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The inaugural trip to Guaranteed Rate Field 80

Yes, the mediocrity on the South Side has been lovingly renamed through the 2029 season.

Friday at 5:10: Jharel Cotton vs. Mike Pelfrey
Saturday at 11:10 11:30: Daniel Gossett vs. James Shields
Sunday at 11:10: Sonny Gray vs. Derek Holland

80 thoughts on “The inaugural trip to Guaranteed Rate Field

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 5:22 pm

    I guess the weeknight start times are no longer sponsored by 7-11.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 5:44 pm

    OK that was a pretty sweet double play.

    • Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 5:46 pm || Up

      Which was needed, because it bailed out Brugman and Olson on the previous play.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 5:47 pm || Up

        I was originally typing a complaint about that, but decided to shift to positivity.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 6:48 pm || Up

        they make pretty good stero equipment

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  3. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 5:58 pm

    I have to think Khris becomes a better hitter if he doesn’t have to spend the defensive half innings standing in left field worrying about the limp noodle hanging off his shoulder. This is four DH starts in a row; he had one stretch of six straight last year. Whether it’s Melvin, Beaneforst or both, I suspect there’s been a decision to minimize his outfield time.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 6:04 pm || Up

      That play where he had to use the cutoff man to get the ball from shallow right to second base was embarrassing to the whole franchise. There is only so much that Melvin or whoever makes these calls can take.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 6:16 pm || Up

        Also less OF playing time can only help his market value.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 24,2017 10:04 am || Up

      Khris is back in left field for Saturday’s game, with Joyce at DH, so “minimize” is not “eliminate”.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 25,2017 9:03 am || Up

        DHing again today, with Rajai/Brugman/Olson your outfield.

  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 6:12 pm

    Kuiper is in an announcer fight with Steve Stone involving a Duane Kuiper bobblehead.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 6:15 pm

    Kuiper fighting Steve Stone would be more entertaining than anything these two teams can offer.

  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 6:17 pm

    Apparently the Orioles have given up 5 or more runs in 20 straight games? How is that possible?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 8:51 pm || Up

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 6:29 pm

    Matt Joyce, not as horrible as you think!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jun 23,2017 7:12 pm || Up

      He’s been really good for the last month, bringing his numbers for the season up to almost decent.

      TINSTAAFK
  8. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 6:39 pm

    I remember Pelfrey being a guy the prospects folks lusted after in the early days of AN. He’s had a fairly long career, but “low-end journeyman” is about as charitable as I can be.

    • MikeV MikeV Jun 23,2017 11:02 pm || Up

      Yes, I remember after the “Hudson for 3 guys” trade as well as “Mulder for 3 guys” the hot rumor was always Zito for Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey, and Phil Humber.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Soaker Soaker Jun 24,2017 10:02 am || Up

        Oh yes, the much discussed Lastings Milledge. When you put Lastings Milledge and fellow five-tooler Terrence Long side by side, their rate stats are virtually identical, but Long’s career was almost exactly twice as long as Milledge’s.

        • oblique Jun 25,2017 9:55 pm || Up

          So neither was particularly Long Lasting?

          • sslinger Jun 28,2017 1:31 pm || Up

            Hey,
            You show up for that one you should at least get an ASVD.

  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 6:49 pm

    That was a quick hook.

  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 6:50 pm

    Wow, the White Sox look worse on the bases than we do.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 6:50 pm

    What a fine three minutes of Major League Baseball that was.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 6:53 pm || Up

      That plus the three minutes of hot review action.

  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 6:51 pm

    Good lord, that was stupid as hell.

  13. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 6:56 pm

    Ooh, BoMel, the hard ass.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 6:59 pm || Up

      that’s fine. he needs to, pinder will maen something in 18

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 7:00 pm || Up

      long overdue

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 7:04 pm || Up

      I missed it, what did Pinder do?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 7:09 pm || Up

        After not fielding a ball cleanly behind second base, he left the ball lying there and went for a walk in the outfield. The batter decided to try for second base. Lowrie finally got Pinder’s attention, and Pinder flipped to Lowrie for the tag-out (too-close play, upheld on replay).

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 7:09 pm || Up

        dropped a tough grounder, let the ball lay while he sulked with his back to first, runner was barely caught trying to advance

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 7:29 pm || Up

        He allegedly left the game with “tightness in Pinder’s hamstring”; well, either that or tightness in Melvin’s anus.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 7:35 pm || Up

          Ha! Good for Bob. I glimpsed the play but hadn’t realize it was Pinder’s gaffe that precipitated it.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 9:16 pm || Up


          I’m not giving him any break. It was a terrible play regardless of injury. He wasn’t in crippling pain, unable to move, and turning his back on the ball was inexcusable.

  14. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 6:58 pm

    what the hell is happening in this gane?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 7:09 pm || Up

      The mournful cry of the Vince listener.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 7:10 pm

    Damn it

    • Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 7:15 pm || Up

      Zach Neal started for Nashville tonight; Blackburn is listed for Monday.

