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Shimmy Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 14, 2021

Really surprised the Reds are slight favorites vs us today. Cueto going against his old team should count for something and Mahle is no man to fear.

With all the balls flying out of the yard I hope Giants brass took notice.

KEEP THE ARCHWAYS CLOSED!

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  1. chipower9 said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

    That is surprising. But then, this year’s iteration of the Giants have been surprising, too. Last night is a classic example. Who would think they would rally for getting a four-spot laid on them in the 1st inning? Not many.

    Let’s Shimmy our way to another series W today!

  2. sandog said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:30 am

    What are the Giants saying about the archways? Have they been closed for all games so far?

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:34 am

      For now, yes.

  3. gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:33 am

    First game at home I got to see on TV and glad to see fans there. With just a few in the stands, the diehards were creating some good noise. The ump certainly helped on a couple late inning pitches…thank you very much. Would be a good win today to take a third straight series…good job by the staff last night to hold on after Gausman gives up the early 5!

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:36 am

      part of that though was Gausman himself. He set down bunch of Reds in a row–it was up to 13 at one point.

  4. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:34 am

    On the athletic, article by Jason Stark about The Atlantic League’s plans to move pitching distance to 61’6″. Stark notes that the three-batter rule among other recent rule changes got its early test in the Atlantic League. Point of this change is to reduce SOs:

    “According to MLB’s data, that extra foot means that a 93.3 mph fastball (i.e, the average velocity in 2020) will look to the hitter like a 91.6 mph fastball (average velocity in 2010). For the record, there were 8,500 fewer strikeouts in 2010 than there were in the last full season, in 2019.”

  5. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Agree Chi down a 4 spot without coming to the plate yet, you would think they were toast, but they put it right to Castillo like the Reds did to Gausman.There really is something about getting to a pitcher early before they get into there game rhythm..

    I agree with BF.. Close the Archways full time, opening day they had one archway section covered over with what appears to be they’re new motto “RESILIENT” in black&orange it looks sharp, stick with it. there winning with it!!

  6. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Really hope Kapler stays with extra bat. Paid off last night and Flems was talking about it during the game, how he used the RHs on bench, all of them, once Castillo was done. Great at bats by Slater Dubon Solano and of course Flores who got the game winning rbi.

  7. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:42 am

    First inning really set tone though and that was mostly the LHs. Reds came out and smoked couple Gausman offerings for 4-0 lead and Giants immediately took aim on Castillo and blasted couple out themselves to tie it up.

  8. James said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Stix noted Kapler unloading his entire bench last night. One factor may be that the asinine extra innings rule has so far done what it’s supposed to in SF games. Statistically, that makes sense. Little need to save players for a longer haul.

  9. Irish Kevin said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:09 am

    When I turned on the game it was 0-0, I went to start cooking dinner turned around and it was 4-0, wtf 🤬 I didn’t panic cause the Giants had not been up yet and the Giants had 8 more innings to get their act together. All in all a good game, lead changes, HR, Defense. What more could you ask for

    • chipower9 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

      A 1-0 shutout by Gausman…

      No, but seriously, it was an entertaining game. Good to see the Giants battle back from a couple of deficits.

  10. James said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Tyler Rogers has given up 11 XBH (3 HRs) in 52 innings for SF. That’s about 1 XBH every 5 outings, which is a near match for Mariano Rivera’s lifetime numbers. It’s no wonder Kap sees Daisy the Bartender when he looks at Rogers. But because he’s no Rivera, and I’m more of a glass half empty type, the ever-looming ass kicking has to be nigh.

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:26 am

      How do the numbers split on his back to back outings? My impression is that he’s really not rubber armed. But rested he seems sharp.

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:39 am

        Dunno, but he’s been rested the 2 games he’s been touched up this year. He’s so unusual that it almost seems less about his sharpness and more about hitters staying disciplined. Maybe a little like hitting one of those 20 foot high unlimited arc softball pitches when most of the time you’re up against the standard 6-12.

