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SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 12:19 PM
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME THREAD (SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2012)

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MLB.COM (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard/index.jsp?tcid=nav_mlb_scoreboard)

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Clay Buchholz, RHP vs. Max Scherzer, RHP


The righty is healthy again after back woes limited him to just 14 starts in '11. Buchholz's .731 winning percentage on the road since the start of the 2009 season is the best in the Majors. He has a 4.96 ERA in three career starts at Comerica Park.


Scherzer has said he feels further ahead in his pitching than he has in any year coming out of Spring Training. Now he'll try to translate that into regular-season results. He won his first six decisions last year on his way to 10 wins by the break.

1:05 PM ET at Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Radio: BOS: WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM, WWZN 1510 DET: 97.1 The Ticket
TV: BOS: NESN DET: FS-D

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Joel Carreno, RHP vs. Derek Lowe, RHP


Carreno earned a spot in the Blue Jays' rotation late in camp after the falters of Brett Cecil and Aaron Laffey. Carreno has just 15 2/3 innings in the big leagues under his belt and will need to pitch well early on to secure his job.


The Indians acquired the 38-year-old Lowe in a trade with Atlanta over the winter to inject some experience and durability into their rotation. Lowe worked on his sinker this spring and opens this season as the No. 3 starter.

1:05 PM ET at Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: TOR: SN590 CLE: WTAM 1100
TV: TOR: SN CLE: WKYC 3, STO

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Mike Minor, LHP vs. Jon Niese, LHP


Minor posted a 3.51 ERA in his final 10 starts of the 2011 season and enjoyed a strong exhibition season. The former first-round pick has made great strides while becoming more comfortable with his curveball and changeup.


The Mets wanted to line Niese up vs. the Braves, whose lefty-heavy lineup could struggle with his 12-to-6 curveball. He has fared particularly well vs. Brian McCann (0-for-6), though Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Michael Bourn have hit him well.

1:10 PM ET at Citi Field, Flushing, New York
Radio: ATL: WCNN 680, WNNX 100.5, WLBA 1130 NYM: WFAN 660
TV: ATL: SPSO NYM: SNY

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Carlos Zambrano, RHP vs. Bronson Arroyo, RHP

The unpredictable Zambrano is getting a fresh new start with the Marlins. He's certainly familiar with the Reds, posting a 17-11 (3.28) career mark against them. Zambrano has won at least 10 games in seven of eight years.


Arroyo struggled all last season, in part, because of lower velocity. That didn't seem to be a problem during camp as Arroyo was often in the upper 80s and 90s. He also worked on a new grip for his sinker to keep hitters off-balance.

1:10 PM ET at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Radio: MIA: WAXY 790, WAQI 710 CIN: WLW 700
TV: MIA: FS-F HD CIN: FS-O

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Anthony Swarzak, RHP vs. Jason Hammel, RHP


Swarzak gets the start against the Orioles on Sunday, as rookie Liam Hendriks is out with food poisoning. Swarzak should be ready to go, as he was stretched out to six innings during Spring Training. He posted a 4.32 ERA in 102 innings last season.


Hammel, the staff veteran, will make his O's debut Sunday. The righty was traded to Baltimore along with Matt Lindstrom in exchange for Jeremy Guthrie in the offseason. Hammel went 7-13 with 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 32 games for the Rockies last year.

1:35 PM ET at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Radio: MIN: TIBN 1500, BOB FM BAL: 1090 WBAL
TV: MIN: FS-N BAL: MASN 2 HD

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Vance Worley, RHP vs. James McDonald, RHP


Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton suffered injuries last season, but Worley picked up the slack. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year Award voting, proving to be a valuable piece of the rotation.


None of the Pirates are as glad for Spring Training to be over than McDonald, who gets to push the reset button after a shaky preseason. He won't miss injured Phils Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who have a combined .555 average against him.

