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Astros in town. I promised soaker I’d make it today, but I was in Berkeley yesterday, so I am home.

The new and unimproved Keuchel v Anderson today

McCullers v Manaea Tuesday

Cole v Mengden for the afternoon Wednesday

122 thoughts on “Where 500 stares the A’s in the eye.

  1. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 7:12 pm

    that was a bad play by lucroy

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:15 pm

    It’s a Joe West game. Strap in.

    • Bed Bed May 7,2018 7:30 pm || Up

      Wait…that clown is still around?

      But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:32 pm || Up

        Amazing, isn’t it?

        • Bed Bed May 7,2018 7:33 pm || Up

          It’s bizzare. He’s been terrible for decades.

          But seriously, folks...
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:35 pm || Up

            In other words he has tenure.

            • Bed Bed May 7,2018 7:40 pm || Up

              I’d love to read his performance reports. Maybe my eyes are lying and his VORU is off the charts.

              But seriously, folks...
  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:20 pm

    Yay for not FKing that play up.

    • andeux andeux May 7,2018 7:22 pm || Up

      Boo for already being down 2-0 to Keuchel.

      TINSTAAFK
  4. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 7:23 pm

    deep to center glenn?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:31 pm

    Well, shit.

  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 7:34 pm

    LOL, that wasn’t even close.

  7. Bed Bed May 7,2018 7:35 pm

    It might be good that I’m blacked out for this game.

    But seriously, folks...
  8. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 7:38 pm

    I wonder if smolinski is stretched out for 3 innings?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 7:53 pm || Up

      I am willing to give up the DH for this.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 7:41 pm

    that explains it. a 2 person bench

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  10. Bed Bed May 7,2018 7:41 pm

    Did Ken quit?

    But seriously, folks...
  11. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 7:51 pm

    “But I was in Berkeley yesterday…”
    1. WTF? And
    2. Do the conditions of your release proscribe just 1 East Bay trip per week?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 7:57 pm || Up

      Saw the Descendents. SLF was gifted a printout of the set list by the sound guy.

      Truth be told, I have baseball plans, tuesday, wednesday and thursday theis week and the most futurey of us all goes to his BFFs house on mondays to fortnight it up or some such nonsense, and he was the one pushing for games.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 10:48 pm || Up

        Yay baseball, I’m going again tomorrow for nurse appreciation night.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2018 6:45 am || Up

          that’s not every night?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • sslinger May 8,2018 11:16 am || Up

          I’m thinking we’ll go tonight too. Do you know – anyone – if you can get single game tickets to the treehouse? All I can find is information on the monthly or season pass.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 12:20 pm || Up

            No single game Treehouse only tix. But anyone can enter the Treehouse, so you could buy the cheapest available ticket anywhere and still spend whole gamw up there

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 12:21 pm || Up

            And Nurse and I will be around usual lot spot from maybe 530 to 615 or so, will look for you.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • sslinger May 9,2018 10:39 am || Up

              Yes, we figured that out last night. Pretty nice setup they have there, I like the standing areas outside and the loungers. Went pre-game and then for the end, fun crowd inside watching the Warriors close out the series. Sorry we missed you.

            • sslinger May 10,2018 8:57 am || Up

              I overheard a guy say he parked in the BART lot and they weren’t charging, even on a night when the Warriors were playing. He said he’s done it a few games this year, and hasn’t seen them charging yet.

              • vignette17 May 10,2018 10:42 am || Up

                Yeah, I’ve been to three reasonably crowded games (Black Panther bobblehead, vs Bos, vs LAA on Sat) and BART lot was free thrice.

  12. lenscrafters May 7,2018 8:00 pm

    I didn’t see Brett’s first start but his stuff looks like it’s pretty done.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 8:06 pm || Up

      first start looked great. but from the first batter tonight he was lost

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 8:15 pm || Up

        Felt like he lost feel for the breaking ball which left the rest of his stuff badly exposed.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 8:07 pm || Up

      alrighty then

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2018 8:07 pm

    Ray looking on the bright side thinking Hatcher has an opportunity here to get his ERA under 9.

    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2018 8:09 pm || Up

      And Font is going to get an opportunity to get his HR/9 with the A’s under 9!

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 8:17 pm || Up

        Here in the FRS we’re excited to assess the kerning on his jersey.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker May 7,2018 8:23 pm || Up

          Yes, I spotted you there. My sympathies. It’s too bad Keuchel gave up the hit to Semien.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 8:15 pm || Up

      all unearned so far

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  14. Soaker Soaker May 7,2018 8:28 pm

    Fortunately only 7,360 paid their way in to this one. That’s lower than any of the numbers in the Texas series earlier.

  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 8:49 pm

    Nurse Upgrade likes Chad Pinder’s pants.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 8:54 pm || Up

      I noticed him drawing a cross in the did at first plate appearance, the touch it in all subsequent ABs

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  16. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 8:54 pm

    dirt not did

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 9:28 pm

    font is going well

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2018 9:35 pm || Up

      He has to finish the game no matter how many pitches it takes. Regardless, he should be on a plane to Seoul in the morning so he can find another job.