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:00 am

        You mean the *magic* Krukow loves may just be lack of discipline in opposing batters? Naw.

    • Macdog said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:57 am

      From Baggs last night: Tyler Rogers vs. NL Central and NL East teams is gonna make for some fun viewing this season.

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:12 am

        The HR he gave up a few games back came on a “curve” that did nothing, iirc. Sometimes his pitches are baffling, sometimes they’re as fat as our sidelined RP. From the CF camera angle, I find it hard to tell the difference.

    • chipower9 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Love the “Daisy the Bartender” reference. I like Rogers starting an inning. It makes me nervous when he comes in with runners on…

  11. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Mahle made a huge jump in last year’s short season, ERA wise, from 5.14 to 3.59. His strikeout to walk ratio also took a forward leap. He is susceptible to the long-ball. Whether last year was an outlier or a sign that he has hit his stride may become more in focus this afternoon. Cueto appears to have returned to form. A session against his old team may also tell us more about the course of his season. Will today be a long-ball bonanza or a close, well-pitched contest? Time will tell, beginning in 4 hours or so.

  12. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Chi: Checked out the NY Post piece and noticed that you might have a distant cuz who’s a columnist for that publication.

  13. Irish Kevin said, on April 14, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Is anyone reading about the Atlantic league moving the mound back to 61 ft 6in for the second half of their season?

  14. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Rogers baffled Reds hitters who obviously had never faced him before. Wonder how he did vs. West teams second go round who had hit off him previously.

  15. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Dodgers roughed him up first time out last season July 23 for 4 runs.
    August 8-9 he was OK first game then next day gave up 2 runs and HR.
    July 29-30 second game of back to back vs. Pads he had nightmare inning gave up 6 runs 5 earned.

    After Dodger game though he had 10 straight outings rest of month untouched for any runs. September @Rox gave up couple and was scored on once more vs. AZ.

    So guess theory about batters doing better second time around seeing him doesn’t really hold water.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Suspicion is that with Rogers its mostly a matter of self-confidence, comfort zone with his virtually stand-alone submarine delivery. Having thrown them some 60 years ago, my experience is that they tend to be risers, while anything from dead overhand clear down to medium-low sidearm deliveries tend to fade or drop—consider the extreme variability last night in the downward trajectory of Jake-Break’s 4-seamers.

      As virtually dead-opposite of the norm, Rogers’ slingers, tending to rise, can be read by astute batters, particularly those who have faced him a few times or watched videos. He needs to keep them below knee level before they near the plate, or conversely, nearing the plate at nearly top of letters and then veer upwards out of the strike-zone and towards either inner or outer corner, preferably the former. If he can develop a pitch that twists as it nears the zone—some equivalent of that knuckle-curve which is becoming such a killer, he could become the ideal set-up man for Big-Rig Jake’s Breaks.

      Pitching coaches need to work with Rogers to keep working on variations such as mentioned here, to help him become a mound-monster. The potential is there. Refinement is essential.

  16. chipower9 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Stix – did not notice the name on the “Post” piece. Cat’s name is Marchand (with a D). My last name ends with a T. Was cool to see that piece coming outta the Right coast.

  17. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I think Shimmy will be fired up facing his old team.
    Might even add a quadruple shimmy&shake for this outing.
    With season 2 with the new bionic TJ arm Cueto is starting to let it go
    and Kapler’s letting him go as well.He looks sharp pain free,I just love watching him pitch, getting batters all out of sync, he’s a true warrior, a smart veteran pitcher, and hell I want to go to his hacienda bringing the tequila and cervejas whatever else when he’s cooking up a big party 🎉 he would be the ultimate fun party 🎊 guy!!

  18. chipower9 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Let’s get this series W!

    Casali behind the dish for Johnny Shimmy today….