1:35 PM ET at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Radio: PHI: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP PIT: KDKA-FM 93.7
TV: PHI: PHL 17 PIT: ROOT SPORTS

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Phil Hughes, RHP vs. Jeremy Hellickson, RHP


Hughes is beginning what he hopes will be a rebound campaign from a season that was mostly lost to injury and inconsistency. He enjoyed some level of success vs. the Rays in '11, permitting two runs and five hits in 8 2/3 innings.


The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year hopes to avoid the sophomore jinx. Rays manager Joe Maddon believes he can if he shows improvement against left-handers. Hellickson is 8-5 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 appearances at Tropicana Field.

1:40 PM ET at Tropicana Field. St. Petersburg, Florida
Radio: NYY: WCBS 880, WADO 1280 TB: WDAE 620
TV: NYY: YES, TBS TB: Sun Sports, TBS

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Juan Nicasio, RHP vs. Bud Norris, RHP


Nicasio, 25, was going through the normal rookie highs and lows before the Nationals' Ian Desmond hit a line drive off Nicasio's head that resulted in a broken neck. Nicasio won a job and became a heartwarming story with a fine spring performance.


Norris is beginning his third full season in the Major Leagues and is eager to establish himself. He was inconsistent last year with the Astros, going 6-11 with a 3.77 ERA in 31 starts with 176 strikeouts in 186 innings.

2:05 PM ET at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Radio: COL: KOA 850 HOU: KTRH 740, KLAT 1010
TV: COL: ROOT SPORTS HOU: FS-H, DirecTV-678, Dish440, DishHD-9575

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Lance Lynn, RHP vs. Randy Wolf, LHP


After weeks of preparing to pitch in the bullpen, Lynn's role changed in mid-March when Chris Carpenter went down. Lynn adjusted to the move seamlessly, and he should have no issues with the workload given that he started in the Minors.


Wolf is Mr. Steady for the Brewers, with 13 wins, 33-34 starts and more than 210 innings each of the past two seasons. He'll draw on a gem against the Cardinals in last year's NLCS, a win in which Wolf worked seven innings.

2:10 PM ET at Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Radio: STL: KMOX 1120 MIL: WTMJ 620, ESPN Deportes 1510
TV: STL: FS-M MIL: FSN

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Jordan Zimmermann, RHP vs. Jeff Samardzija, RHP


Unlike last year, Zimmermann will not be on an innings limit and is expected to pitch at least 200. He has lost twice and allowed 12 earned runs in 18 innings against the Cubs over the past three seasons.


Samardzija has wanted to be a starter and won a spot in the rotation with a strong spring. The former Notre Dame wide receiver was exclusively a reliever last year, and last started in the big leagues in 2010, when he started three September games.

2:20 PM ET at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Radio: WSH: 106.7 The Fan, WHFS 1580, WFED 1500 CHC: WGN 720, WRTO 1200
TV: WSH: MASN HD, WDCW DC-50 CHC: WGN

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Jonathan Sanchez, LHP vs. Ervin Santana, RHP


This will be Sanchez's first KC start since being obtained in a trade. He missed most of last season with injuries after helping the Giants to a World Series title in 2010. His pitches have tremendous movement.


Santana, 29, makes his 2012 debut on the heels of arguably his best season, one in which he posted a career low in ERA (3.38) and a career high in innings (228 2/3) while throwing a no-hitter and finishing 11-12.

3:35 PM ET at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
Radio: KC: KCSP 610 LAA: KLAA 830, KSPN
TV: KC: FSKC LAA: FS-W

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Aaron Harang, RHP vs. Clayton Richard, LHP



The righty's first start will be against his former team. In six spring starts, Harang went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA. In his final spring outing on Tuesday vs. the Angels, he went four frames for the no-decision, striking out two and walking one.



Richard showed no ill effects in Spring Training from the surgery he had on his left shoulder last summer, a procedure that caused him to miss most of the second half of the season. Richard had a 9.00 ERA in 14 innings this spring.

