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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

(7/30/2014 01:24:00 AM) - Al

Len Kasper just said they announced Drew Stubbs is now in CF...he's been in the game several innings.

Heh.


7/30/2014 01:24:00 AM



(7/30/2014 01:22:00 AM) - Al

Just like when the Brewers used an infielder a few years ago and the opposition went down 1-2-3 on 68 mph pitches, Ken Macha correctly said, "Major league hitters never see stuff at that speed."

I think it was Joe Inglett. 


7/30/2014 01:22:00 AM



(7/30/2014 01:19:00 AM) - Al

Cubs' catcher John Baker into pitch the 16th. I think they said they have already used two SP's in relief...they must have not had many relievers available tonight.

Baker is lighting up the gun with 76-77 mph "fastballs."


7/30/2014 01:19:00 AM



(7/30/2014 01:17:00 AM) - Al

I think they should play 12 innings, and then each team starts the 13th with the bases loaded. And yes, of course, the playoffs would go back to being "normal."

That would actually be nearly perfect, as if a team still had their closer left, they would use him then.

You know what's funny? Fans would LOVE it. The MLBN would cut to any game if it got to the 13th and the studio guys would overanalyze it, using the words "gritty," "scrappy," and "heart" every time a blooper fell in.


7/30/2014 01:17:00 AM



(7/30/2014 01:03:00 AM) - Al

Rockies/Cubs starting 15th on WGN. I had no idea, but thankfully, Adam's leggy protege Caitlin tweeted out she was watching. About 200 people in the stands.


7/30/2014 01:03:00 AM


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

(7/29/2014 11:25:00 PM) - Al

This guy says six teams are still in. It'd be something if the A's got him.


7/29/2014 11:25:00 PM



(7/29/2014 11:04:00 PM) - Al

No need to add him after July 31 since he can't pitch in the playoffs.

I gotta quit checking out message boards. It's like being stuck in remedial class. 


7/29/2014 11:04:00 PM



(7/29/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Hopefully, this will weaken SL or PIT immensely. Lester scares me a lot, as last year he had near a 5 ERA.


7/29/2014 10:52:00 PM



(7/29/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers not in on Lester.

Offhand, I would say it's because Nelson is not on the table. I can dream can't I?


7/29/2014 10:30:00 PM



(7/29/2014 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Jose Tabata was pulled from his game as it was announced Lester was not going to start tomorrow. Appears likely he is part of the package along with a highly ranked prospect or two.

PIT has 5-6 highly ranked players, but as often happens, they get impatient and struggle to wait for them to mature. This is another reason why I think the Cubs will be so good for so long...Theo is not rushing anyone, and has the clout to do it "the right way." 


7/29/2014 09:41:00 PM



(7/29/2014 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Opponent BABIP vs. Will Smith - April: .280 May: .353 June: .342 July: .563--Alec Dopp

BAbip in mostly a luck stat, and as with Garza's one out start, bad luck keeps a pitcher from being successful. I would guess his walks may be up and K's down as well, so put those facts together, you're not going to have success.


7/29/2014 09:13:00 PM



(7/29/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Ump misses call, throws out hitter for no reason.

Kind of a synopsis of the profession.

The Rays got some fine young pitching, by the way. They could contend without Price.


7/29/2014 09:00:00 PM



(7/29/2014 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Fox is reporting Pirates are the favorites to get Lester.

The Cards' fan guy on MLBN today said hoped SL didn't do anything, as they've had sustained success keeping their kids and playing them. I would tend to agree. I have no problem trading blocked prospects and guys not in the top ten, which is usually lower level players several years away or players that project as reserves, platoon options, or relievers.

As I have said before, I would save the "blockbuster" for a situation like the A's...they feel secure with their team being one of the top three, they are looking to add for the playoffs. That's how I've always looked at the KRod trade as well, as the Crew was looking solid.




7/29/2014 07:42:00 PM



(7/29/2014 06:56:00 PM) - Al

As good as Gomez is on D, I think Schafer is every bit as good...just doesn't have the blazing speed of Carlos.

I said Gomez would sign a huge contract eventually, and I said it when he was in a platoon with Morgan, so many "wanna bes" laughed at me. I don't think Logan will ever hit for power, but I see him as a starting CF for a few seasons.


7/29/2014 06:56:00 PM



(7/29/2014 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Maybe Ms. Fluke can explain to me why the taxpayers should be paying for birth control of people with $100K in the bank...

This is why the debt has skyrocketed, my friends.


7/29/2014 06:33:00 PM



(7/29/2014 05:51:00 PM) - Al

What do billionaires do when unhappy?

Sue!!!

It's a shame they both can't lose.


7/29/2014 05:51:00 PM



(7/29/2014 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Just cleared LeAnn and Eddie off my DVR.

