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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:42 pm 
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This just in: The Houston Astros suck. No, I mean, they really, really suck. I had the Cards-Astros GameCast going at work this afternoon. The 'Stros were up 4-0 when I left for a meeting. I was hopeful that we might be tied with St. Louis when we started action tomorrow. But when I came back 30 minutes later, they were down 8-5 en route to a 13-5 defeat. Dammit!

Not only are they on pace to lose 111 games this year, but their road record currently sits as 12-51. If my discrete math skills are correct, this means that if the Astros are coming to your park for a 3-game series, there is a 53% likelihood that they will lose ALL three games. Jeez.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:49 pm 
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Judge Landis wrote:
This just in: The Houston Astros suck. No, I mean, they really, really suck...

If my discrete math skills are correct, this means that if the Astros are coming to your park for a 3-game series, there is a 53% likelihood that they will lose ALL three games. Jeez.


I was in Vegas last week. My fourth/fifth day in town out of seven, I decided to take a risk and put $ on a MLB game.

I looked at the board and saw a bunch of 'iffy' games (LAA vs. TB types), then remembered that HOU was something like 6-34 in their last 40+.

Took the D-Backs on the line, -1.5. Easiest $100 I ever made.

Of course, afterward, I instantly became upset that I didn't think of betting against the moribund 'Stros sooner.

I probably could have cleared nearly $1k that week alone! D'oh!

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Marco Scutaro, Giants, wore the incorrect uniform last night. How he thought anyone would miss it is beyond me...

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Marco Scutaro, Giants, wore the incorrect uniform last night.


Story on MLB Network this morning made reference to Scutaro putting it on - purposefully - as a "rally jersey" when team was down 4 to Houston. He only wore it for an inning. Call me crazy but I personally think that was pretty cool.

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Why does San Francisco have two different road gray jerseys?

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No. 9 wrote:
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Marco Scutaro, Giants, wore the incorrect uniform last night.


Story on MLB Network this morning made reference to Scutaro putting it on - purposefully - as a "rally jersey" when team was down 4 to Houston. He only wore it for an inning. Call me crazy but I personally think that was pretty cool.

Well, if he was doing it as a rally jersey, that would be great. Esp in that they did rally that inning. The yahoo sport article I linked to did not claim it was purposeful, but more hopefully inadvertant.


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Why does San Francisco have two different road gray jerseys?

Because they're special?

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Judge Landis wrote:
Why does San Francisco have two different road gray jerseys?


C'mon Judge . . . really? Merchandise sales!.

In all seriousness, it is my understanding that the grey SF jersey is a lightweight batting practice jersey similar to the black Pirates P jersey. They may also have an orange batting practice jersey or a black batting practice jersey . . . don't know.

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No. 9 wrote:
Judge Landis wrote:
Why does San Francisco have two different road gray jerseys?


C'mon Judge . . . really? Merchandise sales!.

Hrm. I can't imagine that gray road jerseys are such huge sellers, but I'm not in marketing, so who knows.

As opposed to every other facet in my life, I am a staunch conservative when it comes to baseball uniforms. Therefore, I give Mr. Scutaro a thumbs down for his little stunt; strict adherence to uniform standards is one of the things that separates baseball from beer league softball. For shame, Mr. Scutaro. For shame. ;)

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Judge Landis wrote:
The Houston Astros suck. No, I mean, they really, really suck.


I almost had to make a thread about the Astros historically bad season the other day.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about their current 40-91 record (imagine how catastrophic those numbers would look if they hadn't managed that fortieth win and were sitting at 39-92) is that they actually played around .500 through the first month and a half or so. That's not entirely shocking, a lot of weak teams typically stay competitive through April/May, as we can attest to as Pirates fans. But they literally scratched out over half of their wins over that span, in large part thanks to a couple of guys hitting out of their minds (Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez). Clutch hitting in particular from the latter, I went to a Reds/Stros game here in early May and I believe I recall him driving in 30 or so runs already, he currently has 54. And about that road record - don't forget that just two years ago the Pirates only won 17 games on the road. Of course, their season was pretty much predicted. I recall seeing a pre-season article that the 2012 Astros were the worst team ever projected according to CAIRO. And, well, they lost 107 games last year and were expected to finish the firing sale this year, which they did, moving a couple viable pieces in Wandy and Lee.

I thought they might end up finishing with a modern era's worst record, but I was reminded of the '03 Tigers 43-119 finish, which Houston should be able to top (though it being close certainly isn't out of the question). But we'll see if they finish below the '04 Diamondbacks and their 51-win season.


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Perhaps the most shocking thing about their current 40-91 record (imagine how catastrophic those numbers would look if they hadn't managed that fortieth win and were sitting at 39-92) is that they actually played around .500 through the first month and a half or so.

I looked this up ... wow. On May 25, after the Astros beat the Dodgers in L.A., their record stood at 22-23. Since then, they're 18-68, for a winning percentage of .209. Losing 79% of your games over a three-month period ... In the past 19 years, have we ever had a patch that long when we were playing that poorly?

Also, they're 13-53 on the road, with 15 road games remaining. Which puts them on pace to finish 16-65 on the road for the year. Jeez.

