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Yeah, sure feels like a "not conclusive" situation to me. I thought for sure it was going to be blocking, though.
Yeah I could give them that one. But you couldn't tell if Alonso got his hand back down on the plate in time.

Mets broadcasters did a nice job there too. Good team.
 

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Well by that verbiage he is on home plate.... but he also gives a lane to the runner to score easily. Maybe the rule is more nuanced.
 

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6-5 White Sox in the bottom of the 10th in STL, bases loaded, two outs, and…

rain delay.
 

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6-5 White Sox in the bottom of the 10th in STL, bases loaded, two outs, and…

rain delay.
After a rain delay of three hours and three minutes, we got a new pitcher, a pinch-hitter and a strikeout. White Sox win.
 

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Haha, CB Bucknor! A few of these guys really need to be pushed out the door.
 

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Alek Manoah with his season debut this afternoon in WAS. TOR spotted him a 5-1 lead early but he has quickly given it all back, 7-6 WAS after 4.

Manoah's line: 4 6 7 6 4 6, 92 pitches.
 

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I feel like you could poll a lot of baseball fans right now as to who has the best record in the NL and very few would get it right.

The Phillies.
 

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Kyle Manzardo is making his MLB debut for Cleveland as the DH in the 7th spot. Fortunately, someone has informed idiot PBP guy Matt Underwood since spring training that his name isn't Manzanardo.
 

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I feel like you could poll a lot of baseball fans right now as to who has the best record in the NL and very few would get it right.

The Phillies.
Probably helps to only have 5 teams in the NL over .500 (and they've only played 6 games vs >.500 teams)
 

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Alek Manoah with his season debut this afternoon in WAS. TOR spotted him a 5-1 lead early but he has quickly given it all back, 7-6 WAS after 4.

Manoah's line: 4 6 7 6 4 6, 92 pitches.
As a Sox fan who clearly remembers Manoah screaming at our dugout and strutting in Fenway, I'm embarrassed to admit I have taken some amount of pleasure in his downfall. (Video below of him telling Franchy Cordero to "sit the f*ck down" and later telling Bobby D to "go sit down, bitch" -- if I'm reading his lips right -- in 2022)

Hey Alek, how about YOU go sit down in AAA?

Anyway, I don't follow the Blue Jays organization closely enough to know what's going on, but this year he got absolutely wrecked in A ball, then had a 6.50 ERA in AAA (with 1 or 2 good starts) and all of sudden he's back in the Majors? That doesn't seem like a long-term plan to fix a still 26-year-old talented pitcher who has developed the yips (or whatever is going on with his inability to throw strikes and control his stuff).

View: https://youtu.be/HAHhhs0wI4Y
 

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I feel like you could poll a lot of baseball fans right now as to who has the best record in the NL and very few would get it right.

The Phillies.
My younger brother renewed his two Phillies Sunday season tickets and added 4 more Sunday season tickets with the thought of selling the extras if no one in the family wanted them. I think he's going to win his bet that these things will remain valuable. Last month the Phils drew great crowds during a homestand that featured series against the Rockies and the White Sox.

They're a fun team to watch, although they're going to need help in the bullpen if their expected big guns there don't start pitching better.
 

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My younger brother renewed his two Phillies Sunday season tickets and added 4 more Sunday season tickets with the thought of selling the extras if no one in the family wanted them. I think he's going to win his bet that these things will remain valuable. Last month the Phils drew great crowds during a homestand that featured series against the Rockies and the White Sox.

They're a fun team to watch, although they're going to need help in the bullpen if their expected big guns there don't start pitching better.
I’ve thought since the offseason that they were the likely destination for Kenley if the Sox trade him.
 

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As a Sox fan who clearly remembers Manoah screaming at our dugout and strutting in Fenway, I'm embarrassed to admit I have taken some amount of pleasure in his downfall. (Video below of him telling Franchy Cordero to "sit the f*ck down" and later telling Bobby D to "go sit down, bitch" -- if I'm reading his lips right -- in 2022)

Hey Alek, how about YOU go sit down in AAA?
Yeah, he is a belligerent dick, which IMO is OK if you are backing it up like when he was dominant in 2022 (2.24 ERA in 196.2 innings in his age 24 season) but certainly I have been taking great joy in his struggles since then also, especially how inexplicable it seems to be, that he just forgot how to pitch well at age 25.

