry at lunch by feeding them veggies they won't eat isn't possibly the most ignorant idea on the planet.

I yearn for the days of Nancy Reagan, the Bush ladies, and pretty much, any first lady who wasn't as embarrassing as the current administration.

Oh, and by the way, stop spending my money on lavish vacations and flying around lying to people.

Stay home and shut the hell up.

9/13/2013 05:39:00 PM

(9/13/2013 05:25:00 PM) - Al

On the sidebar of a site...I admit, this is in poor taste, but hilarious.

9/13/2013 05:25:00 PM

(9/13/2013 04:31:00 PM) - Al

As I guessed, Atlanta is the 3rd MLS expansion city "already in."

9/13/2013 04:31:00 PM

(9/13/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Did she think of this when she was on vacation (the irony being, of course, we all know her and Bill barely speak, never mind go to Australia together), or when she was deathly ill?

Those two deserve each other.

9/13/2013 03:00:00 PM

(9/13/2013 02:35:00 PM) - Al

With all the talk about Thornburg's awful numbers in AAA, I just thought I'd remind you that, as you read here in early June, Tyler did not pitch badly when he was not in the hitter friendly conditions of the western PCL.

You gotta look a little deeper than the raw stats of the minors at times. I'm not saying Colorado Springs, Reno, Tucson, Vegas, Albuquerque, Sacramento are a pitcher's nightmare, but I'm 44, and I'm pretty sure I could hit .300 at any of 'em.

High altitude + big gaps = Tyler having a 7 ERA.

9/13/2013 02:35:00 PM

(9/13/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Crew claims hard thrower I wrote about here. He's not a big guy like Doug usually goes after, but he is a big strikeout, high velocity, fastball/slider type that they do like to stockpile. Going to Helena for now (only team still playing), but since he's 28, I think there's a good chance they will want the braintrust to see him in MIL before the end of the month.

EDIT: Friend of Rambling Jim says de la Torre will have a pair of options left, if indeed he is still on the 40 next spring. 

9/13/2013 02:28:00 PM

(9/13/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

So the first lady is wasting millions of tax dollars to run around the country, hang out with celebrities, push false science and mommy us to death?--Redsteeze


All they know is spend and tax. They have no respect for the taxpayer's money, and it shows. 

9/13/2013 02:00:00 PM

(9/13/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Handicapped parking spots need a sign to be valid. If it just has a wheelchair painted on the ground, it's fair game.--OrganizeYourLife

Around here, I knew that was true...because for several months a year, you can't see it anyway.

FYI, another one is the "senior citizen parking"...those are not valid, they're just put up by the retailer. Of course, with my gray hair and stiff gait when I get out of my car, no one questions me.

9/13/2013 01:00:00 PM

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