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Currently 0-0 in the first of three at Fenway.

Manaea – Porcello
Mengden – (Eduardo) Rodriguez
Graveman* – Sale

*Per Slusser, there’s a chance this could be Cahill.

139 thoughts on “Mass. Killings

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:08 pm

    Matts….

  2. Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 5:17 pm

    6-15 (.286) in Fenway in the Melvin Era. 94-172 (.353) there since 1968.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:35 pm || Up

      Even La Russa only managed a 24-34 (.414) record there, not including the 4-0 in ALCSes.

      • Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 5:38 pm || Up

        I usually make a point of avoiding this. My car needed a few days in drydock, and I wanted the work completed before summer, so I scheduled it for this week. Realize now I forgot to check the A’s schedule when I arranged that.

  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:21 pm

    Three runs, all scored by Matts.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:22 pm || Up

      This statement is no longer operative.

  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:24 pm

    I like watching Fowler run. He seems to know what he is doing out there.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 5:48 pm

    Still ahead thanks to the monster.

  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 6:12 pm

    ESPN has Rays-Royals tonight. Who let that happen?

    • Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 6:28 pm || Up

      ESPN’s contract requires them to put each of the 30 teams on one of their telecasts once a year. Looks like the Rays were on for the Yankees’ home opener but the Royals hadn’t been on yet.

      I was thinking A’s-Padres would kill two birds with one stone, but the Padres have already been on when they played the Dodgers in Monterrey. The A’s mandatory game hasn’t been scheduled yet.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 6:30 pm || Up

        Opposite game one of the NBA western conference finals is a good place for a contractually-mandated throwaway. Like when they show cheerleading competitions opposite the NFL playoffs.

        • Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 6:32 pm || Up

          I don’t think the A’s are required to be on Fox or FS1, but the FS1 game on Saturday is opposite a Royal Wedding.

          • Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 6:48 pm || Up

            Checking this, actually the game is after the wedding coverage should have been completed. You’ll have to get up very early to see the wedding coverage live. The news networks do have at least 5 hours of coverage scheduled but it’s mostly pre-dawn on the West Coast.

            • ptbnl May 14,2018 8:39 pm || Up

              You’d have to get up very stupid to see the wedding coverage live.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • Soaker Soaker May 14,2018 9:04 pm || Up

                I’m just glad Princess Diana got into that gene pool. I mean, look at Her Majesty and Prince Charles. Yikes.

                • ptbnl May 15,2018 6:51 am || Up

                  Centuries of inbreeding will do that to you.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  7. andeux andeux May 14,2018 6:16 pm

    Wasn’t expecting Manaea-Porcello to be a high-scoring game.

    TINSTAAFK
  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 6:35 pm

    God dammit Glen!!

  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 6:39 pm

    Strange to say that a home run was basically a routine fly ball that the outfielder misplayed, but that’s what that looked like.

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 6:53 pm

    Well how about that.

  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 7:37 pm

    Facebook, Uber, and Wells Fargo are all running “we’re so sorry” ads during the NBA playoffs.

  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 14,2018 8:49 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 14,2018 10:11 pm || Up

      Hah, that’s awesome, Canha’s clevah.

      "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 15,2018 7:05 am || Up

      SuSlu and KK were discussing where he gets at bats once piscotty is back. I don’t see why Piscotti gets at bats.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 9:56 am || Up

        Joyce can’t play against lefties, and Fowler should get days off to protect his knee. That’s where Piscotty should be getting his at bats for now.

        Canha should be playing every day until Piscotty forces him to the bench.

        • andeux andeux May 15,2018 10:55 am || Up

          Olson has big splits as well (though with a young player there is more of an argument for just letting him play every day and hoping he figures lefties out).

          TINSTAAFK
    • harensheir15 harensheir15 May 15,2018 8:39 pm || Up

      And there’s the exclamation point.

  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 11:07 am

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 11:11 am || Up

      holy moses

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 11:18 am || Up

        Dee Gordon signing looking better and better though.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 11:35 am || Up

        After next week we don’t play Seattle again until mid-August. I bet Lowrie would look good in blue.

        "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 15,2018 11:27 am || Up

      He tested positive for a diuretic, which I guess could be a masking agent.

      • andeux andeux May 15,2018 11:32 am || Up

        That’s what they give racehorses (in the US … banned in almost all other countries) as a performance-enhancer, though it might not have the same effect on humans.
        Also, our previous cat was on it near the end of her life.