      • Soaker Soaker May 7,2018 9:52 pm || Up

        And he can’t finish, and Bob brings in his only lefty in a 15-run game. If that doesn’t spell D-F-A nothing ever will.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 7,2018 10:03 pm || Up

          why not casilla?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2018 10:53 pm || Up

          72 pitches total, i dunno how many before the ninth but i wasn’t necessarily expecting him to close this lost game.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 11:36 am

    Lazarito Watch: 1-5 with a ground-rule double and a game-tying sac fly in the 11th in his first proper game stateside in the Midwest League.

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 12:08 pm

    Presidents Bolton and Netanyahu are so close to that war with Iran they can taste it.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 7:03 pm

    And on the second day, Lazarito homered.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 7:52 pm || Up

      Will he raise the franchise from the dead

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 1:09 pm || Up

        He’ll need some help from Luzardo.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 11,2018 7:28 pm || Up

      He just got #2.

  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 7:23 pm

    Some very A’s catching by the Astros.

  22. andeux andeux May 8,2018 7:35 pm

    sslingers sighting

    TINSTAAFK
    • sslinger May 9,2018 10:34 am || Up

      Thanks for not posting the screen grab!

  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 8:00 pm

    That was a lucky ass catch.

  24. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 8:03 pm

    We should’ve got more there

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 10:05 pm || Up

      Just to elaborate we had McStupidhead completely on the ropes here and managed one friggin run. Situational (lack of) hitting.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  25. Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2018 8:25 pm

    i just tuned in to manaea getting blasted

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. andeux andeux May 8,2018 8:30 pm

    What a meathead.

    TINSTAAFK
  27. Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2018 8:30 pm

    goddamit

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 8:30 pm

    That’s embarrassing.

  29. Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2018 8:33 pm

    that shot of him in the dugout with a towel made me feel sorry for him

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2018 8:33 pm

    What’s with the guy with the giant mitt in the diamond level?

  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2018 8:42 pm

    Lest anyone have any incorrectly sanitized impression, a group of nurses near us (not mine) was just escorted out for drunkenness.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV May 8,2018 11:04 pm || Up

      mmmmm… isopropyl.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  32. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 9,2018 8:56 am

    I had a brat and a polish from the new sausage stand last night. They were sadly inferior to the old Saags product. Very disappointing.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 9:03 am

    If you had Cahill breaking before Anderson, collect your winnings. (Not to say Anderson isn’t also broken in some more fundamental way.)

    Also, Fowler!

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 11:33 am

    Some hot batting-out-of-order action by the Mets today.

    • Soaker Soaker May 9,2018 12:17 pm || Up

      It’s usually the bench coach’s responsibility, immediately before the exchange of lineups at home plate, to hold the card that’s handed to the umpire up next to the one posted on the wall in the dugout and make sure they match. Bob tends to pick somebody random to take out the lineup card, often a pitcher, and I’m not sure that player would always remember to check.

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 12:59 pm

    Sure, give away outs against Cole. Why not.

    • andeux andeux May 9,2018 1:01 pm || Up

      A’s have 7 SB, 7 CS on the season. WTF? There have been a couple times that the announcers have suggested that someone missed a sign, but I haven’t heard anything definitive.

      TINSTAAFK
      • vignette17 May 9,2018 1:38 pm || Up

        Fangraphs BsR by team:

        1. MIN 6.0
        2. LAD 4.0
        3. HOU 3.7

        6. LAA 3.5

        11. TEX 1.9

        21. SEA -2.0

        27. KCR -4.5
        28. MIA -4.9
        29. SDP -4.9
        ….
        30. Oak -7.1 (and a CS today)

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 1:56 pm || Up

          My god.

          The crazy thing is, we don’t have a lot of guys with below-average speed. They are just being stupid and/or being coached stupidly.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 9,2018 8:16 pm || Up

          20 layers of crap

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • sslinger May 9,2018 2:56 pm || Up

        I hadn’t realized how bad it was until I read the game notes last night. Really just terrible on both sides of the running game.

  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2018 3:02 pm

    .500 already seems like a distant memory.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 9,2018 8:52 pm || Up

      see you next year!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 8:53 am || Up

        These comments will look silly after we sweep the Yankees this weekend.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces May 10,2018 9:26 am || Up

          we only need to take 2 out of 3.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed Future Ed May 11,2018 7:13 pm || Up

            500!

            Best record in the bay area

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. harensheir15 harensheir15 May 10,2018 8:13 am

    • AV AV May 10,2018 10:11 am || Up

      glad they specified cell or i wouldn’t have known what kind of phone has texts.

      glad they specified phone or i wouldn’t have known where people read texts.

      glad they specified messages or i wouldn’t have known what texts are.

      and if they’d just said “looking at his texts” they wouldn’t need to hyphenate better to avoid the misreading that he was in a cell (possibly jail?), looking at a phone, which had messages, but not the pictorial kind.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • dmoas May 10,2018 11:26 am || Up

        “looking at his texts.” So he has text books? What classes is he taking?

