Tuesday, July 31, 2018
(7/31/2018 11:59:00 PM) - Al
Jeffress for the 9th, not Knebel.
Downright strange. Hope Corey is healthy.
BUMP: Counsell said with 3 RH bats up, it set up nicely for Jeffress. TV did not show if Knebel or Hader were up in the bullpen in case someone reached.
Knebel faced Machado, and perhaps others the night before as well. Always prefer having batters see a new arm if possible.
Of course, we all know how it works...they can play the oddsand set them up for success all they want, but if they give up any runs, they shoulda went with someone else.:)
7/31/2018 11:59:00 PM
(7/31/2018 11:45:00 PM) - Al
3rd 1-0 win of the year.
Good teams win low scoring games and high scoring games.
They are also back to being 2 wins above "expected." A little good fortune is always a good thing.
7/31/2018 11:45:00 PM
(7/31/2018 11:06:00 PM) - Al
Asking the important questions:
Why doesn't the couple in the Humana ad just eat more tuna sandwiches and get better seats?
7/31/2018 11:06:00 PM
(7/31/2018 08:26:00 PM) - Al
Craig Counsell confirms Jonathan Schoop is expected to be activated tomorrow. Will he play some shortstop with the Brewers moving forward? "I do think you’ll see him at shortstop," he said. "It’s something that we’ve thought of that’s a possibility, for sure."--JS
I would assume they have now talked to Schoop and he says he'll play anywhere they wish.
FYI. Schoop is pronounced "scope," like the mouthwash.
7/31/2018 08:26:00 PM
(7/31/2018 08:06:00 PM) - Al
Oh, to have the guts to write such a "recommendation letter."
7/31/2018 08:06:00 PM
(7/31/2018 07:46:00 PM) - Al
Jimmy is just beginning spring training. He would appear to be at least 4-6 weeks away.
7/31/2018 07:46:00 PM
(7/31/2018 04:09:00 PM) - Al
Looks like tomorrow at the earliest in LA for Schoop.
Saladino can go down, which is what I expect too.
7/31/2018 04:09:00 PM
(7/31/2018 04:05:00 PM) - Al
Does not sound like Schoop will play much SS, per Stearns. Helps rhe bench, Stearns said.
Might want to give Aguilar a few games off and see if he gets healthy.
7/31/2018 04:05:00 PM
(7/31/2018 04:02:00 PM) - Al
Almost got a SP today. Will not say who.
7/31/2018 04:02:00 PM
(7/31/2018 04:01:00 PM) - Al
Ordered a bigger TV during Amazon Prime sale.
Added the extended warranty because it was under $3. Never got an email or an envelope. Just filled out a complaint on Amazon. Reply from company in email:
Sorry you are unhappy with your purchase.
Well, that does not help me.
7/31/2018 04:01:00 PM
(7/31/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al
It's like an ass kicking contest versus a one legged man.
Her's a question no one can answer...which Hogg is stupider? There is no correct answer.
7/31/2018 04:00:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:59:00 PM) - Al
There's that word "depth" again. That's the one thing that concerns me actually about the rotation...I like Woodruff and feel he's a solid 4 ERA guy. However, a bit worried he's not stretched out and he is the 6th SP right now.
7/31/2018 03:59:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:56:00 PM) - Al
Stearns says he tried hard to get a SP, some that were traded and some that were not. Looking to AUG.
7/31/2018 03:56:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:54:00 PM) - Al
Waiting to hear from Stearns.
Schoop replaces Villar on the 40. The 40 man stays at 38.
Stearns uses some classic Stearns speak. Does not make specifics, so I doubt he has spoken to Schoop yet about if he is comfortable playing SS.
7/31/2018 03:54:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:40:00 PM) - Al
Schoop played 224 games at SS in the minors, 222 at 2B.
I expect him to be a step down from Arcia, but passable. Waiting to hear if he is the everyday SS or what.
7/31/2018 03:40:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:34:00 PM) - Al
Pleskoff loves it. I'm sure Davey Johnson does too.
7/31/2018 03:34:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al
Well, to be fair, she missed 3 of her naps that day...
7/31/2018 03:30:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:16:00 PM) - Al
Schoop will play some SS.
Total return: Luis Ortiz, Jean Carmona, Jon Villar.
#7 and 14 per MLB.com.
Villar was on track to be nontendered.
7/31/2018 03:16:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:11:00 PM) - Al
Brewers got Schoop.
Schoop is under team control through next season.
EDIT: Luis Ortiz ia part of return going to BAL.
7/31/2018 03:11:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:10:00 PM) - Al
Schoop just arrived in clubhouse, does not know if he is with Orioles.
Reports are Crew and O's made a deal, but not sure if it got in on time.
7/31/2018 03:10:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:08:00 PM) - Al
A wise man said the SP had to be better than Woodruff. I'm not sure Harvey is.
Tom actually sums it up nicely.
7/31/2018 03:08:00 PM
(7/31/2018 03:02:00 PM) - Al
Crasnick says Harvey will stay with Reds.
7/31/2018 03:02:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:58:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal says Crew close on Schoop.
7/31/2018 02:58:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:55:00 PM) - Al
Schoop to Crew discussions going down to wire, per Olney.
7/31/2018 02:55:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:53:00 PM) - Al
A's close to getting Mike Fiers.
EDIT: Crasnick says Fiers to OAK is off.
Giants in the mix for Harvey.
7/31/2018 02:53:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:52:00 PM) - Al
Axford to Dodgers from TOR.
7/31/2018 02:52:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:41:00 PM) - Al
Brewers talking to O's about Schoop?
7/31/2018 02:41:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:40:00 PM) - Al
Pittsburgh paper reporting Archer to Pirates.
BUMP: #1 prospect Meadows and Glasnow, young SP;plus 3rd piece.
7/31/2018 02:40:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:34:00 PM) - Al
DBacks about to get Diekman from Rangers. LH reliever.
7/31/2018 02:34:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:33:00 PM) - Al
Matt Harvey appears to be the only much heard of SP remaining.
7/31/2018 02:33:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
Poor Jake. Just naturally unhappy.
Guess what party he supports?
7/31/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:26:00 PM) - Al
Giants do not expect to get Harvey.
7/31/2018 02:26:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:23:00 PM) - Al
Dodgers get Dozier.
Phillies get Loup, a loogy from TOR.
7/31/2018 02:23:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:21:00 PM) - Al
Gausman going to Braves.
7/31/2018 02:21:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:17:00 PM) - Al
Human reports Braves believed to be in the lead on Gausman.
7/31/2018 02:17:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:09:00 PM) - Al
Joel Sherman reports pirates in the lead for Chris Archer.
7/31/2018 02:09:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al
Tampa Bay Times reporting the odds of a Chris Archer trade about 90%. Team unknown.
7/31/2018 02:01:00 PM
(7/31/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal reports Cubs getting Brandon Kintzler from Nationals.
7/31/2018 02:00:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:52:00 PM) - Al
Baltimore Sun reporting Orioles trying to trade Schoop and Gausman before deadline.
7/31/2018 01:52:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:47:00 PM) - Al
Heyman reports Ramos to Phillies almost complete.
7/31/2018 01:47:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:44:00 PM) - Al
Reports are Adam Jones will remain with the Orioles. Had no trade clause will not be dealt today.
7/31/2018 01:44:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:42:00 PM) - Al
Crasnick reports teams are waiting on the Brewers to make a decision on the starting pitcher. Holding up market.
7/31/2018 01:42:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al
They keep making up stuff hoping someone agrees to testify.
This was the plan from day one. And to hide the dossier/wiretaps/warrants stuff, which finally leaked out a week or two ago.
7/31/2018 01:30:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:27:00 PM) - Al
SEA getting Maybin from Marlins.
7/31/2018 01:27:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:27:00 PM) - Al
Heyman reports Braves, Rockies, and Brewers talking to BAL about Gausman.
7/31/2018 01:27:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:26:00 PM) - Al
Likely to see at least a half dozen trades in the last 90+ minutes. You can't fall down without landing on a veteran reliever that is on the block.
7/31/2018 01:26:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:24:00 PM) - Al
Crasnick says Pirates out on Gausman.
7/31/2018 01:24:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:09:00 PM) - Al
Crasnick reports Orioles close to announcing a trade.
7/31/2018 01:09:00 PM
(7/31/2018 01:01:00 PM) - Al
I think this is pretty close to what it would take to get Archer, actually.
I also think Hiura is more likely to be dealt than Burnes or Peralta.
7/31/2018 01:01:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:42:00 PM) - Al
Heyman says it is Brewers and Cubs going after Matt Harvey, Braves out.
7/31/2018 12:42:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:32:00 PM) - Al
Braves said to be "most aggressive" for Archer and Harvey.
7/31/2018 12:32:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:26:00 PM) - Al
Heyman says Marlins offering Bour and Dietrich.
7/31/2018 12:26:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:22:00 PM) - Al
Phillies after Ramos.
7/31/2018 12:22:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:18:00 PM) - Al
Nightengale says Brewers "determined" to get a SP today.
7/31/2018 12:18:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:14:00 PM) - Al
TTF Baseball says Archer is Braves/Pirates/Brewers, in that order.
7/31/2018 12:14:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:12:00 PM) - Al
Halfway to the Ramblings' record for daily hits.
Or as the haters would say, pooh.
7/31/2018 12:12:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:10:00 PM) - Al
7/31/2018 12:10:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:09:00 PM) - Al
Heyman says Nats just made several relievers available.
7/31/2018 12:09:00 PM
(7/31/2018 12:07:00 PM) - Al
ATL/MIL/PIT/LAD in the lead for Archer.
ADDED: Bowden says Braves are a heavy favorite.
7/31/2018 12:07:00 PM
(7/31/2018 11:53:00 AM) - Al
They haven't told the truth in 50 years.
7/31/2018 11:53:00 AM
(7/31/2018 11:49:00 AM) - Al
Tons of mentions of Matt Harvey to MIL.
I have to wonder if he's the fallback plan, and the Crew has until XPM to tell the Reds they want him.
7/31/2018 11:49:00 AM
(7/31/2018 11:41:00 AM) - Al
Rosenthal expects DBacks to end up with Ziegler, very close.
7/31/2018 11:41:00 AM
(7/31/2018 11:32:00 AM) - Al
Adam of MLB.com told a radio show he "feels strongly" the Crew to pick up a SP today.
7/31/2018 11:32:00 AM
(7/31/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al
A proper statement would be, "We're just actors, we have no opinion."
7/31/2018 11:30:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:56:00 AM) - Al
This article tells us that when a player is traded, the team stops using them in their marketing.
7/31/2018 10:56:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:51:00 AM) - Al
Ziegler traded, waiting for team TBA.
7/31/2018 10:51:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:41:00 AM) - Al
Gio was awful in June, an 8+ ERA. Has rebounded nicely in July, 4.08 ERA, has limited opponents to a .317 SLG.
7/31/2018 10:41:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:31:00 AM) - Al
But, but, but, but...I was promised a $2500 savings per year.
7/31/2018 10:31:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al
That sound you heard was liberals cursing our citizen's sustained comfort.
This is why I know I'm on the right side.
7/31/2018 10:30:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:27:00 AM) - Al
Bowden thinks Archer will be traded. Brewers in the mix.
Odd they traded for Pham and are looking to trade a solid SP under team control for 3 more years. That's a strange team.