1. Yes, I do feel a bit dirty. That said, LeAnn Rimes is rather attractive, and I don't have to deal with her...eccentric behavior.

2. LeAnn is better looking now than she has ever been. Probably because she's not so damn boney anymore.

3. Eddie, despite being a sleazeball that chooses his women based solely on their looks and lack of ethical life habits, seems like a pretty nice guy. However, given the episode featured him being offered a job on the new Dallas show, and then turning it down because it filmed in Dallas, away from his kids in LA, you'd have to be pretty gullible not to believe this was heavily scripted.

4. So, while Eddie was made to appear like Father Knows Best in real life, LeAnn, despite obviously being aware of the cameras, acts like a spoiled teen; making fun of patrons of a gay country bar, drinking too much, and just reminding me that while she's gorgeous, there's a reason why she was available.

{The irony there is, both were married to others when they met, and when their relationship inevitably ends, I will pretend to be surpised, because it's the polite thing to do.}


7/29/2014 05:31:00 PM



(7/29/2014 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Another mom arrested for daring to allow her son to play outside.

This is what the over regulated world looks like.


7/29/2014 05:02:00 PM



(7/29/2014 04:52:00 PM) - Al

All that stuff about ladies being so thin decades ago?

Considering Marilyn Monroe was far from skinny, it seems as if the move to 5-10, 105 pounds was rather recent.


7/29/2014 04:52:00 PM



(7/29/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

This may be the stupidest piece I've ever linked to...and remember, I often link to parody accounts. It just goes to show you that being in the old media doesn't make you smarter.

No one asked me, but there's no way I'd move Nelson for a rental. I wouldn't move him for Price if I were GM, but if I were GM, I might feel differently because I'd actually have to keep Mark A happy.

The Dodgers have a payroll of $14 bizillion, and they won't trade either of their top two guys for two months, or even a whole season of a good player. That alone should tell you how valuable those guys are.


7/29/2014 03:39:00 PM



(7/29/2014 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Jason Lane DFA'd again.

He's the perfect 25th man, can be a long man, PH if needed, emergency OF/1B. I'm sure Doug's not worried about it right now, but love to see him get a chance next year.


7/29/2014 03:19:00 PM



(7/29/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why prisons can't have nice things.

I'm not all that happy they have a better cable plan than us either. 


7/29/2014 12:30:00 PM



(7/29/2014 10:20:00 AM) - Al

Nelson for two months of Lester?

I do not see it.


7/29/2014 10:20:00 AM



(7/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Denial ain't just a river.




7/29/2014 10:00:00 AM



(7/29/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We live in a world in which the administration offered an official rebuke of Russia doing some sort of missile test, but not a word about a terrorist attack that killed 300 civilians.

May you live in interesting times.


7/29/2014 09:30:00 AM



(7/29/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Overall, the Brewers still rank second in the National League in runs scored, trailing only the Rockies. They have been held to fewer than three runs 32 times in 107 games, tied with the Dodgers for second fewest such low-scoring games among NL clubs.--Adam, MLB.com

Writing like this is why Adam is not just the best, but the only one I don't feel dumber after reading.


7/29/2014 07:30:00 AM


Monday, July 28, 2014

(7/28/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Name to keep in mind...Justin Ruggiano.

Boring, but feasible.


7/28/2014 10:52:00 PM



(7/28/2014 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Doug has all his assistants and even his stats guy in Florida, so they seem ready to act.

I would be far more likely to make a move for the short term if they were several games in front and heavy favorites for a playoff spot. Right now, while any playoff spot is coveted, I'd hate to trade six plus years of team control for a rental...for a chance at a one game crapshoot. 


7/28/2014 10:13:00 PM



(7/28/2014 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Tough stretch of pitchers, Cobb/Price in this series, the Lynn/Wainwright in SL. Unless someone just doesn't have it like Gee the other night, might well have to win some 2-1 or 3-2 games.

And hope they actually call a strike when it's, you know, a strike. If Davidson doesn't miss that pitch, might well have ended 1-0, or still be playing at 1-1.


7/28/2014 08:50:00 PM



(7/28/2014 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Things I have learned: People that post some sort of gif (that's a type of picture file for you tech illiterates) as a response are so ignorant, they think that is better than an infinite selection of words they could have chosen.

I'm not sure how they manage to get their computer on. 


7/28/2014 08:21:00 PM



(7/28/2014 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Bob Davidson too busy trying to call a fictional balk to bother calling strikes properly.

I truly do not think they could be any worse if they just started over. Historically awful. No one knows if it's a strike in the 1st, 6th, or 9th. They are consistently inconsistent.




