He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/23/16

Prof:  So many west coast games! Hard to get a jump on it when they go late into the night. I’ve traveled to a lot of places in my life, but I’ve never been to the west coast. In fact, the furthest west I’ve ever been is Alamogordo, New Mexico. I have family there. I’ve never even been on a layover on the west coast. Most people think that’s ridiculous, considering how old I am and the fact that I’ve been to England and Scotland. Maybe one day I can go to California, just to say I’ve been. It’d be nice to go with someone special, though. How about you guys? Is there a place you’ve never been that most people take for granted?

 


 

Yankees 5, Mariners 1 – This is just not fair.  The Yankees are going to be really good, sooner than a lot of people realize.  They completely skipped the whole sucking for 10 years while rebuilding phase.

Phillies 1, White Sox 9 – Prof:  Jose Abreu and my boy Justin Morneau went back to back to power Chicago over Philadelphia. Abreu went 2-3 and batted in 3 RBI. Philly’s lone run was scored by Freddy Galvis, a stand alone homer.

Rockies 4, Brewers 8 – Better watch out for 2020 when Nolan Arenado hits free agency.  Dude is gonna get PAID.

 

Tigers 8, Twins 3 – Prof:  Or as we’d like to call it around here, the battle between Historio and Happy/MadChef. Today, Historio is the victor. V-Mart goes 3-5 for Detroit, and Brian Dozier went 2-4 for Minnesota. Both had a home run.

Mets 7, Cardinals 4 – Can the Mets climb out of that hole they’ve dug themselves?  3.5 games back and both Miami and Washington is slumping a bit.

 

Braves 7, Diamondbacks 4 – Some drama going on in Arizona.  Rumor is ownership rejected a trade ridding the team of Shelby Miller and prevented Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa from firing manager Chip Hale.

Cubs 5, Padres 3 – The Cubs allowed the Padres to score 3 mercy runs in the 9th before Chapman came in and slammed the door.  Arrieta was his usual dominant self and the Cubbies got homers off Bryant and Russell.

 

Nationals 1, Orioles 8 – Chris Davis hit number 30, his 6th home run in the last 7 games.  It only took him until August to find his swing.  The nightmare scenario is real in Baltimore however as the Orioles place their ace Chris Tillman on the 15 day DL with shoulder soreness.  The club denied Tillman was injured for the past few days, but I called bull on that.  He is being replaced by Ubaldo “I can’t get out of the second inning” Jimenez.  May as well pack it up now, that effectively ends the O’s season.

Astros 1, Pirates 7 -. Prof:  Ooof. Houston isn’t looking too sharp these days, and Pittsburgh took advantage of them by starting off with four runs in the first inning. Three more single runs in the third, fifth, and seventh inning was purely insurance. Ivan Nova, formerly of the Yankees, went the distance and allowed only one run.

Indians 1, Athletics 9 – What the hell happened to that Cleveland pitching that was supposed to be the best in the league?  Salazar gave up 8 hits and 6 runs in just 4 innings.

 

Giants 5, Dodgers 9 – Even Bumgarner wasn’t enough to stop the Dodgers.  The Giants are now 11-24 since the All-Star break.

Angels 2, Blue Jays 7Prof:  R.A. Dickey! My nerdy brother from another mother! R.A. went six innings and only allowed two runs, which for him is a very good outing. Russell Martin went 3-3, driving in 2 RBIs.

Rangers 0, Reds 3Prof:  Billy Hamilton isn’t fair. Top of the sixth, the Reds’ outfielder laid out on the warning track and just crushed Texas’ hopes and dreams. Joey Votto isn’t fair, either. He went 2-3 and contributed 2 RBI to the cause.

 

Royals 1, Marlins 0Prof:  Remember when everyone thought the Royals were going to scuttle Yordano Ventura? He went six innings, for a hard fought win. The only run scored was by Lorenzo Cain, in the sixth inning.

As an aside – alligator lizards in the air? How high were these dudes, anyway?

Red Sox 2, Rays 1Prof: No matter how good a performance Chris Archer has, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. The Rays aren’t doing too great this year. Boston came back strong, and Clay Buchholz was the better man on the mound today. But at least we have this gif.

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18 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/23/16

  1. I don’t anybody takes Norway for granted, because I think few people think about Norway at all, but I’d like to go there one day.

    And it’s amazing that Archer has been so consistently screwed by his own team in terms of runs. A 4.11 ERA should not translate into 17 losses in this day and age.

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    • Archer’s seasonal dysfunction with pitch count was back. If you check his record against Boston, it has been terrible. And last night he was at 95+ pitches after five innings. He needs to come back sharper in 2017, which he is perfectly capable of. The old Chris is in there, but this has not been a memorable season for him.

      I would differ with Prof somewhat on the Astros. They had a four game win streak before last night, including a bludgeoning of the Orioles over the weekend. The big problem last night was Joe Musgrove is suffering the growing pains necessary for a rookie pitcher. But I will agree to the extent that the Astros have only two speeds: clobber you with HR’s or lose with a meek and sloppy effort. They are above .500 but I doubt they are playoff bound.

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  2. Niagara Falls.

    Travel is about my favorite thing to do. I have been to 45 of the 50 states and 17 foreign countries. But i have never been to Niagara Falls.

    But you need to schedule a trip to California right now, Prof. There are only about a million things to see and do. I wouldn’t live there on a bet. But I love to visit it.

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  3. Last night saw the O’s challenge three different calls, and they won the challenge on all three. Trea Turner (think Billy Hamilton, but with the ability to hit and hit for power) was involved in two of the three, as he twice tried to steal second, twice was called safe, and then twice was ruled out on replay. I was only listening to the game, but I understand that both throws were not great, but they were on the first base side, and Schoop made two great tags; I do know that Turner was quoted in the game report as follows:

    “I just wish he would have made good throws right over the bag I think I have a better chance that way.”

    I’m a big fan of Turner and his ability to effectively turn most singles or walks into automatic doubles; he’s going to be fun to watch over the next few years.

    Just wasn’t the Nats’ night last night; at one point, one of their beat writers tweeted something about both teams having ten hits each to that point, but the Os were up 6-1 at the time, so that tells you pretty much all you need to know.

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  4. Alligator lizard:

    They’re not real big but the little bastards have a bite you’d think was being inflicted by something five times their size. I know. I’ve been bitten. They’re very common out west, and every vacant lot in the Bay area with some wooden boards, aluminum siding, old wallboard or flat rocks in it has a couple of them in residence. They’re easy to keep as pets in a terrarium and will eat anything that moves – mealworms, crickets, baby mice. Just don’t handle them and if you do, wear gloves. Ouch!

    Now as to the Feesh, Andrew Cashner pitched very well and lost as the Rainbow Warriors nosedived to their ninth shutout of the season, leaving ten on base in the process. Putrid. To make matters worse, Derek Dietrich contuded his knee (is that a word? It is now) and joined scores of his teammates on the DL. Justin Bour’s injury must have migrated to another spot again because he was moved to the 60-day DL. So it goes. The Feesh did pick up lefthanded hitting outfielder Oswaldo Arcia orf waivers. I don’t think he’s hitting his weight. Meanwhile the Frenchy watch continues; Arcia does not answer whatever questions the Feesh asked that Frenchy is supposed to answer.

    Feesh stay 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals and Mutts for the second wildcard.

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