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We fired up on Thursday and things were going all right for a while, but we started noticing sluggish performance that got worse and worse and finally landed us at the Blue Screen of Death.

So I’m shutting down and restarting in Safe Mode, just sticking to a few basic operations such as the one where the round white ball winds up in the brown thing with the finger holes that players wear on one of their hands.

Monday: Triggs vs. Big Sexy
Tuesday: Graveman vs. Hamels
Wednesday: Manaea vs. Fister
Thursday at 12:35: Mengden vs. Perez

The Rangers have What’s The Matter With Timmeh on their DL so the A’s don’t get a shot at him just yet. Both of these teams started 1-3, so a team that loses 3 or 4 in this series is going to need the periscope to see .500 right away.

260 thoughts on “The 2018 Season, Rebooted

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 5:18 pm

    • MikeV MikeV Apr 2,2018 5:30 pm || Up

      How FKing inept can this get

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 6:18 pm || Up

        Yeah come on, how much worse would Jake or Pinder be hitting righty vs Bartolo’s 85 mph? Plus the better defensive over Khrush. Ridiculous.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 6:24 pm || Up

          The only reasoning I can come up with is that the stupid short bench makes Melvin wary of using a healthy player at DH, when he might need that guy to play the outfield later.

          • MikeV MikeV Apr 2,2018 6:34 pm || Up

            Then FKing DL Joyce and bring Fowler up or something.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

        • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 7:32 pm || Up

          Gimpy Joyce got on base 3 times yesterday (out of 10 total for the team).

          TINSTAAFK
    • dmoas Apr 2,2018 8:14 pm || Up

      Does he understand what the word “better” actually means? Cause that doesn’t sound better to me. Why the fuck is he playing?

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 6:20 pm

    Um, why is Dr. Sanjay Gupta working the sidelines of the national championship game?

    EDIT: Apparently I was watching the Michigan homer broadcast on TNT instead of the regular broadcast on TBS. (How is this not on CBS??)

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 6:51 pm || Up

      I tried to think of a comparably famous Villanova alum and best I got was Howie Long.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 7:01 pm || Up

        Jim Croce

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 7:42 pm || Up

          So far Bad Bad Leroy Brown is looking strong.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 7:22 pm

    triggs is gonna throw 25 pitches an inning

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 7:34 pm

    Glen: Kurt suzuki is in the minority

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 7:51 pm

    Do we have any outfielders who can catch OR throw?

    TINSTAAFK
  6. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2018 8:04 pm

    The first batter I was able to watch on MLB.TV this year and we have the lead.

    Youre welcome.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  7. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2018 8:10 pm

    Glen doesnt know if a ball off the guys glove is an error. Im not 100% shocked that he doesnt know this.

    Anyone who has actually watched a game knows…

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2018 8:12 pm || Up

      The “That’s on me” and “I take full responsibility” stuff becomes tiresome real fast. Stick that where the sun don’t shine and make the play.

  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 8:10 pm

    LOL at Kuiper trying to argue for that being a triple.

  9. lenscrafters Apr 2,2018 8:21 pm

    Piscotty’s shittiness on both sides of the ball is really wearing thin.

  10. Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2018 8:21 pm

    I don’t want to jump on the MikeV train WRT Piscotty quite this early but he sure is tempting me.

  11. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2018 8:21 pm

    Ive been trying to give Biscotti the benefit of the doubt. I wanted to believe the narrative.

    4.5 games in and I have to agree with Mike. Would be nice if he was actually…good at the baseball stuff.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • doctorK doctorK Apr 3,2018 8:54 am || Up

      I’ve had the same mindset. Start playing good, or go away.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 3,2018 9:29 am || Up

        I’m telling myself it is way too early to start going the CY25 route. But myself doesnt want to hear that and is checking on-line for the low price on tar.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 8:22 pm

    Another championship for Philly. Watch out for the Sixers in June, if they can avoid more fracturing one another.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 8:24 pm

    It’s Stomper’s 21st birthday!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 8:26 pm || Up

      Let the pruno flow freely!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 8:29 pm || Up

        Imperial Pruno!

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 8:31 pm || Up

          I think you just promised to make some for the next tailgate.

