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The Mariners managed to briefly shuck the cursed bird with an out-of-nowhere sweep of Houston but are still the squad that watched our green and gold lads blast past them ‘oer the last month.

Gonzales vs Manaea
Paxton vs Fiers
Leake vs Anderson

"Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

265 thoughts on “Rimes with Schmalbatross

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 7:07 pm

    According to Vince, Gonzales over some recent period has an ERA “better than 8.”

    Is that more or less than 8?

  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:08 pm

    Manaea’s first pitch 92 mph, not 88.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 7:09 pm || Up

      Deleting my GT. Your title is way better

  3. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 7:10 pm

    I’m not imagining things right? Manaea looks like he’s lost a lot of weight through the season.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:13 pm || Up

      For sure, back in March he looked like he’d deliberately added pounds for the long season.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. oblique Aug 13,2018 7:13 pm

    Rimes with Schmoutatsecond

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:14 pm || Up

      Howdy pardner!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 8:04 pm || Up

      evening, captain

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • oblique Aug 13,2018 8:09 pm || Up

        Hi Ed! Good to see you; hope you and the fam are well!

        • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 15,2018 1:05 pm || Up

          Are you landed out east?

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • oblique Aug 21,2018 6:41 pm || Up

            I am! We’ve been crammed into an AirBnB for 7 weeks, and moving into a rental house next week. Then, hoping to get through the driver’s license and voter registration stuff in time to be a North Carolina voter!

            I’ll be in town Sept 8-9 to do a show (details here, just in case: https://www.facebook.com/events/549068382162805/).

            How are you? I hope all is well!

            • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 2,2018 9:41 pm || Up

              Exciting times, good luck settling in, and enjoy having a vote that matters!

              We’re good. Took the monsters to the fireworks game last night and they had a blast, then insisted on watching today’s game. I think that about doubles the number of A’s fans in Mill Valley.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 7:20 pm

    Good start

  6. oblique Aug 13,2018 7:20 pm

    Aw hell jeah.

  7. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 7:20 pm

    Matt Chapman Last 28 days: .361/.431/.723, and he’s over 5 fWAR for the year.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 7:22 pm || Up

      Superstar

      • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 15,2018 1:05 pm || Up

        I mean, those are ok numbers if you play competent defense at a semi-important position. Does he?

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:40 pm

    Suddenly if you squint just right this A’s starting rotation looks downright not horrible.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:42 pm || Up

      At least in a cool night game in a big park.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • oblique Aug 13,2018 7:46 pm || Up

        At least in a big night game in a cool park.

    • ptbnl Aug 13,2018 7:44 pm || Up

      “Downright not horrible” … an epitaph to die for.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 7:45 pm || Up

      I’m still not good with Anderson but Manaea, Fiers, Cahill, and Jackson is a nice mix of #3 and 4 starters.

  9. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 7:54 pm

    Holy shit, what an awful slide.

    • andeux andeux Aug 13,2018 7:55 pm || Up

      That wasn’t a slide, he was doing the worm.

      TINSTAAFK
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 7:55 pm

    OK so turns out there is one thing Chapman actually sucks at.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. oblique Aug 13,2018 7:56 pm

    Pasta diving Seager!

  12. andeux andeux Aug 13,2018 7:56 pm

    Reports of Jed’s death appear to have been premature.

    TINSTAAFK
  13. oblique Aug 13,2018 7:58 pm

    Haha, Glen: “It was not Matt Chapman’s best slide…”

  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 8:00 pm

    Felix tonight?

  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 8:01 pm

    This could be genuine community spirit, it could be cold-eyed tactica. It’s definitely the kind of smart thoughtful move the old guard could never make.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 8:05 pm

    Bob doesn’t have anybody to hit behind Khris vs. a lefty right now. If Piscotty could get it going again that would help a lot.

  17. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 8:07 pm

    Lost count of how many terrible Semien throws Olson has saved this year.

  18. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 8:19 pm

    Who’s the guy in Lew’s seat that Kaval has been chatting with all game?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 8:21 pm || Up

      Huh, just as I write that they’re both gone.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 8:22 pm || Up

        No, Kaval’s still there, they just shuffled seats around. Damn upgraders.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 8:43 pm

    Manaea velocity watch – he’s down to 88-89 again after starting the first 2-3 innings at around 92.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 8:46 pm || Up

      well, there are these four guys…

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 8:59 pm || Up

      On the pregame Dave Stewart showed video clips to suggest Manea’s velocity drop correlated to a more sidearm delivery slot (not by design). Sure enough last inning I thought his arm had dropped down.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 8:59 pm || Up

        Interesting, sign of fatigue?

