Thursday Night Open Thread

Kiley McDaniel scouts Ty Hensley
Almonte homers twice in Trenton win
(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

It’s lovely out in New York, but if you live somewhere else or are stuck inside tonight, use this as your open thread. The Mets are playing the Reds (Harvey vs. Bailey) and MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. Use this thread to talk about those games or anything else. Go nuts.

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Kiley McDaniel scouts Ty Hensley
Almonte homers twice in Trenton win
  • Robinson Tilapia

    1. Game sucked. Got to watch the 8th and 9th inning. Whatever. Took 3 of 4. Go……Sox and Angels tonight? Really? REALLY??! Really.

    2. Held an incredibly successful event today in which 400 people from the community had a ton of fun at a park more known for busted basketball courts and gang violence.

    3. Somewhat read the game thread. I fucking love you, Big Member.

    4. I love how, whenever something actually crosses the line into “funny,” people think it’s TSJC in disguise.

    • Havok9120

      Sooner or later, it actually will be him.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        You don’t know how hard I laughed when people thought he was Cesar “Stairs” Cabral.

    • jjyank

      1. I’m actually on board with Plouf’s suggestion of Skynet.

      2. That’s pretty sweet, congrats.

      3. He’s hilarious, and if there was any doubt that he’s a fake troll, the game thread dispelled that.

      4. I want a burrito.

  • Joba Chamberlain

    Why am I not in AAA?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Because coming back from TJS can be a bitch initially.

  • Brian S.

    Laptop Thief needs to steal one from the Orioles.

  • Brian S.

    God dammit Salty.

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    Joba Chamberlain: the Yankees’ Daniel Bard.

    • Bo Knows

      Not even close, Joba is coming back from Tommy John; command issues are very common that first season back for them. Bard is just flat out screwed up

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        I’m not even talking about this season. Joba can make a pretty good case for being the most overrated player in baseball. Yankee fans think he’s awesome. Fans of other teams look at him and wonder what the fuss is. Similar to Bard.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          Bard has never been a Top 20 prospect in all of baseball.

          • Brian S.

            Joba was an ace in 2008. He was serviceable in 2009 but faded near the end of the year. I wonder what would have happened if they allowed him to start in 2010.

            • Heisenberg’s Hat

              Mike Francesa would have climbed a clocktower and started taking shots at random civilians.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Francesa would have resorted to, um, drastic measures in order to lure Bronson Arroyo.

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            Being a prospect is meaningless. I’m talking about actual performance.
            Drew Henson and Lastings Milledge agree with me.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I don’t think we think he’s awesome because he’s dominant. A lot of the Joba appeal is personality as well. That’s fine.

          • Brian S.

            His personality is more likable when he isn’t giving up a run every time he steps to the mound.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I reserve judgement until 2013 on him. We’ve been spoiled by watching guys like Strasburg come back from TJS.

              • Havok9120

                This. People seem to have forgotten what these guys normally look like during their readjustment period.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  It’s called “not having the pain of Octavio Dotel etched into your skull.”

                  • Heisenberg’s Hat

                    The thing that’s most annoying about Dotel is that he totally stunk for the Yanks 9 years ago, but he’s still pitching and completely owns Jeter.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      But that, to me at least, is a more likely scenario for “what the first few months coming back from TJS” looks like than Strasburg-like freakness.

                      That’s why I say I don’t read much into this until 2013. It sucks to watch, but it’s not a referendum to me on Joba as a pitcher.

                • Heisenberg’s Hat

                  Even before the injury he was extremely inconsistent, and hadn’t been great since 2008. He has a long way to go to prove he’s not just another reliever.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I can agree with this.

  • Kevin

    Great..Red Sox getting swept coming into the Bronx..you know they’ll be ticked off and swinging away…

  • Brian S.

    I wonder if Orioles fans get tired of watching Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds.

  • Arya

    The Red Sox are a bunch of dead fish. They aren’t going to do anything to help us. The only mission of the players now is to tank ballgames and get Bobby V fired.

