May 04, 2015

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 12 comments

Brewers fire Ron Roenicke, and are reported to be replacing him with Craig Counsell.

In other news, Ryan Braun is now practicing his swing by standing on his tip-toes and holding his bat straight above his head.

posted by rocketman at 09:52 AM on May 04, 2015

Yesterday's shutout by the Dodgers was the fifth time since 1914 that a team used 8 pitchers (the most ever) to throw a shutout. All five occurrences have been on/after 1999.

Rk         Date  Tm Opp  Rslt   IP #
1    2015-05-03 LAD ARI W 1-0 13.0 8
2    2014-08-30 LAA OAK W 2-0  9.0 8
3    2012-10-03 ATL PIT W 4-0  9.0 8
4    2010-10-02 TBR KCR W 4-0  9.0 8
5    1999-10-03 BOS BAL W 1-0 10.0 8

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Generated 5/4/2015.

posted by grum@work at 09:59 AM on May 04, 2015

This weekend's sweep of the Pirates by the Cardinals was the first time that the Cardinals have swept a 3-game series in which all games went to extra innings and the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1925, when the Reds swept the Boston Braves in all extra-inning games from June 4-7.

posted by holden at 10:47 AM on May 04, 2015

All five occurrences have been on/after 1999.

When did the 7 or 8-man bullpen come into effect? I went back to the '93 Jays' World Series team and they only had 7 guys who made more than 6 relief appearances that year.

posted by dfleming at 10:53 AM on May 04, 2015

Ha ha, when I saw Craig Counsell's name, the first thing I thought of was the batting stance.

He'll have to take time off from managing the Brewers to fulfill his statewide honorary obligations as the grand marshal of various annual brute strength events. He'll be showing these guys how to get it done Counsell style, and will then scram from the fairgrounds before anyone cuts off their kneecap. Or worse.

posted by beaverboard at 12:29 PM on May 04, 2015

Now, if only they could get Mike Fetters as their pitching coach...

posted by LionIndex at 08:21 PM on May 04, 2015

I don't want to let the NFL Draft go by without acknowledging Belichick made a Ras-I Dowling memorial pick with Jordan Richards, whom the Patriots' own web site sums up thusly: "This is a bit of a reach for the Patriots; maybe two rounds early." He joins Tavon Wilson, Taylor Price, Tyrone McKenzie and a handful of others on the "Made Mel Kiper reach for a program" rap sheet.

posted by yerfatma at 08:36 PM on May 04, 2015

It's the long snapper from the Naval Academy that made me wonder what Belichick was thinking. If that guy has an unyielding service commitment and he decides to extend it, football might be extinct by the time he's ready to come to camp.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 PM on May 04, 2015

The Army PR guys had a fucking thrombo over not letting Caleb Campbell play right out of West Point (I know a guy who got thrown out of the Army's chief personnel officer's (a three-star general) office suite during one of the "discussions"), and that was while we were still actively in two wars.

I wouldn't be surprised if Cardona is allowed to report to Patriots training camp and, if he makes the 53-man roster, the Navy cuts him loose and either lets him repay the value of his education or keeps him in the Reserves as a recruiting asset.

posted by Etrigan at 11:10 PM on May 04, 2015

It's the long snapper from the Naval Academy that made me wonder what Belichick was thinking

Long snapper from Navy who played lacrosse. Honestly, my concern was the guy's a honeypot designed to trap Belichick.

posted by yerfatma at 10:45 AM on May 05, 2015

My thought was that the Pats scouts had said:

"He's a very proficient long snapper, and he's from one of the service academies"

Whereupon Belichick squinted in a serene manner, began squeezing an imaginary fully inflated football with his hands, and mumbled "air...force...yeah..."

posted by beaverboard at 11:52 AM on May 05, 2015

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