Last year in his attempt to de-Blass* himself in the minors, NY's 18 year old prospect Roderick Arias took him deep in the FCL, not a cheapie either. Arias hasn't hit many HRs yet in pro ball, but he sure hit this one.

View: https://twitter.com/HoodieMaybin/status/1666165095083261958


*This is not technically Steve Blass syndrome but I wanted to say de-Blass.
 

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Yeah, he is a belligerent dick, which IMO is OK if you are backing it up like when he was dominant in 2022 (2.24 ERA in 196.2 innings in his age 24 season) but certainly I have been taking great joy in his struggles since then also, especially how inexplicable it seems to be, that he just forgot how to pitch well at age 25.
Yeah, I know some of the greats were belligerent dicks on the mound. Pedro, Clemens*, Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson, etc., let alone in other sports like Larry Bird's legendary shit talking. And I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder here. Maybe it's as simple as if he were a dick on my team, I’d have been into the guy.

Manoah just always gave me David Wells vibes. A tough talking hard-o who crossed the line from fierce competitor and is just a mean-spirited bully. But maybe that's because he was doing it as a visiting pitcher in Fenway, and to AAAA players who were already struggling like Dalbec and Cordero.


*This is not technically Steve Blass syndrome but I wanted to say de-Blass.
I'll allow it... especially since it seems like instead he continues to get Blass-ted at the major league level.

* PS This made me go back and watch Clemens early career to see how he reacted in his 20K game. Basically doesn't react, and certainly doesn't scream at guys he struck out.

View: https://youtu.be/-o1YnMQG6pY?si=TkhoSC2Yy9K6Nuyu
 

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J.D. Martinez catches Willson Contreras in the forearm on his initial swing (not the follow-through) and Contreras leaves in a whole heap of pain.

I'm certain this is mostly a product of pitch framing and catchers sitting closer to the plate than usual, but interference and backswing contact seems like it's insane this year.

View: https://twitter.com/BallySportsMW/status/1787999936006525000?t=-eHe3rrG4sMsRrR-hqoQTg&s=19

Edit: Cardinals confirm the arm is broken.
He's the only Cardinal who's been hitting this year, too, that's a huge blow to them if he's really going to be out for a long time. I thought they were going to rebound strong this year, but it's not looking good right now.
 

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The Phillies meanwhile are not.
Beat Berrios and the Jays 10-1. They are 26-11, which is their best start since the Kruk, Dykstra, Daulton, Schilling, et al Phils started 27-10 in 1993.

They sat Bohm, and Kody Clemens went 2-4 with a triple and a homer and drove in four runs. Pretty much everything is working for them now.
 

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J.D. Martinez catches Willson Contreras in the forearm on his initial swing (not the follow-through) and Contreras leaves in a whole heap of pain.

I'm certain this is mostly a product of pitch framing and catchers sitting closer to the plate than usual, but interference and backswing contact seems like it's insane this year.

View: https://twitter.com/BallySportsMW/status/1787999936006525000?t=-eHe3rrG4sMsRrR-hqoQTg&s=19

Edit: Cardinals confirm the arm is broken.
On the replay, it looks like he is in front of the back line of the batter's box. How is that possibly a legal setup position?
 

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Beat Berrios and the Jays 10-1. They are 26-11, which is their best start since the Kruk, Dykstra, Daulton, Schilling, et al Phils started 27-10 in 1993.

They sat Bohm, and Kody Clemens went 2-4 with a triple and a homer and drove in four runs. Pretty much everything is working for them now.
I’ve been to 3 of the their games this season, they’re fun to watch. I’m watching more of their games than the Sox these days.
 

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In old school box score watching, Andy Ibanez had the rare 4-4-4-4 tonight as the Tigers beat the Guardians
 

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Sure, but he was 2-for-2 with 2 home runs in the first 2 innings, so he kind of choked after that.
 

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Javier Baez outdoes himself once again, getting caught between 2nd and 3rd as the Manfred Man in the 10th inning… on a grounder to the shortstop with no one out.