4:05 PM ET at PETCO Park, San Diego, California
Radio: LAD: 570 Fox Sports L.A. , KTNQ 1020 SD: XPRS 1090
TV: LAD: PRIME SD: FSSD, FSSD-SL

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Matt Cain, RHP vs. Josh Collmenter, RHP


Lifetime, Cain owns a 30-38 road record, though that has improved to 18-17 in the past three years. That includes a 6-6 effort in '11. Like many power pitchers, Cain needs time to get going. His April average of 6.6 K's per nine frames is his lowest.


Collmenter started the 2011 season in the Minors, but became a key contributor when he was recalled in April. He faced the Giants three times (two starts) and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. One of those wins came in his Major League debut on April 17.

4:10 PM ET at Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Radio: SF: KNBR 680 ARI: KTAR 620, ESPN Deportes 710, Jose 106.9 FM
TV: SF: CSN-BA HD ARI: FS-A

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Gavin Floyd, RHP vs. Matt Harrison, LHP


With a 33-37 mark and a combined ERA over 4.00 in the past three seasons, Floyd hopes to return to his 17-win form from 2008. Floyd attacks the strike zone -- he walked two batters or fewer in 27 starts last season.


Harrison is a career 15-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 33 starts and 18 relief appearances in Arlington. He is 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox. His 5.42 career ERA for the month of April is his highest for month.

8:05 PM ET at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Radio: CWS: WSCR 670, 97.5 ESPN Deportes TEX: 103.3 ESPN
TV: ESPN (Sunday Night Baseball)

Happy Easter/Resurrection Sunday!

MooseWithFleas
04-08-2012, 12:25 PM
Nice thread SA :clap:

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 12:30 PM
Very good job, do you want to do this one a some what frequent basis?

hustleloyrspct
04-08-2012, 12:40 PM
Orioles going for the sweeeeeep!

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 12:49 PM
Very good job, do you want to do this one a some what frequent basis?Yes. I would like to this from time to time.

Greet
04-08-2012, 01:05 PM
I like the set up.

Really like the quick quotes about each team under the match-up.

RTL
04-08-2012, 01:05 PM
Looking forward to Matt Cain getting the Giants their first win!

long ball
04-08-2012, 01:08 PM
Did we have these last year? I can't remember.

Regardless, I like having them here.

es0terik
04-08-2012, 01:16 PM
Did we have these last year? I can't remember.

Regardless, I like having them here.

I don't think so, but I like it.

es0terik
04-08-2012, 01:24 PM
Miguel Cabrera draws first blood of the day, already scoring an RBI against the Red Sox in the bottom of the first.

RTL
04-08-2012, 01:28 PM
Carlos Zambrano looking like **** early. We could have his first implosion early

es0terik
04-08-2012, 01:34 PM
Carlos Santana with a homer

VenezuelanMet
04-08-2012, 01:36 PM
I want to laugh at Ellsbury but running down a ball in Comerica's CF is no joke.

Still should have caught it tho

es0terik
04-08-2012, 02:29 PM
Santana's second homer

Wrigheyes4MVP
04-08-2012, 02:38 PM
Carlos Santana is on my fantasy team!

DodgerB24
04-08-2012, 02:38 PM
Sweep!

hustleloyrspct
04-08-2012, 02:43 PM
Either the twins are really bad or the Orioles starting pitching is superb.

es0terik
04-08-2012, 02:43 PM
Carlos Santana is on my fantasy team!

Same here

-Lavigne43-
04-08-2012, 02:50 PM
Jonathon Niese is on all my fantasy teams

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 02:52 PM
All eyes on Niese.

Carlznerson
04-08-2012, 03:01 PM
All eyes on Niese.

Jason Hammel also has a no-no through 6

-Lavigne43-
04-08-2012, 03:02 PM
Potential no-hitters every day

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 03:11 PM
The Mets have had 2 World Series titles, 4 Pennants, 9 Cycles, 1 Batting Title, but never a no hitter. Weirdest ****ing franchise in history.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 03:14 PM
Hammel is through 7.

