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Looking Down on Giants from the Mountaintop 253

Don’t forget to pack an oxygen tank for the summit. Let me know what the pennant race looks like from way up there.

Rodriguez vs. Jackson
Bumgarner vs. Cahill
Cueto vs. Manaea

253 thoughts on “Looking Down on Giants from the Mountaintop

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 7:03 pm
  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 7:05 pm

    You were supposed hit the next guy, Dereck.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2018 7:22 pm || Up

      That impudent Canha must pay!

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  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 7:13 pm

    Someone needs to stop Melvin from wearing that ugly shirt with that beautiful cap.

  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2018 7:20 pm

    I swear the dugout hoodies get uglier every year.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 7:28 pm || Up

      The ’89 guys looked so good storming out of the dugout in their jackets.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 7:23 pm

    My god, that Puckett/Steinbach collision was some serious business.

  6. sslinger Jul 20,2018 7:27 pm

    Going to the rugby 7s World Cup tomorrow so I’ve been watching some to get prepared. Great comeback by Scotland to beat Kenya, but 2 minute penalty boxes for a yellow in a 7 minute half seems a bit harsh.

  7. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2018 7:38 pm

    was that 1-2 ball call on mccutchen as bad on tv as it was on gameday

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  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2018 7:56 pm

    The Coliseum record crowd of 56,782 they could draw tomorrow doesn’t stack up historically, with past crowds at the old Cleveland Muni and LA Coliseum into the 90,000s. But that would be more than any current MLB stadium could do. In like three years Oakland went from the smallest capacity in all of baseball to the largest (Mt Davis-added).

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 1:24 pm || Up

      The announced paid attendance would usually be a fair amount less than the exact number of seats. Dodger Stadium has a listed capacity of 56,000. In 2012 they announced exactly 56,000 twice and a few more exceeding 55K. Since then, the largest I could find was 54,726 in postseason (2017 NLDS Game 2) and 53,904 regular season (6/26/2018), so we’ll see if the A’s announce something that exceeds those.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 4:03 pm || Up

        Supposedly it’s a sellout.

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        • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 4:40 pm || Up

          Yes, but even if they have literally issued a ticket for every seat in the house, some of them are comps which wouldn’t be counted in the paid attendance.

  9. lenscrafters Jul 20,2018 8:17 pm

    Jeurys Familia huh?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 8:23 pm || Up

      Nope

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2018 8:31 pm || Up

        Well..see comment below. Trivino and Treinen are both going to be dead in a month if Bob thinks he can’t win a game without getting 9 outs from the two of them.

      • lenscrafters Jul 20,2018 8:34 pm || Up

        Wouldn’t be surprised if the A’s are being cheap but it seems like they’re still the likely destination.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 8:38 pm || Up

          Hug Watch

          I don’t know what this even means.

          • andeux andeux Jul 20,2018 8:43 pm || Up

            Jacob deGrom headed to Oakland, if the two sides can finish the deal. – me

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          • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2018 8:51 pm || Up

            I assume we have #hugwatch on Barreto and Luzardo.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2018 8:58 pm || Up

              for him?

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              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 9:00 pm || Up

                Barreto and Luzardo are headed to Queens if Soaker and andeux can finish the deal.

                • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2018 9:03 pm || Up

                  Like Ed, I still have PTSD about the Samardzija-Hammel trade. It’s like the JFK assassination, where were you when you heard the news? At the time the River Cats were still an A’s affiliate, I was at the Sacramento @ Reno game and the guy next to me was reading it off his phone.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 9:08 pm || Up

                  I was standing in my kitchen, having just watched a World Cup game.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 9:13 pm || Up

              I would be so mad.

              • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2018 9:27 pm || Up

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  10. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2018 8:18 pm

    The reason I still can’t take their contention chances seriously is that Trivino was warming up in the bottom of the 6th with the team down 2-1.

  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2018 8:22 pm

    Did anyone not see that coming?

  12. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2018 9:11 pm

    so, Familia slots in here?

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  13. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 20,2018 9:13 pm

    We’ll get you an ERA, yet!