        TINSTAAFK
      • dmoas May 15,2018 11:37 am || Up

        Not a fan of the current system. There needs to be levels. Level 1 – Minor Offensives like this one. Level 2 – Medium Offensives like illicit/non-performance enhancers. Level 3 – Major Offensives like PEDS. That would give appealing leeway to raise or lower the offense. Then they can do something like 6pts and you’re banned for life. 1pt like a week, 2pt a month, 3 pt half a season, 4 pt, full season, 5pt 2 seasons, 6pt permanent ban.

        • andeux andeux May 15,2018 11:46 am || Up

          Per this tweet, diuretics are not an automatic suspension. (“Prove” might be too strong, but the league at least had some reason not to believe this was an innocent mistake.)

          TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas May 15,2018 11:53 am || Up

            Having levels would allow a case like this to be “pleaded” out. Without solid proof of that it was serious makes the punishment pretty strong. And it’s not really the first case like that either.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 2:06 pm || Up

            Also Cano’s decision not to contest the suspension strongly suggests more convincing evidence, given how flimsy the rationales other players have tried to use.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 2:07 pm || Up

          It’s collectively bargained. The players have decided to more stringently endure standards as peers.

          "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 15,2018 2:11 pm || Up

            another reason why the MLBPA really fucked up the last round

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 2:16 pm || Up

              Not on this issue. I don’t think a majority of MLB players would say the drug policy is too strict. There was a lot of pressure from the clean players to deal with the issue.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 2:31 pm || Up

                Agreed. I am generally agnostic on PEDs but a more level playing field clearly best serves the interests of most current and future ballplayers.

                "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 15,2018 7:25 pm || Up

                  I am talking about leverage, that was a great issue to use to get better pay

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • dmoas May 15,2018 7:34 pm || Up

            Oh, I know. The players felt pressure both from clean players and the public at large to act. It’s just a faulty system that lumps all violations into one. The unfortunate part is because of the bargaining, they’re likely to fix bigger issues than fix this one.

  14. andeux andeux May 15,2018 12:21 pm


    Smolinski (/Font/Hatcher/Fowler) survives another day.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 12:32 pm || Up

      I think Smolinski better learn to play catcher in the next 24 hours if he wants to make the trip to Toronto.

      Separately, I would be happy to see Bobby Wahl (26Ks in 18 innings, 1.50 ERA) get his passport stamped.

    • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 12:48 pm || Up

      It’s possible they could have a doubleheader tomorrow and Graveman could be the 26th player. I’d rather do Triggs to the bullpen and Font DFA, but I guess they’re keeping Font as what amounts to a Rule 5 player.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 12:51 pm || Up

        Can the 26th player be someone who was sent down without ten days passing?

        • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 1:00 pm || Up

          Yes.

          The recall and waiver requirements and limitations contained in these Rules shall not apply to the 26th Player if returned to his previous Minor League club for these purposes.

          However, he does have to go back to Nashville immediately.

          (A) player’s addition to the 25-man Active roster for these purposes shall not affect the expiration of any 10-day period that may be required
          by Rule 11(b)(1).

  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 12:47 pm

    Well, good for him I guess.

    • AV AV May 15,2018 1:06 pm || Up

      wait. renato is the part of the name that trips people up?

      it’s practically renata. renata with an appendage. (the -toe.)

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 1:28 pm || Up

      The Orioles are obviously going to clean house over the next couple months, so he should get an extended big league opportunity there after the All-Star Break.

  16. ptbnl May 15,2018 2:13 pm

    Jordan Lyles is 6 7 innings into a perfect game against the Rockies.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  17. Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 2:29 pm

    That’s what happens when you’re teammates with Drew Pomeranz.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 2:38 pm || Up

      Pom Pom at least used his non-throwing hand.

  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 2:30 pm

    Khrushed

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 2:31 pm

    Yikes

    • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 2:36 pm || Up

      It’s raining all the way back to Albany too. RADAR LOOP. They can either wait until 10:00 or 10:30 or so, or bag it and play that day-night doubleheader tomorrow.

  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 5:23 pm

  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 6:01 pm

    Matt!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 6:16 pm

    Was that a-ha Hanley was using as walk-up music? That almost ranks with Reddick’s Wham!

  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 6:19 pm

    That was a nifty instinct play by Chapman. He’s good!

    "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 15,2018 6:22 pm || Up

      Pisco Sweet!