  • Brian S.

    Jose Ramirez has 5 strikeouts in 2 innings so far.

  • DERP

    I am really looking forward to the Yankees going into Camden and destroying these fucks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    of course the Sox will roll over and let the O’s sweep them easily. Now watch them suddenly come alive this weekend.

  • DERP

    Nick Markakis bunted into a double play. Dumbass.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      The same way Jeter did yesterday?

      • DERP

        He bunted and it hit off the plate and landed right in front of the catcher. Threw to third and then to first. Next better singles and the runner at second gets thrown out at home on a mediocre throw.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          Why is Nick Markakis ever bunting?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Because Buck Showalter is a great manager?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              If it wasn’t for Buck….complete this sentence.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                … the Yankees wouldn’t have switched to cotton uniforms.

                /Costanza’d

          • DERP

            It was a HOF dumb decision. Inning started off with a homerun, double over Crawford’s head, and a four pitch walk. This was after three hits in the inning before.

  • DERP

    I’m not sure if the Orioles really want to win.

  • Betty Lizard

    I really missed Joba.
    Not anymore.
    I know, TJS, ankle, blah blah blah fishcakes. But I’m overworked and I don’t care. :-(

    • Brian S.

      Yeah he sucks.

  • DERP

    Buchholz just intentionally hit Adam Jones in the ass.

    • DERP

      A brawl is coming. Jim Palmer advocating hitting Sox players in parts of their bodies that are already banged up.

      • Heisenberg’s Hat

        Seriously? What a dick move.

        • DERP

          He said something like “I’d be aiming for the Achilles.” (I don’t think he realized that Ortiz isn’t playing.) He then said something to the effect of “The Red Sox are four games under .500. Who are they to take offense to a clean baseball play?” (The HBP was in response to Jones barreling over Salty yesterday trying to knock the ball loose.

          • Brian S.

            Buccholz beaning Jones has turned their season around.

            /ESPN narrative’d

      • Brian S.

        You see Jones talk shit at the Red Sox when the inning was over?

  • Kramerica Industries

    The non-Robertson and Soriano relievers kinda torpedoed the chance at the sweep, eh?

    At least Phelps or Hughes will be in that 7th inning spot come October, so that should help, at least in theory.

  • Brian S.

    I want to see a brawl. You gotta think Gonzalez or Pedroia is the one to be plunked.

    • DERP

      I don’t think there was a warning issued. That probably increases the chances of a brawl.

      • Brian S.

        It’s on my TV right now. Can’t wait.

  • Brian S.

    BEAN PEDROIA! DO IT!

    • Brian S.

      Ok fine, Gonzalez then.

      • DERP

        Tillman sucks so bad that they can’t afford to put any more guys on.

      • Brian S.

        …………………………….

  • DERP

    Kevin Gregg warming up. It is on.

  • Brian S.

    Haha right in your face Wieters.

  • Brian S.

    Surprised the Melky story is still going strong but not the Felix one.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      In general, or on here? If it’s on here, you’ve probably got Big Member to thank.

      • Brian S.

        In general. It’s still the number one story on sports.yahoo. But not Feilx.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We all love a good fall from grace.

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          According to the douches here, Felix’s game wasn’t special. It happens all the time.

  • Brian S.

    Tillman, Arrieta, Matsuz, Britton…you guys think the Yankees pitching prospects suck.

    • DERP

      Loewen, Penn, Cabrera as well

      • Robinson Tilapia

        How many of those would have succeded in an organization where they weren’t rushed to holy hell?

        • Brian S.

          What would Hughes and Chamberlain look like if they weren’t rushed?

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            Joba looked otherworldly when he came up in ’07. ERA+ of 1221. I think he set the bar too high with that flukey performance.

            • Brian S.

              He did it as a starter in 2008 too. 3.3 WAR in 100 innings, 2.60 ERA/2.65 FIP.