    1. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
    2. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
    3. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
    4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    5. Donovan Solano (R) 2B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Austin Slater (R) CF
    8. Curt Casali (R) C
    9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Johnny without Buster. Let’s see just what kinda vet presence Casali brings.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Strange-looking lineup. Most weird is that K. has removed Cueto’s “security blanket” and replaced him with the ex-Reds backup catcher, Casali. Could his reasoning have had something about inside knowledge C. has about his former team? Is Buster not ready for a day game after a nighter? Guess we’ll begin to find out in a bit over an hour.

      Belt at cleanup? Doesn’t seem he’s recovered that much yet, returning to his groove. Does he read the pitch better in day games?

  19. Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:48 am

    OHHHHHHHH SSSSNNNAAAPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!

    • djloo27 said, on April 14, 2021 at 12:54 pm

  20. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Fake News Again..

  21. Macdog said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:19 am

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:36 am

      whoa that’s big. Marlins have been lighting up Braves last couple days, see how Wood does. Wonder if idea is Webb goes multiple innings mid game after short start by Sanchez Wood or any other SP.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:39 am

        You may be onto something. Could be that Webb has yet to learn the complexity of pacing his way through multiple innings from the get-go and possibly would have better focus/concentration in the longman role.

  22. snarkk said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:35 am

    I don’t have problem with moving the rubber back one foot in the minors to try it out.
    If it cuts down on all these Ks, I’m for it.
    They lowered the mound once after Gibson mowed down batters, so, they can lengthen the pitch this time. The pitchers should be able to adjust their curved pitches after a bit.
    The NFL changes their rules every friggin’ season to some extent. Some work, some don’t; they shit can the ones that don’t. Baseball should be trying things to make the game more attractive to young people. Watching both teams K a combined 20+ times just about every game isn’t one of the attractors…

    • unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      These rules changes would be paramount to making first downs 7 yards instead of 10. Or raising the goal posts 5 yards. The NFL tweaks things, yes, but MLB is just throwing shit at the walls to see what sticks.

      Chasing younger fans is retarded. A fool’s errand as Stix noted recently. Young baseball fans are created by people who have a passion for the game and pass on that knowledge to their kids. Kids that play the game as youngsters and enjoy the effort it takes to be very good at it. Not by making baseball a fucking video game.

      • snarkk said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm

        I don’t think it’s all one or the other.
        People take their kids, nephews, nieces, etc. to games, and those kids aren’t players. You can enjoy the game even if you haven’t played it. But, if you don’t develop as a fan because you played, you have to have a reason to like watching it. If something is not entertaining, you’re not going to follow it as a past time…

  23. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:50 am

    If you follow Crowley’s twitter thread to column in Merc, he says Giants will have to make a roster move in order to add Wood to 26. According to Kapler Wade Jr will need couple weeks to recover.
    and he says most likely candidate is…the guy they activated today.

  24. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Crowley’s direct quote from Merc column where he notes they recalled Duggar and Wood will start:
    “…the likeliest candidate for a demotion may be an OF who is joining the team on Wednesday.”

  25. zumiee said, on April 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    “move pitching distance to 61’6″”

    I can’t see the MLB players’ union going for this. That would affect a lot of pitching careers and future earnings. It just seems like the kind of thing the players have a union for.

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Art XVIII of the current cba is convoluted on the obligation to negotiate over rule changes, but it concludes with this sentence:

      “If the Clubs and the Association fail to reach agreement on a proposed change which is subject to nego- tiation, the proposed change shall not be put into effect until the com- pletion of the next complete succeeding season (including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series) following the date the change was proposed.”

  26. zumiee said, on April 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Maybe the owners will just use it as a bargaining chip. Like, if the pitching rubber distance can’t be changed, then a pitching clock gets to be used.

  27. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    James at yard today?

    • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Beautiful lazy day so far!

      • unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:07 pm

        Need to unlazy those bats.

      • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

        Great! Enjoy

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:20 pm

        Digging the old school NL ball Chuck, may miss what there is of rush hour back to Berkeley. I’m not betting on it though …

      • unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:53 pm

        If we can score, the game may be over in an hour.

  28. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    How does that ump miss that call? Half a fucking step. He should be fired on the spot.

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      Oh man you remind me of my Mom, chuck. She was always yelling about fining guys for screwing up. Didn’t much care for Herman Franks either.

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:40 pm

      90% of the runners Omar V threw out would’ve been safe with that ump at first.

  29. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    See that smile on Cueto’s face after that strikeout. He seems to be working well with a vet backup catcher, then he ever did with Bart who just needs a lot more seasoning first.Good off-season pickup getting Casali you really need a vet as a backup..

  30. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Knew Reds 2b India reminded me of something…listening to Coltrane’s Impressions CD on Impulse, classic quartet with Trane on soprano and Dolphy on bass clarinet, doing India, first track.
    Also on Live at Village Vanguard from November 1961.

  31. zumiee said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    The Giants’ batting averages in their lineup today are scary, in a bad way.

    • Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      The aged POTD was wise

  32. Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Excellent Stanford man strikes again!

  33. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Yessss! Slaterip.

  34. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Safe! Uh oh. He’s out.

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      Yeah didn’t get front foot on plate.

  35. gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Slater coming up clutch again…archways closed today???

    • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      Yes, they’ve been irrelevant so far.

  36. gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    If they move the mound back a foot, I have been arguing they should raise the mound as well to balance out the likely negative affect on pitchers and also perceptions of potential arm injuries. I also think the extra downward angle on pitches will put more balls in play without the video game home run or strike out fest. Would also move mound back 18 inches..

  37. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Dammit. Cueto was brilliant. But he’s a smart guy, too. If he says no mas you can be sure it’s for good reason.

  38. Lurker John said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    WTF, now Cueto is hurt? These dudes can’t stay on the damn field.

  39. James said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Cueto was pounding his hip as he walked off the mound after a previous inning. It didn’t look celebratory.

  40. gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Any speculation about Cueto potential injury??? Only listening to game…

    • Lurker John said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      It didn’t seem like anything obvious on the telecast.

  41. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    In the pass Cueto would not say a word.Glad that he played it smart.Didn’t look like an arm injury, maybe a tight back twinge are ribcage? But of I’m no doctor! We need Mrsprtdude!

  42. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Dubious K’s on four pitches, only one in zone and all uppp. I’m not very big on these L-R shifts according to who’s pitching—particularly when the replacement has a lower BA and hasn’t done squat through the first 11 games.

  43. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    If Reds 2B India golfs down in Palm Springs do you think his putts break towards Indio?

    • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:08 pm

      Maybe towards Indiana if there’s a SW gale behind him and he’s facing NE.

  44. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Couldn’t see it on Gameday. Was BB9 caught leaning rather than attempting a gimpy-legged steal?

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      After his bunt single he tried a flat out steal of second.

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:44 pm

        What 1B does that? Pete Rose played 1B a bit. Who else?

      • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:53 pm

        Thanks. Apparently he must of felt that they weren’t keeping an eye on him and that as bunged-up as he happens to be that he could get by with it. Bad decision in any event.

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:05 pm

        He had a good jump. There were two outs late in a game you’re leading. Good singles hitter up. Neither particularly good nor bad.

  45. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Rogers coming in

  46. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Gameday just posted that Cueto exited due to an injured back. Has he had back problems in the past?

    • gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Not good…as old guys know, those things linger forever….

      • gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm

        And I am counting myself as an old guy..my back still messed up since my Feb trip in CA…

    • alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      With all of Johnny’s shimmering and gyrations I’m surprised he hasn’t had back issues before.
      Yeah as a qualified old fart,after my hip replacement, the hip feels great except if I try an sleep on the operated side,but the back is stiff a lot.
      Just the trade offs of getting old..

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:14 pm

        Trade offs? I ain’t gettin many quid pro quos myself.