          TINSTAAFK
          • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 8:41 pm || Up

            Only if you promise to drink it.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 8:52 pm || Up

              I just checked the recipe … “desiccated lime rinds, stale dollar dogs, custodial borax, and purple crayon shavings”. I have to admit I’m not sure there are enough fermentable sugars, especially for an imperial, but who am I to question the wisdom of the B&B carnies?

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  14. Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2018 8:32 pm

    7,416 is the lowest announced attendance in many, many years.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2018 8:38 pm || Up

      The Rays did have two lower than that last September. I was thinking it could be the lowest in the majors since Montreal.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 12:00 pm || Up

        Per SuSlu last night was lowest in Oakland since 6,295 on 4/3/2003, which was an unscheduled makeup necessitated by the cancellation of a Japan trip.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 1:22 pm || Up

          As Slusser also noted in this morning’s paper, jacking up the parking fee by 50% can’t have helped.

          • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 3:13 pm || Up

            I noticed on the signs that “Ace Parking” runs that operation. Don’t know how much control the A’s have over the parking, probably none, and I assume on Free Parking Tuesdays they write a check to Ace for X,XXX cars times $30 and figure they recoup the money in added ticket sales and merchandise. Still, I’m going to the Coliseum to do business with the A’s, not to do business with Ace Parking, so it does reflect badly on the A’s.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 4:58 pm || Up

              In the past at least the teams handled parking management then remitted a cut to the JPA. That made possible the underpayments the JPA alleged against both A’s and Raiders in recent years. I assume it’s still the same, that the teams hire the vendor and set the price. But I guess I don’t know that fur certain.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 6:04 pm || Up

                Actually no, turns out the current lease straight gives all game day parking operations and revenue to the A’s, no sharing. So Ace Parking and the $30 rate are the A’s choices.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 6:41 pm || Up

                  Well. That’s the kind of crap that really pisses people off, like the fees for checking a suitcase on an airline (or the $8.50 I paid Hawaiian Airlines for a 12 oz. can of Bikini Blonde), and I’d expect Kaval to be a little more sensitive to that goodwill issue.

                • dmoas Apr 3,2018 10:19 pm || Up

                  Prefacing it with the fact that pricing for parking like that is dumb, they probably looked at their competition thought it would be fine.

  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 8:43 pm

    To me by the new rule book that’s interference.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Apr 2,2018 8:44 pm || Up

      Haven’t been watching enough to gauge that, but why on earth wouldn’t you at least try a challenge there?

      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2018 8:46 pm || Up

        NY would have to admit they arent actually watching the game.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • lenscrafters Apr 2,2018 8:49 pm || Up

        Yeah wtf, what is BoMel waiting for?

        • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 3,2018 11:09 am || Up

          He gave his last fuck a few years ago…

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 8:43 pm

    Also maybe don’t send Lucroy next time.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 8:53 pm || Up

      Yeah, catcher running with fewer than two outs.

      TINSTAAFK
  17. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 2,2018 8:45 pm

    We find creative ways to not score. So theres that.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:04 pm

    FSU: Do you happen to know if a homeowner in Oakland building an ADU could trigger a reappraisal under prop 13?

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:15 pm || Up

      I don’t know. I’d guess not.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. lenscrafters Apr 2,2018 9:05 pm

    Bartolo has had nothing on his pitches all night so it’s quite encouraging the Rangers are leaving him in as long as they are.

    • lenscrafters Apr 2,2018 9:07 pm || Up

      Ah of course, it doesn’t matter cause he’s facing the A’s.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 9:08 pm

    I must say I enjoy Braden. Sure he looks like a leprechaun and says weird shit like “climbing the meat ladder” but the baseball content he offers is OK.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:16 pm || Up

      Absolutely agree, he has useful insights. And he meshes quite nicely with Fosse and Kuiper.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 9:20 pm || Up

        I like the energy even if its to brotastic

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:24 pm || Up

          I’m going to try and learn to like him. I’m off to a slow start though

          But seriously, folks...
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:17 pm

    Man Piscotty is really lucky that ball didn’t get behind him for an inside the parker. That was borderline reckless.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:19 pm || Up

      I’m still holding out hope for his hitting, but, wow, he looks really awkward in the field.

      TINSTAAFK
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 9:24 pm || Up
      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:26 pm || Up

        Defensive indifference.

