5/20/2019 - Happ @ Cashner

Big John

lurker
Dec 9, 2016
1,940
My brother in law lives in Maryland and is a diehard Orioles fan.
I feel sorry for him.

There was that famous play where Berra dropped a foul popup by Ted Williams that would have iced a no hitter by Allie Reynolds. On the next pitch, Reynolds induced Williams to to pop up again and this time Berra caught it. But Severino didn't get a second chance..
 
Last edited:

crow216

Dragon Wangler
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
14,579
Astoria
2 outs, come on Chappy. Don't get cute here, Villar cannot turn around on 100mph. FB, slider, FB.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Dope
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
47,017
Exhale.

I really expected that to go sideways after a somewhat shocking error from Gio.
One thing about Chapman is he really does always think he has the advantage over the batter, no matter how dire the situation looks (and two runners on, one out, up by 3 on the Orioles without Mancini due up is not too dire).
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Dope
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
47,017
When Chapman is at his best, he has a FB that looks up and away (but a strike) to RHH and at the last minute it somehow fades away from them out of the strike zone, seemingly defying physics and unhittable. That final pitch was the first one of those I remember from him this year.
 

EvilEmpire

Dope
Staff member
Dope
Gold Supporter
Apr 9, 2007
10,303
Washington
I wasn't really worried about Chapman, it was more an irrational feeling about Gio. He's like a good luck charm. After that error I had a sudden fear that the pixie dust wore off and that bad things would happen all over.

Totally irrational, I know.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Dope
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
47,017
Not trying to start anything, but Urshela isn't pixie dust. He is 27 and has always been a good defender, the offensive side has developed more recently but the exit velocity is legit, that ball he hit to win the game Friday night was a laser, literally the hardest hit ball anyone hit that whole game. He might start to suck, but you can say that about almost anyone to different degrees.

But your post made me research a bit, I saw one of the prospect guys say the other day that he had been a legit prospect at one point with Cleveland, and I just found this:

https://www.letsgotribe.com/2015/1/26/7913841/giovanny-urshela-best-indians-prospects-list-rankings-2015

Going into 2015, that Indians board voted Urshela as their #4 prospect, behind only Lindor, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, and ahead of Mejia, Tyler Naquin and Justus Sheffield. It's a similar profile to Didi and Hicks, stud athletes and former prospects who figured out the hitting side of things at 26 or 27 after their original team had lost control of them and patience in them. That could be Tyler Wade in another 2-3 seasons for someone... :)
 

terrynever

Member
SoSH Member
Aug 25, 2005
16,113
pawtucket
Gio looks like a hitter to me. He is aggressive, takes a big cut, hits a lot of balls hard. He won’t sustain .330 but .280 is possible. Some guys just figure things out after two or three years of struggles.
 

EvilEmpire

Dope
Staff member
Dope
Gold Supporter
Apr 9, 2007
10,303
Washington
Yeah. I know there is no pixie dust. I know he was a great prospect. Awesome defense in particular.

That's why I said it was an irrational feeling. I know he really isn't a good luck charm.
 

jon abbey

Shanghai Warrior
Dope
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
47,017
Crow power is strong, Mac and Charlie were onto something with Fight Milk.