8/4 - The Eric (formerly known as Brad) Hosmer Era Begins

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Exactly this. The entire point of the yellow line — the continuation of the foul line — is to mark that which is above it as “out of play” and that below it as “in play.”

It likely doesn’t matter, but that was not a HR.
Looks to me that the green section is on the same level as the metal rail above the wall. Is metal rail a homerun or in play?
 

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I've always liked Darwinzon and always have a soft spot for guys that come up from the farm, but come on. This HAS to be the final straw for this guy. Any random dude from Portland's bullpen would be better than he has been. He needs to go, and we bring the next man up, immediately.
I'm also starting to lose hope for this season. I mean I usually am in the "never give up until they are mathematically eliminated, and maybe not even then" camp, but my hopes that this team would get healthy and start to play better are really starting to disappear. Days keep coming off the calendar and we keep sucking.
This is SO not our year. The Yankees can do no wrong, everything they try comes up golden, while nothing we do works. Sports sucks.
 

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Bloom should fire himself, he built this roster. Do we believe that they will spend the money to improve this team in the offseason or will he continue to pick up players off the scrap heap and hope they can recapture what they were in the past.
 

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If they demote Darwinzon, the only available reliever on the 40-man is Ort, who they can’t even call up without an injury. So they are kind of stuck.

If they are pretending to contend, not really sure why they didn’t acquire a reliever or two.
 

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We’re all but guaranteed to go the rest of the series without requiring the good relievers at all. That is how the baseball gods work.
 

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Some of the whining on pitching feels irrelevant when they were spotted 2 runs on some BABIP flukiness, then did almost jack all actual offense the whole game. Again.
 

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Bloom should fire himself, he built this roster. Do we believe that they will spend the money to improve this team in the offseason or will he continue to pick up players off the scrap heap and hope they can recapture what they were in the past.
He didn't really build this current roster though. And yes, there's 0 reason to think they won't spend money this offseason.
 

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Some of the whining on pitching feels irrelevant when they were spotted 2 runs on some BABIP flukiness, then did almost jack all actual offense the whole game. Again.
What is relevant is that they tied the game 3-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th. Very winnable game at that point.
 

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Looks to me that the green section is on the same level as the metal rail above the wall. Is metal rail a homerun or in play?
I see what you mean — I found a wider angle that does illustrate the challenge. If that metal rail is a continuation of the wall — and it looks like it is — I’d say it’s definitely in play. When the metal rail ends and the wall has no rail above it at the bullpen, then the wall height is just lower.

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He didn't really build this current roster though. And yes, there's 0 reason to think they won't spend money this offseason.
There’s more evidence that he’s willing to spend money than the opposite. Pretty odd take to think they are suddenly going to be a cheap team.
 

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Some of the whining on pitching feels irrelevant when they were spotted 2 runs on some BABIP flukiness, then did almost jack all actual offense the whole game. Again.
the babip flukiness got cancelled out by JD and Hosmer hitting 2 rockets that should have resulted in 2 runs immediately after
 

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If anything they've now spent too much this year, in a lost season with three QO-eligible players the potential draft pick compensation is likely to be lower.
 

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Well, I hoped we’d win three of four in KC.
Still possible.
The new guys put up good at bats as did the newly named starting catcher, I guess.
One or more of the big bats -3-4-5 really need to contribute every game to give us a real chance to win.
 

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Darwinzon is a tragic misstep in middle relief evolution. His soul was snatched as soon a Stanton left earth on him for the grand slam late last year. Frankly, I was a little surprised they didn't cut ties with him altogether in the off-season. I mean, he walks the house, home run prone and I seem to remember him with much more velo than this. I mean, Jason Castro crushed him in the ALCS for god's sake.

Seriously, did Cora use him as a form of protest towards the bullpen Bloom assembled? And to send him out for another inning was strange too.

Dude will never put it together. He's never been able to throw enough strikes, and when he does, dudes smoke him.
 

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Cora explained the use of Hernandez:

"He's here for a reason, because he was pitching well at Triple-A and we needed a lefty. We went 4 lefties to 1. That was a good pocket for him, 9th hitter, we got to attack him. We were behind 3-0, went 3-2, we ended up walking him."