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  14. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2018 9:16 pm

    I was worried there that young Bleich was about to end his first big league tour without retiring a batter.

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  15. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2018 9:25 pm

    The iMac arrived a few days ago and I’m still wrestling with a few things, after >20 years with Windows. This thread finally impelled me to seek out the “scroll to top of thread” keyboard shortcut. I think I’ll be happy in the long run but there’s certainly a learning curve.

  16. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 10:00 am

    Sounds like the Familia thing is going to happen, pending physicals. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Depends who we would be giving up, of course, and I haven’t heard anything reliable on that.

    In favor
    – As Soaker points out, we’re not going to win 40 more games if Treinen and Trivino have to pitch in all of them.
    – A lights-out bullpen has been part of the formula for several teams that have gone deep in the playoffs in the last few years.

    Against
    – We’re not even in a playoff spot right now, starting pitching is largely smoke and mirrors, and more generally this is a team that is early in the “success cycle.” There’s definitely risk that we give up something valuable for Familia, who’s a free agent after this year, and then end up as a 88-win not-quite-playoff team, or a one and done vs. a strong opponent in the wild card game (like in 2014). Maybe it’s better to either try to shore up the starting pitching, or hold onto assets toward putting together a stronger team in the next few years.

    On balance, I guess I’m OK with it as long as we aren’t giving up our top guys. For me that would be Barreto, Puk, Luzardo, Murphy, Lazarito, and maybe Beck.

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    • lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 10:17 am || Up

      Another minus: He was suspended for a domestic violence incident last year.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 11:30 am || Up

        Ugh. I had completely forgotten that if I ever knew it. No thanks.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 11:30 am || Up

      I’m not giving up Beck for him either. We’re not going to be picking that high in the draft again for quite a while, and he doesn’t look like a bust just yet. Make him a key piece in a deal for a centerpiece of a 2019/2020 push, or try to develop him. Don’t trade him for a marginal improvement on a wild card chance.

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 12:55 pm

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 1:00 pm || Up

      I thank andeux for keeping his depth chart up to date so I could figure out where Toffey fits in.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 1:02 pm || Up

    • lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 1:19 pm || Up

      I’m more than OK with this. There’s an outside chance Wahl becomes what Familia is now, but I’d rather gamble that then give up anyone in the top 10. Toffey is filler and the INTL money is useless to us this year.

      Familia is going to be hard to root for though, because of the DV issues.

      • vignette17 Jul 21,2018 1:40 pm || Up

        This is the 100% correct and complete take.

  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 1:07 pm

    Epic Aroldis Chapman meltdown. Came in with a four-run lead in the ninth, went walk, single, walk, walk, hbp. Leaves with the bases loaded and no outs.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 1:59 pm || Up

      The Yankees brought in a lefty, who induced a double-play ball and another grounder to end it. Yoenis was on the bench (he had come off the DL the day before and homered) but the Mets didn’t get him to the plate. Apparently he has “calcification in both heels” that will require major surgery that he is not getting yet for inexplicable reasons.

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 5:43 pm

    The parade is cool.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 5:53 pm || Up

      They didn’t introduce Billy Beane. Was it just for guys who were on the 25-man World Series roster?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 6:07 pm || Up

      Nice cars.

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  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 6:22 pm

    With Cahill Lowrie and Canha the A’s walk-up album has a solid classic rock vibe.

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  21. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 6:27 pm

    no ray, the cheers on the posey flyball were not the mt davis people, it was giants fans

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 6:35 pm || Up

      Yes I doubt very much we’ll hear those fans at all, short of a Mt Davis inferno.

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  22. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 6:35 pm

    Lew was invited but his seat is empty because the sight of this many people in the Coliseum pisses him off so much.

  23. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 6:36 pm

    Olson needs to be hitting behind Pinder and Chapman against lefties.

  24. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 6:47 pm

    lots of pop ups

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  25. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 6:50 pm

    robot umps now

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  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 7:04 pm

    Stop asking Eck about Gibson!

  27. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 7:16 pm

    Sure it’s Bumgarner, but can we score some fking runs at some point?

