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  1. 5 hours ago, UMDTerrapins said:

    I think it’s a safe assumption that we’re going to see more frequent positive tests thru the end of the season. MLB favored the J&J vaccine, which seems less effective at preventing transmission (but great at preventing serious symptoms). In hindsight J&J was a mistake for MLB. I assume it was a logistics and ease of administering just one shot decision. I wonder, if things keep getting worse, does MLB start restricting crows sizes again. 

    They can't restrict crow sizes... it's not a domed stadium... those damn things will fly in regardless of the their size... I know serious subject and I apologize but I've had a couple of beverages while enjoying this sunday afternoon on my deck.  

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  2. On 7/19/2021 at 8:40 AM, Frobby said:

    Yes, looks like we bottomed out in late June.  Nationally we’ve gone from 80,000 new cases a week (week ending June 20) to 227,000 cases this last week, with very sharp increases over the last two weeks.   In Maryland we’ve gone from 405 new cases the week ending June 27 to 1,011 last week.   Maryland is still extremely low compared to most other places.   For example Florida with about 3.5 times Maryland’s population has about 45 times more new Covid infections.   

    Deaths are also up nationally for the second straight week, but not increasing as fast as new cases yet.   There’s usually a 2-3 week lag between new case trends and death trends, so we’ll see what happens.

    It's almost as if there's some sort of correlation between vaccinations and infection/death rates.  


  3. 23 hours ago, Frobby said:

    He has bigger things to worry about.  

    I almost always agree with you, but in this case, I'm quite sure when God whispered the rules of baseball in Abner Doubleday's ear all those years ago there was nothing about 7 inning double headers and runners starting on 2nd.  (He probably did say something like "yeah, you can designate somebody else hit for the pitcher if you want."). 

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    On 8/2/2020 at 9:23 PM, WillyM said:

    Remember when we were told about the amazing double threat the Angels were acquiring in Shohei Ohtani?  He was supposed to be a fantastic hitter and an unhittable pitcher.

    Well, nobody got any hits off him today.  He was too busy walking people.  Removed after 1 2/3 innings, allowing 5 walks and 2 runs.

    That was a dramatic improvement over his first start, when he faced six batters, giving up 3 hits and 3 walks and being charged with 5 runs.

    Today's outing lowered his earned run average all the way down to 37.80.

    Oh - and his batting average is .148.

    Wow... this post didn't age well.  

  4. 3 minutes ago, Sports Guy said:

    No of course not…just wish they would give it to us from time to time.  At least then you may have some level of respect for them.

    It would be great if more businesses operated with the honesty and integrity of pawn brokers and automobile extended warranty sales staff.  

  5. 13 minutes ago, Sports Guy said:

    They blow..especially in this heat and outside.  


    Bless your heart.  You've been a brave little soldier haven't you?  

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  6. 42 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

    Will it? Why? Why is it going to be fun to watch a guy get his brains beat in no matter what he's throwing up there?

    I'm not saying he's going to get his brains beat in anyways, but I just wasn't overly impressed with his knuckleball. He's a great story and love seeing a 33-year old guy get his first call up, and I'll be rooting for him, but I think he's a guy you can probably DFA pretty easily if it doesn't work at the major league level.


    Either way, if he can at least eat innings with a sub 5 ERA he'll provide some value.

    That's where I'm at on Jannis.  It's easy to pull for a guy who's labored so long in the minors who finally earned his shot.  If he can be the 2021 pitching version of 2004's David Newhan that would be great... but it's more likely we get 2005 David Newhan than 2004.  As Tony said, a sub 5 ERA in a rebuilding season will provide some value.  At the very least, he'll be fun to watch.  

  7. 19 hours ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

    FYI, when Means had this injury in 2019 he was placed on the injured list retroactive to June 17th. Means second half ERA was 4.85 versus a 2.50 ERA for the first half. Seeing how Means holds up this season is something to keep an eye on. 




    If Means comes back from this injury and pitches to a 4.85 ERA he will still have the lowest ERA on the staff.  

  8. 18 hours ago, OrioleDog said:

    After a couple highlight plays along with the hitting on the weekend, Savant has him as MLB's #3 overall OF in OAA today.

