2014 Game 28: Orioles @ Twins

Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound for the orangebirds today. He's been serviceableish this year. Part of that has been the fact that he's been getting absurdly lucky on fly balls (3.4 FB/HR Rate, which makes up a huge part of the fact that he's cut his HR/9 ratio in almost a third). Let's see if the Twins can't shake that up a bit.

Kevin Correia tries to defend our honor today. He's also been fairly lucky with the homerun ball. xFIP thinks he should be pretty bad, though maybe not quite as bad as the 7.33 ERA suggests. I, having seen him pitch this year, call it an overly optimistic flaw of the statistic. If he keeps allowing everyone to slap the ball silly AND some of the many fly balls he's allowing start flying over the fence? We could be in for some Pelfreyesque times.

I'm expecting a 30+ run game. Hopefully all of those runs don't go to one team (because if they do, I can't imagine that they'll go to the right one).

Go Twins!

51 thoughts on “2014 Game 28: Orioles @ Twins”

  1. Got the Orioles broadcast crew. They're talking about how Florimon came through their system, but so far they haven't apologized for it.

    1. On the O-sqwauk as well. Color guy voice sounds kinda youngish, but he's quite smart.

  2. Nice pix of the Metropolitan, Nibbs.

    At the Kicks games, the UMD crew used to tailgate in the parking lot at California. Some times we never went into the game.

    1. It would be kind of fun to do some CSI on that photo. We know location opponent and score in 8th inning even attendance. But not year. Looks like the guy on third is tagging up. Did he score?

        1. Yep. It checks out. What was your strategy? Just start looking at schedules from 1961?

          1. Looking at the scoreboard it says:
            PAID
            ATTEND.
            10 644*
            LADIES
            6644**
            TOTAL
            16 140
            **THANKS

            Ladies night??

              1. a/k/a
                "If 6 Were 5"
                And if all them Hippies, Cut of all their hair.
                It's not fair, it's not fair.

          2. I started with the uniform numbers page in '61. In 61 & 62, no one on the Twins wore 26, so I skipped those schedules. 63 had Jay Ward wearing #26, so I checked the schedule. I was looking for Yankees series in late July after a Baltimore series. 63 didn't have it. in 64 Ward and Jerry Fosnow both wore #26, so I checked that schedule. Baltimore at home July 28, 29, & 30, then the Yankees July 31, Aug 1 & 2. That matches the yellow text in the bottom center of the scoreboard. Good place to start looking at game logs.

            Went through the game logs, and on the 28th & 29th, the a least one of the teams scored in the first inning, so that's out. The final line for the game on the 30th was:
            Orioles 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 - 7 10 0
            Twins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 - 4 11 0

            which matches the scoreboard in the picture up to the bottom of the 8th, where the pic has the Twins with 1 run.

            Looking through the plays in the 8th, Oliva triples in Zolio - which gives us the one run on the board and the man on 3rd. Then the play above where Harmon hits one to left to score Olivo. Knowing that the batter is Harmon from BR, I was able to say "Yep, that's him" when I looked at the pic. I wasn't as sure about Tony O, but you can tell the guy on 3rd is wearing a single digit on his jersey. '64 is the first year Olivo wore #6, which would fit the picture. To top it off, Fosnow (#26 as you recall) pitched the top of the 8th for Minnesota while Dave Vineyard (BAL #20) started and went 8 1/3 innings and was the pitcher when Killebrew drove in Oliva.

  3. I'd be a lot more confident about this game if I wasn't so concerned that the Twins might run out of relief pitchers.

    1. Of course, had they reviewed it with the right angle, the blind squirrel who found that nut would then have gotten it caught in his throat.

      1. Ah, the nut wasn't really a nut, but we're going to pretend it is one. Works for me!

  4. So if they had reviewed that and had decided that Florimon was, indeed, out but that the pitcher had balked, could they call a balk? I assume not, but I really don't know.

  5. Dazzle on a line drive foul that hit the ball boy: "When I said it took his face off, it actually did."

    1. It at least took some skin off his lip. He was bleeding, but he hung in there like a trooper.

  6. Starting to rethink my attitude towards missionaries at my door.
    I was actually able to use the tickets. Good show.

    1. The last time one of those came to my door, all I got was a pamphlet that said "Can you trust the news media?"

  7. I may have mentioned this before, but whenever Chris Herrmann goes in as a defennsive rreplacemennt for Colabello, it reminds me of the early 90s, when Pedro Munoz would be used as a "defensive replacement" for Gene Larkin.

  8. O's guys saying "Feen". I had assumed it was "Fine", especially as often as Leap Frog has told me that, when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.

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