#AskSpector: Who has a dead battery on opening day?

Welcome to the latest edition of the #AskSpector Tweetbag, where once again the answers to all of your questions may or may not be given. They certainly will not be given if you do not ask questions, so to do that, you should hop over to Twitter and use the #AskSpector hashtag. That's what makes it the #AskSpector Tweetbag, after [email protected] How does Collmenter/Gosewich (probably) compare to some of the worst opening day batteries in recent history? #AskSpector— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) February 10, 2015I'm not quite sure how to rank them, but I went back to 2000 on the indispensible Baseball-Reference Play Index and looked for unfamiliar names among opening day starting pitchers, sorted by ascending Game Score, the Bill James stat that evaluates a starter's performance. Not all of the pitchers who got lit up are awful, and not all of the awful pitchers got lit up, but here are 10 lousy batteries and their Game Scores from those openers, to set as a "target" for this year's potential Diamondbacks duo of Josh Collmenter and Tuffy Gosewisch... (Game Score is in parentheses)Tanner Scheppers and J.P. Arencibia, 2014 Rangers (14) Wade Miller and Gregg Zaun, 2002 Astros (21)John Patterson and Brian Schneider, 2000 Nationals (22)Russ Ortiz and Johnny Estrada, 2004 Braves (24)Mike Sirotka and Mark Johnson, 2000 White Sox (27)Mark Hendrickson and Matt Treanor, 2008 Marlins (28)Jimmy Haynes and Jason LaRue, 2003 Reds (28)Tanyon Sturtze and Toby Hall, 2002 Devil Rays (32)Oliver Perez and 40-year-old Benito Santiago, 2005 Pirates (36)Rodrigo Lopez and Ramon Hernandez, 2006 Orioles (42)@jessespector #askspector I know nothing about the Nats besides that I hate NAT-itude, tell me why it's a good/bad place for Scherzer— Nashville Assassins (@batmaneatsbabie) February 10, 2015The Nationals had the best record in the National League last year and retained all of their core players. It's a good place for Scherzer because he could very easily be the player who puts them over the top come [email protected] Is [email protected] the best 3-4-5 in baseball? #AskSpector— Spencer E. (@BigFourInsider) February 10, 2015Maybe. I would lean toward Miguel Cabrera-Victor Martinez-J.D. Martinez/Yoenis Cespedes, but that also assumes health for the Tigers, and we know that Victor Martinez just had knee surgery. The question about the Blue Jays remains not whether they will hit but whether they will have enough pitching to be serious [email protected] #NYY: IF most key contributors manage to stay healthy what's a reasonable expectation given wide-open AL East? #AskSpector— Dan Butcher (@DanButcher2) February 10, 2015That's a huge if, and given the age of the roster, highly unlikely. I think the Yankees are bound for something in the range of 85-90 [email protected] after signing Shields does the great and mighty AJ Preller have one more move up his sleeve? #AskSpector— Matthew Slagle (@MatthewSlagle) February 10, 2015Almost certainly. The Padres have too many outfielders. It will be fascinating to see, if everyone stays healthy through the spring, how Preller remedies [email protected] Will Rick Porcello have a breakout year? Seems to be the right age, He's younger than most people think. #AskSpector— They Call Me John B (@TheyCallMeJohnB) February 10, 2015Would last year's 4 WAR season not count as a breakout for Porcello? He can improve, for sure, especially if he hikes his strikeout rate, but I think he put it together in 2014 to show that the prospect hype was deserved. The next step would be to true ace territory, and that's what the Red Sox are banking on happening, but to me the breakout has already happened. I don't think you're off in your thinking, just that we may view the concept of a breakout season [email protected] Who will be the first batter to get hit by a pitch? #AskSpector— Charlie Lapin (@charlielapin) February 11, 2015Last year, it was A.J. Ellis. I'll guess A-Rod for this year. Why not? Stir the pot right off the [email protected] #askspector do you know Rusty Staub?— Bread Frathwaite (@bookofloob) February 11, 2015I've met Rusty Staub, but I cannot say that I know [email protected] Can you make it so that all of my dreams end with the credits music from 1980s This Week in Baseball episodes?— Andrew John (@andyt4579) February 10, 2015I can't, but there's a hypnotherapist in my neighborhood whose office I often walk past with my dog. That might be your answer. It's a worthy thing to strive [email protected] Do you deny that sprinkles lend a colorful beauty to the average chocolate donut? #AskSpector— Eephusblue (@EephusBlue) February 10, 2015Of course I don't deny that. While I love sprinkles, I do not find that they add to donuts the way that they do to ice cream. That said, given the choice between a donut with sprinkles and without, obviously I'm taking the [email protected] #AskSpector What do you think of Dennis Green taking a knee with 1:30 left in the 1998 NFC Championship game?