    TINSTAAFK
  28. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 7:26 pm

    Pinder is really impressive.

  29. mikeA Jul 21,2018 7:29 pm

    I bet Bumgarner HATES lawyers.

  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 7:30 pm

    Plate discipline!

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  31. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 7:35 pm

    I might’ve thrown something when Semien swung at the 3-1 pitch but glad it worked out in the end

  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 7:35 pm

    Eck is basically working as Korach’s color man right now and it very much does not suck.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 7:39 pm || Up

      He was great on TV earlier too, really enjoying himself. Too bad he doesn’t want a full time gig here.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 7:39 pm || Up

      Yeah, it’s great, I’m overlaying them on the MLB.tv stream.

    • colin colin Jul 22,2018 7:30 am || Up

      He does color commentary for the Red Sox a lot. Their usual color guy (Jerry Remy) has had health issues and often skips the west coast road trips with Eck filling in for him.

  33. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 7:36 pm

    Bumgarner was pretty shaky all game. That was very satisfying. they really need a base hit though

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  34. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 7:41 pm

    the two bases loaded walk made the gidp easier to take

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  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 7:56 pm

    Awful block by Phegley.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:08 pm || Up

      Phegley sucks but the world of backup catchers seems like a motley crew all around.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:01 pm

    Good stuff, Buchter.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  37. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:02 pm

    what is cahill going to do when they release brett?

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  38. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:02 pm

    never in doubt

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  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:02 pm

    We could use another Buchter.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:03 pm || Up

      two lefties?

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:04 pm || Up

        Yes. A true LOOGY would help, although maybe BoMel will use Buchter that way more with Familia there.

  40. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 8:05 pm

    56310 supposedly

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  41. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:10 pm

    that was a really nice run by crawford

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  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:10 pm

    We are winning the starter-leaves-with-bases-loaded contest, but only by a little.

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  43. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:16 pm

    dammit. come on. please work out.

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  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:21 pm

    Don’t throw Pence a strike. They just said it!

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  45. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:21 pm

    dammit

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  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:22 pm

    Not sure if I agree with you on your location work there Lou.

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  47. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:28 pm

    please score 5 runs

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  48. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 8:28 pm

    It’d be nice to have more than two hits

  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:30 pm

    Gorgeous

  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:36 pm

    At this point abandoning base stealing altogether feels like the right move.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:37 pm || Up

      I’m still reeling from Piscotty successfully stealing third.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:41 pm || Up

        21 steals against 16 caught coming into tonight. Yuck.

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  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:45 pm

    More runs plz

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 8:57 pm || Up

      Nope. Too much to ask for.

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  52. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:49 pm

    kuiper and fosse have no idea what dallas was talking about with the Canha has two houses in the bay area

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  53. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 8:51 pm

    Remember when the A’s hit dingers? I’d like to see that

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  54. JediLeroy Jul 21,2018 8:57 pm

    Ump sure likes that high, inside pitch tonight.

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  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 8:57 pm

    Dylan Covey is shutting out the Mariners.

  56. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 9:03 pm

    Phegley is just awful behind the plate. There’s no chance they could acquire a catcher right?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 9:05 pm || Up

      The exact same horrible stab-catch he screwed up earlier.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 9:10 pm || Up

        It’s absurd. You call for the slider, Treinen throws a predictably filthy one, and you do that??

  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 9:03 pm

    COME ON PHEGLEY WTF?

  58. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 9:04 pm

    pence. fuck. I don’t trust that guy

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 9:58 am || Up

      Me neither, but I’d still rather he have the job than the guy there currently.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 22,2018 10:45 am || Up

        in the aggregate, he is a bad MLB player.

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  59. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:05 pm

    The Frank Francisco memorial chair.

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  60. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:06 pm

    Come on, Melancon was swinging the chair at him.

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  61. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 9:07 pm

    No chair obstruction and Piscotty maybe throws the runner out by 20 feet

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  62. JediLeroy Jul 21,2018 9:07 pm

    I hate the Giants.

