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I would really like to watch the Oakland games. They are in an exciting game now, but mlbn doesn't think a tie game in the tenth is worth their attention. I wonder if mlb.tv will have its usual price cut halfway through this "season.".
 

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I would really like to watch the Oakland games. They are in an exciting game now, but mlbn doesn't think a tie game in the tenth is worth their attention.
I think they’re probably prohibited from showing live action from other games while the Sunday night national ESPN game is on.
 

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Mike Yastrzemski currently leading the majors in runs, and leading the NL in walks. OPS of 1.066 and an OPS+ of 193. What a nice story.
 

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Heyman is trying to equate $100M+ contracts to expected success like there is supposed to be a correlation. The six contracts he's referencing are Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout (x2), Justin Upton, and Anthony Rendon. And then there's the inexplicable trade for Vernon Wells' monster deal where they got very little cash along with him. Trout is worth every penny but the rest of the deals could be construed as spending like a drunken sailor, not building a good/great team. Pujols is on his last legs, Hamilton was an insta-bust, and Upton is contributing shit right now. Rendon is paying off so far, but he's one player. One player can't carry a team (nor can two).
 

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Im not sure if the Angels are worse than us. We've scored 142 run and allowed 182 while they have scored 150 runs and allowed 184. Our numbers are also boosted by that first game of the season. Honestly it might be time to just release Albert Pujols after this season.
 

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Heyman is trying to equate $100M+ contracts to expected success like there is supposed to be a correlation. The six contracts he's referencing are Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout (x2), Justin Upton, and Anthony Rendon. And then there's the inexplicable trade for Vernon Wells' monster deal where they got very little cash along with him. Trout is worth every penny but the rest of the deals could be construed as spending like a drunken sailor, not building a good/great team. Pujols is on his last legs, Hamilton was an insta-bust, and Upton is contributing shit right now. Rendon is paying off so far, but he's one player. One player can't carry a team (nor can two).
I know the Sox situation is different, but one of the annoying points brought up about the $300 million+ contract was that the Angels were used as an example of team paying one (great) player a ton of money and still failing, as if paying one player so much money was the reason they were not successful. Even paying Trout his gargantuan salary the Angels have still been able to spend money, they have just made consistently bad investments.
 

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I expect Silver will support the players. Not so sure about Manfred
Kinda depends on how far it goes. The Brewers and Reds are not playing tonight, but everyone else is (so far). If it stays that way, I doubt Manfred does anything. He'll treat the one game like a rainout or a Covid postponement and schedule a double header. If other teams jump in (rumors of the Giants and Dodgers considering sitting are already out there), then he's forced to respond. I expect he'll say the wrong thing to start but get to the right decision eventually.
 

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We might end up seeing a situation where the Red Sox and Blue Jays are the only teams that play tonight, and not because they're not on the same page as everyone else, but because they started roughly 30 minutes before any other games were scheduled. They were already on the field when everyone else made the call. Would they walk off the field mid-game to join the rest of the league?
 

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We might end up seeing a situation where the Red Sox and Blue Jays are the only teams that play tonight, and not because they're not on the same page as everyone else, but because they started roughly 30 minutes before any other games were scheduled. They were already on the field when everyone else made the call. Would they walk off the field mid-game to join the rest of the league?
There are six other games in progress currently.
 

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LAD/SF also not playing, I think those three are the only MLB games with players striking today.
 

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DeGrom with an incredible 7 2 1 1 2 14 effort, leaves with a 4-1 lead. Three pitchers later, it’s now 4-4 in the 8th, bases still loaded.
 

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So as best I can tell, as of now on today's games, the scheduled doubleheaders are all being played, and the single games have all been called off by player strikes, including the Mets/Marlins just now.
 

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After the Cardinals pitching staff needed 224 pitches to get through 8 innings, utility infielder Max Schrock gets on the mound for the 9th and retires the Indians in order for the first time all night on 8 pitches -- all curveballs.
 

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The Cardinals lost in 12 because Yadier Molina thinks he's an umpire and got doubled off third. Seriously, maybe he should have paid attention to the actual umpires or at least... not done his best impression of a statue between third and home. It was such a satisfying ending to 4 hours of listening to Pierzynski and Amin act like the great Yadier was the only player on the field.

 

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Next man up...Ryan Fleming. Tosses 5 1/3 scoreless in his 2nd big-league start to lead Rays to 4-0 win over Marlins. He’s now 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.87 WHIP
 

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The Braves & Phils game is the craziest game I have seen this year. Heath Hembree just gives up another HR To make it 12-10. Wild game.