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 9:01 pm || Up

          Fatigue in the sense he lost consistency in his mechanics, was the suggestion.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 9:13 pm || Up

          It could go back to your point about the weight loss. I’ll have to look back at Slusser’s February/March pieces to see exactly what his comments were but I do recall him blaming the in-season weight loss for poor performance late last season.

          • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 9:31 pm || Up

            Or last September, maybe. No way is he carrying the 240-245 he’s proposing in that article.

  20. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 9:02 pm

    batter to batter with Manaea? Take him out?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 9:03 pm

    Very glad we cashed in some more of these opportunities.

    During Semien’s AB I heard a fan upclose yell “take it to right Marcus” and I had to check if Ed had the front row seats tonight.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 9:05 pm

    The A’s are just a tiring team to pitch to. I have no idea if this could be tracked but they have to be close to leading the league in working counts like 1-2 and 0-2 to 3-2.

  23. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 9:08 pm

    The a’s have now given servais the ability to waste this game to rest the bullpen.

    I am hopeful the A’s can get deep on paxton tomorrow

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 9:09 pm

    last Canha at bat?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 9:37 pm

    Emilio. You disappoint.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 9:38 pm || Up

      Hatcher left a big pair of shoes to fill and Pagan is doing as best he can.

    • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 9:40 pm || Up

      It’s really fking ridiculous that Trivino is being brought into this game.

      Can’t tell who I’m annoyed more at, Pagan or Melvin.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 9:47 pm || Up

        Melvin.

        No way Manaea should go more than 7

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 9:47 pm || Up

        Ok I’ve decided, it’s Pagan. There’s been more than a few times this year where he’s been brought in to close a blowout and couldn’t get out of it without getting pulled. Get some fking outs.

  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 9:56 pm

    Wtf is this shit

  27. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 10:01 pm

    This is disgusting.

  28. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 10:02 pm

    you can’t make this shit up, yeah?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 10:03 pm

    It wasn’t a save situation, and a great closer like Familia can’t be expected to come in with his full focus in non-save situations.

    Either that or Jim Johnson sneaked on the A’s plane last night.

  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 10:05 pm

    Man Familia just looked awful, all sharp motions and awkward spasms of a delivery, I understand that’s his style but it sure makes it look like disaster is imminent.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 10:07 pm || Up

      Familia and Rodney in the same pen is too much.

  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 10:08 pm

    Double play back in order. Let’s go.

  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 10:13 pm

    This is brutal.

  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2018 10:16 pm

    2 games back

  34. Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2018 10:18 pm

    Should have been Pagan for 4 outs and game over.

  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 10:18 pm

    Hoo boy. Familia gave Treinen an especially emphatic postgame handshake, as well he should.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. lenscrafters Aug 13,2018 10:20 pm

    Melvin’s gotta figure out something out. They were having much more success earlier in the year with Trivino and Treinen going multiple on occasion when they’re pitching well. The additions of Rodney, Familia, and Kelley should’ve aided in that strategy in that they’re quality options so those guys can take a day off in between those types of outings.

    Instead they’re rapidly shotgunning through relievers and everyone is being used everyday to the point of overwork. When you use five relievers in a game, it’s not surprising that one or two would suck.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 13,2018 10:24 pm || Up

      This is an excellent point, they could even have a regular rotation of off days for one or two of the five top guys daily, barring odd situations.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 10:33 pm || Up

      Melvin’s mistake was leting Manaea going into the 8th. there is no reason for that

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • dmoas Aug 13,2018 11:21 pm || Up

        Wasn’t he only around 80 pitches at that point?

        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 6:07 am || Up

          yes, but as noted, his veocity/arm slot was down and its mid agust.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • dmoas Aug 14,2018 9:48 am || Up

            Fair. But that’s likely why it happened and I’m not so sure there was anything wrong with how they handled it. Batter to batter, got into a little bit of trouble and was immediately pulled.

  37. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2018 10:29 pm

    I am not going to get too worked up. Familia and rodney are good enough. this won’t happen every time. Kelley probably just got all of Pagans innings

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 14,2018 9:26 am

    Agree with most of the sentiments. In particular that, as effective as this bullpen has been, there have been way too many games where we had a 5-6 run lead and ended up needing ot go to the big 2-3 to get the final outs.

