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Game 160-162: Meaningless Games 90

The only three games of the season that don’t mean a thing. Revel in the boringness with me.

90 thoughts on “Game 160-162: Meaningless Games

  1. Soaker Soaker Sep 28,2018 7:07 pm

    Sorry, no reveling here, I’m watching the Fighting Eds in Boulder and obviously the Golden Bears tomorrow night.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 28,2018 9:04 pm || Up

      Fucla isn’t quite as bad as their record, which is about to be 0-4, but Cal has them at home this season and that needs to be a win.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 9:08 pm || Up

        Cal is in the Top 25? That seems a little premature.

        • Soaker Soaker Sep 28,2018 9:11 pm || Up

          The Bears won on the road in Provo, and BYU has road wins at Arizona and Wisconsin. The ranking makes sense based on September results but realistically I’m looking at 4-5 in the Pac 12 and the Cheez It Bowl.

  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 7:08 pm

    Technically the Yankees haven’t won yet but whatever.

  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 7:19 pm

    Good job Lou

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2018 7:24 pm || Up

      he gonna go for 2?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 28,2018 7:43 pm || Up

        No, he’ll get another inning Sunday they said, though not as opener (I assume).

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 7:23 pm

    I’d like it if Khris could somehow hit three more homers while also dropping his average to .247.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2018 7:34 pm || Up

      3 grand slams, and 16 ground ball outs that score runs

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2018 8:06 pm || Up

      still .248

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2018 8:28 am || Up

        just so we have the maths right for this weekend

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • elcroata elcroata Sep 29,2018 1:24 pm || Up

          In 2014, he was hitting .247 as late as 9/20. Had he sat out the series at Cincinnati, he would have ended the year with it

          All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 8:06 pm || Up

          Still at .247 right now.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 8:15 pm || Up

            If he can avoid any more hits tonight he has to sit tomorrow.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 30,2018 5:57 pm || Up

      ,247 again!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 30,2018 11:11 pm || Up

        Thank goodness his slugging is not so consistent.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  5. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2018 7:33 pm

    not you ken!!

    its the fighters, not the ham fighters, if you are using US naming conventions.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 28,2018 7:45 pm || Up

      Except it’s like a billion times more fun to say Ham Fighters.

      TINSTAAFK
  6. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2018 7:41 pm

    so, not fiers?

    and can we have multiple abs for beau taylor?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 7:58 pm || Up

      Leaning strongly toward bullpen game

  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 28,2018 7:45 pm

    Meaningless or not an A’s hit would be nice.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 28,2018 7:54 pm || Up

      As would Fiers not getting lit up.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 7:54 pm

    Meaningless!

  9. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 28,2018 8:27 pm

    Stealing down five is extreme meaninglessness

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 8:39 pm

    Sure. No-hit us. It’s meaningless!!

  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2018 9:31 pm

    It’s a Kiekhefer kind of night.

  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 10:45 am

    Just quit that nonsense and go play instructional league.

  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 11:16 am

    This Chelsea-Liverpool match is fantastic.

  14. sslinger Sep 29,2018 12:24 pm

    Is anyone thinking of going to the Treehouse for the Wild Card game watch party? Or another gathering spot for a FKup? (I have bad memories from Triple Rock from the last one, but I know it is convenient for several of us.) Maybe Cornerstone?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 12:46 pm || Up

      I have softball so probably no FKup for me.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Sep 30,2018 6:27 pm || Up

      Not the treehouse, but a downtown bar would be fun.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • sslinger Sep 30,2018 9:38 pm || Up

        OK, I’ll let you know where we end up.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 30,2018 11:12 pm || Up

          I think I need to watch with the kids. They’ve gotten very into it.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • sslinger Oct 1,2018 10:51 pm || Up

            Super cool!

            • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 3,2018 1:25 pm || Up

              Yeah. We were at a restaurant yesterday and my daughter decided to root for the Rockies–after some uncertainty–because purple. Then she said “we definitely know we want the A’s to win tomorrow!”

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 12:43 pm

    Anachronistic and not without sad associations, still, it’s pretty fucking neat to get a sheet of tickets for the A’s straight through the World Series.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. dmoas Sep 29,2018 1:29 pm

    I’m rooting for the Brewers & Cubs finishing tied and the Dodgers & Rockies tied. That would be some interesting playoffing prior to the wild card game.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 1:31 pm || Up

      Would those games happen simultaneously?

      • dmoas Sep 29,2018 1:44 pm || Up

        No idea. I’d imagine not. But it could be interesting with the Braves having a near identical record, it could determine where they start their series.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 1:52 pm || Up

          I don’t think it would affect the Braves unless game 163 counts for breaking ties for home field (I assume it doesn’t, but not totally sure). The Braves are guaranteed to play the Dodgers or Rockies, and they lose the tiebreak to both on head-to-head.

          • andeux andeux Sep 29,2018 2:05 pm || Up

            I thought game 163 did count as regular season, including for tie-breaking purposes.

            TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas Sep 29,2018 2:08 pm || Up

            If the Braves have a lower record than the Dodgers/Rockies, they have to go to however wins that game to start their series.

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 1:35 pm

    Sure seems like they are planning to go with the opener on Wednesday.

    • colin colin Sep 29,2018 1:46 pm || Up

      I’m definitely a little worried about Trevor pitching at Yankee Stadium

      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2018 2:04 pm || Up

        That tweet is talking about today.
        I’m still guessing Jackson (whether starting or coming in later) on Wednesday.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 2:07 pm || Up

          Yeah that’s my guess now too. Fiers living up in the zone in NY is fairly terrifying after yesterday.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 2:12 pm || Up

            In theory, Anderson should still be a candidate (shout out mikeA) because he gets ground balls.