7/31/2018 10:27:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:18:00 AM) - Al
The projected return for 2 months of Gio?
I'd guess a prospect ranked in the 20's, plus maybe an additional low level guy.
7/31/2018 10:18:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:13:00 AM) - Al
The Brewers talked to Hellickson as a FA last offseason also.
7/31/2018 10:13:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:10:00 AM) - Al
If you are thankful for law enforcement like me, take a minute off and go donate.
Maybe together, we can put enough together so that thug who killed him, you know, falls off a cliff.
7/31/2018 10:10:00 AM
(7/31/2018 10:04:00 AM) - Al
If the Brewers did not have Saladino and Perez; I'd love to add Dozier.
Hernan is making almost $2M, and will probably make more next season, so there's a chance he will not be back.
7/31/2018 10:04:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:53:00 AM) - Al
A wise man talked about Gio Gonzalez a day or two ago.
Gio is a rental, by the way. Considering all of the Crew's SP's are under team control for at least next season, that's fine with me.
7/31/2018 09:53:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:52:00 AM) - Al
Rays acquire Tommy Pham from Cards for a pair of prospects.
7/31/2018 09:52:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:45:00 AM) - Al
Braves look to be leading for Chris Archer, Brewers on the periphery.--MLBN
I spelled that right on the first try, by the way.
7/31/2018 09:45:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:40:00 AM) - Al
Bernie and Alex's utopia.
Why don't they cut out the middleman and remove 6 zeroes? It'll save them removing 3 more in a month. That gives them more time to stand in lines for bread and toilet paper...because they're in such good shape.
7/31/2018 09:40:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:37:00 AM) - Al
Nats' GM Mike Rizzo just said he believes in the team, and Bryce Harper is not moving.
7/31/2018 09:37:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:31:00 AM) - Al
MLBN is almost unwatchable.
Nothing but cliches and fictional superlatives. Every game is a great game. Every player is a great player. Every guy is a great guy. Pure pain.
7/31/2018 09:31:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al
I did not make a note of who said it, but yesterday, a young woman on Twitter told the tale of when she was 7 or 8, she loudly yelled/sang at a family picnic of her very conservative family, including an extremely conservative grandmother, "Save a horse, ride a cowboy!"
Years later, folks still can't believe granny did not drop dead on the spot.
7/31/2018 09:30:00 AM
(7/31/2018 09:05:00 AM) - Al
Early leader for most pointless tweet of the day.
7/31/2018 09:05:00 AM
(7/31/2018 08:56:00 AM) - Al
I clocked in.
Keep refreshing gang.
7/31/2018 08:56:00 AM
(7/31/2018 08:53:00 AM) - Al
The president's approval is up to 48%, 3-5 points higher than the same time of Obama's presidency.
Rasmussen emails this to me every day. It's been between 43 and 49 for months (of course, I realize, that's not a tiny gap...but over the course of several months, it's not much bounce either).
As Instapundit pointed out about a year ago, the old media's insistence that no one likes the president is their way of saying the old media does not like him. Remember, they have never talked to people that do not live in DC/NY/LA. About 2/3rd's of the nation's media live in those 3 places.
7/31/2018 08:53:00 AM
(7/31/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al
As many others have said, in 50-100 years, business textbooks will still refer to how badly the NFL botched the anthem issue. All they ahd to do was enforce the rule they had on the books, which about 3/4th's of the public agrees with...and they're still too lily livered to do so.
Instead, they are still allowing the inmates to run the asylum.
It's simply astounding.
7/31/2018 08:30:00 AM
(7/31/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al
If I didn't know better, I'd think maybe heroin should be avoided.
Don't do drugs, kids. You stay in school.
7/31/2018 07:30:00 AM
(7/31/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al
And, they are "illegal" and they are "aliens."
They refuse to admit there's a difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. Luckily, voters do.
7/31/2018 07:00:00 AM
(7/31/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al
I think he's really stupid and really proud. He's embarrassed he can't find anything, but doesn't want to end it without finding anything.
Hence, still going, looking like a fool for ages now.
7/31/2018 04:00:00 AM
(7/31/2018 01:26:00 AM) - Al
Hader and Soria will probably be down tomorrow, but everyone else should be ok, barring injury, of course.
That's pretty good considering 2 straight games of 4 innings from the SP.
7/31/2018 01:26:00 AM
(7/31/2018 01:17:00 AM) - Al
Pirates #7 youngster is one player going to TEX.
7/31/2018 01:17:00 AM
(7/31/2018 01:11:00 AM) - Al
13.5 K/9 for Knebel?
After Hader's otherworldly numbers, that doesn't even seem that high.
7/31/2018 01:11:00 AM
(7/31/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al
Who could have seen this coming?
7/31/2018 01:00:00 AM
(7/31/2018 12:37:00 AM) - Al
I admit, I'm jealous.
EDIT: Rumor has 1 of the 2 prospects is very, very good. Kela has 3 years of team control.
EDIT: 2 PTBNL? They are rarely top guys, though anyone on the 40 can be one. Mike Brantley was the last really good one I recall.
EDIT 3: Not really PTBNL, they just are having trouble reaching the playrs involved. Will announce tomorrow, per Rosenthal.
7/31/2018 12:37:00 AM
(7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al
I must have had 2 things taping at midnite, had to cancel one because I'm still watching the game.
That one real life murder show I'll never get back.
7/31/2018 12:00:00 AM
Monday, July 30, 2018
(7/30/2018 11:52:00 PM) - Al
Cubs getting Ziegler.
7/30/2018 11:52:00 PM
(7/30/2018 11:44:00 PM) - Al
I recall a wise man predicting this.
When everything is the end of the world, nothing is the end of the world.
7/30/2018 11:44:00 PM
(7/30/2018 11:11:00 PM) - Al
I've spent much of my time on Twitter blocking people who either don't know what players have value or for some reason, think proposing stupid one sided trades are funny.
7/30/2018 11:11:00 PM
(7/30/2018 10:49:00 PM) - Al
Red Sox trade for Ian Kinsler.
He's a rental, so I assume it took very little.
Dozier and Gennett still on the market as 2B.
EDIT: Sox send their 19 and 23 prospects for him from a below average system. Better than nothing for the Angels.
EDIT 2: Angels paying most of his $3.7M salary he has left this season, so they are clearly in full sell mode. Tyler Skaggs has 3 years of team control after this one, so they would want the world for him.
7/30/2018 10:49:00 PM
(7/30/2018 10:25:00 PM) - Al
If this is a negotiating tactic, it's brilliant.
If it's the truth, it's insanity, Wheeler especially.
7/30/2018 10:25:00 PM
(7/30/2018 10:16:00 PM) - Al
I love these roasts.
I love them even more because so many people are offended by them.
DVR'd the Bruce Willis one last night, will maybe watch tomorrow during the deadline countdown.
7/30/2018 10:16:00 PM
(7/30/2018 10:06:00 PM) - Al
The Braves acquired Adam Duvall from the Reds for Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Preston Tucker.--MLB.com
Reds have lots of pieces to deal, if they choose to, they could rebuild very quickly, especially if they focus on AA/AAA talent. They have about 5 relievers and a couple SP's, as well as Scooter.
7/30/2018 10:06:00 PM
(7/30/2018 09:19:00 PM) - Al
Even as a rental, he'd bring back 3 prospects, and one very good one. They're trading that for about a 5-10% chance they get really hot.
Oof. It's just math.
That's more like it.
7/30/2018 09:19:00 PM
(7/30/2018 09:11:00 PM) - Al
The most likely player to be traded is...
7/30/2018 09:11:00 PM
(7/30/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al
All across the nation, Dems are shaking in fear.
Meanwhile, I've never been happier. Keep talking, Alex.
7/30/2018 08:56:00 PM
(7/30/2018 08:51:00 PM) - Al
What they mean is, Martinez hurt himself more than he was hurt.
These guys who play injured and suck...who exactly do they think they're helping?
Also, who would have guessed he'd hurt himself pitching at 75% strength? Shocker.
7/30/2018 08:51:00 PM
(7/30/2018 08:42:00 PM) - Al
Aguilar gets a night off, Braun and Thames both get the start.
I'd give Jesus another day off in the series when a RHP starts, as not only has he not been swinging the bat well, the fact he missed games due to injury just before that are 2 facts that are likely not unrelated.
7/30/2018 08:42:00 PM
(7/30/2018 06:53:00 PM) - Al
Please, please keep talking.
7/30/2018 06:53:00 PM
(7/30/2018 06:05:00 PM) - Al
Yankees must be about to acquire a reliever, as they just traded a decent one to SEA.
7/30/2018 06:05:00 PM
(7/30/2018 06:02:00 PM) - Al
They sure are smarter than we are.
7/30/2018 06:02:00 PM
(7/30/2018 05:53:00 PM) - Al
Many pointing out the Osuna situation is similar to Chapman. NYY did not mind trading for him and then getting 2-3 times the return from the Cubs, and the Cubs did not mind winning the World Series with him. Heck, the Yankees did not mind signing him again either.
I know it's like the "in thing" to overreact about everything, but by doing so, you just prove you're a snowflake. Grow up. Life happens. I guarantee you almost no one would like their worst day to become public knowledge. I've worked with so many people who have had DWI's, I almost am surprised when someone doesn't. I don't turn up my nose and tell them they should not be allowed to work with me.
You cannot deny a person work because of a conviction or a charge. That's the law. If you try and justify doing so, you're no better than the criminal. The Rambling son started a job today at a retailer and he has no idea if any of the people he's working with was charged with or convicted of a crime a week ago, 10 years ago, whatever. I have a friend who is currently charged with a crime in GA.
I had to refax my reference letter about them today at my credit union, because their case was assigned to a new lawyer, and the public defender did not bother giving it to them (our tax dollars at work). I have no idea if they are guilty of the crime or not. I know they told me they are not. I do know they have every right to fight it, using every thing at their disposal, including a letter from me.
By the way, if you ever have to write such a thing, thank goodness for Google. I doubnt if an example of that is in the English Handbook of Writing a professor was giving away outside their office in college. I've used that book 20 times over the years.
7/30/2018 05:53:00 PM
(7/30/2018 04:42:00 PM) - Al
I'd a lot rather explain that Osuna has served his punishment that have to explain why I traded an effective closer at his lowest value for a guy who has not only been awful, but has been unable to control himself or even pretend to care about his team.
I know some folks want to punish anyone accused of or convicted of a crime or a non PC happening for life, but that's not the way it works. If you can work at Subway or Kwik Trip, you can play MLB.
7/30/2018 04:42:00 PM
(7/30/2018 04:23:00 PM) - Al
Osuna to Astros and Duke to Mariners.
7/30/2018 04:23:00 PM
(7/30/2018 04:16:00 PM) - Al
This would be a tough call for Stearns if the Tribe made a fair offer for Broxton...he is out of options (for next year) and blocked. Then again, he would probably get the call tomorrow if an OF went down, and is more important now that Phillips is gone.
7/30/2018 04:16:00 PM
(7/30/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al
Is there nothing President Trump can't do?
7/30/2018 04:00:00 PM
(7/30/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
What's he going to do? Wave a magic wand?
Yeah, he was a genius. The only people he helped financially were Iranian terrorists.
7/30/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/30/2018 02:27:00 PM) - Al
All women should be believed!
Except those whores lying about my husband!
