June 2024 MLB Gamethread

HurstSoGood

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I know that (at least it SEEMS like) most everyone is happy with the shortened average game times, but that "walk-off due to a pitch clock violation" is the saddest thing I have ever seen.

I used to be a pitcher and, otherwise at heart, a baseball romantic. I think a part of me has officially died.
 

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I know that (at least it SEEMS like) most everyone is happy with the shortened average game times, but that "walk-off due to a pitch clock violation" is the saddest thing I have ever seen.

I used to be a pitcher and, otherwise at heart, a baseball romantic. I think a part of me has officially died.
If you actually saw the play, the game was over either way. Tie game, bases loaded, no one out, 3-2 count, and he released the pitch a bit late and it would have been ball four anyway.

What was actually sad was Finnegan coming in to protect a 1 run lead and allowing 4 straight singles before that walk, he didn’t retire a single batter.
 

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I saw the clip of the one pitch (and subsequent celebration) on ESPN. Finnegan got himself in trouble, for sure. The tough part for me is knowing the compounding psychological weight that comes with each pitch, specifically when you are struggling like that. Sometimes an athlete needs a little extra time to gather themselves when it's hitting the proverbial fan. I know there were times I did.

Also, the added physical impact/struggle to pitch at 100% while on a timer is a real factor. I am totally in awe of those guys that are doing it now and hope we don't end up with higher rates of injury because of it.
 

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Sometimes an athlete needs a little extra time to gather themselves when it's hitting the proverbial fan. I know there were times I did.
Sure, just as I'm sure there were basketball players not thrilled by the 24 second clock, but you adapt or die.

Also, the added physical impact/struggle to pitch at 100% while on a timer is a real factor. I am totally in awe of those guys that are doing it now and hope we don't end up with higher rates of injury because of it.
Fully agreed here, although if professional sports really cared about the health of their athletes, they would shorten the seasons, especially in the post-Covid era where many people now have weakened immune systems.

But instead they're going the other way (pitch clock, trying to add a 18th NFL game, the NBA rule essentially forcing stars to play at least 65 games, etc.)
 

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This guy wouldn't have lost the game on a pitch clock violation if he hadn't loaded the bases with no one out and then threw 3 balls to the next hitter, and then threw the pitch too late.
To me, losing the game on a pitch clock violation isn't much different than if he had lost it on a balk.
I don't think some of the balk rules are great, but they are on the books and if a pitcher messes up and violates one of the nitpicky balk rules to lose the game, that's on him.
The pitch clock has improved the game greatly. It's here to stay, thank god.
 

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Parades called out on strikes. The 3 called strikes were all outside and the one called ball hit the inside corner. Ump 0 for 4 in the at bat.

Edit: missed one ball that was the right call. 1 for 5.
 

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I don't know how hot it was in Chicago, but I wonder if it was weather-related. I was at the Phillies game yesterday and there were a number of hit/near hit batsmen and I thought maybe with the heat and humidity, the pitchers had a hard time gripping the ball.

It was an 11:35 am start, and while it was a bit of an inconvenience having to get to the park that early, it wound up being a blessing because our seats are on the edge of being under an overhang in RF, and we were well-shaded and relatively comfortable until the later innings.
 

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Phillies turn a triple play; with some help from questionable baserunning by the Tigers.
 

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3-3 through 9 for WAS/SD, WAS gets 3 in the top of the 10th and SD get 4 in the bottom of the 10th, game-winner a Profar drive to the wall over the right fielder’s head after a tough AB. 2 outs and WAS wins if he could get there but he could not.
 

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3-3 through 9 for WAS/SD, WAS gets 3 in the top of the 10th and SD get 4 in the bottom of the 10th, game-winner a Profar drive to the wall over the right fielder’s head after a tough AB. 2 outs and WAS wins if he could get there but he could not.
San Diego is winning some wild games. And the Giants walk it off with a Cubs bases loaded walk.
 

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San Diego is winning some wild games. And the Giants walk it off with a Cubs bases loaded walk.
That was an impressive meltdown by the Cubs tonight. My wife has had enough of that bullpen of theirs. They’ve really fallen off a cliff and Counsell looks like he’s run out of answers. Some odd choices again from him tonight.

The All-Star break can’t come soon enough for them.
 

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Don't get to watch too many Padres games, did not realize they made Michael King a starter
 

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Pitching to Jose Ramirez with runners on 2nd & 3rd and first base open is pure idiocy. He's now passed Manny Ramirez for #3 on Cleveland's all-time home run list.
 

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Don't get to watch too many Padres games, did not realize they made Michael King a starter
Actually NY made him a starter down the stretch last year and he was awesome, that is why he was the main chip in the Soto deal.
 

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I've been saying for a few years that Jhonkensy Noel has serious major league power… and he just showed it in his first MLB at-bat.
 

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Sale 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 11K in a 1-0 loss. Man that trade has been a disaster for the Red Sox so far, albeit it felt like he wouldn't have put these numbers up in Boston.
 

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If I was a pitching coach, the first thing I'd instruct all my pitchers to do is to throw your tantrums with your non-pitching arm.
 

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The legend of Jhonkensy continues. After becoming the 4th player in Cleveland history to homer in his first at-bat on Wednesday, he hit second today – and at 115.4 MPH, it was the hardest hit home run by a Cleveland player during the 9-year Statcast era.
 

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Off to see the hottest team in baseball today, the LAAAA vs. Detroit. Got an offer awhile back for $35 Field box seats, so we are in the 4th row near third base.

however, it is going to be in the High 80s, so we will see how long we last before we head to higher ground and some shade.
 

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13th inning at Comiskey, is that the longest game this year?
ITP HR here in Anaheim, CF missed a long fly off the wall just to the right of straightaway and the LF wasn't backing up.

We made it 2 innings in the sun before retreating to shade
 

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13th inning at Comiskey, is that the longest game this year?
ITP HR here in Anaheim, CF missed a long fly off the wall just to the right of straightaway and the LF wasn't backing up.

We made it 2 innings in the sun before retreating to shade
Pirates at Blue Jays went 14 innings on 5/31. Jays won 5-3 on a walk-off HR.
 

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13th inning at Comiskey, is that the longest game this year?
ITP HR here in Anaheim, CF missed a long fly off the wall just to the right of straightaway and the LF wasn't backing up.

We made it 2 innings in the sun before retreating to shade
Box score says 35,000 attended the game.

At first pitch there is no way there were 10,000. By the 4th inning I'd say there were under 15K in attendance, and it only went down from there due to the heat. Parking lot was pretty empty, too.