2018 Baseball Season

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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby PSUgrower » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:10 pm

Crowbar wrote:Philadelphia Phillies 2018 NL East Champions.

Gabe the Great Kapler Manager of the Year

Aaron Nola Cy Young winner

Odubel Herrera MVP

I have been on vacation a lot over the last few weeks so I just saw this. I like it Crow!! Herrera reminds me of Jimmy Rollins (I was not always a fan of that dude). He pulls some real stupid shit that makes me crazy at times. He is crazy streaky.

Lets go Phils!!!

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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby Blue&White » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:18 pm

I think all the good pitchers would want to go to the AL because they only have to do one thing- pitch!

I guess it depends. You don't have to take an at bat but the DH adds one more formidable hitter in the lineup. Usually, not always, but usually the DH is a slugger who can take you deep but is either too old or just too slow to take the field anymore. But, it's usually a strong bat. That one more dangerous hitter in the lineup usually makes a big difference. More than you would think. And, because the AL has an extra real bat in the batting order, they tend to worry less about defense and are willing to stock their lineups with guys who do more hitting than fielding. I guess the logic is you can always make up the runs.

It's a tougher league to be a pitcher for sure. Well, it usually is. Not this year.
Alex Cora sucks. Mickey Callaway sucks. Baseball sucks. Everything and everyone just sucks. Is it football season yet?

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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby PSUgrower » Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:58 pm

I cut and pasted this from the article: Is the National League vs. American League Pitching Gap Expanding? It is from 2014
Span Average AL ERA Average NL ERA Difference
1901-1972 3.69 3.58 0.11
1973-1996 4.09 3.74 0.35
1997-2013 4.45 4.23 0.22
I guess I am wrong. Maybe facing only 8 true hitters makes a difference. I will never understand why baseball does not get rid of the DH?

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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby PSUgrower » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:07 am

BTW- I just did a quick check and the National and American leagues have a 50/50 split since 1975
NL- 20
AL- 22 I still consider Houston an NL team for another year so that changes things :D

It would be neat to see how much the AL spends compared to the NL over the years

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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby psu_dad » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:18 am

I don't know if the NL will ever adopt the DH. If they don't, that's fine. It bothers some people that the leagues differ, but it doesn't bother me. But the AL is never going to "get rid of it". So forget that.

The DH rule is growing, not shrinking. It's used by college baseball now and by most (all?) HS leagues.
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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:06 am

Down in the low minors, all the way in rookie ball, the Mets have a kid named Guillermo Granadillo who had the following stat line yesterday: 0-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, K, 2 HBP, SB.

There is something you don't see any day. I mean, that's really amazing. And, I can't, for the life of me, figure out where the 4 RBIs came from. Kid is a star in the making with a line like that. The only mystery is why he's been playing pro baseball since 2016 and he's still down in rookie ball and only playing the short season?
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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby Blue&White » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:23 am

You have to question why, in the digital age, all star voting is done so early. It results in some seriously bad choices. For example:

Why is Blake Snell not an all star? He has a 12-4 record with a AL league-best 2.09 ERA along with 132 strikeouts and 44 walks in 116 innings. And, not an all star. Probably because he plays for the Rays.

Why is James Paxton not an all star? He's the ace of a contending team (Mariners) so the reational of not giving bad teams a reward doesn't hold up. He is 8-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He's struck out 154 batters in 118 2/3 innings. And he's thrown a no-hitter this year. And, not an all star.

Jew Lowrie from Oakland didn't make it either. He's hitting .290/.357/.507 with 25 doubles, 16 homers and 62 RBI. And, not an all star.

Nick Catellanos of the Tigers is hitting over .300 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs.

You can go on and on here and you're always going to get some good players who get snubbed. But, I think the the problem isn't so much the snubs as much as how early you pick these guys. The players shouldn't vote until around July 4th. It can all be done electronically.
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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby psu_dad » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:00 am

As much as I'd like to muster up some outrage, I can't. As big a baseball fan as I am, I have zero interest in the All-Star game.

I don't like mascots, but if they get to go also, I vote for the racing sausages from Milwaukee. And If only one can go, I vote for the Italian Sausage. And I can't believe no one was fired for naming him "Guido".
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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby psu_dad » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:55 pm

O-R-I-O-L-E-S
Orioles.
Orioles.
Orioles.

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.
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Re: 2018 Baseball Season

Postby PSUgrower » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:29 am

Lets hear Bdubs analysis on the Phils