It's as predictable as the sun.
7/30/2018 02:27:00 PM
(7/30/2018 02:20:00 PM) - Al
Robinson Chirinos is the only C I can see, other than Wilson Ramos (who is injured right now), that would be a sizable offensive upgrade...unless DET is willing to discuss John Hicks, or CSW wants to deal Omar Naverez (who is weak defensively) who are not rentals.
Assuming Realmuto is too spendy in prospect cost, I see a very minor upgrade, if any. Ramos would be an interesting gamble, I believe players on the DL have been dealt before, but I think the commissioner's office has to approve. His value may be artificially low due to his injury.
7/30/2018 02:20:00 PM
(7/30/2018 02:02:00 PM) - Al
I'm not sure what is meant by this, but here you go.
Reports today indicate Crew is looking for a SP and a catcher. That would not seem to be a surprise to anyone, but I think it's obvious they would like to keep Kratz in AAA and bring him back in SEP. He's the epitome of a gritty veteran and is a nice guy to have around.
By the way, I would assume they would love to pair Pina with a LH hitting C that is an average defender or better.
7/30/2018 02:02:00 PM
(7/30/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al
Gotta admire the audacity of them actually, using fictional, paid for information to get a warrant to bug the opposing candidate.
If Obama and Hillary were any dirtier, they'd stir up dust like Pig Pen of Peanuts' fame. Notice how no one has even brought up their name in the old media for weeks. They were in charge, but magically, did not know anything, just like John Banner.
I'm not saying they're criminals...the evidence does.
7/30/2018 02:00:00 PM
(7/30/2018 01:56:00 PM) - Al
A's cancel season ticket plan, go to "membership plan," that, offhand, is the most confusing thing I've ever read.
I get the feeling many A's fans are just going to say, "Hey, I want tickets to every game, you figure it out."
7/30/2018 01:56:00 PM
(7/30/2018 01:11:00 PM) - Al
I was reminded earlier than Suter was placed on the 60 day DL to make room for Soria on the 40 man.
40 man is at 38, as I type.
7/30/2018 01:11:00 PM
(7/30/2018 01:10:00 PM) - Al
Remember when they insisted no one would want to meet with President Trump? My gosh, there's another leader in DC 3-4 times a week.
So, are they ever right? Ever?
7/30/2018 01:10:00 PM
(7/30/2018 01:02:00 PM) - Al
Just when you think you're not that bright, half the public seems to think the trading deadline is today, not tomorrow.
Calendars are tough.
No idea if the Crew will be active or not, but I will be here, from 9 or 10 until the deadline at 3, or a bit after; recapping all the rumors and ideas from online. We'll add to the Ramblings' record month and try to break the all time record for a single day (set on Lucroy trade day, around 7K).
7/30/2018 01:02:00 PM
(7/30/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al
I know this will shock those who do not support law enforcement, but bodycam footage shows the police officer defending himself as a thug points a gun at him.
If a police officer tells you to stop and/or get down, my recommendation is to, wait for it, stop and get down.
Thank you officer. We appreciate it.
7/30/2018 01:00:00 PM
(7/30/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
This is the truest statement of all time.
The people that push socialism are always haves, not have nots. I assume it's because they know they will be able to stash enough away to remain a "have."
7/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/30/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al
From what I've seen, one political party chooses to look for the negative in everything. We're in a economic golden age not seen since the 80's, and they're too busy whining to enjoy it.
And they wonder why they're so unhappy.
7/30/2018 10:00:00 AM
(7/30/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al
Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
7/30/2018 08:30:00 AM
(7/30/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al
Heh. I've been told this never happened.
It's almost as if the old media is pretending this is a big deal because they don't like President Trump.
7/30/2018 01:00:00 AM
(7/30/2018 12:25:00 AM) - Al
Sonny Gray makes a lot of sense to me. He's been great on the road and terrible at home since being traded. He is small town TN boy, not being suited for NY would not be a surprise. That short RF porch may bother him too, maybe mentally.
My sleeper, I may have mentioned before, I can't recall...Gio Gonzalez of the Nats. Tanner Roark or Jeremy Hellickson would be good fits too.
Will DC sell? I dunno. They are just as close to MIA and NYM as they are to the playoffs. They'd have to go 36-21 to win 88, a winning percentage well over 60%...and through just short of 2/3rds of the season, they are under .500. They should, because having a remote chance at a one game playoff is foolhardy and math ignorant. But they may not.
7/30/2018 12:25:00 AM
Sunday, July 29, 2018
(7/29/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al
I adore her.
7/29/2018 11:30:00 PM
(7/29/2018 11:01:00 PM) - Al
If the Yankees get Archer, they will deal Sonny Gray.
As we have discussed often, the Crew is known to be interested.
7/29/2018 11:01:00 PM
(7/29/2018 10:37:00 PM) - Al
Remember what a wise man says...the way people run their office is how they run the whole company.
7/29/2018 10:37:00 PM
(7/29/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al
Odds are very favorable that it will get colder as winter approaches too.
I blame the Industrial Revolution myself.
7/29/2018 09:30:00 PM
(7/29/2018 07:38:00 PM) - Al
Watching folks pull their hair out because we have an actual leader is wonderful. Sure, it means fewer appearances on ESPN and a guy who, you know, actually has a foreign policy other than "Where's that? Ah, just send them another damn pallet of cash. I need another cigarette."
Don't forget, how did we negotiate better terms with the EU? We asked. When that's all it took, it does not make the prior administration look like they cared.
7/29/2018 07:38:00 PM
(7/29/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al
My 9 year old would beat the living hell out of your 9 year old.
Because my 9 year old does not exist, and yours did not say that.
I'm sorry, but after the fake dossier was proven to be the only reason for the FISA warrant, any discussion of Russia is so asinine it's embarrassing.
7/29/2018 04:00:00 PM
(7/29/2018 02:53:00 PM) - Al
I've been saying this all along...I think Stearns has his top 3 or 4 prospects (Hiura, Burnes, Peralta, and maybe Ray) off limits, except for a Degrom type, a controllable top of the rotation guy.
I'd put Woodruff in that same group, but I'm not sure if DS does.
7/29/2018 02:53:00 PM
(7/29/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al
Brett, who broke the Moustakas trade, says the Crew believes they are in the lead for Matt Harvy.
7/29/2018 02:01:00 PM
(7/29/2018 01:48:00 PM) - Al
I just realized Phillips and Lopez were both on the 40 man, so the 40 man roster was at 40, and lost them and Phillips, while adding Moustakas, so it stands at 38. So, there's no reason worrying about Suter to the 60, at least for now. Things like that may come up later, for example, if they choose to add a PR like
And yes, I do think some team will trade a middling prospect for Hamilton, who, despite his warts, is a PR weapon in SEP and the postseason. BH is a very mediocre starting CF, but I do believe, used properly, is one of the very few players who is worth more than his numbers suggest. However, as a 4th OF/utility guy (remember, he came up as a SS, if he could play 2B or SS or 3B, he's be a very valuable reserve), he does. Problem? Most players want to play as much as possible, though I suppose he could be drawn into a winning situation if he was paid accordingly.
7/29/2018 01:48:00 PM
(7/29/2018 12:07:00 PM) - Al
I don't know about you, but the first thing I'd do is move into a more expensive apartment that I can't afford so I get more money from the stupid feds next year.
7/29/2018 12:07:00 PM
(7/29/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
Why do they keep making these sequels?
7/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/29/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al
Greatest tweet ever? I dunno, but it is funny stuff.
7/29/2018 06:00:00 AM
(7/29/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al
It has worked for soybean farmers already.
Given his track record and success so far, those that insist it will never work might want to settle in and be prepared to change their mind.
7/29/2018 03:30:00 AM
(7/29/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al
Most people complain when they are lied about.
Socialists, on the other hand, get very angry when people tell the truth about the past.
7/29/2018 01:30:00 AM
Saturday, July 28, 2018
(7/28/2018 11:06:00 PM) - Al
The fact they only used Williams one inning despite a 6 run lead would seem to tell us they do not plan to continue the AAA shuttle, at least for now.
7/28/2018 11:06:00 PM
(7/28/2018 09:33:00 PM) - Al
Brad Miller could be optioned down earlier in the season, but not now, as he has passed the 5 years in the bigs mark. Had to DFA him, could not be optioned without his consent.
7/28/2018 09:33:00 PM
(7/28/2018 08:32:00 PM) - Al
Hearing several folks say Brewers #1 choice to add a SP is Wheeler.
7/28/2018 08:32:00 PM
(7/28/2018 06:22:00 PM) - Al
The actual crime here is having to wait 4 years for a trial.
Anything over 90 days should be automatically dismissed. That would get more judges, DA's, and PD's hired very quickly, and also far more of a "sense of urgency" for an incredibly underworked and overpaid part of society.
This would also not allow incessant delays by the defense designed just to hope witnesses move away, die, or otherwise disappear. Defense delays would not count toward the 90 days.
7/28/2018 06:22:00 PM
(7/28/2018 06:13:00 PM) - Al
Meanwhile, Davy Hogg went to Target and complained their bullseye trademark made him wet himself.
They choose their heroes very, very badly.
7/28/2018 06:13:00 PM
(7/28/2018 06:04:00 PM) - Al
They wouldn't do it if it didn't work.
I realize casual fans do not understand math, but by staying at 3B, a team has no chance of scoring, barring an error, of course. By going on contact, you make the other team make a play. You're basically just saying you're going to be aggressive.
It's actually a lot like sending a runner home from 3B. You should get runners thrown out at the plate, with 2 outs, quite a bit actually. With 2 outs, you need a hit (or 3 walks) to score a run. The odds of that is almost always under 30%. So if your runner makes it home a third of the time, it's a good move.
Casuals don't get it. That's ok. It helps me separate them from the ones I pay attention to. Every time some 28 year old hits .280 at Colorado Springs, they start insisting they're better than Thames.
No. No they are not.
7/28/2018 06:04:00 PM
(7/28/2018 05:41:00 PM) - Al
Brewers DFA Miller instead of optioning him. Maybe he had too much service time and only agreed to go down to get some reps in at SS.
Broxton also goes down to make room for Albers.
As for needing a 40 man spot for Moustakas, they could have just put Suter on the 60 day DL. Maybe they just thought it was better for Brad and did not foresee him returning, even if an injury happens.
7/28/2018 05:41:00 PM
(7/28/2018 05:36:00 PM) - Al
Busiest month in the history of Ramblings, still 3 days to go.
One gets the feeling the haters are envious.
If you don't have us bookmarked, do so now. If you are a snowflake that might melt, don't bother. I am more than happy talking to only regular, non snowflake people.
7/28/2018 05:36:00 PM
(7/28/2018 03:26:00 PM) - Al
I begged for Odorizzi all last winter.
7/28/2018 03:26:00 PM
(7/28/2018 03:22:00 PM) - Al
The Nats could easily win 10 of 12 or 18 of 24 and get right back in it.
Or, they could have a 2-5 week and lose 4 games to teams they are chasing.
Which is far more likely?
Whenever you have to ask, you should sell. Teams that are in it don't have to ask.
7/28/2018 03:22:00 PM
(7/28/2018 03:15:00 PM) - Al
The old media has done it to themselves.
Then they blame us for pointing out their demise.
7/28/2018 03:15:00 PM
(7/28/2018 02:28:00 PM) - Al
For those asking, here is the list of free agents.
