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  1. “Challenge: you’re a junior member of an advertising firm and have been tasked with selling a game that’s being started by Kevin Millwood and Jeff Niemann. You’ll get a promotion if you do well… and could be fired if you don’t. Go!”

    Dingers!

    Comment by Brian — May 3, 2012 @ 10:23 am

  2. “The last time Seattle faced a member of the 2003 Rice Owls National Championship rotation, Philip Humber pitched a perfect game. Tonight, Seattle faces another of the ’03 Owls…

    “…and Jeff Niemann will pitch a perfect game.”

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — May 3, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  3. “Here’s a Bryce Harper Status Update (including last night): 15 PA, 5 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 SB.”
    It’s safe o say this is understating his impact.

    Comment by Jordan — May 3, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  4. No mention of, oh, runs scored for Harper? No mention of RBIs? And you guys really need to work on those fielding metrics so that we can have a useful evaluation.

    Comment by jorgath — May 3, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  5. He was responsible for 3 runs last night. Scored from second on an infield hit.

    Scored, from second, on an infield hit.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — May 3, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  6. There are also the amazing throws from left. Most players don’t expect it (yet) but once the umps and Ramos expect it (they are surprised too), that arm will prevent guys from rounding third or crossing the plate safely.

    Comment by monkey business — May 3, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

  7. It looks like Detwiler made some changes in 2011 that are carrying over to 2012. Separating the 4-seamer from the 2-seamer might be a PitchFx refinement, but his velocity is up, he looks to have better command of his changeup, and the tilt on his breaking ball is not the same. Maybe he picked up a couple of new grips or adjusted his arm angle – something is effecting his repertoire for the better.

    Comment by Choo — May 3, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  8. Challenge: you’re a junior member of an advertising firm and have been tasked with selling a game that’s being started by Kevin Millwood and Jeff Niemann. You’ll get a promotion if you do well… and could be fired if you don’t. Go!

    It’s anti-social day at the Trop. Come out and sit by yourself. We guarantee no one will be within five rows of you.

    Comment by Scandalrag — May 3, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  9. The Seattle at Tampa Bay tilt will offer the viewers insight, and just plain sight, into the deepest, rarest arms of those teams bullpens. And probably by the 4th inning.

    Also, this game offers the best chance for your favorite worst hitters in baseball, who probably reside in these line-ups, to visit first base. (Dear Chone Figgins and Jose Molina (and maybe Scott Speizo): I’ll always love you for 2002. Dear SeanRod: I’m sorry you couldn’t beat out Brandon Wood and Dallas McPherson.)

    Comment by Brazen Reader — May 3, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

  10. I can’t take my eyes off Harper’s hair. I also like the competition between Harper and Lawrie to take the “Most Red Assed Baseball Player” title, left vacant when Jason Kendall retired and AJ Przkswesxie got cuddly.

    I recognize hair, red-assery, knuckleheadedness, screwballery, etc. are not official “(NERD) scores” components, but they live among the reasons I like to watch baseball. I can’t wait for Manny to get back.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — May 3, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  11. hitting 3d tonight.

    So, when is he hit for the first time?

    Comment by JCA — May 3, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  12. Detwiller changed his deliver at the beginning of last year–maybe he’s finally perfected it, which is something that wouldn’t show up in his stat line.

    And do his career numbers really tell you anything when he’s barely pitched in the big leagues?

    Comment by Steven R. — May 3, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  13. Hey limey, one of your dead countrymen is trolling Rotographs, here.

    Comment by Brazen Reader — May 3, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  14. This is decidedly non-sabermetric, but Detwiler and the Nats have pointed to a May 24, 2011, conversation that has changed his attitude for the better. Basically, somebody would dump a flare or get a cheap hit, and he’d kinda mentally throw up his arms (throw up his medulla oblongata?) and check out instead of continuing to compete.

    Here’s a link to the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/ross-detwilers-season-changing-conversation/2011/09/21/gIQAueP0lK_blog.html

    Detwiler threw 24 of his first 27 pitches for strikes tonight, I believe.

    Comment by Del B. Vista — May 3, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

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