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Games 51-53: I don’t like spiders and Snakes 58

The Diamondbacks pay an interleague visit to the Coliseum, trying to salvage something out of an epically bad month of May. The pitching hasn’t been awful, but they are 5-16 due to their offense, which in 748 PA this month has barfed up a composite .183/.258/.294. Oft-injured A.J. Pollock is good when he plays, but he’s on the DL again.

Friday at 6:35: Manaea vs. Patrick Corbin. Corbin’s velocity has been down significantly his last few starts.
Saturday at 1:05: Mengden vs. Clay Buchholz. Yes, that Clay Buchholz, who has thrown a total of 12-1/3 major league innings in 2017 and 2018.
Sunday at 1:05: Cahill Montas vs. Zack Greinke.

The ex-A’s report: There are no ex-A’s on the Arizona roster.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, and try to find a little time for some Oakland Athletics baseball.

58 thoughts on “Games 51-53: I don’t like spiders and Snakes

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 25,2018 7:02 pm

    I think Ray may actually be scared of Vader.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 25,2018 7:19 pm || Up

      I find his lack of faith disturbing.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 25,2018 7:05 pm

    Eventually people are going to stop trying to bunt toward third base against us.

  3. Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 7:07 pm

    can someone delete mine? I can’t ever get that function right

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 7:15 pm

    wait. the third inning?

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  5. Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 7:15 pm

    yankees beat the angels

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 25,2018 7:23 pm

    I have not thought about that stupid spiders and snakes song in a long long time, it will probably now stick in my head all weekend.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 9:19 pm || Up

      Even worse, by the same artist:

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    • andeux andeux May 25,2018 9:23 pm || Up
      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 11:17 am || Up

      Also, I’m not going to today’s 1970s Swingin’ A’s alumni event, but consistent with the ’70s theme I’m going down the street to see Bob Newhart tonight. The guy is 88 and still does a few stand-up shows per year. I think I saw him in a Las Vegas showroom when I was a teenager. I might prefer this be sit-down comedy, because age 88 and >6200 feet elevation isn’t necessarily a great combination.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 26,2018 7:33 pm || Up

        saw him in seattle in 2000 or so. good show

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker May 27,2018 6:35 am || Up

          The old fellow stayed upright for an hour and didn’t need a teleprompter. Still funny, but the Jimmy Swaggart and Tammy Faye jokes say a lot about when he stopped updating his material.

  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 25,2018 7:33 pm

    They’re going all in on marketing to the drunks. Solid move, honestly.

  8. Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 7:35 pm

    He’s going to lose this game because he can’t get Jeff FKing Mathis out. Ugh.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 7:45 pm || Up

      its not just mathis

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 7:45 pm || Up

        Yeah, it was fun for a while but we’re clearly back to the Manaea I thought the A’s had coming out of spring training.

  9. Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 7:38 pm

    Vince and ken discussing the mariners $12 windfall. I am excited about so baseball analysis

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  10. Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 8:16 pm

    Captain Sal! Way before any advanced stats, when I was a kid I liked him because he always had a ton of RBIs despite hitting about .240. Looking back now, he had a pretty good OBP and more BBs than Ks for his career.

  11. Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 9:01 pm

    On the bright side, Casilla exits with an apparent arm injury.

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 25,2018 9:02 pm || Up

      that may keep him out of games

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker May 25,2018 9:06 pm || Up

        If he’s out for a while he’ll have time to go to the Dominican and visit the same doctor who has worked wonders for Robinson Cano and Welington Castillo.

  12. andeux andeux May 25,2018 9:10 pm

    What is the point of pinch hitting for Barreto in a 6-1 game?

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  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 25,2018 9:18 pm

    Cleveland had a 2-0 lead on the Astros after 7 innings tonight. They lost 11-2.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 28,2018 11:07 am || Up

      The Astros had an 8-3 lead on Cleveland heading to the bottom of the ninth yesterday. They lost 10-9.

  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 11:31 am

    • Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 11:44 am || Up


      Semien is in the starting lineup today but is going on paternity leave at any moment, so that would be the move for Montas.

  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 12:15 pm

    Noooo, not Salah, nooooooooo

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 12:56 pm

    Ugh, what a ridiculous goal

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 1:09 pm

    And now a sublime goal.

  18. Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 1:21 pm

    The A’s Memorial Day uniforms aren’t all that bad compared to some of the previous iterations. The Diamondbacks aren’t flattered by the olive green bill of the cap on top of their other colors.

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 1:30 pm

    Oh I feel really bad for this Liverpool goalkeeper. What a nightmare.

  20. Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 1:55 pm

    Mengden is moving into the “Staff Ace” role. Also, the appearance of the D’Backs offense last night may have been a one night stand.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 26,2018 3:23 pm || Up

      And acquitting himself well.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 26,2018 2:22 pm

    This team really just stopped hitting when KD went down.

  22. andeux andeux May 26,2018 2:47 pm

    Is this Dan Haren?

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    • Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 2:48 pm || Up

      I think Randy Jones learned how to throw right-handed and added 10 mph to his fastball.

  23. andeux andeux May 26,2018 3:02 pm

    This

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    • Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 3:31 pm || Up

      Oh, that was a two-part post? Probably. Ken and Vince have talked about the analytical work he does with the Diamondbacks. I thought you were comparing Mengden to Haren.

      • andeux andeux May 26,2018 4:06 pm || Up

        Not intended as a two-part post, but I was being the old guy who can’t figure out how to post a photo from my phone.
        While my stalker/paparazzi skills leave something to be desired, I’m pretty sure it was him (with his kid). Sat in the back of diamond level for a couple of innings, wearing a dbacks polo and the weird camouflage hat that the team was wearing today.

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  24. Soaker Soaker May 26,2018 3:25 pm

    Continuing the 70s theme, a complete game 2-hit shutout, time of game 2:15.

    Also .500 day is now at least Memorial Day, at the 1/3 point of the season.

    • andeux andeux May 26,2018 4:12 pm || Up

      I’ve never been at a no-hitter, and pretty sure not a 1-hitter either, so technically this is tied for the best I have seen, but the other one has a substantial edge in degree of difficulty.

      TINSTAAFK
      • batgirl batgirl May 28,2018 10:16 am || Up

        I knew what that would be before I clicked it. What a game.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 28,2018 7:29 pm || Up
          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Soaker Soaker May 28,2018 7:55 pm || Up

            I remember my first 1-hitter pretty clearly because Vida had a no-hitter going with one out in the 9th. Stanley’s homer went about 450 feet, deep into the bleachers in left-center, not much doubt about that one.

            • dmoas May 28,2018 8:01 pm || Up

              I remember my first perfect game because it was mother’s day. Also because it was perfect game.

            • Future Ed Future Ed May 28,2018 8:04 pm || Up

              Willie horton played in both of those games.

              I think this was the best game I ever saw live. Someone gave me good seats about 20 rows behind the giants dugout. great outcome

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. Future Ed Future Ed May 26,2018 8:05 pm

    dammit sonny

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 27,2018 1:28 pm

    If Greinke’s gonna get three inches off the plate this is gonna be a quick afternoon.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 27,2018 1:31 pm

    Frankie Montas lookin good!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. andeux andeux May 27,2018 1:53 pm

    Rickey really needs to have a word with these guys.

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  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 27,2018 9:11 pm

  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 28,2018 9:38 am

    This is magic.

  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 28,2018 9:54 am

    Speaking of magic, this was hilarious

  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 28,2018 12:44 pm

    LOL

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