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 11:22 pm || Up

          Upton ends up face-first in the fan’s armpit, with the glove he thought had caught the not-foul ball draped empty round his neck.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • dmoas Apr 2,2018 9:28 pm || Up

        The most impressive part of that was the ump’s call.

    • dmoas Apr 2,2018 9:26 pm || Up

      No borderline. That was flat out reckless. He just got really lucky.

  22. Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:19 pm

    I’ve decided Matt Chapman is my favorite current Athletic…I look forward to rooting for him for the two seasons he plays in Oakland.

    But seriously, folks...
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:22 pm || Up

      He looks like the kind of guy who has a strong polo shirt game.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:26 pm || Up

        Well, that explains my interest.

        But seriously, folks...
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:25 pm || Up

      He leads the team in watchability.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:27 pm || Up

        I really enjoy watching him play third base.

        But seriously, folks...
  23. Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:30 pm

    Impessive crowd at the game tonight. I’ve seen more people at jury duty.

    But seriously, folks...
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 9:31 pm

    would have been nice to have joyce off the bench on that last powell AB

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:32 pm

    Never forget that Doug Brocail was the instigator of the melee that ended with the Frankie Francisco chair throw.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 9:39 pm || Up

      SLF did some PI work on that case.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:34 pm

    I’m blacked out on TV so Vince’s silky smooth voice is back in my life and it’s still dead sexy.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:36 pm || Up

      and I just heard him talk about colon reservoir replacements.

      But seriously, folks...
  27. andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:36 pm

    Jed!

    TINSTAAFK
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 9:39 pm || Up

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 9:37 pm

    Monday warrior, mean mean stride…

  29. Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:38 pm

    Someone tell the 7000 fans at the game they have 18 more Rangers’ games to look forward to.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 9:57 pm || Up

      I love rangers games. watching beltre is the best

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 9:58 pm || Up

        Also they are probably not much better than the A’s.

  30. Bed Bed Apr 2,2018 9:40 pm

    One of my life’s ambitions is to break one of baseball’s unwritten rules.

    But seriously, folks...
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 9:42 pm || Up

      You just broke the first unwritten rule of baseball club.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 9:43 pm

    So this will be the first look at the keep-a-late-lead bullpen alignment.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Apr 2,2018 9:46 pm || Up

      Piscotty for the 8th?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • andeux andeux Apr 2,2018 9:48 pm || Up

      Interesting choices.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 2,2018 9:49 pm || Up

      Appears to be “Burn Treinen out by Memorial Day”.

      • dmoas Apr 2,2018 9:58 pm || Up

        Sound strategy. I don’t know what that sound would be though. Maybe a moan? A groan?

  32. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 9:58 pm

    Lucroy doesn’t have the rhythm yet clearly

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. ptbnl Apr 2,2018 10:05 pm

    Do we have a DFA death pool going yet?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 10:12 pm

    Why are we in a position to need more than one inning from Treinen?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 2,2018 10:19 pm || Up

      29 pitches. And it’s a whole fucking week until our first off day.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 10:20 pm || Up

        Yeah but we only get a lead once every five games.

  35. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 10:12 pm

    Is BoMel sitting more this year?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 2,2018 10:19 pm

    Strike two to Andrus was naaaaaasty

  37. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 2,2018 10:30 pm

    I am glad Colon did well.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 7:10 am

    The glowing SSS pitching stat after one trip through the rotation is that the A’s are #1 in MLB in lowest BB/9 and #2 in highest K/BB.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 7:53 am || Up

      have the starters accumulated 9 innings yet?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • colin colin Apr 3,2018 9:13 am || Up

      Per fangraphs, the Nationals are a little bit better in starter BB/9, 1.42 vs 1.65, and the A’s are in a four-way tie for fourth in K/BB (tied with Boston, Houston, Cleveland; Nats, Mets, and Diamondbacks in spots 1, 2, 3). Oakland starter K/9 is a pretty lousy 6.6. But these are probably the two most interesting stats to look at this early in the season…

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 9:40 am || Up

        The thing is, if they want to win on this team they also have to never allow a fly ball or bounce a pitch with runners on.

      • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 10:49 am || Up

        We know the pitching isn’t going to be stellar, nor will the defense bail the pitchers out although that part probably isn’t as hideous as they’ve shown so far, but if they’re going to stink at least do it by throwing strikes and getting pounded rather than walking guys ahead of the homers.

  39. ptbnl Apr 3,2018 11:54 am

    Well that was quick, Cristiano!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 1:11 pm || Up

      holy FK.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • ptbnl Apr 3,2018 1:30 pm || Up

        Indeed – he may be a asshole, but he’s a fantastically talented asshole.

        And the standing O from the Juve fans was classy.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 1:57 pm || Up

          He’s really not even an asshole, I just hate RM and everything they stand for.

          Not like I’m saying no if he wants to retire to MLS and play for the Quakes.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 3:05 pm

    At the risk of jinxing it, the Giants appear to be every bit as shitty as last year.

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 3:15 pm

    This Giants reliever just walked Ryon Healy on four pitches. How is that even possible.

  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 7:23 pm

    Graveman looking sharp in first.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 7:28 pm

    Graveman looking dull in second.

  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 7:31 pm

    Olé son

  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 7:39 pm

    Don’t run on Lucroy!

  46. Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 7:39 pm

    Lucroy with a season’s worth of Vogt’s caught stealings in a single inning.

  47. andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 7:46 pm

    Piscotty’s five ABs in this series are four 3-pitch strikeouts, and a first-pitch GIDP with runners on 1st and 3rd with one out.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 7:54 pm || Up

      Apples and oranges, perhaps, but Piscotty’s start in Oakland is worse than Jim Johnson’s.

      • andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 7:58 pm || Up

        On the hitting side, Khris Davis, Matt Joyce, and Yonder Alonso all looked hopeless for their first month or so here. The former two ended up having good years, and Alonso was good in his second year.
        OTOH, Billy Butler and countless others started terribly and never got any better.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 8:00 pm || Up

          My recollection is that Butler got off to a great start because his BABIP for the first 15 games was something insane like .700.

          • andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 8:06 pm || Up

            You’re right, his first 2+ weeks were good. (It wasn’t just BABIP because he also hit 3 HR in that stretch.) On April 22 his OPS peaked at 1.023. Exactly two weeks later is was below .700.

            TINSTAAFK
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 7:55 pm || Up

      Hey can you just focus on how much better his situation is now cause he’s close to home, thanks. Nobody else in MLB has hardships. Just him.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  48. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 7:48 pm

    When Braden drops deep knowledge, like he just did at length about changeups and other pitch grips, do you think Fosse is aware of how much better he could be at his job?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 7:54 pm || Up

      That was “Good Braden”

      Good Braden is SIGNIFICANTLY better than Post Game Walk Off Braden

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 8:11 pm || Up

      I don’t think Fosse has given a shit for the past decade at least.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 8:19 pm || Up

        I think it would be good if glen and ray were kept and put on a secondary audio program

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • dmoas Apr 3,2018 10:20 pm || Up

          Yes please. Stadium sound with PA as the primary.

  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 7:52 pm

    Hamels’ change is tough.

  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 3,2018 8:04 pm

    Pinder is not impressed by Hamels’s change.

  51. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 8:06 pm

    pinder needs to keep being traded to whomever cole hammels is pitching against

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  52. andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 8:20 pm

    7th WP of the year.
    Last year A’s were 2nd in MLB with 84 WP. FKwiz: which team had more?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 8:28 pm || Up

      XXX XXX

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 3,2018 8:30 pm || Up

      Heh. My first thought was, I know Sanchez is pretty bad and he got stuck with Sonny Gray late in the year, and that’s actually pretty close to the right answer.

  53. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 8:27 pm

    ohtani san? gross

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  54. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 8:27 pm

    also, I forgot about vince

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  55. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 9:06 pm

    this reboot is feeling the same as before

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 9:15 pm || Up

      Having spaghetti at my grandmother’s has turned out to be a much better option than going to the game.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 9:20 pm || Up

        that would be weird for me because she has been dead for 30 and 40 years

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 9:24 pm || Up

          Probably just as entertaining?

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

          Thanks, and go As.