    Familia should be able to shake it off, but we have to get off days for Trivino and Treinen over the next 2-3 weeks. Also bring up all the pitchers on 9/1.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 12:39 pm || Up

      I sometimes wonder whether “plus” relievers perform worse when they are suddenly thrust into games that appeared to be outside of their area of expertise a few minutes earlier. Like, did Trivino/Familia relax assuming their services weren’t needed and then have trouble locking in after Pagan made BoMel’s blood pressure elevate.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 11:45 am

    Today’s Effectively Wild podcast has a fun and informative interview with the Coliseum’s assistant head groundskeeper (Zach Ricketts). I had fun and felt informed anyway.

    • sslinger Aug 14,2018 12:05 pm || Up

      And a link on there to an article by Nate Freiman nerding out on the strike zone.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 12:08 pm || Up

      sometimes I go to the rickshaw stop to see a band, and find out the headlining band is super popular and the place is packed on a tuesday night and I had no idea why.

      Listening to their into music, I realize that people do listen to those bands.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 12:33 pm || Up

        Their intro/interstitial music is often interesting to me. There is someone who keeps an updated spotify playlist of it, which I listen to from time to time.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 12:37 pm || Up

          I like some of it. I just never hear it. Only on that podcast

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 12:40 pm || Up

            Same. As an old, I appreciate being exposed to what young(er) nerds listen to.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 12:52 pm || Up

      A few things I learned:

      -In the hierarchy of the grounds crew, watering is near the top. Young guys don’t “hold the hose” until they have proven themselves.
      -They found a skunk recently.
      -The mound is built on some kind of platform that hooks into the ground, and there is a giant truck they use to move it.
      -Mowing elaborate patterns in the field can affect the way the ball rolls.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 1:12 pm

    I bet they scheduled this against the Yankees so that Reggie might actually show up.

  41. Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 5:44 pm

    All right, ladies, biggest game since 2014 tonight. Win this one, that’s step on their throats and win the series.

    I hope the attendance picks up starting tonight. I have this Friday and Saturday, plus three over the Labor Day weekend, and if I can do that from a couple hundred miles away I hope the Bay Area can jump in to support some fun-as-hell baseball.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 6:45 pm || Up

      The entreaties worked on me, nurse n me made late choice to attend. Waiting for my food truck gyro now.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 8:37 pm || Up

        17,419, not great but not embarrassing like 10K.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 14,2018 9:25 pm || Up

        I am actually checking Southwest flights.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 10:58 pm || Up

        had to drop kid off downtown, took me 55 minutes to get on the bridge. didn’t slide into the seats until felix was waling in

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 7:11 pm

    It’s a shame Servais realized that Haniger is a better leadoff hitter than Gordon.

  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 7:22 pm

    A leadoff Semien is always appreciated.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 7:28 pm || Up

      While we have a few minutes…are you in the front row seats on Friday? I don’t recall having met you at any of the parking lot tailgates, but maybe that’s just my lousy memory. Anyway, if a short fat blond guy with glasses is yelling HEYYY GLORIOUS MUNDY that will be either me or some lurker pretending to be me.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 7:29 pm || Up

        I will be there if certain details can be worked out. Hope we can meet!

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 7:35 pm || Up

        Glorious Mundy is lit.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 15,2018 4:52 pm || Up

          No, you’re lit.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  44. Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 7:23 pm

    Ugh. Paxton is terrific but he has the hex on him.

  45. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 7:28 pm

    Did that get Paxton right on the elbow? Relatively speaking it didn’t look like a hard hit shot

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 7:29 pm

    The hell happened to Canha?

  47. MikeV MikeV Aug 14,2018 7:32 pm

    Have a night Mark Canha.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  48. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 7:34 pm

    First inning pinch hitter, don’t see that every day.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  49. andeux andeux Aug 14,2018 7:35 pm

    Canha coulda done that.

    TINSTAAFK
  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 7:57 pm

    Fiers doesn’t look to have his best stuff tonight, better score some

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:54 pm || Up

      Melvin just said he almost had to start Petit because Fiers had a “lower back/upper glute” issue before the game.

  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 7:58 pm

    Houston down 4-1 heading to the ninth.