            In practice, he is Brett Anderson.

            • dmoas Sep 29,2018 2:17 pm || Up

              I wouldn’t even have him on that roster. Because he’s Brett Anderson.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 2:30 pm || Up

                I imagine they’ll leave a bunch of “starters” off the roster. Even though teams get a full roster remake after the WC, my past recollection is most have kept their usual rotation guys among the 25 active. I doubt the A’s feel that kind of sentimentality.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Sep 29,2018 5:58 pm || Up

            Slusser is suggesting they might do a full bullpen game, without using any of the regular starters. That seems risky. You’re counting on none of the relievers you use having an off day, and even on a good day our 6th or 7th best relievers aren’t exactly great.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2018 6:07 pm || Up

              Hendriks (1)
              Petit (2+)
              Trivino (1+)
              Rodney (1)
              Familia (1)
              Treinen (2+extras)

              Kelley as fireman.

              Could work.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 6:18 pm || Up

                I dunno, having a Fiers or EJax or even Cahill or Mengden in for 2-3 of those innings feels like it reduces the margin of error.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2018 8:22 pm || Up

                  Agreed. Especially to avoud having to stick with someone if they just dont have it. (RODNEY)

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • mikeA Sep 29,2018 8:48 pm || Up

                I’d rather have any of the five starters take an inning or two over Rodney, and I’d probably prefer most of them to Petit.

            • lenscrafters Sep 30,2018 6:33 pm || Up

              Innings 1,8,9 are accounted for with Hendriks and Trienen. Beyond that I dunno. I agree that trying to get 3 out of a starter seems like a better idea than a full bullpen game.

              If Trivino and Familia has dominant innings, hopefully they can pitch a second.

              I would say that the last time I was this unoptimistic about the A’s in the playoffs, they won their only series in the BB era so…who knows what’ll happen.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 30,2018 8:34 pm || Up

                My glass is more than half fuller than most folks, but I can’t imagine I’ll ever be as unoptimistic as 2014.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 1,2018 9:13 am || Up

                  This. 2014 I kept hoping the light switch would flip and we would get 3 early season weeks, but I knew it was a lost cause. I especially remember hoping they saved Sonny for the WC game because he was the only one I trusted at that point.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • lenscrafters Oct 1,2018 12:55 pm || Up

                  I still believed because Lester = ZOMG biggest big game pitcher, but of course that didn’t work out.

  18. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 6:17 pm

    Khrushed!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  19. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 7:02 pm

    Ray genuinely offended that everyone has an eclair but him. Randomly blames Bartolo.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  20. andeux andeux Sep 29,2018 7:44 pm

    Jim. Johnson.

    TINSTAAFK
  21. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2018 7:52 pm

    Lifetime member of Team Dynamite Jim Johnson to you.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2018 7:54 pm

    Last night slegnA was honoring Trput for some reason and they informed us he was 1 SB away from 9nce again reaching 30 HR…and 25 SB.

    That isnt how any of this works!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2018 10:56 pm || Up

      he is part of the prestigious 29/23 club

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2018 8:26 pm

    Note to self: update advance directive in case Rodney appears in WC game.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2018 9:37 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2018 10:28 am

    Synchronized game start times isn’t enough for me. I need synchronized inning start times.

  26. andeux andeux Sep 30,2018 1:31 pm

    Anyone not watching missed Beau Taylor’s first hit.
    Also him faceplanting in between first and second.

    TINSTAAFK
  27. andeux andeux Sep 30,2018 2:47 pm

    Is Hatcher trying to get Lowrie another AB?

    TINSTAAFK
  28. andeux andeux Sep 30,2018 2:49 pm

    FK you Hatcher, one last time.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2018 7:17 pm || Up

      or thank you hatcher for dropping the angels behind the phillies in draft order. they will be 15th

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2018 8:19 pm || Up

      One last time…
      Come on blow a save with me
      One last time…
      And if we get this right
      We’re gonna teach ’em how to watch it fly, watch it fly
      You and I…

  29. lenscrafters Sep 30,2018 2:50 pm

    Impressive end to Hatcher’s A’s career.

  30. ptbnl Sep 30,2018 5:22 pm

    The Dodgers ended up 16 expected wins ahead of the Rockies.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 30,2018 5:58 pm

    Well that was one of the uglier football games I’ve seen.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. Soaker Soaker Sep 30,2018 7:32 pm

    I was looking at how often 97 wins would have failed to get the first wild card (or only wild card from 1996-2011). I started in 1996 because 1995 was a short season.

    It has happened once in the two wild card era:
    2015: Pirates 98 wins for first WC, Cubs 97 wins for second WC

    There were only three times from 1996-2011 when the wild card had >97 wins:
    2004: Red Sox 98 wins (A’s first team out with 91 wins)
    2002: Angels 99 wins (Red Sox and Mariners first teams out with 93 wins each)
    2001: A’s 102 wins (Twins first team out with 85 wins)

  33. andeux andeux Oct 1,2018 4:19 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 1,2018 4:25 pm || Up

      God help us if we have to use Pagan.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 1,2018 4:28 pm || Up

      Jackson I guess? Fiers inspired 0 confidence in being a 2nd inning man on Friday.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • andeux andeux Oct 1,2018 4:34 pm || Up

        Yeah, Jackson is still my guess.
        I’d be inclined to take a second starter or long man, even Montas or Bassitt, rather than Pagan or Rodney, but hopefully this game does not come down to the 10th or 11th pitcher.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Oct 1,2018 4:36 pm || Up

          We’ll find out whether Laureano can pitch in the 14th inning.

      • dmoas Oct 1,2018 4:41 pm || Up

        Plausible, but it doesn’t explicitly say that they’re using a reliever to start.

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