        “looking at his text messages.” So he has messages in his text books? Are they part of the book or his own notes?

        • AV AV May 11,2018 8:38 am || Up

          you don’t get to anything about books if you read the con… [wait for it] …text.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 10,2018 11:49 am || Up

        I’m very much enjoying my subscription to The Athletic, but I frequently wonder whether they have any editors.

        • MikeV MikeV May 11,2018 10:58 pm || Up

          I’m half tempted because now Robert Jonas is writing for the Quakes, but… nah

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2018 3:05 pm || Up

            They launched a full soccer vertical today.

            • MikeV MikeV May 17,2018 3:45 pm || Up

              Yeah I saw. I’m still a cheap bastard though.

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

              Thanks, and go As.

  38. ptbnl May 10,2018 12:56 pm

    Ha! Even without publishing our final results we’ve been awarded the Gruber Prize!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 1:12 pm || Up

      Way to go! Measuring the infinite can’t be easy.

      Also I have your cupholders.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • colin colin May 10,2018 2:32 pm || Up

        Decidedly finite — Planck was designed to exhaust the available information in the primary CMB temperature map.

      • ptbnl May 10,2018 3:30 pm || Up

        Can you bring them on the 29th? We’ll need them.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 5:01 pm || Up

          Most definitely. I was the victim of a tragic beer spill Monday for want of a cupholder.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • 5Aces 5Aces May 10,2018 1:13 pm || Up

      The Gruber prize? Does it come with a John Phillips suit and $600 million in negotiable bearer bonds?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Soaker Soaker May 10,2018 2:41 pm || Up

        It does look like ptbnl’s share of the cash ought to be enough to pay for his Coliseum parking for the rest of the season.

        • andeux andeux May 10,2018 2:43 pm || Up

          Can I have $5?

          TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl May 10,2018 3:32 pm || Up

          The PIs have decided that the prize money will be used to support young scientists going to conferences to present the Planck results.

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

            Great, but I hope the team members get a small cut. Or, at least set aside enough to get Stormy Daniels to appear at the celebration party.

            • ptbnl May 10,2018 4:14 pm || Up

              Nope – nothing for the team.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • ptbnl May 10,2018 5:22 pm || Up

                Correction – the PIs will receive $125,000 each and the collaboration will receive the other $250,000.

                However, in classic Planck style, the PIs have unilaterally decided on behalf of the collaboration that the collaboration’s share will be used to support young scientists going to conferences to present the Planck results.

                If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 3:03 pm || Up

        “I could talk about industrialization and men’s fashion all day but I’m afraid the cosmos must intrude.”

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces May 11,2018 8:59 am || Up

          Thanks FSU…Now I have to clean up all the coffee I just spit over my desk.

          Now I have a LHC….Ho Ho Ho

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • andeux andeux May 10,2018 3:06 pm || Up

        Just another supervillain with a Yale affiliation.

        TINSTAAFK
  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 10,2018 1:54 pm
    • dmoas May 10,2018 3:34 pm || Up

      I still don’t understand people like that. Yeah, you’re racist, but are you so much so that you literally have to spend 2 hours out of your day just to see the cops show up to talk to these people? And the notion that anyone was going to jail over that was ludicrous. Meanwhile, some poor cop has to go out there and not be doing his actual job to deal with you.

  40. Soaker Soaker May 10,2018 7:22 pm

    Watching a little of today’s PGA event on the DVR, I’m reminded I need to find out why Chesson Hadley’s caddie has such good taste in headwear. Usually there’s some commercial sponsorship on there, as Hadley is wearing in that shot, but this guy always wears an A’s cap. The all-green road cap in this photo, but today he wore the home green and gold.

    View post on imgur.com

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 7:49 pm || Up

      This guy. He’s from NC with no obvious reason to be an A’s fan.

      He’s also this guy, seen here three years ago also wearing the road green A’s hat. In hilariously typical golf manner the article doesn’t bother to give his name.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV May 11,2018 11:01 pm || Up

      Chesson Hadley

      There is absolutely no fucking way that is a real name, and yet, OF COURSE it’s a rich white guy who is a pro golfer.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 12,2018 9:25 am || Up

        The top 5 right now at the PGA includes guys named Webb, Charl, and Chesson, and Charles Howell III.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2018 10:12 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. ptbnl May 11,2018 11:08 am

    Tomorrow I’ll be brewing a new IPA recipe designed to use up the surplus Azaca and Bravo hops in my freezer – I give you Rock the AzBa

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 11,2018 12:38 pm || Up

      OK that pun wins you the Goober Prize.

      "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 May 11,2018 1:31 pm
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 11,2018 1:59 pm

    Renato Nunez DFAd after slashing .167/.244/.278 in 41 plate appearances for the Rangers.

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