  47. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Ah, those ex-Giants all over MLB. Today’s prime example, Christian Arroyo , now with Boston, drove in the winner vs the Twins with a 2nd inning single. For the season to date he’s hitting .321, with 9 hits over 28 ABs. His SP is .500 as 5 of those hits have been doubles, making 821 his OPS.

  48. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Krukow, who comes on air over Rogers’ rising pitches, says, after the DP ground ball, “well, that’s the thing about a submarine delivery, you’re gonna get sink.” But Rogers did get the job done. If not against the heart of the order.

  49. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Jeez. They heard that clank in Asia.

  50. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Dubious way to get it, but Mauricio provides some insurance.

  51. Bozo said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Lucky for Dubon, otherwise he’d be hitting below the Zito line right now.

  52. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I’m actually enjoying the hecklers so far this year..

    • Bozo said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Me too. Kat.

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      James

  53. xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Donnie Bs

  54. Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Jake McGee goddamn very nice

  55. djloo27 said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    • alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      My little Twilight midget slamming the door on another win!!!

  56. Winder said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Wow. Another nice win.

  57. Bozo said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Chalk up another W.

  58. gianthead said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Solid win and series…

  59. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    So the Reds scored 1 run in their final 16 innings here, and that was the cheapo off Wandy.
    On to Miami on good note.

  60. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    MLB leading 6 saves and a 0.00 ERA to date, Jake-Breaks McGee stymies the heart of the Reds in the 9th. One helluva pickup as compared with the 2020 “closers”, capped by Gott and left ajar ever since.

    Bummer about Cueto leaving the game with a back-problem after his best start of the season. He goes 2-0, though, after 5 2/3 innings before “no mas”. We gotta hope it fades rapidly and that he’s back soon. To date, Gausman and Cueto are making for a helluva one-tw combo.

    So nice to have Big-Rig, complete with Jake-Brakes/Breaks McGee on our side rather than stuck in obscurity on the LaBumbos overloaded staff.

  61. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Nice series win. If not for game 1 we would have won every series so far.

    Hope Johnny is good to go next turn.

  62. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Looking good leaving the Coast with an 8-4 record, including wins in 3 of the 4 series and defeating two very tough teams in the Pads and the Reds. Do the Giants get any respect yet? Even our unexpectedly sterling starters?

  63. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Giants look ready for the road. Miami has played us tough for years. Time to turn that around. Phillies after that in the mistakenly named “City of Brotherly Love”—aka one of this ruptured republic’s prime shooting-galleries down in the Hood.

  64. alleykat69 said, on April 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Jake Mc Cheese for being just a one pitch guy,( gee I think it’s a FB coming) just keeps firing away with just enough location changes that hitters can’t square him up! Looking great so far…

    • Winder said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:04 pm

      I really don’t see how that can last but so far he’s been lights out.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:19 pm

        It’s a combination of those location changes Kat cites along with the extreme variance in amount of break on those 4-seamers, ranging from around an 8 degree drop in zone up to more than 20. So first a batter is dunglefuttzed over pitches being all over the zone (some outside) and then totally whackoid because he doesn’t have the time to register those drop-angles times the speed of them being tailing fastballs.

        Do the math. It’s a tough equation.

        That’s why to me he’s Big Rig/Jake Breaks, because of that booming, crackling sounds you get when a semi-driver uses his Jake-Brakes to stop that heavy trailer. So far, with his 0.00 ERA, those powerful noises are NOT the sound of bats hitting McGee’s offerings.

  65. Carstie Clausen said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Stats can be a fun game when your team is doing decently. Current team pitching stats include being 4th in ERA; 4th in fewest homers given up, another fourth in Batting average against and #5 in WHIP. All of that goes with being best in the game to date with six saves.

    Team batting stats, except maybe home runs where we’re something like fourth or 5th. Otherwise, don’t ask and I won’t tell. Ditto, individual batting stats.