            • jjyank

              He did set the bar high, but how flukey was it considering his prospect status? You said above that prospect status is meaningless, and I admit that it is certainly overvalued, but Joba’s problem have been injuries, not really performance. How he pitches in 2012, fresh off TJS and a devastating ankle injury literally mean nothing about his ability as a pitcher going forward for me. Like when I say nothing, I mean literally zero.

              If he pitches well, great. If not, that proves jack squat for 2013 and beyond. He has the ability, and he’s flashed it plenty.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Compared to some of the O’s guys, they were left to die in the minors.

  • Brian S.

    Huge days for Zoilo Almonte and JR Murphy and it is only the 6th inning.

  • Brian S.

    Hurry up and brawl already so I can go on the treadclimber!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Is that one of those Nautilus machines that has a treadmill for each foot, THEN moves up and down? Haven’t been on one in a while. Very strange.

      • Brian S.

        It’s a bowflex but yeah it’s like that. Imma miss it once I move on Sunday.

  • Brian S.

    How many drug tests do MLB players take? Couldn’t someone just start roiding once they take a clean test?

    • Brian S.

      And how did Ellsbury pass a drug test last year?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      They all get tested at least twice per season. One early in spring training and one randomly timed later in the season. They can also be selected at random for additional tests.

    • jjyank

      It’s probably like it was in my high school. They say it’s “random”, yet my flamboyantly guy friend who is very, very hyper got tested like 4 times in a year, while I never got tested a single time all four years. They probably thought he was on speed or something.

      • Big Member

        Let me tell you something about real schools with real teams. Professinal high schools used to test us after each win and oh boy did I piss in a cup a lot. Cause that’s baseball, a fair mans game. We did not have any “flamboyantly” players either. There was a soccer team for the ” flamboyantly ” types.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          So many possible responses, yet I keep coming back to:

          Say it far! Say it near!
          Soccer is a little queer!

        • jjyank

          I wasn’t even talking about sports. But sure. I’ve grown to find you a fake troll anyway, so whatevs.

  • DERP

    I’m convinced that this will be a season ending loss for Baltimore (obviously that have to lose for that to happen).

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      You mean that if they lose, their season is over? I don’t think one game in mid-August can do that.

      • DERP

        One play in mid-May saved our season.

      • jjyank

        Eddard’d?

      • DERP

        I also am not really rational when it comes to the Orioles. I hate them more than the Red Sox.

        • jjyank

          That’s interesting. Do you live in Baltimore or something?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ve never been a big fan either, although the Sox are another rock layer. It’s a combination of Angelos and years of not liking the O’s just to act the foil to my ex-girlfriend in college.

  • DERP

    Machado!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Total bullshit inning for the Red Sox here.

  • DERP

    Tyler Austin is such a beast.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala at work.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Any chance they can arrange to get Scott Proctor on the Rays?

      • Kramerica Industries

        With his 95 mph fastball, he would probably become a superstar.

        Because, well, that’s the Rays Way.

  • DERP

    I love that Buck brought in his two worst relievers (besides the fill-in Romero) in a tie game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You don’t understand his brilliance. It’ll be years before we appreaciate the greatness of John Habyan.

      Love,
      Typical MIT Nerd

      • jjyank

        My favorite part about that whole thing is that Pasta Stumbling Sojo (I think it was him) completely debunked his theory about Buck and Pythag records. And TMITN continued to rage on in the comments above, but ignored the evidence that made him look like a fool.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          Yeah, it was me. Thanks!

  • Kramerica Industries

    I re-iterate – some of these mlb.com/tickets commercials are absolutely grating to watch.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      “Hey jobless people! Come watch spoiled brats stand around for 3 hours – for a LOT of money!”

  • DERP

    Buchholz had an immaculate inning in the sixth. Don’t know how I missed that.

    • Havok9120

      46th in history? That’s pretty cool.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      AJ did it a couple years ago, and still managed to lose the game. Good old AJ.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Hey Mike, I live somewhere