  56. andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 9:25 pm

    What was the ruling on that play?
    Beltre bear-hugging our runner to stop him from scoring is OK because he smiled while doing it?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 9:34 pm || Up

      maybe the runner has to try to advance? still seems dumb but 15 years is still too soon

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 9:49 pm || Up

        I am not sorry I missed this play.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 9:48 pm || Up

      not enough data but You could say that the parking price increase has little impact

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • ptbnl Apr 3,2018 10:21 pm || Up

        I’d guessed most people would find out about the parking price jump the first time they drove.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  57. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 3,2018 9:53 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 9:57 pm || Up

      What does that mean?

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • dmoas Apr 3,2018 10:25 pm || Up

        Absolutely nothing?

        • MikeV MikeV Apr 3,2018 10:28 pm || Up

          say it again

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • ptbnl Apr 3,2018 10:32 pm || Up

            WAR

            Uh-huh

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • dmoas Apr 3,2018 10:49 pm || Up

            Absolutely nothing?

            • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 5,2018 9:31 am || Up

              Are you making a joke about our team’s WAR?

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 10:33 pm || Up

          I think they are trying to make the point that it would be impossible to get an equivalent sized piece of land close to downtown.
          Which is true, but also somewhat misleading because the Coliseum site also includes the Arena and way more parking than you would put at a downtown site.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 3,2018 10:40 pm || Up

            Or to help visualize how much other development stuff one could build on the site in addition to a ballpark and arena, +/-25 downtown blocks sounds like a lot. It wouldn’t be near that much of course (also add parking garages).

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. andeux andeux Apr 3,2018 11:17 pm


    I don’t totally understand the obstruction rules:

    OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball, impedes the progress of any runner

    6.01(h) (1) If a play is being made on the obstructed runner … the ball is dead and all runners shall advance, without liability to be put out, to the bases they would have reached, in the umpire’s judgment, if there had been no obstruction. The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction. …
    (2) If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until no further action is possible. The umpire shall then call “Time” and impose such penalties, if any, as in his judgment will nullify the act of obstruction.

    So they are saying that (2) applies here. OK, but when does (1) apply? What is an example of a play when you are simultaneously “not in possession of the ball and not in the act of fielding the ball” but also “making a play on the runner”?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:37 pm || Up

      The obstructor does not have to be the fielder making the play.

      Beltre hugs smolinski as andrus throws home

      also think 2013 world series

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 11:50 am

    OK Vince.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 1:04 pm || Up

      Actually Loyola was a sharp pick for those paying attention to efficiency metrics (I had them in my 16). So if Vince’s point is to look for a name whose advanced golf stats suggest a good value wager, then ok…please suggest a name or two to boost credibility.

      But his point really is “underdogs can win,anything can happen. The reality is, life is random.” Strong take.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. ptbnl Apr 4,2018 12:06 pm

    Mo-mentous!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  61. ptbnl Apr 4,2018 12:08 pm

    Ox-traordinary!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  62. ptbnl Apr 4,2018 12:19 pm

    Mane-ficent!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  63. MikeV MikeV Apr 4,2018 12:29 pm

    Messi.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  64. ptbnl Apr 4,2018 1:42 pm

    The clean sheet is even more impressive than the 3 goals.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • MikeV MikeV Apr 4,2018 2:00 pm || Up

      Scenes when City win 4-0 in Leg 2.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • ptbnl Apr 4,2018 7:17 pm || Up

        All too possible.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • ptbnl Apr 10,2018 8:49 pm || Up

          … and yet.

          They were under the cosh the whole game but survived – its amazing how much better Van Dijk has made the defense as a whole. Not sure how it would have gone if the incorrectly disallowed goal hadn’t been … down 2-0 at the half would have been very squeaky.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  65. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 3:02 pm

    Another dong for Ohtani.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 4,2018 5:30 pm || Up

      If the baseball thing doesn’t work out there’s probably a circus somewhere that would be interested.

  66. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 6:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Ray Fosse!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 4,2018 7:16 pm || Up

      How great is it to be calling a game on your birthday?

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 7:33 pm || Up

      Aw, it’s his 48th wedding anniversary too.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 7:28 pm

    That sure had the potential to end badly.