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  63. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 9:08 pm

    that is bullshit

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  64. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 9:10 pm

    to be fair, I always think stadium construction should go against the home team

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 9:12 pm || Up

      All bullpens should have been removed from the playing field a long time ago. If the Cubs could do it at Wrigley Field, everybody could figure something out.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2018 9:17 pm || Up

        Put a fucking playpen fence around it. #solved

        Im pissed at that whole half inning. Though I may also be a bit drunk so thats helping.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 9:23 pm || Up

          The Phegley misplay is reason enough to stay pissed, at least until Kool and the Gang come on

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  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 9:17 pm

    They need to walk this off now to get the taste out of half this crowd’s mouth.

  66. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 9:19 pm

    Also how does Hunter Pence, who’s fking awful now, keep killing us

  67. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:19 pm

    PR for Olson?

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  68. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2018 9:20 pm

    Next we’ll sacrifice hime over…smdh

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  69. mikeA Jul 21,2018 9:25 pm

    Hate bunting with one strike…

  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 9:25 pm

    Fuck the bunt. Get a damn hit. Don’t give Phegley a chance to redeem himself.

  71. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:26 pm

    PH for Phegley?

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  72. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 9:26 pm

    OK this game has just gotten plain weird.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 9:26 pm

    Bunts lead to the injury trifecta.

  74. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:27 pm

    Bunt again. Make one of their fat guys make a play.

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  75. harensheir15 harensheir15 Jul 21,2018 9:29 pm

    Walk again!

  76. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:30 pm

    *(#&$(*&#$(*&

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  77. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 9:30 pm

    Oh good grief.

  78. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 9:30 pm

    Aaaaaargh!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  79. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 9:31 pm

    the giants only have one pitcher left.

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  80. mother pucker Jul 21,2018 9:31 pm

    That was fucking terrible, Marcus.

  81. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 9:31 pm

    Unfkingbelievable.

    Semien seems to have no clue what to look for in hitters counts. Like that 3-1 pitch from Bumgarner and this weak 2-0 swing, the guy does not seem to understand the concept of one pitch, one spot.

  82. andeux andeux Jul 21,2018 9:37 pm

    The sellout crowd has made the A’s think this is an elimination playoff game.

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  83. harensheir15 harensheir15 Jul 21,2018 9:45 pm

    C’mon, Mark. You can flip it into their dugout if you deliver here.

  84. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 10:02 pm

    I hope piscotty hits a HR off of melancon. (unless melancon doesn’t come in this inning)

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  85. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 10:03 pm

    Olmedo Saenz highlight augers well.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  86. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 10:06 pm

    that crawford kid is good

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  87. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2018 10:12 pm

    Just when I thought it was going to drone on until Hatcher came in to cure the lack of offense.

  88. lenscrafters Jul 21,2018 10:13 pm

    I know Lucroy’s done FK all with the bat this year but damn I’m glad he’s saved us from a Maxwell/Phegley disaster.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 10:31 pm || Up

      “Calming veteran presence” is more overrated as anything, but still I gotta believe our pitching staff would develop PTSD throwing to Phegwell all year. Put your slider away with runners on base.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  89. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2018 10:14 pm

    I had to stop myself from typing some BS “not our night” post.

    Cabbage for all!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  90. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 10:16 pm

    Familia hasn’t pitched since before the all star break, so he should be ready to go, what, five innings tomorrow?

  91. JediLeroy Jul 21,2018 10:18 pm

    Some nice redemption for Lucroy. So glad to beat those Giants in an Madbum start.

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  92. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2018 10:20 pm

    I never like walking off in the 10th, its a vince inning. 12th is fine because I want the game over

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2018 10:21 pm || Up

      For a while I thought we were going to have to drag Eck back in there in order to score.

  93. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2018 10:25 pm

    Yeah baby!

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  94. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 22,2018 8:48 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 9:37 am

    Did anyone catch Larry Baer on A’s radio last night? Apparently Korach let him call an inning of PBP.

  96. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 12:42 pm

    Eric Byrnes, seen last diving across the RF finish line to win the big head race, is currently swimming from McCovey Cove to Oakland.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 12:44 pm || Up

      The first leg of this, which sounds awesome in a maniacally delightful Byrnesy way.