Yes, the C and SS options on non contending teams is...not awe inspiring.
7/28/2018 02:28:00 PM
(7/28/2018 02:24:00 PM) - Al
I think the Crew will add another SP (or swingman). The ones that are out there now all seem to have teams overvaluing them, at least compared to what Stearns feels they are worth. I see his point, as Woodruff would probably put up a 4-4.50 ERA if he was called up, and Wilkerson might as well. Hence, there isn't much use trading for a guy who would put up similar numbers. Now with Davies back on the rehab trail, there may be a slight amount less, even.
Therefore, we might well see a true "deadline" deal made, as teams come back to the Brewers after failing to get what they want.
7/28/2018 02:24:00 PM
(7/28/2018 02:12:00 PM) - Al
Since it seems inevitable the Crew ends up with Sonny Gray, this may help lead to that.
7/28/2018 02:12:00 PM
(7/28/2018 02:10:00 PM) - Al
While my first thought is, "that's a shame," this could be the way a 3rd party emerges.
I still feel we'll see a "social libertarian, financially conservative party emerge, but when I was 18, I thought it would happen in the next 50 years, and I'm not sure anymore. The best opportunity for this to happen, as I said then, was to have a celebrity or a well known politician start it or jump to it early.
Looking back, the best chance of this happening was almost certainly Donald Trump.
7/28/2018 02:10:00 PM
(7/28/2018 01:59:00 PM) - Al
This is something conservatives need to do ASAP. I use the word "successful" rather than wealthy or rich.
It's not always accurate, as some people (heck, even me) choose to not work at as high a paying job that we could, because of work/life balance and the fact that some of us would rather spend our limited time on the planet not working 60 hours a week. Heck, over the years in retail, I had many college grads working PT for the same reasons.
Still, we should not punish those who work hard and have success. People do not make $150K a year because they were born rich. Yes, that makes it easier, I suppose, but as I have learned from the Rambling wife going back to school, even "middle class" people qualify for tons of grants so college is either free or inexpensive.
7/28/2018 01:59:00 PM
(7/28/2018 12:28:00 PM) - Al
While they're trying to make him the bad guy, he is by far the most gay friendly president ever elected.
Obama, of course, did not change his mind until he had won his final election, because his stance on pretty much everything was like a feather in the wind.
7/28/2018 12:28:00 PM
(7/28/2018 12:26:00 PM) - Al
They all knew.
And they're 98% the other party.
7/28/2018 12:26:00 PM
(7/28/2018 12:25:00 PM) - Al
Just keep giving her airtime, that's all I ask.
7/28/2018 12:25:00 PM
(7/28/2018 12:03:00 PM) - Al
Archer talks "intensifying" per MLBTR.
I thought the Crew would try and get him in the offseason again.
7/28/2018 12:03:00 PM
(7/28/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al
The previous post was the longest I've ever done with my phone. I think I'd rather quit than do that all the time.
7/28/2018 11:30:00 AM
(7/28/2018 11:29:00 AM) - Al
Because I am a proud contrarian, I rarely ask the common questions. I already talked about the defensive switch of Shaw, as I feel he will be fine, but below average overall, as he will lack range. The braintrust is hoping the improved offense makes up for it.
So, since I rarely discuss the obvious, I will ask this: Everyone expects Stearns to trade for a SP or swingman before the deadline. So, if he does not, or he makes more than that trade, what other positions do you see him wanting to improve?
To me, an improvement at C would be the easiest, except that if you can find a good catcher that's available, a trade that does not involve your first born or the family jewels is unheard of.
I could still imagine a SS, especially a rental, and even more so if said SS was flexible enough to play other infield positions effectively. This player could start most games at SS and then slide over to 2B after Shaw hits late.
Maybe a loogy or a veteran LH reliever, but that seems like an AUG type deal. Maybe moving an OF to a team that has a greater need?
7/28/2018 11:29:00 AM
(7/28/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al
This is the most brilliant side I have ever seen.
7/28/2018 09:30:00 AM
(7/28/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al
This speaks for itself.
7/28/2018 06:00:00 AM
(7/28/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al
In graph form, it's especially glorious.
7/28/2018 03:30:00 AM
(7/28/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al
Because they want sports teams.
I do think it's hilarious that many folks fail to understand that the public wants some things, such as soft towels, comfy clothes and shoes, and entertainment options...such as sports teams...in their city or state.
It's a puzzler to some, but not to me.
7/28/2018 01:00:00 AM
(7/28/2018 12:29:00 AM) - Al
Moustakas is in New York. Will he show up by tomorrow night? I would think not, but he could be on a plane in a couple hours, if he wishes. He is a good offensive player, but much like Schoop, he is a low OBP, high SLG guy, last 3 years, .311/.500, career .306/.430.
Mike is better versus RHP, but is respectable versus LHP (career 754 OPS vs. RHP and 690 vs. LHP).
Lopez looks like he will have a career as a useful middle reliever, but as I have pointed out, he will be out of options next season, so if he does not stick, or just goes into a slump, he will have to be exposed to waivers.
Phillips is a nice complimentary piece, can play all 3 OF spots, nice LH bat. He has a bit of a loopy long swing, so might be a bit of a tweener, stuck in a platoon/reserve role. Sure will miss that arm.
Is it a lot for a rental? Depends how one looks at it. Neither player is likely to be an above average major leaguer...but young average big leaguers are worth A LOT. Lopez might end up as a top set up man or closer (though I doubt it). Phillips might be an everyday OF for several seasons (again, I doubt it, but he could).
They dealt from depth...Cain and Yelich are not going anywhere, and Braun seems locked in for a couple more years, at least. Minor league OF's are loaded. Lopez is one of a dozen guys who look to assume bullpen roles. I would say he is a young Anthony Swarzak, a player who struggled a bit early but eventually became a contributor.
Moustakas is known as a standout fielder, but his metrics are only solid, +16 UZR and +10 DRS over a career of about 900 games, only worth a couple runs to the good a year.
How will Shaw be at 2B? At first glance, he would seem to have good hands and limited range. He has a superb arm for 2B, so in theory, he should be fine as a cutoff man. Turning 2 will probably be below average, though when he has done it on the shift, he has been very good.
I must admit, I do love the out of the box attitude. As I talked about earlier today, this is the best defensive club in baseball by most metrics, so weakening 2B, in theory, should not be a devastating move. I would assume Perez or Saladino will come into play 2B much of the time late in the game. I would also assume Brad Miller will be the odd man out. I don't see them going with only 7 relievers at all the rest of the way.
Counsell expects Moustakas SAT night. Shaw will begin playing 2B, but Craig said Moustakas is also open to it, so it appears Stearns has already chatted with him.
Counsell also did not confirm Albers would be activated because "we got a couple things going on."
ADDED: Like Soria, this is not a strict rental. He has a mutual option for $15M for next season, or a $1M buyout. No one has any idea if he will like MIL, or even consider coming back, but it's not necessarily a one and done.
7/28/2018 12:29:00 AM
Friday, July 27, 2018
(7/27/2018 11:43:00 PM) - Al
Brewers acquire Moustakas for Phillips and Lopez.
Stearns runs the risk of being mocked mercilessly depending on how Shae does at 2B, but never say he's overly cautious.
7/27/2018 11:43:00 PM
(7/27/2018 10:27:00 PM) - Al
The Rambling son is out looking at the sky, because he heard Mars is very visible under the moon. He showed us where it is, and sure enough, it's a dot.
Why yes, he is single.
7/27/2018 10:27:00 PM
(7/27/2018 10:08:00 PM) - Al
No idea if it's true or not, but many Orioles' fans insist Schoop was playing hurt when he struggled in the first half.
7/27/2018 10:08:00 PM
(7/27/2018 09:50:00 PM) - Al
Funny, for some reason the old media decided not to cover this.
What do you suppose it could have been? Summer time? Was it too rainy?
7/27/2018 09:50:00 PM
(7/27/2018 09:23:00 PM) - Al
Rumors flying around internet. More on Moustakas than BAL at the moment.
One person claiming Phillips has been informed sit tight and wait for news, might be as far as waiting for final paperwork.
Royals were rained out tonight, so no hints there.
7/27/2018 09:23:00 PM
(7/27/2018 09:19:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal says Phillips is rumored to be in Royals' talks about Moustakas.
That might explain why Schoop is still playing, and that the BAL talk is regarding Gausman.
7/27/2018 09:19:00 PM
(7/27/2018 09:09:00 PM) - Al
Schoop has hit a HR in 5 straight games.
7/27/2018 09:09:00 PM
(7/27/2018 09:07:00 PM) - Al
All this talk about Phillips being scratched because of a trade, but Schoop is still in the game as I type, in the 5th inning. Is he not involved, or is the trade not as far along as some think.
7/27/2018 09:07:00 PM
(7/27/2018 08:30:00 PM) - Al
Brett Phillips pulled from AAA game.
Being called up to replace Cain on roster?
Tummy is bothering him, afraid he might soil himself?
Time will tell.
EDIT: I just checked the box score and he did not start tonight, so I am not sure if he was in the original lineup or what? But "pulled" is probably not the proper term. He was either "scratched" or "replaced."
7/27/2018 08:30:00 PM
(7/27/2018 08:23:00 PM) - Al
Davies, despite the team saying a few days ago that his rehab was being ended, pitched at Appleton tonight.
7/27/2018 08:23:00 PM
(7/27/2018 08:07:00 PM) - Al
This is why Alex and Bernie never get specific when asked about the financials.
They know it would never work. Well, they know it won't work without destroying the USA.
Is that the idea? I'm not saying it's not. Their patriotism index is, to be blunt, not off the charts.
ADDED: True that.
7/27/2018 08:07:00 PM
(7/27/2018 07:28:00 PM) - Al
Albers not activated tonight, possibly because Broxton is playing CF.
Soria was activated, Crew keeps Williams and options Barnes to AAA.
7/27/2018 07:28:00 PM
(7/27/2018 07:20:00 PM) - Al
Miley says Gausman is a #1 SP.
7/27/2018 07:20:00 PM
(7/27/2018 06:32:00 PM) - Al
Joe Mauer, apparently, has no understanding of math.
7/27/2018 06:32:00 PM
(7/27/2018 06:31:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal reports Brewers and Orioles in "serious" trade talks.
One would assume Schoop is involved, and/or quite possibly a SP such as Gausman (or Bundy, but he's not being talked about).
EDIT: I have been saying proposed trades would not involve Hiura, Burnes, and Peralta, and Ray was very unlikely.
I will not say that with this deal. If they would get both, that's a blockbuster. BAL has been taking quantity, but they'd end up with 3-5 solid prospects if both were involved.
7/27/2018 06:31:00 PM
(7/27/2018 06:14:00 PM) - Al
Cain out tonight, hopefully minor injury from sliding last night. LHP tonight, so a RH heavy lineup.
7/27/2018 06:14:00 PM
(7/27/2018 06:13:00 PM) - Al
I had actually forgot about Dietrich. His defense is not as bad as some have said, as he is a -5 UZR in just over a season worth of innings at 2B. However, he's -19 in DRS. Which do you believe?
I have always understood that UZR ignores defensive shifts and DRS uses it. Teams that shift a lot, like MIL, tend to have better DRS than UZR.