    • andeux andeux Apr 4,2018 7:32 pm || Up

      The last thing we need is for Matt to break Matt.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 7:43 pm || Up

        I feel like Maxwell should have done something there other than gawk. I’m just not sure what.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 7:46 pm || Up

          He certainly looked dumbstruck, but in his defense both guys were coming on the full run and was not at all clear who had better shot.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 7:49 pm || Up

            He could have yelled “Matt’s got it!”

        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:30 pm || Up

          Everyone in 117 was screaming to look up

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:31 pm || Up

          I clearly heard matt call it. (olson)

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  68. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 7:46 pm

    Oh, Marcus.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 4,2018 7:50 pm || Up

      Shouldn’t the 3rd base coach be doing something there, or is that all on the runner?

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 8:00 pm || Up

        Usually the decision to go for 3rd is on the runner, as he needs to start accelerating around 2B before he can pick up the coach

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:32 pm || Up

          the ball was behind semien, I don’t think he could have made the call

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 11:26 pm || Up

            I’d have to see a split screen replay but usually the baserunner heading towards 2B looks over his shoulder at LF and makes his decision. I can’t remember ever looking at the 3B coach in that particular situation, it would be super awkward.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 4,2018 11:34 pm || Up

            To elaborate, when you hit a ball to right and you’re thinking possible triple you take your hard turn around first, tracking RF as you hit stride, then you pick up the 2B bag in your sights and start to arc the running path. A few strides before you hit the inside corner of 2B bag is when you make your go/no-go decision, cause if you’re going you need your best path and momentum. At no time during the above could you reasonably look over and pick up the 3B coach.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:32 pm || Up

        yes that is on williams (again). Know your fieder

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 7:58 pm

    LOL that third strike to Gallo was horrible.

  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 8:08 pm

    Gallo screwed his catcher over.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 4,2018 10:33 pm || Up

      that was a bad throw, but chapman could have done better

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. ptbnl Apr 4,2018 8:08 pm

    Gameday says Powell is both out and not out.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • andeux andeux Apr 4,2018 8:10 pm || Up

      I don’t buy it. Attendance has been poor, but there are still some observers.

      TINSTAAFK
  72. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 8:14 pm

    Barely knew ‘er!

  73. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 4,2018 8:17 pm

    So wait, youre allowed to score when the bases are liaded and no one out? Now I dont get what we’ve been doing all these years.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  74. Soaker Soaker Apr 4,2018 9:11 pm

    Sean Manaea, your AL Cy Young Award winner if the season ended today.

    • andeux andeux Apr 4,2018 9:23 pm || Up

      Chris Hatcher leads the league in wins.

      TINSTAAFK
  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 4,2018 9:16 pm

    This is good Manaea again.

  76. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 7:42 am

    I’m rarely lucky enough to have my sick days coincide with good sporting events, but today I get to stream the Masters first round all day and get the A’s at 1235. Hooray (sneeze drip cough ache wheeze)!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 5,2018 9:26 am || Up

      Lil Miss Aces decided she was feeling sick yesterday. When I pick her up from school today Im going to tell her her timing stinks.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 11:30 am || Up

      I’m not sick, but the weather forecast the next couple days provides a good excuse to be a beer-guzzling couch potato.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 12:27 pm || Up

        Looks like Sergio won’t be repeating after carding a 13! Three or maybe four in the water.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Apr 5,2018 2:17 pm || Up

          A new record.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 2:20 pm || Up

            Yeah it was actually five straight shots in the water, unbelievable.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • ptbnl Apr 6,2018 2:22 pm || Up

              He’s having a good run-up at it this time around, opening the back nine with a double-bogey, bogey, bogey.

              First to worst* in a year.

              * amateurs excepted, and possibly just amateur at this rate.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 9,2018 10:23 am || Up

            Always a good excuse to post this.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 10:39 am

    Gee, what a surprise that a notorious Nazi turns out to be a coddled rich preppie.

    The Ron Paul > Trayvon Martin > Gamergate > Trump radicalization path rings awfully true as well.

  78. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2018 11:08 am

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  79. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 12:48 pm

    I would like it if Pinder forced the A’s to play him everyday, somewhere.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 5,2018 2:59 pm || Up

      Yes, this is 3 starts in a row for him, and I hope they stick with him at least until he cools off.