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      • sslinger Jul 22,2018 9:32 pm || Up

        I love it, and if that’s true about PE classes being cut so much, that’s a great cause.

        • AV AV Jul 23,2018 6:19 am || Up

          not about mr touch the plate and his well-placed efforts…

          (full disclosure, most i’ve ever swum was 5 miles under 3 hours in a 100 ft pool.)

          but i always feel like the swim part is thrown in there just so endurance runner/biker types can say they’ve done a tri. this is better than those ironmans where the swim is 1.2 miles (that’s basically a 35 minute warmup. hardly endurance distances compared to the marathon they’re about run). but still, i look at the running and biking distances in this and i’m all, multi-day-fuck-no. i look at 7 miles across the bay and it’s more like, ok, that’s a decent swim… eat a nice breakfast and have fun!

          this is the kind of swim that begins to seem impressive: https://evan.marathonswimmers.org/bay-to-breakers/

          still, you have to look hard for a multi-stage swim event. maybe it’s the lack of ~hunny miles of water dotted with stopping places along the way?

          so just for fun, am hereby claiming the name “swimto sacto” © ™ etc.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 23,2018 7:25 am || Up

            how do you feel about it being done in a full wetsuit?

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            • AV AV Jul 23,2018 10:28 am || Up

              a trained open water swimmer would have accumulated a layer of fat lining his guts to make it unnecessary.

              just last week i was walking on the embarcadero and some dude was heading toward those stairs at pier 14 to get out. no idea where he came from. but he was in just speedos and a cap.

              i guess byrnes isn’t a trained open water swimmer. so i’ll allow it?

              the hood’s gotta go tho. that’s embarrassing in 58º water.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
              • dmoas Jul 23,2018 11:39 am || Up

                How clean is the bay water? Maybe he’s trying to protect from split ends?

  97. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 12:43 pm

    Forget the Axe, which many current Cal students don’t know about anyway because they were, like, 9 years old the last time we won it. This one is for the NBC Sports Ugly Chunk of Metal, which I hope will take up an equally semipermanent residence on the east side of the Bay.

  98. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 1:22 pm

    Cueto can’t be healthy right? He hasn’t thrown a pitch over 88 mph.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 1:45 pm || Up

      If he’s not injured yet he will be soon, the play keeps finding him

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  99. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 1:23 pm

    77 mph meatball, see ya!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  100. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 1:24 pm

    If Cueto can get Khris hot again, that would be good timing, because the Rangers announcers always talk about how Khris murders their pitching every time he sees it.

    • andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 1:31 pm || Up

      I also hope Pinder is healthy enough to face Hamels tomorrow.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 1:41 pm || Up

        Korach, taking a Bill King Memorial Vacation, mentions that Roxy will be filling in for him in Arlington and for the interleague road series in Denver. Forecast high temperature in Arlington tomorrow is 105°F, cooling to 99°F, 101°F and 102°F for the remaining three days of the series.

  101. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 1:44 pm

    Wtf? The ball clearly went into the dugout.

  102. andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 1:44 pm

    WTF redux.

    TINSTAAFK
  103. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 1:48 pm

    Without looking I think the rule says pn a thrown ball out of play you get one base beyond what you’ve established. Since Bareeto only had established first he only gets one bag.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Jul 22,2018 5:26 pm || Up

      It’s two bases, but from the time the ball was thrown, so you usually get the base that you were already heading for and then the next. It’s why overthrows of first result in a runner at second since he was going to first when the throw was made.

  104. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 1:54 pm

    When I get a few minutes I’m going to go through every A’s sac bunt for the last two or three years and see how many times they actually scored a run in that inning.

  105. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 1:58 pm

    The difference between that perfect Crawford throw to home and Semien’s throw in Houston is quite stark.

  106. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 2:05 pm

    Yeah honestly Cueto is throwing BP out there. They need to put him back on the DL.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 2:11 pm || Up

      They still owe him $68M after this year, so yes, I’d be trying to salvage something out of that investment.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 1,2018 6:12 pm || Up

      Gee, here’s a shocker.