      Reply fail. Anyway, yes that play by Chapman was slick as hell.

  24. lenscrafters May 15,2018 6:43 pm

    That’s a horseshit strike 3 to Davis.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 6:45 pm || Up

      That almost hit him in the knee. Just an inexplicable call.

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 7:30 pm

    2009 Brett Anderson was half the man he is today.

    "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 15,2018 7:33 pm || Up

      He has somehow aged 19 years in the last nine.

  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 7:46 pm

    Moar runz needed

  27. Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 7:48 pm

    matt to matt walks

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 8:05 pm

    Good job Daniel

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 8:12 pm || Up

      Navigated that third time through the lineup really well.

      "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 15,2018 8:17 pm || Up

        how do you think he does it? What makes him so good?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 8:22 pm || Up

          It’s sure not because the A’s always get the replay.

        • andeux andeux May 15,2018 8:23 pm || Up

          I don’t know. Lack of distractions?

          TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 8:25 pm || Up

          He stands like a statue, becomes part of the machine.

          "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 15,2018 8:19 pm || Up

        benetendi is quickly becoming an easy player to hate

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 8:34 pm

    Maybe Mark Canha never turns back into a frog after all.

    "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 15,2018 8:38 pm || Up

      he finds it easy being green

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 8:34 pm

    HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?

  31. Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 8:44 pm

    a moreland proof lead

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. Soaker Soaker May 15,2018 8:48 pm

    Trivino has blown past everybody except Treinen in the bullpen in short order.

    • sslinger May 16,2018 8:31 am || Up

      Yup, and didn’t Treinen come out of nowhere last year to be our closer?

  33. Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 8:52 pm

    Well, Ken, We ARE getting exactly what I expected out of Chris hatcher

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 9:00 pm

    god dammit

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. andeux andeux May 15,2018 9:08 pm

    .500
    Soak. On. This.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker gonealookin May 15,2018 9:10 pm || Up

      Who’s that bozo Soaker who said the A’s wouldn’t see .500 again until Tokyo? What a negative dumbass.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 9:11 pm || Up

        The reality is this is still a team that knows how to put its foot on the clutch.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 15,2018 9:10 pm || Up

      May 15. And counting.

      "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 15,2018 9:16 pm || Up

      a hairs breadth from over 500

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. Future Ed Future Ed May 15,2018 9:12 pm

    another 4 out save from Trienen.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 15,2018 9:23 pm || Up

      It’s still confusing how we got him from a team that was trading for relief pitching.

  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2018 9:11 am

    Lazarito through 8 games in low A: .345/.429/.621

    He turns 19 next week.

  38. Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 9:40 am

    I thought I might have to go back to Connie Mack.

    Last A’s series win in Boston: April 30-May 2, 2012.

    Last A’s regular-season series sweep in Boston: September 3-5, 1990. Stew beat Clemens, as usual, in the middle game.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2018 10:57 am || Up

      A sweep at Fenway is one thing. A sweep at Fenway with Trevor Cahill vs. Chris Sale in the finale is a 100-year flood kind of event.

  39. Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 11:16 am

    Batting third for the Rays: Second baseman Joey Wendle. They’re also using Daniel Robertson as an everyday utility player.

    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 11:27 am || Up

      And in the same game, Jason Hammel is still being paid to be not very good at pitching.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2018 1:08 pm

    “lock her up,” the next generation

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2018 1:35 pm || Up

      Oh for fuck sake

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2018 2:59 pm || Up

        The proven “I am rubber you are glue” defense.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV May 16,2018 7:36 pm || Up

      i wonder what he actually said after mayor and before jeff.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2018 4:42 pm

    I’m morbidly curious to see how many homers Font will give up at this place today.

    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 4:45 pm || Up

      The other compelling aspect will be the counting of Sale’s strikeouts. Can he get to, or exceed, 20?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2018 7:26 pm || Up

      No sweep but 3-3 on the AL East tour so far, not bad at all.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 7:31 pm || Up

      Dull was not Sharp.

  42. AV AV May 16,2018 7:34 pm

    ed and/or anybody interested in burger boogaloo.

    20% off tickets today and tomorrow with promo code WHIPIT.

    (and it’s still more expensive than last year.)

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2018 8:19 pm || Up

      Damn, that is tempting, but alas Milo was selected to the SFYBL All Star team and we have tournaments

      Also, I am only typing GATESOFSTEEL

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  43. Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 8:42 pm

    A writer for the Adelson News comes to the same conclusion I have about the big league organization whose AAA affiliate will play in the new ballpark next to the Red Rock Resort in Summerlin in 2019.