— Bruce Lange (@LangeB1) February 6, 2015I had to look back and see exactly what happened, because in my hazy memory from college, Gary Anderson's missed field goal came at the end of regulation with the game already tied. Actually, the Vikings had a seven-point lead when Anderson missed a field goal that would have iced the game, and then the Falcons marched down the field and scored a tying touchdown. Minnesota got the ball back, but Green decided to take a knee with half a minute to go, rather than punt and risk Atlanta scoring again. I think this was the right call — the Vikings were not going to score, and they wound up getting the ball in overtime, but could not get the job done, and Morten Andersen wound up winning the game with a field goal for [email protected] What is the best fish? both as food and just the coolest fish in the water.— E. (@WizardofNaz) February 10, 2015Salmon becomes lox, so salmon is the best fish as food, although salmon steaks are a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. The coolest fish in the water, off the top of my head from having read an "ABC Animals" book with my daughter quite often, is the X-ray tetra fish, which is clear, so you can see its [email protected] um what the hell are Burnley wearing? pic.twitter.com/T84b9xgyqu— JP (@Jupiterxiii) February 11, 2015I believe that Burnley just completed a marathon, and the players are wearing those special foil things that they give to marathon finishers so they can keep warm. That can't be a soccer uniform, right?Oh yeah? Well, my study says those "researchers" can go straight to hell. pic.twitter.com/1uUupA4Vpy— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) February 9, [email protected] Can you tell us how you really feel? #AskSpector— Paul (@BravesChophouse) February 9, 2015I really feel that pizza is great and that the very concept of "too much pizza" is so ridiculous that there should be a study about how that premise even came to [email protected] Why isn’t it legal to shoot people who don’t use Oxford commas?— Dan Wade (@Dwade) February 10, 2015I don't advocate shooting anyone, but there should be a good rap across the knuckles for style guide editors who omit the Oxford (or Harvard, or serial) comma. The classic example of why the Oxford comma should be used is "We intived the strippers, JFK, and Stalin." As Sporting News editor Tom Gatto pointed out to me the other day, you can get that sentence right without the Oxford comma by rewriting it to say "We intited JFK, Stalin and the strippers." The beauty of the Oxford comma, though, is that you don't have to worry about the order of your list. I endorse its use. (Ed. Note: We don't use it at Sporting News. Every time you use it, you're making my life more difficult. Stop, stop and stop.)@jessespector Why do you support Sunderland?— Calculon (@Nephilim966) February 10, 2015I've told the story of my trip to a bar to watch Sunderland-Manchester United, not wanting to be a frontrunner, and falling in love with Sunderland before. I did, however, spend a lot of time on Tuesday asking myself this same question during and after Sunderland's 2-0 home defeat to lowly Queens Park Rangers. [email protected] What are your thoughts on Las Vegas possibly getting an NHL expansion team? #AskSpector— James Misercola (@JMisercolaDBSF) February 10, 2015I'm for it. Las Vegas is a major city and should have some kind of professional sports. From a climate standpoint, hockey doesn't make the most sense to be the first, but from a business standpoint, the NHL is the right league to take the (ahem) [email protected] do insects fart? #AskSpector— Lucius Ultrasuede (@SuicidePass) February 10, 2015Some do. According to a study by Dutch scientists Johannes H.P. Hackstein and Claudi

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us K. Strumm, "Methane production in terrestrial arthropods," which involved "monitoring of the methane emission of the different ... species," it was found that "methane emission was restricted to Diplopoda, Blattaria, Isoptera, and Cetonidae ... nearly all tropical species ... emitted methane -- regardless of the origin of the different specimens and the duration of culturing in captivity. However, several millipedes, cockroaches, and beetles, mainly from European temperate environments, failed to produce methane. Instead, they emitted hydrogen or neither of the two gases." Now I'm trying to imagine the scenario in which you apply years of scientific education into a deep, multi-species study of not only whether bugs fart, but what gas they fart. Thank you, Netherlands.