For example, the Brewers rank #1 in DRS in MLB, +83 runs. They also rank #1 using UZR, but it's only a +25. They also rank 1st in defensive efficiency, which is just math, it measures how many balls are put into play and how many outs a team gets on them.
The irony? I've never heard the TV team mention any of these. I guess they're really not talking to us.
7/27/2018 06:13:00 PM
(7/27/2018 05:41:00 PM) - Al
I agree with the gist of this, though depth has value too. That said, I don't see much "depth" I would take over Woodruff.
The one thing we do not know is, what other SP's may be avilable before the deadline. Right now, I agree, Gibson and Wheeler are the class of the current crop. However, just as Bryce Harper or Daniel Murphy may become available at any moment, others might as well. I could imagine a scenario in which Tanner Roarke was shopped, for example. Gio Gonzalez as well. At some point, the Mets might talk check the market on Steven Matz.
But as of today, Wheeler and Gibson are the cream of the crop.
7/27/2018 05:41:00 PM
(7/27/2018 05:14:00 PM) - Al
Brewers sign Eric Sogard to a minor league contract. Hopefully, he will return to the majors SEP1, if they can find a spot on the 40 for him.
7/27/2018 05:14:00 PM
(7/27/2018 04:53:00 PM) - Al
Cabrera going to Phillies, per reports.
Yes, that goes against what I had been informed. I will report anything if I hear more.
7/27/2018 04:53:00 PM
(7/27/2018 04:11:00 PM) - Al
Package for Escobar.
Twins chose quantity, all 3 very young, only one in top 30 29th. One is #10 on BA list.
7/27/2018 04:11:00 PM
(7/27/2018 03:57:00 PM) - Al
Molitor found out about Escobar by watching TV.
7/27/2018 03:57:00 PM
(7/27/2018 03:32:00 PM) - Al
DBacks close to acquiring Escobar.
That's probably why the Crew are in talks about Cabrera and Wheeler.
7/27/2018 03:32:00 PM
(7/27/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al
Remember all the ones who called Pence an idiot for agreeing to be Trump's VP?
History rewards the risk takers.
7/27/2018 03:00:00 PM
(7/27/2018 02:34:00 PM) - Al
This reminds me of Hillary's lines* on the dossier.
One day--We didn't pay for it!
Next day--Of course we paid for it! Why wouldn't we?
Twitter's official stance on "shadow banning."
One paragraph--We don't shadow ban.
Next paragraph--We just hide conservative posts.
*For a more realistic perspective, imagine Hillary wearing several layers of bulky clothing on a hot day, while passing out between words and looking like hell.
7/27/2018 02:34:00 PM
(7/27/2018 02:23:00 PM) - Al
I saw an ad last night for Roys for the first time, as I live in Marathon County, which is a bellweather and closely contested area. Also, it's in the Wausau TV market, which covers central WI and northern WI.
I was amazed how it was, basically, 100% on abortion. It was very close to a celebration of abortion. I'm pro choice before the 5-6 month mark, though I'm morally opposed. However, I would never tell anyone how great it is.
This link says her other ads, are, to be fair, like me talking about my single days.
7/27/2018 02:23:00 PM
(7/27/2018 02:12:00 PM) - Al
This is actually a pretty good idea, if NYY does not need Gray in the rotation.
7/27/2018 02:12:00 PM
(7/27/2018 02:09:00 PM) - Al
They will leave it out there until the first number is a 7...one way or another.
Still at 15 theaters this weekend...no drive ins though. That's the easiest way to to fake those ticket sales, of course, you can just claim it's doing far more than it is too.
7/27/2018 02:09:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:57:00 PM) - Al
Gibson not going anywhere, it would appear.
7/27/2018 01:57:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:55:00 PM) - Al
Fans pointing out if the Cards are selling, the Nationals should be selling.
They could literally rebuild their system and franchise for what they get for Bryce Harper alone. And then resign him this winter.
7/27/2018 01:55:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:44:00 PM) - Al
I like this guy, I looked him up when he was released a few days ago for contractual/salary cap reasons.
That said, he might have just taken Jason Terry's spot. Oof.
Two sport athlete too.
7/27/2018 01:44:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:33:00 PM) - Al
Royals' fans pointing out Merrifield and Duffy are far better than Wheeler and Cabrera, and have far more team control.
Royals' owner just said Whit is not going anywhere for now. Players like him, Chris Archer, and the like...basically are far more likely to be moved in the offseason, as players on the 25 man roster will have to be involved.
7/27/2018 01:33:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:27:00 PM) - Al
Lyons had several good seasons before falling apart this year. He'll get signed within a day or two also, after clearing waivers.
7/27/2018 01:27:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:11:00 PM) - Al
Cards appear to have decided to sell.
7/27/2018 01:11:00 PM
(7/27/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al
This is what we call "low expectations."
7/27/2018 01:00:00 PM
(7/27/2018 12:51:00 PM) - Al
Greg Holland DFA'd.
2 things here.
1. I just saw someone suggest the Crew trade for Holland this morning.
2. Holland has been very good since JUN1, except for one terrible outing in which he gave up 5 two out runs in a low leverage situation. Other than that, he has a 2.31 ERA and 10 K's versus 5 walks in 11 IP.
This almost seems like a punishment rather than a strategic move. Someone will certainly give him a chance, though he may need to go to the minors for a week or two.
7/27/2018 12:51:00 PM
(7/27/2018 12:38:00 PM) - Al
I have a funny feeling about this. This is only because I watch several murder shows on ID, but I think they might actually find her alive.
One thing to keep in mind...it is not illegal to "take off." Iowa, calling off the volunteer search, boyfriend has an alibi
I hope I'm right.
7/27/2018 12:38:00 PM
(7/27/2018 12:25:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal says Crew looking at Cabrera and Wheeler package.
Makes too much sense to ever happen.
I'd guess that package would be 3 top 30 prospects, but I doubt if any top 5 guys would be required.
7/27/2018 12:25:00 PM
(7/27/2018 12:09:00 PM) - Al
That pretty much says it all.
As many are commenting today, a booming economy was just a tax cut away for 8 years. The Dems chose their bed, and lied in it.
We just suffered because of it.
7/27/2018 12:09:00 PM
(7/27/2018 11:07:00 AM) - Al
Jurickson Profar...anyone think his name might come up if MIL does not acquire a middle infielder today? The Rangers are open to rebuilding.
7/27/2018 11:07:00 AM
(7/27/2018 10:20:00 AM) - Al
Aung has been correct before.
There's nothing saying MIL has to do a package type deal. However, if they do, the Twins and Mets both make perfect sense. Sadly, the price on Gibson probably went up after last night.
Also, we have heard next to nothing about a potential Steven Matz acquisition. Matz has 3 years of team control left and while he has not been healthy in his career, has been very effective. Not sure if they would include Hiura in a deal for Matz, but NYM could get 3-4 very quality youngsters for Matz and Cabrera.
7/27/2018 10:20:00 AM
(7/27/2018 10:19:00 AM) - Al
The GOP should be buying airtime for this airhead.
I dare you to watch this and when you're finished, not be 100% certain you are on the right side.
7/27/2018 10:19:00 AM
(7/27/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al
1. It's not.
2. A few years ago, all these people were bragging about getting up at 5AM. I even worked with a couple folks who bragged about it. Now 4AM. I think I'll type up a "I love getting up at 3AM. For 2-3 hours, I get work done and I'm not interrupted at all! Of course, I fall asleep every day, often landing in my soup at lunch."
7/27/2018 09:30:00 AM
(7/27/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al
7/27/2018 06:00:00 AM
(7/27/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al
Well, that's different.
Because shut up.
7/27/2018 02:00:00 AM
(7/27/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al
A few days, the old media said this wasn't going to happen, said it was "overstated" by president.
1. I don't know why people call them fake news.
2. Remember, all he did was ask. No one else could be bothered to do that since 19fricking 53?
7/27/2018 12:30:00 AM
(7/27/2018 12:27:00 AM) - Al
I realize Yelich is hot and hitting the ball well, but his BAbip since the break is about .650.
He's good and lucky right now. I'd settle for one and take the other later.
7/27/2018 12:27:00 AM
Thursday, July 26, 2018
(7/26/2018 11:06:00 PM) - Al
That was, to say the least, rather subdued booing for Hader. Barely audible on TV. In fact, if you would not have known, you might have missed it entirely.
My estimate of "by next season, you'll barely hear any booing" might have been about 8 months off.
7/26/2018 11:06:00 PM
(7/26/2018 11:01:00 PM) - Al
I have to laugh at the casuals that don't seem to understand we're seeing the bullpen's role change right before our eyes this season. Many folks seem stuck in the 70's and 80's, severely underestimating how important it is to have more than 2-3 good relievers.
The irony? Many of them also complained about Tayler Williams pitching important innings a few games ago...but only when ineffective, of course. No one said a word when he started the 10th in TUE's walk off victory.
It's easy to run a bullpen when you say would only bring in guys who did not give up a run.
7/26/2018 11:01:00 PM
(7/26/2018 10:48:00 PM) - Al
Talks "ongoing" between Reds and Crew regarding Matt Harvey, per Fox.
7/26/2018 10:48:00 PM
(7/26/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al
Orlando Arcia returns. Jorge Lopez goes down.
That said, with Albers and Soria soon to join the team, I assume a position player will have to be sent down in a day or two...Broxton?
7/26/2018 08:56:00 PM
(7/26/2018 05:04:00 PM) - Al
Cubs appear set to get Cole Hamels.
7/26/2018 05:04:00 PM
(7/26/2018 04:45:00 PM) - Al
Not a coincidence, I would say.
7/26/2018 04:45:00 PM
(7/26/2018 04:39:00 PM) - Al
Casting a wide net, as they say.
7/26/2018 04:39:00 PM
(7/26/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al
This does not sound very yummy.
7/26/2018 04:30:00 PM
(7/26/2018 04:01:00 PM) - Al
Message popped up on my phone, "rain ending at 4PM."
Considering it never rained, I'm trying to decide if that's a correct statement or not.
7/26/2018 04:01:00 PM
(7/26/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al
She is a walking, talking, breathing punchline.
7/26/2018 04:00:00 PM
(7/26/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al
They always know better.
7/26/2018 03:30:00 PM
(7/26/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al
You see, that was different.
7/26/2018 03:00:00 PM
(7/26/2018 02:48:00 PM) - Al
Brewers also got $1M from White Sox, which will buyout Soria if they decide not to exercise his $10M option for 2019.
7/26/2018 02:48:00 PM
(7/26/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
I think it's safe to say the president plans everything he says in public and how he says it. He's not a billionaire because he's dumb and lucky.
Those that underestimate him, well, pay the price.
7/26/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/26/2018 02:11:00 PM) - Al
That would seemingly have the potential to be a very good relief corps, if they remain healthy and stay effective. If they all can avoid the DL, we might see Jacob and Taylor splitting time between Colorado Springs and Milwaukee until SEP.
If they do acquire a SP, it could push Peralta to AAA, as I doubt they would pitch him out of the bullpen.
More importantly, it means Counsell can be aggressive as early as the 4th/5th inning. If they do make the postseason, this could be a shutdown group that can throw 6-7 innings one day and be fresh the next.
7/26/2018 02:11:00 PM
(7/26/2018 02:05:00 PM) - Al
So, what are the Brewers going to get when the Miller Park naming rights are up fro grabs in 2-3 years?