  52. Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 8:04 pm

    It does feel like pre-All Star break Jed is back.

  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 8:04 pm

    Yeah Jed’s fine

  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 8:47 pm

    Good job by Fiers not letting Melvin do anything jumpy with the pen there.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 8:59 pm || Up

      Hmm, not sure Fiers wouldn’t have been the better option this inning.

  55. Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 8:57 pm

    I watched that last Felix start vs. the Rangers, and all in all it looks like facing the Green and Gold has (unsurprisingly) cured most of his problems.

  56. Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 8:59 pm

    Trying to finish with Buchter, Petit, Rodney mmmkay…

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:10 pm || Up

      On a night when you presumably don’t have any of your top three relievers available, pulling the starter after 76 pitches following a 1-2-3 inning is bizarre.

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 14,2018 9:12 pm || Up

        I get going balls-out to win this game with Treinen in the 9th, but if it doesn’t work tomorrow is painful.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:17 pm || Up

          Buchter-Petit-Trivino-Familia ought to be enough to bring a lead home, should Anderson hand them one.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:13 pm || Up

        Well, I guess Treinen is available after all, unless Shawn Kelley is closing.

  57. andeux andeux Aug 14,2018 9:02 pm

    Not a fan of using relievers for one batter unless it’s a really high leverage situation.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:12 pm || Up

      I don’t know about using Petit for only two batters either.

      • andeux andeux Aug 14,2018 9:36 pm || Up

        OTOH generally not inclined to quibble about what Bob has done with this team.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:37 pm || Up

          Hard to argue with his game-to-game management, in terms of squeezing out wins. My main worry is that all the relievers are going to die at once from overwork.

          • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 15,2018 4:54 pm || Up

            Isn’t that why we now have all of the relievers on our team?

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 10:06 pm || Up

      Generally agree but mediocre Buchter for a one batter positive matchup is fine by me.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:04 pm

    Very nice having a good defensive centerfieldman

  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:15 pm

    God DAMN that was sweet throw.

    • lenscrafters Aug 14,2018 9:54 pm || Up

      There was a moment in 2012 late in the season that Derek Norris threw out a Baltimore Oriole in the 9th inning of a crucial game. This really gave me similar vibes.

  60. lenscrafters Aug 14,2018 9:16 pm

    Wow, I was 100% expecting to get fucked by replay there.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:20 pm

    DEFENSE

  62. andeux andeux Aug 14,2018 9:23 pm

    “There’s nothing accidental about the way this man gets down” – Dallas Braden, on Matt Chapman

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 10:08 pm || Up

      Kool and the Gang concur.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 14,2018 9:27 pm

    First Ramon bests Yo, now Chappy has a go at the tarp catch?

    We just need a dance from the late 80s and we have a greatest hits montage of the old crew.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:29 pm

    Bob Geren sighting babysitting Puig after he started a brawl.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:51 pm || Up

      Check him out!

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 9:58 pm || Up

        Macha would have wrapped him up.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 14,2018 10:09 pm || Up

          Macha’s sensei powers were underappreciated.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Ben Folds' Nuts Aug 15,2018 12:03 pm || Up

        The determination in Puig’s eyes, man.

  65. lenscrafters Aug 14,2018 9:30 pm

    Ugh, the A’s have missed 3 runs on 3 almost home runs.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 11:04 pm || Up

      olson’s fouls was impressive, I don’t know how close it came, but damn

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  66. andeux andeux Aug 14,2018 9:36 pm

    1!!!!!1!!ONE!!!

    TINSTAAFK
  67. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 14,2018 9:40 pm

    What is happening in Oakland?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • ptbnl Aug 14,2018 9:50 pm || Up

      What isn’t happening in Oakland?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • batgirl batgirl Aug 15,2018 7:23 am || Up

        It’s just incredible. Plus I’m loving all the Oakland movies right now.

        • AV AV Aug 15,2018 12:10 pm || Up

          well… they *are* really good, unusual, and on point.

          and they show actual oakland. (though don’t try and figure out the logic in any driving routes based on the landmarks shown.) my office window made a cameo in blindspotting.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • dmoas Aug 15,2018 12:25 pm || Up

            That always annoys me. The bay area driving on the whole is just so funky while they try to hit scenic spots.

            • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 1:59 pm || Up

              Thats true anywhere.

              Related-any show based in LA is unrealistic when they show people driving because the cars move.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 2:01 pm || Up

                But they do get out and dance on the hoods like in La La Land, right?

                • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 2:17 pm || Up

                  Ive been tempted to in a traffic jam…

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • nevermoor nevermoor Aug 15,2018 4:56 pm || Up

              I blame Clint Eastwood.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • AV AV Aug 15,2018 6:04 pm || Up

                steve mcqueen!

                also sun ra. but he was intergalactic so he probably knew the local wormholes.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 16,2018 10:08 am || Up

                  Mal Craggs!

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • AV AV Aug 16,2018 12:30 pm || Up

                  there was oakland in that?

                  i couldn’t tell. my eyes opted for blindness to stop the pain.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 16,2018 1:04 pm || Up

                  Dont let Bed here you say that.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • andeux andeux Aug 16,2018 1:44 pm || Up

                  Wouldn’t your ears be the bigger problem?

                  TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 12:50 pm || Up

          I have reached the age where I can no longer keep track of what title goes with what movie that people are talking about.

          What are the Oakland movies I should see?

          • sslinger Aug 15,2018 5:24 pm || Up

            Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting are the two big ones I know of. Seen the first, not the second yet.

  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 14,2018 10:03 pm

    This team was so bad at defense a year ago. I have stop and marvel at the turnaround sometimes.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 14,2018 11:05 pm || Up

      I never thought leareano or chapman had any sort of shot at those.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 9:07 am || Up

        I will continue to say Chapman reminds me of the kid in little league who runs from 3rd and calls off the RF to catch a fly ball because he is so much better than everyone and the coach told him to just make every play.

        Except at the zenith of his sports world. And he can hit. And seems like a nice guy. That attendance speech the other night had an implied “gosh” in every sentence.

        I think I may have just talked myself into Chapman for the Kelly green jersey when I get it.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 11:21 am || Up

          This team is full of low-key, likeable personalities. Chapman, Olson, Davis, Semien, Manaea, Treinen, Piscotty…they all seem like extraordinarily chill guys.

  69. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 11:28 am

    Uh oh. Mariners-A’s looks like it’s to be “joined in progress” on MLB Network following Brewers-Cubs, and they are in the top of the first right now.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 11:30 am || Up

      Ah, that is true, but today’s game will be on NBCS-CA. It wasn’t on the original schedule but was added at some point.

  70. Ben Folds' Nuts Aug 15,2018 12:04 pm

    Hey y’all, who was the fascist in charge of Halos Heaven back in the day? Didn’t they literally call him like the fuhrer or something like that?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 12:15 pm || Up

      nico?

      Honestly, its been so long since anyone here has thought about SBnation, I doubt anyone remembers anything. I only remember Nico because you said it the other day.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • AV AV Aug 15,2018 12:20 pm || Up

        couldn’t be.

        she died like back in 1988.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 12:36 pm || Up

          When i said all tomorrows parties, I meant ALL tomorrows parties.

          no excuses

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 15,2018 1:39 pm || Up

            Heh heh that’s excellent.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 12:30 pm || Up

        Who finally got fired.

        • Ben Folds' Nuts Aug 15,2018 1:48 pm || Up

          Yeah, I definitely missed this story but holy shit.

  71. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 12:42 pm

    can we get a pitchers guard when anderson pitches?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  72. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 12:45 pm

    chapman was almost taken down by his own hubris.

    first and second one out, grond ball to him, instead of 5-4-3, he elects to go the bag and throw from there. I don’t know how many steps he had to take, but the cross the body throw almost got away from olson.

    Scott boras should note that and find a team that has a giant at fist before he demands 7/$210M

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 12:56 pm

    The Mariners have given more than 1,100 PAs to Seager, Healy and Zunino, and not one of them has an OBP above .275.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 12:59 pm || Up

      I am about to look it up, but the eye test says seager has been bad on defense.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 1:03 pm || Up

      I’m not sure what Seager’s issues are this year. He’s been pretty consistent at around +/- .333 OBP after his first couple years.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 1:15 pm || Up

        Just glancing at his numbers on Fangraphs, it looks like he is swinging more often and missing more often than he did in his prime.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 1:05 pm || Up

      meh. middle of the pack

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  74. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 1:18 pm

    I’m guessing Bob won’t be yanking Brett after 5 IP/63 pitches this time.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 1:44 pm || Up

      Hasn’t even thrown that many through six.