WolvesJagsOs
04-08-2012, 03:15 PM
The starting pitching has been downright amazing these first 3 games. Keep it going Hammel, no hits through 7 for him. Only at like 75 pitches.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 03:21 PM
The Mets and the Padres are the only two teams to never get a no-hitter.

Carlznerson
04-08-2012, 03:32 PM
Morneau broke it up

es0terik
04-08-2012, 04:00 PM
Jays and Indians third game also close as ****, but the Jays had to lose eventually.

Sick Of It All
04-08-2012, 04:00 PM
Mets sweep the braves.

Nymfan87
04-08-2012, 04:04 PM
Mets sweep the braves.

Still on pace for 162-0.

avrpatsfan
04-08-2012, 04:06 PM
Phil Coke is an *******. That was clearly intentional.

Mitchell133
04-08-2012, 04:07 PM
Colby Rasmus is making a case for the worst player in baseball.

Painful to watch.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 04:07 PM
Damn. That game at The Garden took away my focus from baseball. What a game over there at MSG.

Zander 77
04-08-2012, 04:08 PM
Phil Coke is an *******. That was clearly intentional.

There's no way it was.
You wouldn't be stupid enough to hit a guy after throwing behind his head. It got away from him, just like it got away from Albers yesterday.

avrpatsfan
04-08-2012, 04:16 PM
There's no way it was.
You wouldn't be stupid enough to hit a guy after throwing behind his head. It got away from him, just like it got away from Albers yesterday.
Two pitches in a row got away. Sure.

bda28
04-08-2012, 04:18 PM
Colby Rasmus is making a case for the worst player in baseball.

Painful to watch.

Thanks for takin' him off our hands. ;)

WolvesJagsOs
04-08-2012, 04:19 PM
O's swee the Twins. Great starting pitching thus far, all about consistency, gotta keep it going.

utl768
04-08-2012, 04:32 PM
florida lost again

Zander 77
04-08-2012, 04:35 PM
**** yeah!!!!

Suck it *******!!!!!!!

Geek
04-08-2012, 04:37 PM
Phil Coke is an *******. That was clearly intentional.Tied up.

Haha

utl768
04-08-2012, 04:37 PM
phillies lost lol

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 04:37 PM
Rays baseball is the best baseball there is

lincecum=future
04-08-2012, 04:38 PM
Miggy is the man !!

Geek
04-08-2012, 04:38 PM
^ Haha yeah he is

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 04:39 PM
Poor Smard.

If he had a decent shortstop, he would have been out of it.

1908_Cubs
04-08-2012, 04:39 PM
Watch out MLB.

Jeff Samardjiza: 8.2 IP, 8K's, 0BB's, 1ER. And was hitting 98mph. In the 9th inning.

1908_Cubs
04-08-2012, 04:40 PM
Poor Smard.

If he had a decent shortstop, he would have been out of it.

Castro's actually been REALLY good defensively until that play thus far.

VenezuelanMet
04-08-2012, 04:51 PM
Dude, Miguel Cabrera is the best player ever, no hyperbole.

TheDetroitBlue
04-08-2012, 05:10 PM
Phil Coke is an *******. That was clearly intentional.

This is what I dont understand year after year the Red Sox lead the league in hit batters by there pitchers and yet when the other teams retaliate its like unbelievable to Sox fans

northsider
04-08-2012, 05:13 PM
Dude, Miguel Cabrera is the best player ever, no hyperbole.

Offensively he is insane. Liked him since his start in Fla.

JNev
04-08-2012, 05:20 PM
phillies lost lol

Pirates win :clap:

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 05:21 PM
Exactly what I wanted thus far.

win 2 out of 3 in Mil, now just win 2 out of 3 in Cincy and it will be a great start to the season without one of our aces or our 3 time MVP first basemen.

Further proving that it doesn't take one elite player to win baseball games, you need a team of good players, not an elite great player to win.

keymax
04-08-2012, 05:25 PM
Haha Nick Punto still does his thing. Bloop hit over the head of the SS to give the Red Sox the lead.
Used to do this every time against the Sox...