7/26/2018 02:05:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:59:00 PM) - Al
Adam says Soria will join the team FRI night.
7/26/2018 01:59:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:58:00 PM) - Al
Just saw someone say "I had never heard of him, but I guess he's pretty good. I really don't know anyone who plays for the White Socks."
Casual at life.
7/26/2018 01:58:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:54:00 PM) - Al
Braves trying for Stroman, Cubs attempting to land Hamels.
7/26/2018 01:54:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:40:00 PM) - Al
Two good young players for 60 games of Happ. We're talking Manhattan rental prices this year.
7/26/2018 01:40:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al
That was different.
Because shut up.
7/26/2018 01:30:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:29:00 PM) - Al
Happ appears to be going to Yankees for a Drury headlined package.
7/26/2018 01:29:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:28:00 PM) - Al
Not a peep about the Soria trade until it was made.
Stearns does it his way.
7/26/2018 01:28:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:17:00 PM) - Al
Murphy would fit right in at 2B for the Crew, wouldn't he?
7/26/2018 01:17:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:15:00 PM) - Al
Fiserv and the Bucks agree on a naming rights deal...$20M+ a year.
7/26/2018 01:15:00 PM
(7/26/2018 01:04:00 PM) - Al
Brewers will have to clear a 25 man roster spot and a 40 man spot for Soria...they have to clear the 40 man when the trade is announced, but the 25 man spot can wait until Soria reports.
Alex Asher would be my guess, but he has pitched well at AAA. Of course, another trade could occur that involves a member of the 40.
7/26/2018 01:04:00 PM
(7/26/2018 12:58:00 PM) - Al
Albers expected back in a day or two. If he is 100%, bullpen is deep and strong, for the moment at least. It has to be, as the SP's rarely go past the 6th.
7/26/2018 12:58:00 PM
(7/26/2018 12:26:00 PM) - Al
BREAKING: Brewers acquire Soria.
Updates to follow.
ADDED: Soria is not a pure rental, as he has a $10M option for next season. Given Stearns' ability to put a bullpen together on the cheap, I assume he's looking at it at a rental.
ADDED: Since May 21, Soria has allowed two runs in 24.1 IP, a 0.74 ERA. Brewers getting solid addition for their bullpen.--MLB.com
To me that says he's healthy and pitching well. I admit, part of me says he is due for some bad luck.
ADDED 2: White Sox getting Kodi Medeiros as part of the package. Kodi is a former 1st round pick, though he was taken as a money saving option. He is still very young, but most feel he will end up as a reliever. He also has to be added to the 40 this winter.
TRADE COMPLETE: Soria for Medeiros and Wilber Perez.
I do not know Perez, but word is, he has a talking horse.
ADDED 3: Perez is a 20 year old who was pitching effectively in the Dominican Summer League. He's got a live arm, basically a lottery ticket.
ADDED 4: The reason I mention the 40 man is that several young players (I would have said 5-7, now 4-6) have to be added this offseason. Like the Yankees, they may be trading some rather than risk losing them in the Rule 5.
ADDED 5: Kodi was #13 on the Brewers' top 30, which just had a midseason shuffle, and is much more up to date. I'd say they are about 20-22 deep in "true" prospects.
7/26/2018 12:26:00 PM
(7/26/2018 12:19:00 PM) - Al
I like Wheeler, if for nothing else, he's not a rental, he's under team control next season as well.
7/26/2018 12:19:00 PM
(7/26/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
Snicker, chuckle, guffaw.
That's a private matter, I was told.
7/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/26/2018 11:54:00 AM) - Al
Brewers/Mets discussing a Zack Wheeler deal. Nothing imminent, per Morosi.
7/26/2018 11:54:00 AM
(7/26/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al
Yes, it's a puzzler.
3 guesses which political party the author supports.
7/26/2018 11:30:00 AM
(7/26/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al
Funny, that's much lower than our president's...funny we're not hearing more about that.
7/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
(7/26/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al
I'm telling ya, Trump just doesn't have the scruples or class for the presidency.
What we need is a good porn lawyer!
It just writes itself.
7/26/2018 10:30:00 AM
(7/26/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Alex and Bernie's utopia.
7/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
(7/26/2018 09:46:00 AM) - Al
GDP around 5% growth this quarter?
I’m getting tired of all this winning.--reader email
I, for one, am shocked at this unexpected development.
7/26/2018 09:46:00 AM
(7/26/2018 09:27:00 AM) - Al
Soybean futures up $10-12 today.
I'm beginning to think the president knows a bit more about economics than many thought.
7/26/2018 09:27:00 AM
(7/26/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al
Funny, that's not what we hear from the old media.
7/26/2018 09:00:00 AM
(7/26/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al
Rachel Maddow also said press conference footage was edited, and it was not. That's 3...in one day.
If not for fake news, they'd have no news at all.
7/26/2018 08:30:00 AM
(7/26/2018 08:29:00 AM) - Al
Heyman discusses small market challenges with the Crew.
7/26/2018 08:29:00 AM
(7/26/2018 07:24:00 AM) - Al
Almost all the guesses for GDP tomorrow are between 4.5 and 5. One gent said, "I just saw a bear predict 4.2 and I thought, that would be terrible. Then I realized, actually, that would be great. Our expectations have just went through the roof."
7/26/2018 07:24:00 AM
(7/26/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al
Should have got more.
7/26/2018 06:00:00 AM
(7/26/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al
Guess what scumbag?
You are going back to jail. Enjoy your concrete tomb.
7/26/2018 05:00:00 AM
(7/26/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al
Their vote counts just as much as mine.
See what we're up against?
7/26/2018 04:30:00 AM
(7/26/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al
7/26/2018 01:30:00 AM
(7/26/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al
I was wondering why I was so confused in 2000...the world ended!
7/26/2018 01:00:00 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
(7/25/2018 10:32:00 PM) - Al
A later update.
If one were a betting man, one would bet Yankees to win, Crew to place, and Cubs to show.
7/25/2018 10:32:00 PM
(7/25/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al
Of course it does. Read it.
7/25/2018 10:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 09:31:00 PM) - Al
The latest Happ news.
7/25/2018 09:31:00 PM
(7/25/2018 09:15:00 PM) - Al
Stearns plays it as tight to the vest as anyone, but I can't believe he's not tired of finishing 2nd out of 6-10 teams who showed interest.
7/25/2018 09:15:00 PM
(7/25/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al
Them 8 years of kicking the can down the road is suddenly painfully obvious, ain't it? First president since WW2 not to have 3% growth...makes a little more sense all of a sudden, eh.
That's a shame.
7/25/2018 08:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 05:47:00 PM) - Al
Seunghwan Oh will probably be traded today, per MLBN.
ADDED: Said to be going to Rockies.
7/25/2018 05:47:00 PM
(7/25/2018 05:39:00 PM) - Al
Brewers have checked and cleared medical records on both Happ and Gibson. Happ looks like he is going to New York.--High Heat 19
From our main man.
7/25/2018 05:39:00 PM
(7/25/2018 05:08:00 PM) - Al
Yankees, Cubs, and Brewers still being mentioned for Happ.
Santana being pulled from game is unrelated to a trade, per The Athletic.
7/25/2018 05:08:00 PM
(7/25/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al
Why does no one trust the old media?
It's a puzzler.
7/25/2018 04:30:00 PM
(7/25/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al
That's because their opinion is goofy on both.
7/25/2018 04:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:43:00 PM) - Al
I'll be out for a while. Will update when I return.
7/25/2018 03:43:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:37:00 PM) - Al
Hearing a lot of Yankees getting Happ talk.
7/25/2018 03:37:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:34:00 PM) - Al
If the Yankees acquire Happ, it might free up Sonny Gray to be dealt.
Something to keep in mind.
7/25/2018 03:34:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:19:00 PM) - Al
Being reported that Santana was removed from the AAA game today. He was, but it may have been a "normal" double switch...though it was a strange 5th inning double switch.
7/25/2018 03:19:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:14:00 PM) - Al
Soybean futures up $3-5 in minutes after word of trade deal leaks.
7/25/2018 03:14:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:11:00 PM) - Al
I just got an email this morning saying "with 2 weeks of nonstop Trump bashing over 2 issues (Russia and tariffs) that most folks know little about) his numbers seem to be better than ever."
Katie Pavlich seems to agree.
Wait until word of his better trade deal is figured in. Remember, all he did was ask for better terms. Why wasn't this done decades ago?
7/25/2018 03:11:00 PM
(7/25/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al
Remember when the previous administration insisted Obamacare would help "fix" the "broken" healthcare system?
I'm not sure, but I think they may have fibbing.
7/25/2018 03:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:56:00 PM) - Al
Fox connects Kyle Gibson and the Twins' infielders to the Brewers as well. High Heat 19 connected the Crew to Gibson a few months ago.
7/25/2018 02:56:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:54:00 PM) - Al
Blue Jays close to trading JA Happ. Crew has been chatting about him with TOR since last JUL.
7/25/2018 02:54:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:50:00 PM) - Al
Dow jumps 100 points in a couple minutes over rumor USA and EU have agreed on a trade deal that involves the EU reducing tariffs on American goods.
Crazy like a fox.
7/25/2018 02:50:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:36:00 PM) - Al
Counsell goes into "save the bullpen" mode after the 3 run HR makes a win a 2-5% probability.
Lopez likely to pitch a couple innings and then likely to return to AAA.
7/25/2018 02:36:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
No doubt Tapper leans left, but for the most part, he's one of the few in the old media that calls out the left's hypocrisy when it's impossible to ignore*.
*While the others manage to ignore it.
7/25/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:15:00 PM) - Al
Not only would I watch it, I'd look forward to it.
It was one of the best written shows on the air its entire run.
7/25/2018 02:15:00 PM
(7/25/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al
The quirks and goofiness of NY City streets and barely thought out design.
7/25/2018 02:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 01:31:00 PM) - Al
Mike Fiers (could be offered arby for 2019)
There you go, a quick list of rentals available, based more on the teams that are selling than anything else.
And yes, it's a pretty unspectacular list. Happ, Ross and Fiers are light years ahead of the others, though Harvey has been better out of NY.
I admit, I like Fister more than most because of his experience starting and relieving, as well as the fact he has been very good away from the offensive environment of Arlington. However, he will probably be out until early-mid AUG, so he would probably be an August trade candidate.
7/25/2018 01:31:00 PM
(7/25/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al
This is pretty much how everyone I know feels.
The sympathy for people that make terrible life choices is very limited here in flyover country. Yes, it's a shame young people do drugs. I have immense sympathy for her family. That said, we lose people every day to cancer, auto accidents, and oodles of things.
Walk up to the parents of a military person who was killed during a training exercise, which in the current era, is more likely than to be killed in combat; and say, "Damn shame about that Demi Lavato, huh?" I would assume the response is not what you think. Odds are, they'll feel it's very unfair a drug addict with immense wealth and fame survived, while their patriotic child looking to protect their country and get the GI Bill did not.
I'm not saying that's right at all.
But I understand.
7/25/2018 01:30:00 PM
(7/25/2018 01:15:00 PM) - Al
7/25/2018 01:15:00 PM
(7/25/2018 01:01:00 PM) - Al
That would never happen.
I'm sorry it's been happening for years.
Reminds me of the IRS scandal against "patriot" groups. You know, the one the IRS gal took the 5th on and no one was prosecuted.