    All indications are the 51s would prefer a major league franchise based in the west, with two possibilities: Oakland and Arizona.

    The Diamondbacks have been affiliated with the Reno Aces since 2009. Reno has a relatively new stadium, built in 2009, but there will be a new ballpark in Las Vegas. Also, shuttling players to Phoenix would be more convenient because of shorter and more flights.

    But the Diamondbacks appear to be the second-best option, behind …

    The Athletics

    Aside from the current arrangement with the Mets in Las Vegas, Oakland and Nashville present the farthest minor league travel in the PCL. Plus, the A’s have a pattern of jumping at new stadiums across all levels.

    The A’s could stay in Nashville, though it seems unlikely with better geographic options open. Fresno, which is less than three hours by car to the Bay Area, would be an option for them, but the A’s turned down Fresno as a partner in 2015.

    While none of this is certain — and won’t be until September — Oakland currently seems most likely to become the 51s’ next major league partner.

    If the Diamondbacks did go to Las Vegas, that would leave Reno open, and I’d think the A’s would take a hard look at that as an alternative to staying in Nashville. As she notes, the A’s already rejected Fresno once so I can’t see them going there.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 16,2018 8:55 pm || Up

      The expected Milwaukee-Fresno marriage mentioned there makes no sense.

      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 9:10 pm || Up

        Actually yes it does, because (sorry 5Aces) somebody draws the short straw and gets stuck in Fresno. The Brewers’ affiliate is moving from Colorado Springs to San Antonio, where the Rangers will partner with them. The Astros, currently in Fresno, are replacing the Rangers in Round Rock. So the Brewers are homeless.

        • 5Aces 5Aces May 17,2018 5:35 pm || Up

          This is why I will go home twice this summer to see the them. The arranged marriage with Houston has been a dream come true. And as long as they dont have the Gnats I wouldnt complain too much.

          I will hold out hope though. The Grizzlies franchise was probably at their lowest point when they last were team shopping. And they really were putting all of their eggs into the SF basket. Perhaps now the A’s see a much better ownership group and the best marketing in MiLB as worthy, and GM Derek Franks and the new owners figure out a way to make it work. A boy can dream…

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2018 9:02 pm || Up

      A’s need an airport, yes? Nashville is busy enough with enough flights to SFO/OAK/SJ. Reno/tahoe doesn’t seem to cover any east coast city.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker May 16,2018 9:16 pm || Up

        Nashville vs. Reno definitely isn’t a no-brainer, for that reason. The A’s play 100 games on the West Coast which leaves 60 east of the Rockies so the difference isn’t as big as it first appears. One issue is that the Nationals have been run out of Syracuse by the Mets and they may try to replace the A’s in Nashville.

        A new facility in Las Vegas with nonstop flights to every MLB city, if they are invited to Las Vegas I’m pretty sure the A’s accept that over staying in Nashville.

      • futwork futwork May 25,2018 4:47 pm || Up

        ~2 hour drive to Sacramento might be good enough?

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 5:29 pm || Up

          the drive to oakland from fresno isn’t terrible, the issue for MLB teams is you may need a guy in KC or st pete, and its tough to get flights

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • 5Aces 5Aces May 27,2018 11:55 pm || Up

            Direct flights are the real issue. Plenty of crop hoppers to LAX/SFO and twice a day to Dallas and a few to Denver. (At least as of a couple of yrs ago)

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2018 9:04 pm || Up

      rivercats attendance is plummeting still.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 17,2018 5:37 pm || Up

        Someone suggested that would happen back then once they the River Cat best fans in the minors had to put up with a few yrs of crap. One of these days I will go back and look for the evidence..

        (Still probably higher than Fresno though)

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 17,2018 5:40 pm || Up

        The Grizz are actually within 600 or so. And the RCs will fade which will hurt attendance. A non 0 chance Fresno could top Sacto attendance. I will write a letter to the editor to the Bee when that happens.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. Future Ed Future Ed May 16,2018 9:19 pm

    FWIW

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2018 10:40 am

    Halemaumau crater going off!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 17,2018 12:04 pm || Up

      Volcanic eruptions rank up there with the coolest things ever. Building demolition is pretty high on the list too. #NeverGrowUp

  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 17,2018 1:43 pm

    That is pretty stupid.

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