7/28/2014 08:02:00 PM



(7/28/2014 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Something I've learned...people that say, "that's more of an offseason trade" are trying to convince you they are far smarter than they are. Considering Greinke was traded once in the offseason, and once at midseason, for very similar returns; it's really stupid to say such a thng.


7/28/2014 05:54:00 PM



(7/28/2014 05:35:00 PM) - Al


I just wanted to say that I heard about the David Price trade discussions weeks ago, but chose not to mention it, because there's nothing us bloggers do better than keep inside information secret.

At least I'm not serious with my drivel. 




7/28/2014 05:35:00 PM



(7/28/2014 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Nick Delmonico has been suspended for 50 games for violating MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment program.--Brewers

Let's hope he gets his house in order. As for me, I told you so. And you clowns that emailed and said I should not spread rumors, "personal issues" don't mean their girlfriend has broken up with them. It means...something serious


7/28/2014 05:08:00 PM



(7/28/2014 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Scooter back in the lineup, hitting 7th.


7/28/2014 02:51:00 PM



(7/28/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

This math is rather damning of the left's leadership.

Fiscal responsibility is not a strength, to say the least.


7/28/2014 02:30:00 PM



(7/28/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Hillary says W did a fine job.

Compared to the present, that is very true.


7/28/2014 01:30:00 PM



(7/28/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

You know, it seems quite likely the best response to an act of war was not to pretend it never happened and speak at a plethora of fundraisers.

Who woulda thunk it?


7/28/2014 11:30:00 AM



(7/28/2014 11:28:00 AM) - Al

I've always felt if you're up at 4 or 5AM and you make your own hours, you're just not very bright.

See my thoughts on bragging about working 90 hours a week. Same idea.


7/28/2014 11:28:00 AM



(7/28/2014 10:49:00 AM) - Al

I'm just going to throw this out there...Jon Lester is on the market and is a FA after this season, making him worth far less than Price.


7/28/2014 10:49:00 AM



(7/28/2014 10:41:00 AM) - Al

I've now seen several places saying Nelson, Thornburg, and Clint Coulter for Price is being discussed, or possibly has been the offer made by one team or the other.

You never know if they are all quoting the first guy, who just made it up; or if there's something to it.


7/28/2014 10:41:00 AM



(7/28/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Someone else has noticed that the fools are proving the opposite point with their "live the wage" campaign...food is cheap and plentiful in the USA...that's why we have fat poor people.


7/28/2014 10:30:00 AM



(7/28/2014 10:04:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers are one of the teams who have asked about Price, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports.  A source tells Rosenthal that the Crew just put their “foot in the water” of the Price sweepstakes, so it remains to be seen if Milwaukee was making a due diligence move or if they have a deeper interest.  As Rosenthal notes, the Brewers would be “a long shot” to end up with Price given the relative lack of depth in their farm system (especially compared to the Cardinals and other teams connected to Price) and their ability to afford Price’s possible $20MM salary through arbitration in 2015.--MLBTR

Never hurts to check. As I said, Price would require Nelson, plus probably either Gennett or Davis. I don't see it.

EDIT: I saw one guess that an offer of Nelson, Thornburg, and a top prospect in the low minors would get it done. That is not as much as we've seen bandied about in rumors for Price, but those are not done deals either. One could argue Street brought more back that that, as well.

The thought I keep having is "what are the odds Price outperforms Nelson the rest of this year?" I would say it's around 65%, but that's 35% against, and then you figure in that Price will cost $15M more...certainly not worth it if he barely outpitches him.


7/28/2014 10:04:00 AM



(7/28/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I guess maybe they should have read the bill.

Of course, I find it hilarious that whenever these problems occur, the left blames the Republicans...despite the simple fact that not a single GOP person voted for it.

Not one.


7/28/2014 09:30:00 AM



(7/28/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

True that.


7/28/2014 08:00:00 AM


Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

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

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


7/27/2014 09:53:00 PM



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

An updated look at the top prospects.

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


7/27/2014 08:50:00 PM



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

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

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


7/27/2014 08:41:00 PM



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

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

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


7/27/2014 08:27:00 PM



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

You're doing a fine job old media.

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


7/27/2014 04:00:00 PM



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

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


7/27/2014 02:28:00 PM



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

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


7/27/2014 01:45:00 PM



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

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

She just adds a little something to the viewing experience.



7/27/2014 01:37:00 PM



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

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

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

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

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


7/27/2014 01:13:00 PM



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

Ramirez gets the day off, Elian plays 3B.

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

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


7/27/2014 11:24:00 AM



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

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

It's amazing we survived as a species.


7/27/2014 12:58:00 AM



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

Israeli soldier killed...during cease fire.

Damn that Israel. They so evil.


7/27/2014 12:33:00 AM



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

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


7/27/2014 12:25:00 AM


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