7/25/2018 01:01:00 PM
(7/25/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al
This is the group McCain says the GOP need to "work with" better.
7/25/2018 01:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 12:26:00 PM) - Al
Davies will get an MRI on his back, out indefinitely.
Woodruff will go back in the rotation at AAA. The, it's Asher and Wilkerson. Aaron Brooks has had a quietly effective season in Colorado Springs as well, but would have to go back on the 40.
All winter, the casuals post their rotation of 5, and I say you have to have at least 10, and they ask why. Life happens.
On the bright side, it happened before the trade deadline. Better now than AUG2. Also, I like Woodruff every bit as much as guys like Matt Harvey.
7/25/2018 12:26:00 PM
(7/25/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
She's a looker too.
7/25/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/25/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al
Looks like another JUL record for hits at Ramblings...67K last year, and over 60K this year, so on pace to destroy it.
Thanks for visiting. Bookmark us while you are here.
7/25/2018 11:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 11:16:00 AM) - Al
Cool, a few miles from my house.
Of course, if it crashes, that would not be cool.
ADDED: No blood on the runway today, my friends.
7/25/2018 11:16:00 AM
(7/25/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al
Want me to tell you how many Toys R Us stores there were in 1988?
A lot, and they each employed 50+ people. Funny, I do not recall many tears from the old media when they closed shop.
7/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
(7/25/2018 10:45:00 AM) - Al
Young middle infielder Tyler Wade of the Yankees expected to be traded for a SP, which may open up a Sonny Gray deal.
Could one imagine a MIL SP to NYY for Gray and Wade? Wouldn't that be something? Very unlikely, especially with the Suter injury.
7/25/2018 10:45:00 AM
(7/25/2018 10:36:00 AM) - Al
Joakim Soria moves up to be my #1 rental favorite, unless the Nationals decide to sell at the deadline.
7/25/2018 10:36:00 AM
(7/25/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al
The old media feels sorry for themselves.
That's a shame.
Maybe, if they'd report the news rather than reporting fiction...
7/25/2018 10:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Gee, I can't say I'm very impressed with this "change."
7/25/2018 10:00:00 AM
(7/25/2018 09:54:00 AM) - Al
Red Sox get Nate Eovaldi for their 15th best prospect who rates as a 45, similar to a Adrian Houser or Kodi Medeiros.
The price of rentals seems higher this year, perhaps because of the shortage of quality rentals expected to be moved.
7/25/2018 09:54:00 AM
(7/25/2018 09:49:00 AM) - Al
Peralta brought up to start today's game, Phillips sent down.
The days of a massive bench are gone again. Broxton/Perez or Miller/catcher not starting and one of Aguilar/Braun/Thames will make up the bench most days.
I would have kept Phillips instead of Broxton, as I think he brings more to the table, especially as a PH.
7/25/2018 09:49:00 AM
(7/25/2018 09:45:00 AM) - Al
Bernie and Alexandria's utopia.
Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
7/25/2018 09:45:00 AM
(7/25/2018 09:35:00 AM) - Al
Allow me to say the Twins' inclusion on this list is very funny.
I forget the actual number, but teams that are more than 5 games out of a playoff spot at the all star break make the playoffs less than 5% of the time.
Granted, MIN could win 12 in a row and be right back in it. Banking on that is fool's gold, however. As the Brewers found out in 2016, giving more playing time to your youngsters is a good thing for many reasons.
7/25/2018 09:35:00 AM
(7/25/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al
This is a very true statement.
It's jealousy and pathetic.
7/25/2018 09:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 08:11:00 AM) - Al
David sends in this link with the subject of "We're in the best of hands."
Your tax dollars at work, my friends.
7/25/2018 08:11:00 AM
(7/25/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al
Fools gonna follow foolish things.
7/25/2018 07:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al
If you do not want to sit in small seats, don't fly the airlines that have them.
Why is this even talked about?
7/25/2018 05:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al
To be blunt, since 2009, the Dems have been against everything that made the USA the greatest country in the history of the world.
I hope they keep it up.
7/25/2018 02:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al
Chicago...where a terrible rat infestation is not anywhere near the top of the list of their biggest problems.
7/25/2018 01:30:00 AM
(7/25/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al
Joel Sherman thinks Neil Walker is at risk of being DFA'd to make room for Britton. Mentions Brewers may like to add him.
Problem is, he's very similar of Brad Miller, both play 1B/2B, both hit RHP far better than LHP, both can play 3B.
That'd be like breaking up with your girlfriend and as she's slamming doors while leaving, asking if she has a twin.
7/25/2018 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
(7/24/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al
What are the odds that I have that exact same suit?
7/24/2018 10:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 09:16:00 PM) - Al
AP doesn't even pretend to be unbiased.
Note to the wire service...when Hillary admits she paid for it, it's a campaign document.
7/24/2018 09:16:00 PM
(7/24/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al
Good for him.
7/24/2018 09:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 07:26:00 PM) - Al
Britton to Yankees close to being completed, Drury not in deal, per Rosenthal.
Best player going to O's is Dillon Tate, a young pitcher who is NYY's 9th best prospect and who has a 50 scouting report score.
FYI, Freddy Peralta is the Brewers' #9 prospect and also gets a 50.
7/24/2018 07:26:00 PM
(7/24/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al
Check those northern lights tonight, the further north you are the better.
7/24/2018 06:30:00 PM
(7/24/2018 06:07:00 PM) - Al
A wise man has talked about how negative nellies kill business for a decade plus.
He's right too.
7/24/2018 06:07:00 PM
(7/24/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al
That is exactly what I thought.
7/24/2018 06:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al
Last time I checked, we were the USA.
We don't ask permission. We inform folks what we're going to do and tell them to get the hell out of our way.
7/24/2018 05:30:00 PM
(7/24/2018 05:00:00 PM) - Al
Please, please give them airtime.
The more the better.
7/24/2018 05:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al
I think that's rather obvious.
7/24/2018 04:30:00 PM
(7/24/2018 04:15:00 PM) - Al
Funny, "unnamed sources" always seem to only have bad news...I wonder why that is?
7/24/2018 04:15:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:56:00 PM) - Al
Demi Lovato hospitalized after heroin overdose.
Someone maybe remind me...what are the "positives" of heroin again? Why would anyone say, "I think I'll try me some heroin!"
7/24/2018 03:56:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:45:00 PM) - Al
Actually, it's gone up.
That's why the faux anger and "end of the world as we know it" attitude from the old media is so prevelent. It's all they know, and when it doesn't work, they double down.
They don't understand that crying wolf has not worked and will continue to fail to work. All it does is make the president's actual transgressions get lost in the mix.
7/24/2018 03:45:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al
Everything is everyone's fault.
Personally, I think her drug addiction was her fault. One reason I'm not addicted to drugs is I do not use drugs.
7/24/2018 03:30:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:23:00 PM) - Al
GM David Stearns on trade market: "There are going to be a lot of players traded over next week. We’re going to be active on a number of them. I’m optimistic we’re going to pull something off but you never really know until you’re able to actually consummate the trade."--JS
He is the best at saying nothing I've ever seen.
7/24/2018 03:23:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:20:00 PM) - Al
Thames and Guerra back from the DL, Orf and Woodruff down.
7/24/2018 03:20:00 PM
(7/24/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al
Rumors leaking out of DC that GDP in the 2nd quarter will be around 5%.
7/24/2018 03:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 02:45:00 PM) - Al
Well, she should be.
7/24/2018 02:45:00 PM
(7/24/2018 02:36:00 PM) - Al
No, I don't know why no one trusts the old media.
It's a puzzler.
7/24/2018 02:36:00 PM
(7/24/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
The market works. Let it.
The old media has been celebrating the death of jobs in many industries for ages. I think it's too bad people have to find new jobs. That said, time marches on.
7/24/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/24/2018 02:15:00 PM) - Al
The Rambling wife told me this last night.
The funny thing is, I did not notice any haze in the sky, even after she told me. Still don't.
7/24/2018 02:15:00 PM
(7/24/2018 01:59:00 PM) - Al
Hard to believe the Tribe would not have some interest in Broxton or Santana.
Field is, at best, a guy who has a .300 OBP in AAA that can play some defense. Of course, CLE would probably not have much desire to trade off any major league talent. That said, with Yelich/Cain/Braun/Thames in the mix, how many OF's do they need?
7/24/2018 01:59:00 PM
(7/24/2018 01:47:00 PM) - Al
The Brewers' rotation, especially their tendency to have 4-6 inning starts, is exactly why I feel Stearns will add to the bullpen.
Not sure if it will be Britton, but when your SP's often leave the bullpen with 9+ outs, you need a ,lot of bodies, especially in AUG (in SEP, with the 40 man roster, they will need "quality" as the quantity is unimportant...everyone will have that).
7/24/2018 01:47:00 PM
(7/24/2018 01:45:00 PM) - Al
If we've learned anything in the past 18 months, it's that almost all hate crimes are fake.
This was so obvious, I actually chuckled yesterday when I saw it, wondering why anyone would believe it.
7/24/2018 01:45:00 PM
(7/24/2018 01:31:00 PM) - Al
Doesn't look like the Marlins will deal Steckenrider.
In reality, they should be begging to get a prospect like Travis or Groom for a middle reliever. I know it doesn't hurt to ask, but...
7/24/2018 01:31:00 PM
(7/24/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al
What can you say?
Some people refuse to take cold meds and suffer for weeks.
I take twice the "recommended" amount and the symptoms are usually gone in 2-3 days.
Some folks are only happy when they are miserable.
7/24/2018 01:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 12:59:00 PM) - Al
Trey Supak quickly working his way into true prospect status. Pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 hits last night.
The irony? He was the main part of the Jason Rogers trade years ago. Broxton was a throw in because the Pirates did not have room for him on the 40 man roster.
7/24/2018 12:59:00 PM
(7/24/2018 12:45:00 PM) - Al
It's too bad thousands of Republicans didn't see this coming and say it would happen.
7/24/2018 12:45:00 PM
(7/24/2018 12:39:00 PM) - Al
I've had a crush on Kela for quite some time. We can hope Stearns' relationship with the Rangers will help.
7/24/2018 12:39:00 PM
(7/24/2018 12:19:00 PM) - Al
Blue Jays trying to deal Happ and relievers before expected JUL31 glut of moves, per Joel Sherman.
There are several solid relievers in TOR, including Aaron Loup, who has been an effective loogy for his entire career, and is a FA after the season. He'd be an under the radar pickup, allowing Hadar and Jennings to be used in 1-2 inning stints, while Loup would just face a lefty batter or two.
7/24/2018 12:19:00 PM
(7/24/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
Be careful of those skeletons in your closet.
7/24/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/24/2018 11:45:00 AM) - Al
As many have pointed out over and over, heat is far less of a problem than cold. If we are in a warming cycle, it's a hundred times less dangerous than a cold cycle.
Cold kills. Heat is uncomfortable.
7/24/2018 11:45:00 AM
(7/24/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al
They like it because they have no understanding of it.
It just seems appealing because they think they could sleep in and let the rubes do most of the work.
7/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
(7/24/2018 10:41:00 AM) - Al
The Brewers almost acquired Drury in the offseason. They have been linked to Sonny Gray.