    Pitchers’ individual stats look pretty good for our top two starters: ERA, with 15 or more innings pitched, Cueto ranks #6 among all 150 MLB starters. (hope he is back soonest) Innings pitched and Johnny is #2 in MLB, tied with some guy named Bauer, both with an even 20. Gausman comes in at #4, being just one batter short at 19.2 IP. Special-K’s: G.&C. identical at 16th, with 18 whiffs each. WHIP, Gausman ranks 13th at 0.81, with Cueto 18th at 0.85. Batting average against: Gausman again at #13 with a 1.62 and Cueto at 23rd, surrendering cumulative BAs of 1.91—and those stats do not even include pitching against that Bayside team with its clutter of sub-Mendoza line averages.

    Looking for a bit of relief? #1 in MLB is none other than Jake-Breaks McGee who leads the pack with six, already at less than half past April, while sporting a tough to top ERA of 0.000.

    When it comes to utterly incredible early-season stats, though, the Gold Medal goes to that guy representing Beer & Bratsville, Corbin Burnes, who currently boasts a nearly unbelievable K-BB ratio of 30-Zip.

  66. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Slusser says it was lat tightness that got to Cueto. Felt it on pitch before he K’d Castellanos, then again.

    • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Post game interview Casali suggested that Cueto had been fighting something else maybe hip tightness all game and strained to compensate for that.

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:18 pm

        See my comment above. I noted it to the Mrs. at the time. Your on the scene reporter, far too earnest to heckle.

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:22 pm

        You did see the hip problem. Absolutely. But wasn’t that you heckling Belt, urging him to bunt?

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:48 pm

        Brandon, you bitch, you want your career OPS to drop below 800?!? Get your ass on base, Motherfuckah!!

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

        No. What I heard was simpler, more like “try bunting against the shift, Gumby! Get on base!”

        I still suspect.

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:21 pm

        I see, an earnest heckler!

      • xoot said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:28 pm

        Yep. So?

      • James said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:21 pm

        Hecklers are witless morons.

    • willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      “…again a little more significantly” said Kapler.

  67. sandog said, on April 14, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    The GraveDuggar is on the way boys!!!!

    • Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      for at least a few days, WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Imagine how many graves he can dig in the short time he’ll be here. I’m thinking Kat and Blade get dug first, then WillieD……

  68. Macdog said, on April 14, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Second shutout this week and another series win. Bummer about Cueto, though, I see Webb pitched the 7th and had a clean inning. Nice way to wrap up the homestand.

  69. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Hah! Break out the Saran Wrap, boys! The GraveDigger has ARRIVED!!!

    That bloop pinch-hit single he hits may cause temporary blackouts by some of the crowd.

    As far as Webb goes, I think the pen is perfect for him. His problem is the 4th inning. He seems to just get lazy and think he can throw slop and get away with it since it may have worked earlier.

    • Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:31 pm

      i forgot about you. Graves will be dug in the following order: Kat, Blade, WillieD, UncaChuck. Loo/Diggity let me know who I’m missing

  70. unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    You can say that about the starting pitching as well. I thought they would be OK, but not this good.

    Doing just enough with the bats as well.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 14, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      Ooops. Started with the beer early today. This post was supposed to be 3 hours ago.

  71. djloo27 said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    By the by, where’s Duggar? lqtm.
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    Reply

    djloo27 said, on April 11, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Planning his vengeance
    That he will soon unfurl…

    • Flavor said, on April 14, 2021 at 8:09 pm

      glad you kept that……

  72. willedav said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    actually, should Cueto need to go on the IL, activating Wood would NOT require a corresponding roster move for Duggar to be sent back to where he came from.
    Curious that, innit?
    Appears the jokes we were so fortunate enough to be rid of, nonetheless continue…

  73. djloo27 said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Be afraid, Kat.
    Be very afraid…

  74. zumiee said, on April 14, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Winning is a rockin’ cool thing.


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