  107. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 22,2018 2:31 pm

    Ok, enough.

    I get that they want to “be aggressive”. But until they can do it right sit on the damn base and dont move until the ball is hit.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  108. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 2:35 pm

    Fowler is not really good right now at any aspect of the game. That popup would’ve been caught if he didn’t go back at first.

  109. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 2:46 pm

    Olson twins

  110. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 2:52 pm

    I hate it when the plate umpire’s right arm is hurt when the A’s are in the field.

  111. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 3:08 pm

    Trivino threw 24 pitches last night and now Bob brings him in in the 7th. I think there needs to be a little more faith in Pagan there, against either Hernandez or Panda.

    • andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 3:11 pm || Up

      Yeah, Bob badly overmanaged this one.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 3:13 pm || Up

        It’s a long way to the end of September, you can’t just trust two (now, I hope, three) guys and yank anyone else after they give up one bloop hit.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:14 pm || Up

          I’d say he trusts four guys (now five). It’s just that Petit and Buchter are even more unavailable than Trivino.

          • andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 3:20 pm || Up

            All the more reason not to yank Pagan after one batter.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:22 pm || Up

              Another effective lefty would have made all the difference there. But not having that, you’ve got to let Pagan face the music.

          • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 3:22 pm || Up

            Day game after an extra-inning game, 7 straight in Arlington and Coors Field impending, I get that Pagan isn’t one of his faves but he has been decent enough since his recall that he deserves more than one batter/bloop hit under these circumstances against the bottom of the Giants’ lineup or pinch hitters.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:26 pm || Up

              The J.B. Wendelken/Chris Hatcher innings tomorrow should be fun.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:25 pm || Up

            Well, so much for Petit being unavailable.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 22,2018 3:15 pm || Up

          Agreed with all of this. They arent going to get less worn out so we have to manage some pitches.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 22,2018 3:16 pm || Up

          And of course we can also use another srarter than can get into the 6th even.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 3:12 pm || Up

      BoMel really does not trust Pagan.

  112. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 3:28 pm

    And that’s why Petit shouldn’t have been pitching here to begin with.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:30 pm || Up

      I don’t understand why Melvin is being so reckless here. Give the Wendelkid a chance. Even Hatcher. Live to fight another day.

      • andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 3:31 pm || Up

        Not Hatcher.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 3:32 pm || Up

          Crazy thought: Use the reliever you just traded for to keep you in the game and figure out the next step next.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 3:37 pm || Up

            Yes this please. Especially since a subsequent save situation seems rather unlikely,

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 3:32 pm || Up

        Because managers don’t get blamed for losing with their “best guys” even if their best guys, when gassed, are probably worse than other options in the pen.

  113. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 3:42 pm

    I thank Goodness for Mark Melancon, and you should too, Bob.

  114. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 3:49 pm

    I’m so glad the dingerz is back.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  115. andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 4:01 pm

    Barreto seems like he would make a good Giant-killer.

    TINSTAAFK
  116. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 4:04 pm

    I’m skeptical that Phegley is meaningfully faster than Lucroy.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 4:09 pm || Up

      Yeah, what? You gave up your backup catcher for no gain. I think Bob got totally hosed after last night’s game and opted for the hair of the dog this morning.

  117. andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 4:14 pm

    Familia looks like one of those relievers who doesn’t exactly know where his pitches are going, but fortunately the hitters don’t either.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 4:20 pm || Up

      Yeah he missed the glove more often than not, but his pitches still had great action.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  118. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 4:17 pm

    All right, need to win in the bottom of the 10th or it’s Hatcher Time.

  119. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 4:17 pm

    Can we please win now? Anderson in 105 degree Arlington heat tomorrow does not bode well.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 4:24 pm || Up

      Start him on a prophylactic IV right now.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 4:39 pm || Up

      For tomorrow I’m almost thinking an 18-1 loss is just as well. Brett 110 pitches and then a DFA to make room for Montas, Hatcher 130 pitches and then the 60-day DL, and then we’re fresh and ready for the rest of the road trip.