The thing is, what would the Brewers be able to give the Yankees? They will not want minor leaguers, they will want major league ready players to help them in 2018 and the future. Would Santana and/or Broxton have any appeal? Would any of the pitchers on the Colorado Springs/Milwaukee shuttle firt in here?
7/24/2018 10:41:00 AM
(7/24/2018 10:11:00 AM) - Al
Is Matt Harvey better than any of the Brewers' SP's? Or, even their 6th/7th options, like Woodruff?
This is why I do not understand why Harvey would have much appeal to them. Would they use him in the bullpen? Who would he replace in the rotation? Would they go with a 6 man rotation?
7/24/2018 10:11:00 AM
(7/24/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al
It's easy to change your mind...well, you know the rest.
7/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
(7/24/2018 09:45:00 AM) - Al
Gee, I wonder why he was so unpopular with the left?
Hopefully, the next one will be even tougher.
7/24/2018 09:45:00 AM
(7/24/2018 09:44:00 AM) - Al
Amazing what a bit of patriotism will do.
7/24/2018 09:44:00 AM
(7/24/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al
I still feel if the Brewers make a trade, especially for a rental of merit, it will involve Lopez or Houser, as both are solid young pitchers, but are out of options due to injury or just progressing slowly.
7/24/2018 09:00:00 AM
(7/24/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al
If it didn't happen under Reagan, you're talking about a mighty impressive positive economic detail.
7/24/2018 09:00:00 AM
(7/24/2018 08:43:00 AM) - Al
Rosenthal posts Brewers are still involved in Britton talks, though Astros and Yankees are said to be in the lead.
7/24/2018 08:43:00 AM
(7/24/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al
Please, please keep talking.
7/24/2018 06:30:00 AM
(7/24/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al
Gotta admire a woman that realizes why she was a star.
7/24/2018 05:30:00 AM
(7/24/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al
That's exactly what FDR stood for.
7/24/2018 03:00:00 AM
(7/24/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al
Kemp for president in 2024.
7/24/2018 01:30:00 AM
Monday, July 23, 2018
(7/23/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al
I blame Trump.
7/23/2018 11:00:00 PM
(7/23/2018 09:49:00 PM) - Al
That said, he'd probably say that even if a trade had been agreed to but not finalized yet.
7/23/2018 09:49:00 PM
(7/23/2018 09:12:00 PM) - Al
Well, to be fair, in an 8-1 game, many teams pull their regulars.
Dozier has been pulled as well. That'd be something, wouldn't it?
7/23/2018 09:12:00 PM
(7/23/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al
Well, he's not wrong.
7/23/2018 07:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 07:26:00 PM) - Al
Seem to be hearing this "Sonny Gray to MIL" rumor a lot, and from many different voices.
EDIT: For those wondering, it's not going to happen unless NYY acquires another SP to take his spot.
EDIT 2: An interesting option available cheap would be Neil Walker, who was so good last season in MIL, who has struggled in NY, but has hit better as the season has went on...and even his year long numbers versus RHP are not much worse than the Crew's 2B (Walker 613 OPS vs. MIL's 642).
7/23/2018 07:26:00 PM
(7/23/2018 05:15:00 PM) - Al
He's not the first to point this out.
7/23/2018 05:15:00 PM
(7/23/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al
At least he's honest about Chicago politics.
7/23/2018 04:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 04:11:00 PM) - Al
If you're wondering why Aguilar is sitting out yesterday and today with "tight hammys," well, odds are, he has something more serious, and the team just doesn't want to let folks know what it is, so they do not, you know, take advantage of that, like bunting his way, or etc.
7/23/2018 04:11:00 PM
(7/23/2018 03:54:00 PM) - Al
Suter to DL, Lopez up.
Guerra will be activated tomorrow and Peralta called up WED, so Lopez's stay...or someone else's, may be short lived.
7/23/2018 03:54:00 PM
(7/23/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al
We get most of our beef for a pittance from the Rambling inlaws, but I would bet this "stockpile" would dissipate very quickly if I ever saw a decent steak in the grocery store for under $10.
I used to buy "cheap" roasts often and make them in the slow cooker, because that makes the cheapest, toughest cuts extremely tender. Now, I almost always stick to pork, as it's a bargain by comparison.
7/23/2018 03:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 03:13:00 PM) - Al
Brent Suter has a torn UCL. Almost certainly will undergo Tommy John surgery, unlikely to return before the 2020 campaign.
7/23/2018 03:13:00 PM
(7/23/2018 03:01:00 PM) - Al
I'm not saying I getting old, but I just sneezed really hard and I believe I pulled/strained a muscle on my right side. It isn't that bad unless I touch it, but it's incredibly tender if I do.
I recall when I was young, I used to be able to get up from a chair without making a sound...
7/23/2018 03:01:00 PM
(7/23/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al
She's not wrong.
That said, I am enjoying it.
7/23/2018 02:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 02:13:00 PM) - Al
Can't say I'm too worried.
All Iran has is terrorism and $1.5B in cash from our blowhard, cowardly former president.
We're the United States of America. They're not.
7/23/2018 02:13:00 PM
(7/23/2018 02:02:00 PM) - Al
Morosi says Brewers still considering Mike Moustakas, even though they are "not an ideal fit." Shaw would move to 2B in this scenario.
Never say Stearns is not willing to think out of the box. I'm not a big Merrifield fan due to his inability to hit RHP at a higher level. Likewise, I'm not a big Moustakas fan due to his mediocre OBP. Both, however, would improve the '18 Brewers, offensively at least.
By the way, I'm not saying spellcheck is crap, but it marked Moustakas in the second paragraph, but not the first.
7/23/2018 02:02:00 PM
(7/23/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al
Funny, this quote seems to have been overlooked by the old media.
As has the economic boom comparable to the Reagan years.
It's a mystery. We may never know the true reason why.
7/23/2018 02:00:00 PM
(7/23/2018 01:44:00 PM) - Al
Mike Huckabee sums it up perfectly.
The facts are out, and they ain't pretty. Well, for the left.
Who could have guessed? Oh that's right...me. Turns out, I was completely accurate. You just have to read a tad between the lines and know what side the old media is on.
7/23/2018 01:44:00 PM
(7/23/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al
Schilling is late to the party with this observation, but he's right.
I'm all for it, of course, because once you're called names by the Dems, it tends to strengthen your values and beliefs. It makes you far less likely to wake up one day and think to yourself, "Well, if we only took more money from the successful people, things would be a booming!"
7/23/2018 01:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al
7/23/2018 12:30:00 PM
(7/23/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al
DM puts this up once a week or so, and I laugh every single time.
7/23/2018 12:00:00 PM
(7/23/2018 11:45:00 AM) - Al
Those saddened by the layoffs at the NY Daily News are still weeping that the buggy whip factory went out of business and insist TV is just a fad.
Time marches on, whether you are looking at the past or yearning for the future.
7/23/2018 11:45:00 AM
(7/23/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al
If only we had gun laws like Canada, we'd never have a....never mind.
7/23/2018 11:30:00 AM
(7/23/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al
Socialism is the way to go. In fact, embracing democratic communism may be the best bet.
7/23/2018 11:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 10:20:00 AM) - Al
Brewers "casting a wide net" per Rosenthal, Archer and Britton named.
That said, we already knew that.
I'm a big fan of Archer, and he was very good yesterday. The only SP I like more than Archer is Eovaldi, and he's more of a swingman and a rental.
7/23/2018 10:20:00 AM
(7/23/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Myths to ignore that some folks will insist are true.
Another is that raising taxes leads to more revenue.
7/23/2018 10:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al
If only, you know, thousands, perhaps of millions of people had warned them.
7/23/2018 09:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al
I wanna have lots of kids, maybe a dozen!
7/23/2018 08:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al
This is why the old media is so desperate to insist a peaceful meeting with the 2nd strongest nation in the world was a failure. What? Highest ever? That's not the message the old media keeps sending.
I guess, a stronger president, you know, a better leader, would have whispered into a hot mic he'd have more flexibility after the election. Or just sent them pallets of cash, because he's so damn much more intelligent than us rubes.
Every single day, I am far more comfortable that I am on the right side. Do I really want to be associated with the above? I'm embarrassed it was the country I love.
7/23/2018 07:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al
There are nerds, and then there's Nate Silver.
7/23/2018 06:00:00 AM
(7/23/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al
It just seems to me if it really was happening, you wouldn't need to make stuff up.
I'm not saying the old media reports fake news.
They do that just fine without my help.
7/23/2018 03:30:00 AM
(7/23/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al
No, I really don't know why MSNBC's ratings are so low.
It's a puzzler.
7/23/2018 12:30:00 AM
Sunday, July 22, 2018
(7/22/2018 10:07:00 PM) - Al
The interwebs are full of rumors about a Wheeler/Cabrera tandem coming to the Brewers, with an OF (Santana or Phillips) going back, along with other prospect(s) and international signing money.
Is there any truth to it? Well, makes sense, especially with Suter going down today. Wheeler is not a rental, as he is under team control until after the 2019 season.
7/22/2018 10:07:00 PM
(7/22/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al
It's as bad as we thought...probably even worse.
Note the complete silence from the Dems today...not a peep from any of them, even those that never shut up. This shows they have been bought and paid for.
7/22/2018 09:00:00 PM
(7/22/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al
How many times have I mentioned the old rule...
accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.--paraphrase of Goebbels
There's a very good reason Susie Rice wrote that email to put the blame on others. She's as guilty as sin. The wall of lies finally fell apart.
7/22/2018 07:30:00 PM
(7/22/2018 04:55:00 PM) - Al
Rosenthal says Brewers may have asked for both Escobar and Dozier. I suggested that a while back.
Also, says teams have asked about adding SP's to a Britton deal.
7/22/2018 04:55:00 PM
(7/22/2018 03:59:00 PM) - Al
And then there's the drama.
The fact he's not on my side makes me very confident I am on the right side.
7/22/2018 03:59:00 PM
(7/22/2018 03:53:00 PM) - Al
I like Cabrera more than Dozier.
And I would not mind Dozier at all.
7/22/2018 03:53:00 PM
(7/22/2018 03:49:00 PM) - Al
Heyman adds the Brewers to the list of teams interested in Britton, or who have at least asked about him.
He has been excellent in July, shaking off the rust he had accumulated. His velocity is down 2-3 mph on both his pitches, though maybe that's returning a bit as well.
I consider him a huge injury risk, but he is only signed through this season, so whoever gets him is only responsible for about $4.25M he's owed for '18.
7/22/2018 03:49:00 PM
(7/22/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al
Schoop is a strange name to be associated with Stearns for many reasons, as he's not speedy, not versatile, and his value is built on SLG, not OBP...not to mention, he's been awful this season, after a tremendous '17. He's also been better versus RHP than LHP his whole career.
Much of that can be associated with his BAbip (.255 TY versus .330 LY). Maybe the analytics department thinks it's the result of bad luck more than a reduction in what he has done, I dunno.
Heck, maybe BAL thinks he has negative value and would ask for less for a SP if a team took Schoop.
7/22/2018 03:30:00 PM
(7/22/2018 03:15:00 PM) - Al
Williams was babied heavily in the first half, always given extra days off and never used on consecutive days.
He's probably just suffering from a bit of dead arm and that previously nearly unhittable slider is suddenly just another pitch. Given the situation and a need for rest, might well see him DL'd along with Suter, or just sent down on paper to give him 10 days off.
7/22/2018 03:15:00 PM