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 05:27 PM
Is it just me or is the guy that did that MLB Network Promo the homeless voiceover guy?

keymax
04-08-2012, 05:28 PM
The Red Sox are lucky to get a run there...2 K's with a runner on 3rd with less than two outs is inexcusable

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 05:29 PM
Man the Royals can really be good this year.

keymax
04-08-2012, 05:31 PM
Man the Royals can really be good this year.

They can hit, but their starting pitching is easily one of the worst in the majors. They are at least two good starting pitchers away.

fadedmario
04-08-2012, 05:32 PM
Agreed.

avrpatsfan
04-08-2012, 05:39 PM
This is what I dont understand year after year the Red Sox lead the league in hit batters by there pitchers and yet when the other teams retaliate its like unbelievable to Sox fans
I'm 100% fine with retaliation. But if you're going to retaliate, hit the batter in the legs or in the back. Don't aim for the head like Coke did. If Coke had just been aiming at AGon's back, I would have been fine with it. But he wasn't.

And the worst part was how he clearly was trying to hit him the first time and he proved that even more by actually hitting him the second time. At least we hit Fielder on the first try which suggests that it just got away.

avrpatsfan
04-08-2012, 05:40 PM
Miggy is the man !!
Easily the best player in baseball right now. Such a scary hitter, he scares me shitless every time he comes up to bat. You guys are lucky to have him. Miggy+Fielder=:drool:

keymax
04-08-2012, 05:43 PM
Easily the best player in baseball right now.

My biggest mancrush in baseball, Troy Tulowitzki, disagrees with you ;)

Nymfan87
04-08-2012, 05:49 PM
Exactly what I wanted thus far.

win 2 out of 3 in Mil, now just win 2 out of 3 in Cincy and it will be a great start to the season without one of our aces or our 3 time MVP first basemen.

Further proving that it doesn't take one elite player to win baseball games, you need a team of good players, not an elite great player to win.

Well, the Mets just swept the Braves. I don't think we can really start drawing conclusions about teams until June begins, and even then that's pretty early. The Pirates were over .500 in what, July last year? And they ended up with 72 wins.

Zander 77
04-08-2012, 05:52 PM
Lulz.

That is all.

Amazin' Mets
04-08-2012, 05:52 PM
How about that.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 05:54 PM
MY GAWD KING!!!!!!! WHAT A HOME RUN BY AVILA!!!!!! :speechless: :speechless: :speechless: :speechless:

giants73756
04-08-2012, 05:54 PM
Unbelievable Tigers game

fadedmario
04-08-2012, 05:54 PM
Sweep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fadedmario
04-08-2012, 05:54 PM
Tigers offense is bananas

Geek
04-08-2012, 05:57 PM
I would be so ****ing pissed if I was a Red Sox fan.

But **** yeah another come back in the same game!!!

GO TIGERS

Geek
04-08-2012, 05:57 PM
The only thing we need is for Scherzer to stop being an idiot and pitch well.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 06:01 PM
Can you believe it?

The Yankees and the Red Sox are 0-3! :speechless:

keymax
04-08-2012, 06:02 PM
I usually laugh at people overreacting when the first weekend of baseball rolls around, but Avila seems to be really good.
I thought last year was a fluke, but he has a very good swing and a good eye at the plate. Well, and a hanging curveball to hit ;)

RTL
04-08-2012, 06:02 PM
Boston starts 0-3 for the second straight season. The Tigers have looked great so far in this early season.

utl768
04-08-2012, 06:03 PM
i love bobby valentine but its funny as hell to watch the redsox get swept

Yankee Clipper
04-08-2012, 06:04 PM
Yankees are 0-3.....TRADE EVERYONE!!!!

keymax
04-08-2012, 06:07 PM
Yankees are 0-3.....TRADE EVERYONE!!!!