  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 1:28 pm

    That was a bullshit strike.

  76. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 1:31 pm

    what the fuck was that all about?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 1:34 pm

    Dee. That was a truly terrible at bat.

  78. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 1:44 pm

    I refuse to say anything nice about Brett because the moment I do body parts are sure to go flying all over the infield.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 2:17 pm || Up

      i mean, we all all waiting for that shoe to drop, and he really gave the A’s more than expected

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  79. lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 2:21 pm

    And here comes the rapid shotgunning of relievers. I guess Trivino is now a one out guy.

  80. mikeA Aug 15,2018 2:22 pm

    Trivino for one out is ridiculous.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 2:29 pm || Up

      I have to assume that Melvin thought he only had one batter in him today for workload-management reasons. Otherwise that was a crazy move in a game that was looking destined for extras.

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 2:30 pm || Up

        They’re “being cautious” with his workload, but maybe a little too cautious recently.

      • lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 2:32 pm || Up

        I would think that too but Trivino’s last 3 appearances have all be for one out.

  81. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 2:29 pm

    The A’s haven’t played a sub-2 hour game since July 8, 2008, and if you remember Wes Bankston your memory is better than mine.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 2:37 pm || Up

      1:59 at the end of the 9th inning.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 15,2018 2:48 pm || Up

      Hell, I couldn’t even remember that we had a reliever just last year named Michael Brady when it came up the other day.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 2:54 pm || Up

        I still don’t remember that even after reading your comment.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 3:00 pm || Up

          Same.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 3:04 pm || Up

          He was yet another Cal guy, which is the only reason I have any recollection.

        • andeux andeux Aug 15,2018 3:04 pm || Up

          Cal’s own.

          TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 3:47 pm || Up

      Willie Bloomquist was Seattle’s #2 hitter. Yikes.

  82. lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 2:45 pm

    Winning here before their top of the lineup bats again would be preferable.

  83. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 15,2018 3:03 pm

    Laureano walkoff magic powers don’t activate until 13th inning or later

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  84. lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 3:12 pm

    Damn, palms were definitely sweaty there.

  85. mikeA Aug 15,2018 3:13 pm

    Baseball is great.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 3:39 pm || Up

      Baseball is also terrible.

      • sslinger Aug 15,2018 5:32 pm || Up

        Yes, it can be both. Thanks to buying the Treehouse pass for the month I headed out for the game at around the 5th inning but it went so fast by the time I got there it was the top of the 8th. I still got to see 5 innings of ball and it wasn’t over that much later than a normal game. Too many missed opportunities for the A’s in those innings, but overall not bad on a sunny Wednesday.

  86. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 3:13 pm

    Winning here before Bob either brings in a crappy reliever or goes to Treinen yet again would be preferable.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 3:37 pm || Up

      Actually, Petit wasn’t one of the “crappy relievers” I had in mind.

  87. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 3:21 pm

    lefty to face lowrie? with davis on deck?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  88. lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 3:35 pm

    So fking ridiculous. They had every opportunity to put them away.

  89. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 3:38 pm

    I want to complain but if we keep winning 2 out of 3 we will be ok. And it isnt over yet here I guess.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  90. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 15,2018 3:40 pm

    Damn Dee Gordan, should be shooting jump shots somewhere

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 15,2018 3:51 pm || Up

      I just learned today (from Vince!) that he is Tom Gordon’s son.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 15,2018 3:57 pm || Up

        I am dumbfounded by this information. In my head Flash Gordon is too young to have kids that have been in MLB for years.

        #Imold

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  91. lenscrafters Aug 15,2018 3:41 pm

    Oh hey, BoMel remembered that Kelley is on the team.

  92. Soaker Soaker Aug 15,2018 6:05 pm

    The Rockies are doing a fine job of waking up the Astros’ bats just in time for the trip to Oakland. Astros’ announcers indicated that Springer is expected to be activated off the DL for Friday’s game.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 15,2018 8:25 pm || Up

      if I know anything about three game serieses witha team from texas down two games late in the season, he will be losing a ball in the sun on day three

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  93. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 16,2018 10:51 am

    Sat Sept 1: anyone up for some tailgating and fireworks? Not to mention A’s pennant chase baseball. I can get tickets next week for those interested in sitting together.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2018 4:02 pm || Up

      Buying tickets tomorrow if anyone to join in for the game and fireworks. I’ll ping the tailgate event itself again in the Seattle series game thread. I’ve never seen The Sandlot.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2018 4:10 pm || Up

        Just confirming our plan, one ticket please.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2018 4:15 pm || Up

          Check. I’m looking at plaza level, 1B side based on available inventory.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2018 6:28 pm || Up

            I don’t know. I have been at tournaments and out of town every weekend for a while. (ask nurse upgrade to show you the latest)

            I really want to, but I need a weekend at home. haven’t done a full grocery shop since early august.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Aug 26,2018 8:53 pm || Up

        We are in. Deux (2) please.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2018 8:07 am || Up

          Mais oui!