    The too good to be true part of this breakout is if he was fielding that brilliantly but hitting like Kiermaier/Phillips, that would still be attractive in its own respect.    If he were hitting like this but still scuffling to adjust to second decks in MLB ballparks or whatever, same deal.   

    Two-way players are gold.

    I agree the Betts/Ichiro we are being reckless with baseball gods.    Young good Adam Eaton is one I'll toss - plus in a couple years he can be traded for GIolito and Dunning.

    It's way too early for Ichiro comparisons and talk of being a franchise player. But Mullins is performing  well and justifying, at least for now,  the "heir apparent" status bestowed on him a few years ago.  This could just be an extended hot streak, or he could be a valuable piece of the puzzle moving forward.  Either way, the odds of him becoming the second coming of Ichiro Suzuki are almost nil.  

  9. 1 hour ago, Sports Guy said:

    No, I’m correct.  His BB rate is currently 3.88.  There are 84 ML pitchers that have thrown at least 50 innings this year.  Only 9 pitchers have a worse walk rate than he does.

    His control isn’t good.  Perhaps it’s improving and we have to wait and see but overall, the str% is below league average and his BB rate is high.  

    WC said he is hitting 96-97 with control regularly.  That’s a false statement.  His control (and his command) are not consistent.  His last start against Minnesota saw his str% in the 50s and he walked 4 guys.  That’s not showing control regularly.

    Means is showing control regularly.

    And his walk rate in the minors, over 8 seasons, was 3.6.  His WHIP in the minors was 1.38 and in the major he's put up a career WHIP of 1.48.  This year his WHIP is 1.43... right in line with his career numbers.  He's a 28 year old who has pitched to a -1.6 WAR in parts of 6 major league seasons.  I'm glad he's eating some innings for us, but I'm not betting he's "figured anything out" and he'll never be anything more than a placeholder.  If anything, Lopez is a consistently slightly worse than average.    

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  10. On 5/23/2021 at 8:08 AM, Sports Guy said:

    Yea, we should have this argument about tuberculosis.  You know, that’s an airborne virus with many of the same characteristics that has killed more than 1M people in recent years, yet we don’t even talk about it.

    Maybe if TB occurred during a certain 4 year cycle, people would care?

    Yes, and we should clear up that it's caused by bacteria rather than a virus.  


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  11. On 5/19/2021 at 10:39 PM, SteveA said:

    Honor system, I guess.

    That's how it's being done at the large govt agency where I work.  Our mask restriction was lifted for fully vaxxed folks this week.  But due to HIPAA no one, even your supervisor, is allowed to even ask you if you are vaxxed.

    This is actually not true.  School systems across the country routinely require vaccination records as a condition of enrollment.  HIPPA requirement are actually very narrowly defined :  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/hipaa-vaccine-covid-privacy-violation/2021/05/22/f5f145ec-b9ad-11eb-a6b1-81296da0339b_story.html

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  12. 14 hours ago, SteveA said:

    Honor system, I guess.

    That's how it's being done at the large govt agency where I work.  Our mask restriction was lifted for fully vaxxed folks this week.  But due to HIPAA no one, even your supervisor, is allowed to even ask you if you are vaxxed.

    For years in WV you've had to show proof of immunization in order to attend public school.  I've never thought of it before but I wonder if that's because of an exception to HIPAA rules or because its in statute?  

  13. 3 minutes ago, joelala said:

    There probably is something on his glove to be honest. But the league doesn’t seem to know what to do about it (look at the Trevor Bauer situation,) and/or is rightfully terrified of anymore bad press, so nothing will come of this. 


    If "there's probably something on his glove" why hasn't another manager demanded the umpires check his glove?  


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  14. 1 hour ago, Aristotelian said:

    Of course, we said the same thing about Joey Rickard, remember him? Still, I agree, he is very close to having earned a shot and there is no reason Ruiz should be blocking him. 

    I had forgotten about Joey Rickard... but you're right.  Bannon seems to have a little more pop in his bat.  At the very least, since there's currently no one better standing in his way,  it's worth giving him a shot to see how he handles MLB pitching.  

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