      TINSTAAFK
  80. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 12:57 pm

    Beltre to Mengden: I like your moustache, and also thanks for the high straight fastball.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  81. Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 1:00 pm

    Paging Brett Anderson…

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 1:11 pm || Up

      Foot contusions hurt like fuck, either from that or just sucking Mengden ain’t going very deep today. I say we have Casilla throw four innings then DFA him.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 3:16 pm || Up

        I would not mind if Trayce Thompson were the 25th man over Casilla.

  82. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 1:03 pm

    Ouch, injury then insult.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2018 1:05 pm || Up

      Thanks for the out banniste……..nvmd

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  83. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2018 1:06 pm

    infield in with no outs in the 2nd bob?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  84. Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 1:38 pm

    One thing about playing the Rangers: it doesn’t feel like Game Over when the A’s give up 4 runs in the 2nd.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 1:44 pm || Up

      Counterpoint: I feel like the A”s have trailed for like 60 of the 70 or so innings they’ve played this year.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 1:58 pm || Up

        Which is why a win today and a .500 record would seem like a pretty decent start.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 2:21 pm || Up

          Rangers baserunners doing their part.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  85. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 1:39 pm

    Doubles machine!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  86. andeux andeux Apr 5,2018 2:46 pm

    I might be overreacting to a hot start, but they should give Chapman a contract extension through 2030 or so.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 2:58 pm || Up

      Hell, give him an ownership stake.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 3:04 pm || Up

        Give him a pied-à-terre in the Treehouse.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2018 7:16 pm || Up

          i like him too much to shield him from a gold glove…be free!

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  87. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 3:04 pm

    The guy who grotesquely injured his ankle celebrating a practice hole-in-one yesterday carded the best round of the day today.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 3:04 pm

    Vince just casually mentioning that this pitcher is coming back from having his colon removed.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 3:08 pm || Up

      Where does he keep the colostomy bag?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  89. Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 3:10 pm

    Strickouts do matter in those situations.

  90. ptbnl Apr 5,2018 3:15 pm

    Leaving 19 on base is no way to win.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  91. Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 3:28 pm

    Piscotty can’t do anything right. If he stays at first, we’re all yelling at him for not being aggressive enough.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 5,2018 7:18 pm || Up

      mazara can’t field, but i thought he could throw

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  92. Soaker Soaker Apr 5,2018 3:38 pm

    Arrggh, I really did think the A’s were going to come back and win this.

  93. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 3:38 pm

    Hatcher making sure he won’t get that third win today.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 5,2018 3:42 pm || Up

      For a not very important player Chris Hatcher has inspired an impressive amount of loathing in me in a short amount of time.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  94. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 5,2018 3:49 pm

    that sucked

  95. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2018 11:01 am

    So far in round 2 it’s Phil’s turn to implode, +5 on the day thru 12, with triple and double bogies.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 6,2018 11:58 am || Up

      Took 8 guys to find Tiger’s wayward ball in a thicket behind the 5th green, then deemed unplayable. He’s seemed to wrestle with almost every shot today.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Apr 6,2018 2:19 pm || Up

        On the brink for the cut.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Apr 6,2018 12:45 pm || Up

      Cook’s 8 bogies in 14 holes to go from +2 to +10 with 4 to play is another day to forget.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • ptbnl Apr 7,2018 9:52 am || Up

      A pleasing symmetry to Reed’s 2nd round:

      birdie, birdie, birdie, bogie, par, par
      birdie, birdie, birdie, bogie, par, par
      birdie, birdie, birdie, bogie, par, par

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • sslinger Apr 7,2018 9:49 pm || Up

      Lots of action on Moving Day. Love the final pairing of Reed and McIlroy.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 7,2018 10:30 pm || Up

        Once the rain softened up the greens guys started making some amazing shots. Conditions won’t likely allow that kind of scoring tomorrow, so it should be Reed’s to win barring a Normnanesque collapse.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Apr 8,2018 9:41 am || Up

          An old piece but a good piece about the official marker, Jeff Knox.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • sslinger Apr 8,2018 11:36 am || Up

          It’s looking like there are some low numbers being posted, that lead could turn around in a hurry.

          • ptbnl Apr 8,2018 11:47 am || Up

            Especially if Reed and McIlroy’s first shots are any indication of how they’ll be playing!

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.

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