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • DFA DFA Aug 27,2018 10:34 am || Up

        Can I still get in for 2?

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2018 12:07 pm || Up

          Absolutely.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2018 7:26 pm || Up

          Tickets in hand, lemme know best way to get em to ya.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • ptbnl Aug 27,2018 8:13 pm || Up

            Welcome to my world ;-)

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Soaker Soaker Aug 27,2018 8:55 pm || Up

              Even a tech-challenged old fart like me can handle the Ballpark app (once I finally succumbed and got a phone that could handle it).

          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 27,2018 8:45 pm || Up

            tucked in the band of your chonies

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • ptbnl Aug 27,2018 10:57 pm || Up

              tickets out, dollars in.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • DFA DFA Aug 28,2018 11:23 am || Up

            are you grilling before hand?

            In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2018 1:18 pm || Up

              Yes, starting at 3 or 330.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • DFA DFA Aug 28,2018 5:47 pm || Up

                Same place as it use to be?

                In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2018 6:08 pm || Up

                  Yes near A8 pole in north lot, unless they direct parking, in which case I’ll post the new location.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 2,2018 9:43 pm || Up

                I wonder if A’s Access is, in part, an attack on tailgating. $5 Sierras and $3.50 dogs at the place formerly known as Saags is pretty freaking hard to beat.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • MikeV MikeV Aug 28,2018 6:19 pm || Up

        How much are tix? Thinking I might bring the boys.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2018 6:57 pm || Up

          The 227 seats I got were $35 if you want to aim there. But there’s some kid half price deal isn’t there? Vaguely remember a radio plug.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • MikeV MikeV Aug 28,2018 7:56 pm || Up

            They’re really only half a person, so it makes sense.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2018 8:34 pm || Up

              Bet that’s not how it looks on your grocery receipt.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • MikeV MikeV Aug 28,2018 10:21 pm || Up

                I dread the day that BOTH of them start eating like horses.

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

                Thanks, and go As.

                • DFA DFA Aug 29,2018 10:49 am || Up

                  I hear you can reduce costs by having them eat horses

                  In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
      • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 2,2018 9:41 pm || Up

        Wish I’d seen this, though we arrived stylishly late to a sold out parking lot (!!!)

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 27,2018 9:09 am || Up

      Would love to but will be FFB drafting.

      I may actually go to the Sunday game. Draft is in Fresno so I am already halfway there. Thinking I might use the long weekend to my advantage.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  94. lenscrafters Aug 16,2018 2:33 pm

    Damn, thoughts go out to Melissa Lockard

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 16,2018 2:46 pm || Up

      Very sad. Her full eulogy piece is no- subscription-required at The Athletic.https://theathletic.com/475931/2018/08/16/a-love-for-all-seasons/

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 16,2018 2:59 pm || Up

        It’s a really lovely tribute. Recommended reading/tears likely.

      • elcroata elcroata Aug 18,2018 1:42 pm || Up

        Beautiful eulogy

        All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  95. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 16,2018 8:12 pm

    beau taylor is back. gotta find a way to get him on the 40 man, then a september call up

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  96. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 16,2018 8:36 pm

    I am not a fan of Nancy O’Malley and they could definitely lose this case.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 16,2018 10:25 pm || Up

      mob justice is what the court is supposed to protect against. Just like the brock turner case.

      You people need to leave us alone and let us do our jobs

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 17,2018 7:35 am || Up

        Electing legal officials is just inherently conflicted. DAs, city attorneys, judges, all of those people’s jobs require taking unpopular positions.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  97. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 16,2018 10:34 pm

    lol angels

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 17,2018 9:39 am || Up

      First triple play in which the batter was not retired since 1912!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  98. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 17,2018 10:55 am

    Sometimes it feels like conservatives are from another planet.

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