I know you're sarcastic, but I love that absolutely nobody cares if your team drops a three game set in Oakland in June.
But if you lose on opening day, the pitching/hitting coach should be fired and the team will win 58 games at best ! :D

Toxeryll
04-08-2012, 06:08 PM
Either the twins are really bad or the Orioles starting pitching is superb.

lol its for sure not the latter

Sherlock
04-08-2012, 06:14 PM
It's gonna be funny to see Jeremy Hellickson baffle everyone this year. That dude creates weak contact like he's the reincarnation of Greg Maddux.

astrosmaniac
04-08-2012, 06:22 PM
astros are over .500 for the first time in a long time!

keymax
04-08-2012, 06:41 PM
Huge blunder by Posey. Good call by the umpire

FortDetroit
04-08-2012, 06:41 PM
Miguel Cabrera is such a ****ing good hitter.

He'll never win a GG or anything obviously, but Miggy looks solid so far at 3B.

RTL
04-08-2012, 06:57 PM
Posey wimped out and helped cost a run. Not a good sign. Amazing there are 8 errors in this game

NateyB24
04-08-2012, 07:05 PM
lol its for sure not the latter

Agreed it's the Twin's offense sucking they are facing 4th and 5th starter type pitcher's almost gave up a no hitter to one today.

1903
04-08-2012, 07:09 PM
Yankees on pace for 0-162. I'm going to hide under my bed until everything is OK.

sexicano31
04-08-2012, 07:22 PM
Charlie Manuel is a horrible manager

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 07:38 PM
Man, when I read what Baseball Prospectus said about the Twins, I just knew that the Twins were going to have a bad year. To nearly get no hit by a no name schmuck on the worst rotation in baseball is embarrassing.

RTL
04-08-2012, 07:41 PM
Giants start off 0-3. How lovely

StriveGreatness
04-08-2012, 07:45 PM
Miggy went nuts today. Great start to the season for the Tigers.

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Charlie Manuel is a horrible manager

Mike Matheny is a pretty good manager.

Quite the upgrade over TLR

sexicano31
04-08-2012, 08:09 PM
Mike Matheny is a pretty good manager.

Quite the upgrade over TLR

2 straight games we have had a situation late in a game where we should have used our best reliever, IE: Papelbon, and 2 straight games he doesnt go to him and we lose. Yay predefined bullpen roles!

Nymfan87
04-08-2012, 09:10 PM
Mike Matheny is a pretty good manager.

Quite the upgrade over TLR

Terry Collins is a pretty average manager.

Jeffy25
04-08-2012, 09:44 PM
I have been very impressed with Matheny so far.

I knew that he used analytics to help make game decisions and his lineups.

And I can assume he won't be super extreme or anything, but he has only made a couple of mistakes so far, and each of those mistakes were not really mistakes. They are debatable decisions that one could argue in support for Matheny's choice and it wouldn't necessarily be wrong.

In other words, he isn't doing anything stupid (yet).

Of course, we haven't had a one run game in the 9th or anything yet where his decisions are really critical.

SportsAndrew25
04-08-2012, 09:51 PM
The White Sox are really looking bad early on.

sexicano31
04-08-2012, 09:56 PM
Theres a shock

RTL
04-08-2012, 09:59 PM
Bruce Bochy looks like the same manager Giants fans have all come to hate, though it was fun to see him ejected over a call the umpire clearly had right.

Dr.Philly
04-08-2012, 11:08 PM
And Charlie Manual hasn't gotten any brighter.... There's a shock.

Young2Kinsler
04-09-2012, 12:06 AM
2 straight games we have had a situation late in a game where we should have used our best reliever, IE: Papelbon, and 2 straight games he doesnt go to him and we lose. Yay predefined bullpen roles!

:crazy::pity::puke: THANK GOD someone else gets that. I can't stand the way managers use relievers.

sexicano31
04-09-2012, 12:13 PM
I bet the Phillies get up by 4-5 runs and we use Papelbon because he hasnt had any work in 2 days