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Judge Landis wrote:
TheShark wrote:
Perhaps the most shocking thing about their current 40-91 record (imagine how catastrophic those numbers would look if they hadn't managed that fortieth win and were sitting at 39-92) is that they actually played around .500 through the first month and a half or so.

I looked this up ... wow. On May 25, after the Astros beat the Dodgers in L.A., their record stood at 22-23. Since then, they're 18-68, for a winning percentage of .209. Losing 79% of your games over a three-month period ... In the past 19 years, have we ever had a patch that long when we were playing that poorly?

Also, they're 13-53 on the road, with 15 road games remaining. Which puts them on pace to finish 16-65 on the road for the year. Jeez.


I don't think so, they are on pace to win less than 50 games. They have won 7 of the last 45 games, on that pace they will finish 45-117. We have to win 5 of 6 from them minimum. They way I see it we need 89 wins minimum to make the playoffs, we need to be 16 games over .500 for that and we sit 10 game sover today. If we go 5-1 vs Houston we only need to play 14-12 against everyone else. Better yet sweep Houston twice and play .500 against the rest.

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TheShark wrote:
But we'll see if they finish below the '04 Diamondbacks and their 51-win season.


I had no recollection of this team, so I looked them up... now I know why.

That lineup is horrendous. It makes even the last 3 years worth of Bucs squads look great by comparison.

Juan Brito sounds like a made up MLB the Show name.

I never knew Robbie Alomar played for the D-Backs.

I had dropped Shea Hillenbrand from my memory banks.

Carlos Baerga?! CARLOS BAERGA?!?!?!

Wow. Putrid.

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Judge Landis wrote:
TheShark wrote:
Perhaps the most shocking thing about their current 40-91 record (imagine how catastrophic those numbers would look if they hadn't managed that fortieth win and were sitting at 39-92) is that they actually played around .500 through the first month and a half or so.

I looked this up ... wow. On May 25, after the Astros beat the Dodgers in L.A., their record stood at 22-23. Since then, they're 18-68, for a winning percentage of .209. Losing 79% of your games over a three-month period ... In the past 19 years, have we ever had a patch that long when we were playing that poorly?

Also, they're 13-53 on the road, with 15 road games remaining. Which puts them on pace to finish 16-65 on the road for the year. Jeez.



How about the 5 - 30 stretch that closed out the 98 season?


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Maybe Harrison's charge on Molina wasn't the be-all catalyst I might have made it to be for the Bucs, but it has certainly sent the Cards into a tail spin. They look to be shut out for the third game in a row, losing to Washington 8-0 in the 8th.


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The Indians right now may be worse than the Astros. They're 5-28 in their last thirty-three games. This August was their worst month record-wise
in 98 years!! (Earlier in the season the Tribe dropped two of three at Minute Maid Park.)

During this stetch of bad baseball they've unloaded only Shelly Duncan and they have no plan to replace Manny Acta as manager. And the funny thing
is more Indians fans are going to see a home game on a Friday night than fans in Oakland.

Edit: I stand corrected. The Astros are worse.. 7-38 in their last 45 games?? >__<


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From my favorite beat writer, Jason Stark, on the incredible year Mike Trout is having:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/rum ... ng-history

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There's barely enough room in cyberspace to keep track of all the historic feats Mike Trout has a chance to achieve. But here's one we've seen very little talk about:

He leads the American League in stolen bases. He leads the league in batting average. And he's just .001 point behind Josh Hamilton for the AL lead in slugging, after leading the league for much of this month.

So think about that. Could one player really be so multitalented that he could win a batting title, slugging title and stolen-base title in the same year? Oh, he could, all right. And if he does, Trout would be doing something no one else has done in … cue the percussion section, please … a mere 95 years.

Ready for the complete list of men who have led their league in those three departments in the same season? Here we go:

Ty Cobb -- in 1907, 1909, 1911 and 1917. And Honus Wagner -- in 1904, 1907 and 1908.

In other words, nobody in the live-ball era has done this. Nobody. And it's been 55 years since Willie Mays made the last serious run at it, leading the NL in steals and slugging in 1957, but finishing second to Stan Musial in the batting race.

And now along comes Mike Trout to give it a shot, as a rookie. At 21 years old. Nobody should be this great this young, friends. It's just not right.


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Baltimore, the winning team with the -31 run differential, is taking a huge bite into that deficit, shellacking Toronto 12-0, bottom of the ninth. Plus, if results hold and the Yankees lose, they should be dead even with them. I'm still amazed that this late in the season, us and the O's are standing with winning records. Who would have thought that 33 combined years of futility could be ending in the same season?


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Despite yielding a 5 run 8th inning, the Orioles easily dispatched the Yankees in the first game of their four-game homestand, hitting 6 (!) homeruns en route to a 10-6 win. I thought the Orioles were going to fade after the All Star break, but they haven't, and I'm hoping that some of that mojo slides on over to the Pirates.


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val wrote:
Despite yielding a 5 run 8th inning, the Orioles easily dispatched the Yankees in the first game of their four-game homestand, hitting 6 (!) homeruns en route to a 10-6 win. I thought the Orioles were going to fade after the All Star break, but they haven't, and I'm hoping that some of that mojo slides on over to the Pirates.

On the flip side, how much do you think the Yankees miss AJ right now?

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