He Said, She Said – Recaps for 7/19/16

Scouts: ESPN’s Keith Law recently stated that Brad Brach didn’t belong in the All-Star game despite having one of the best seasons among all relief pitchers.  Brach is third in ERA (.88), 6th in WHIP (.799), has a .197 BABIP, 10.52 K/9 and has given up just 5 ER in 51.1 IP.  He has 60k vs 15 BB, and ESPN thinks he didn’t belong.  His ERA+ is 509.  Now I’m more than used to the fact that ESPN is chock full of fucking morons, who couldn’t care less if you aren’t playing in New York, Boston, or St. Louis (And SF every other year), and I’ve long since stopped paying them any mind.  But it has gotten me thinking.  Of all positions in baseball, relief pitching is by far the most difficult to easily measure.  They have been largely overlooked for years, and it’s been only recently, that quality relief pitchers have become coveted.  Sure, we all love sexy starters and closers, and well, guys who can hit the ball a mile, but what about that guy who comes in, gets a key out or two in the 7th with two men on and stops a rally before it can begin?  How do you measure that?  What is your go to stat?  Do you use hold?  Saves suck for the same reason as RBI or W, as they are too team dependent.  Do you prefer WHIP?  BABIP?  K/9?  Discuss below.

Scouts Note: Prof, you can’t link Eurythmics with out linking the best version of their best song.

Rangers 6, Angels 8 Pujlos hits two more home runs and Lincecum gets the victory.

Blue Jays 5, D’Backs 1Encarnacion’s three run home run was more than Sanchez needed.

Mets 2, Cubs 1Prof:  Thor vs Arrieta. Arrieta looked sharp in seven innings, but  the Mets come back in the ninth to take the win on the road.

 

Marlins 2, Phillies 1 F/10 – Both teams hit solo home runs in the 4th, until Christian Yelich broke it open with a two out single in the 10th.

Brewers 2, Pirates 3 Pirates almost blew it allowing the tying run in the 9th to score, before waling it off on a little league inside the park home run. 

 

Twins 6, Tigers 2 Prof:  Tommy Milone pitched his heart out (two outs shy of a complete game), and Brian Dozier hit a two run homer to seal the deal for Minnesota.

Braves 5, Reds 4 F/11Prof:  Atlanta wins despite the best (worst) efforts of emergency closer Jim Johnson, who blew the lead in the ninth. But thanks to Ender Inciarte, the Braves come back to defeat the Reds.

Rays 10, Rockies 1Only Trevor Story’s solo kept this from being a completely whalloping.  Pearce (fresh off the DL) and Longoria went yard for the Rays who are starting to get their pieces back.

Astros 3, A’s 4Springer hits number 21 but it wasn’t enough for the Astros, who blew another golden opportunity to put a dent in the division standings.

 

White Sox 6, Mariners 1Seattle just couldn’t punch through the door as Chicago got home runs from Frazier, Cabrera and Lawrie.

Orioles 1, Yankees 7Prof:  Yankees capitalize on every hit they get with as many runs as they cruise past a banged up Baltimore. Orioles now hold only a 1/2 game lead over Boston in the AL East.

Dodgers 8, Nationals 4 Kazmir did just enough to keep the Nats down.  Butley had three RBI’s on the night.

Giants 0, Red Sox 4 Prof:  David Ortiz knocks in three runs and defeats former teammate Jake Peavy.

Indians 7, Royals 3Napoli hit a 2 run HR in the first and it was all downhill from there.

Padres, Cardinals – PP.

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3 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 7/19/16

  1. Reynaldo Lopez made his major league debut last night with the Nats, and the moment proved to be a bit more than the 22 year old was ready to handle, at least early. It’s clear that his stuff is major league ready, but his command wasn’t. His fastball was in the upper 90s, but it was leaking to the fat part of the plate, and the Dodgers pounced; Chase Utley lead off the game with a home run, and seven of the first eleven Dodgers got hits.

    Lopez settled down and eventually struck out nine before running out of gas in the 5th; final damage was six runs on ten hits, but it’s not wishcasting to see the potential that’s there.

    Meanwhile, if anyone’s seen Bryce Harper, please send him to Nationals Park ASAP, because someone’s doing a poor job of impersonating him right now.

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  2. I like the idea that Christian Yelich “broke open” a game with a one run single in the top of the 10th inning, though I would prefer “blew open,” “blasted open,” “erupted for a run,” “exploded for a run,” “jolted a Neris whifflepitch” or some other overwrought metaphor appropriate to the high drama of this game, watching which I fell asleep no fewer than four times as both teams “struggled” to reach single digits in hits. Fortunately, J T Realmuto committed a throwing error at some point (I had dozed orf and didn’t notice which inning it was) to lend a little excitement to the proceedings.

    The Feesh lost a first inning challenge on a dropped ball at second base when almost any idiot (not including the idiots who review challenge plays in Gotham) could see that second baseman Cesar Hernandez never had control of the flip from shortstop Galvis. This confirms my suspicions that between challenges, the arbiters in Nyork spend their time chewing peyote buttons and watching reruns of El Topo.

    Yelich’s Richter-scale blast made a weener of Mike Dunn, who pitched a one two three ninth after David Phelps distinguished himself in the eighth by walking the bases full before escaping with a highly suspect strikeout. Both teams’ peetchers benefited from BuddhAwful* ball and strike calling, during which we discovered that the strike zone extended from the Van Allen Belt to the Earth’s outer core of plasticine iron and nickel, and from the Schuylkill River to the Poconos.

    Incidentally, Yelich – whose mom and dad were sitting in splendid isolation somewhere in the stadium (one sea of empty blue seats looks pretty much like any other sea of empty blue seats) – had also hit an extraordinarily boring home run earlier in the game. The cameras returned to them periodically as they chatted on or stared like Eloi into the voids of their cellphones, thus lending some human interest to the proceedings. When Yelich smashed his game-winning single, the cameras swung back to Mom and Dad, who were feverishly dialing their cellphones to let Yelich’s siblings and pet hamster know what happened.

    The Feesh and Feelies have to be the only two teams who could transform a nail-biting one run extra inning game into a nipple sucking one run extra inning game just by dint of somnambulating to and from the plate for ten interminable innings. I suspect they were inertialized by cholesterol plaque in their arteries and synapses from eating horrible horsemeat and Velveeta™ sandwiches orf the buffet spread.

    *BuddhAwful – note that under the euphonic rules of Sanskrit known as sandhi, a word ending with a short “a” is joined to a succeeding word beginning with a short “a” by fusing both short “a’s” into one long “a.” Since I don’t have a Sanskrit keyboard here, I’ve capitalized the A linking “Buddha” and “awful” (a conjunction I suspect would have much pleased the TathAgata hisself). This might seem tedious to you, but then you didn’t watch last night’s game, either. And anyway, it sure beats having to paint “Romans Go Home” on the back wall of the Temple Mount all night.

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  3. Speaking of undervalued relievers, Will Harris of the Astros also made the All Star game on a stellar first half, but is virtually unknown because he’s “just another one of those set up guys.” MLB is still coming around to appreciating that job.

    For my Fantasy Team, I favor looking at WHIP, K/BB ratio, and – if I’m still interested by then – at xFIP vs. ERA. It seems to work pretty well. In fact, most of the problems with underperformers on my staff this year are with big name pitchers whose WHIP and K/BB stink this year but I’m just afraid to cut them on historical performance. (Yes, I’m lookin’ at you – Chris Archer, Lance McCullers, David Price)

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