  16. andeux andeux Jun 23,2017 7:15 pm

    Josh Smith, having worked the last two games, should not be available tonight.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 7:19 pm || Up

      josh smith is a fake name. forst is using 4 different generic looking jocks to fill that roster spot

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 7:24 pm || Up

        The 2017 A’s, an Alan Smithee Production.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 7:28 pm || Up

          its gonna suck when one of em test positive

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 7:32 pm

    tim wolf doesn’t like black guys?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 7:55 pm

    Mets-Giants, that’s quite a series across the Bay this weekend. I see the Giants have started in stellar fashion.

  19. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 8:06 pm

    nice work sean

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 8:06 pm

    The A’s play 8 of their best innings in a road game this year and yet there’s this sense of inevitable doom.

  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 8:08 pm

    Urge to kill…rising…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 8:08 pm

    i was way behind!

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  23. andeux andeux Jun 23,2017 8:10 pm

    Never a doubt.

    TINSTAAFK
  24. Soaker Soaker Jun 23,2017 8:11 pm

    DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES??

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 23,2017 8:11 pm

    Good use of the full park dimensions there Jairo.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  26. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 8:22 pm

    if someone is looking to reclaim the 2013 A’s magic…

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 23,2017 8:31 pm

    um…

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 23,2017 11:24 pm

    Chris Carter dfa

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 24,2017 7:51 am

    Barreto up!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 24,2017 7:58 am || Up

      I just wish brian.only was alive to see it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 24,2017 11:45 am || Up

        Wearing uni #1!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 24,2017 11:45 am

    I dunno how well Olsen’s long swing will work over the long run, but it sure looks nice when he connects.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  31. andeux andeux Jun 24,2017 11:48 am

    Barreto makes his debut 38 years to the day after Rickey.

    TINSTAAFK
  32. andeux andeux Jun 24,2017 11:56 am

    Big fly James Shields.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 24,2017 3:40 pm || Up

      Apparently he was told it wasn’t a big game.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. MikeV MikeV Jun 25,2017 12:03 am

    Gnats: 50 losses (first team this year)

    Dodgers: 50 wins (first team this year)

    hahahahaahahahahahhh FUCK THE GIANTS

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • ptbnl Jun 25,2017 12:36 am || Up

      Astros beat the Dodgers to 50, but I take your point.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • MikeV MikeV Jun 25,2017 12:39 am || Up

        NL version.

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 25,2017 8:37 am || Up
          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Soaker Soaker Jun 25,2017 6:23 pm || Up

            Somewhat related, and 5Aces will love this: The Sacramento River Cats, who have finished first or second in the PCL in average attendance every year as far back as the online records go (2005), are currently running in fourth place. The league leader is your Nashville Sounds, at 8823 per game. Round Rock (which is the other franchise that usually finishes first/second) and El Paso are ahead of Sacramento, which is at 7574 per game. I don’t think won-loss record affects minor league attendance nearly as much as it can in the major leagues, but the River Cats certainly aren’t helped by their current 29-45 record, which is third-worst in the 16-team league.

  34. Soaker Soaker Jun 25,2017 6:25 pm

    It’s just as well that FK was down all day, because it gave me time to cool down after Scarsone held Rosales on Lowrie’s double.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 25,2017 6:56 pm || Up

      SuSlu reports that scarsone gave melvin a list of reasons why he didn’t and Melvin was “satisfied.”

      I hope that means he won’t do it again

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 25,2017 7:08 pm || Up

        “Satisfied” had to come through tightly gritted teeth. Bob blew his entire bench to at least tie the game in that inning and got torpedoed by his third base coach.

        • andeux andeux Jun 25,2017 7:30 pm || Up

          …with two outs and Rajai up next.

          Lots of sloppy play on both sides throughout the game.

          TINSTAAFK
  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 25,2017 7:16 pm

    Sonny’s tagout to the face at the plate was the play of the year.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 25,2017 7:25 pm || Up

      The facial did make that fun, but realistically Graveman wrapped up POTY with the unassisted DP.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 25,2017 7:48 pm || Up

        I suppose that’s true, at least until Beaneforst’s dialing fingers start making plays.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 25,2017 7:54 pm || Up

          rosterbaiting, Alanso going to yankees or rockies or rangers or astros saves rosales’ roster spot?

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          • Soaker Soaker Jun 25,2017 8:12 pm || Up

            The upper part of the organization is awfully thin as to position players right now. Nashville and Midland each have only 10 position players on their active rosters as of today. Semien, Pinder, Chapman and Marincov are on the DLs. It depends on who they acquire in the July trades, but Rosales’ ability to suck at so many positions makes him pretty valuable to finish out the season, so I think he’s around right through October 1. This, along with nobody else who can play CF other than Brugman on the major league team, is why Rajai, just a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner now, will remain on the roster for the foreseeable future.

            • andeux andeux Jun 25,2017 8:39 pm || Up

              Also depends on injuries. In the unlikely event that everyone gets healthy at the same time, probably one of Rajai and Rosales would get squeezed off the roster.

              TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 25,2017 8:00 pm || Up

          there isnt going to be a market for lowrie

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