  120. andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 4:28 pm

    HAHAHAHA

    TINSTAAFK
  121. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2018 4:28 pm

    Wow. THE UGLY CHUNK OF METAL IS OURS!!!

  122. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 22,2018 4:28 pm

    Bout damn time!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  123. lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 4:28 pm

    Finally a break for us.

  124. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 4:30 pm

    Heh heh heh.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  125. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2018 4:32 pm

    Melvin gets the postgame interview. I nominate Trivino to deliver the pie.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  126. andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 4:32 pm

    After acquiring Familia, we can no longer afford pie.

    TINSTAAFK
  127. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 6:55 pm

    How did Crawford not get an error on that play?

    • lenscrafters Jul 22,2018 7:19 pm || Up

      I think he missed it completely. So untouched = no error.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 7:23 pm || Up

        Missed it with his glove and kicked it I guess.

        • andeux andeux Jul 22,2018 8:15 pm || Up

          Calling it a single is OK since he had to hurry and Chapman might have beat it out anyway, but it should really be an error (and no RBI) for letting it get past him and the run score.

          TINSTAAFK
  128. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 8:36 pm

    Watching the game on replay. Cueto’s sorry ass fielding on the very first batter cost his team a win.

  129. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2018 8:53 pm

    Did they…pump in an elephant bleat on Olson’s first homer?

    • MikeV MikeV Jul 22,2018 11:21 pm || Up

      If they didn’t… they should have.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 23,2018 7:22 am || Up

      watching all the highlights, I think so. FOr all Home runs

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  130. lenscrafters Jul 23,2018 11:28 am

    The reported interest in Mike Fiers is interesting. His one weakness is keeping the ball in the park which should be mitigated somewhat by the Coliseum.

    I would love for the A’s to get him and Leonys Martin in a package deal. Martin is a great defender with a non zero bat while Dustin Fowler has been the biggest black hole on the team, offensively and defensively, outside of the catching situation.

    • andeux andeux Jul 23,2018 11:42 am || Up

      Fiers seems like Jason Hammel, or maybe Mike Leake when the Giants gave up a couple prospects for two months of him – an average pitcher having a good (or maybe just babip-lucky) year. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that – Cahill and Edwin Jackson are not exactly aces either, but have helped get us where we are this season – as long as the cost is more C+ prospects like we gave up for Familia.

      Martin seems more interesting. He’s been pretty bad as a hitter before this year, but was once a top-100 prospect, and as you say would fill an obvious hole.

      TINSTAAFK
      • dmoas Jul 23,2018 12:54 pm || Up

        Fiers is due for negative regression (however severe that may or may not be) rather than maintaining his current numbers. Since he’s basically a league average starter and a touch below that in the AL over the last 4 seasons, I’d take a pass on that if we have to give up anything of value. Given our staff, I wouldn’t be opposed if it was for middling prospects though. So basically, what you said.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 23,2018 1:11 pm || Up

      Oooh, Martin even bats lefty. I like this.

  131. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 23,2018 2:07 pm

    the 4 of 6 just won from the giants had a negative run differential

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  132. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 23,2018 2:30 pm

    link to theathletic story on what billy butler is up to.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl Jul 23,2018 2:40 pm || Up

      Too soon.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 24,2018 1:33 pm || Up

      Like a young Edgar Martinez in Seattle, the hitter he was so often compared to during his years in Kansas City, he carried his team to a place atop the standings.

      What??

  133. ptbnl Jul 23,2018 2:56 pm

    If I lived in Rome I’d put on 100 pounds.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • colin colin Jul 23,2018 3:09 pm || Up

      Have you been eating porchetta?

      • ptbnl Jul 23,2018 11:38 pm || Up

        No – vegetarian. But the pasta and cheese and pizza and gelato …

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  134. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 23,2018 6:48 pm

    I stepped away after the walk. Now what happened?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  135. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 24,2018 7:22 am

    I was thinking about the A’s reacquiring Sonny Gray and letting him throw a fastball. Might be an upgrade over anderson/bassit/mengden and cheap. But, I think there are only 4 players he has spent a year with on the team. and he was traded only a year ago.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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