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No ghosts in this ballpark 136

Just an unrelenting tide of A’s arms about to drown the Yankees like so much Manhattan real estate circa 2050.

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

136 thoughts on “No ghosts in this ballpark

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:13 pm

    Severino working super fast. Throwing strikes but I dunno they look awfully straight to me. We’ll catch up to them once the heartbeats settle down.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:19 pm

    Damnit

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 5:20 pm

    FK this horseshit “strategy”.

  4. oblique Oct 3,2018 5:21 pm

    This sucks. I might literally be the only A’s fan in this city. Definitely in this bar.

  5. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 5:21 pm

    bullshit strikezone early. ball 4 to McCutcheon was absolutely a strike

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  6. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 5:27 pm

    Gil Heredia had his hopes up for a few minutes there.

    So Giuliani appears to have outbid Marlins Man tonight.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:30 pm || Up

      Who’d have thought you could get more ridiculous than Marlins Man?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 5:44 pm || Up

        Whoops. And holy shit they’re right next to each other.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:57 pm || Up

          What an age we live in.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:29 pm

    Hendriks just too amped to throw slider for strikes at first, paid for it.

    Sucks to be down 2-0 but to me that’s not an automatic indictment of bullpenning. A conventional starter gicves up two and maybe you’re compelled to stay with him long enough to give up 2 or 3 more.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 5:32 pm || Up

      You’re right. The issue is moreso that a guy of Hendriks’s caliber has no business pitching in a game like this unless you’ve exhausted all other options.

      • dmoas Oct 3,2018 5:41 pm || Up

        Yeah, I don’t mind the strategy itself, especially for this team. But we have far better pitchers to start this thing.

      • mikeA Oct 3,2018 5:43 pm || Up

        Added 3 mph, plus two months of success is enough to warrant 1 inning for me. Or at least it can’t be that bad of a decision.

  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:33 pm

    I’ve said this before but for a Yalie Ron Darling sure says some stupid ass shit. OTOH, Chris Dudley.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 5:35 pm || Up

      This whole booth is fucking awful.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  9. oblique Oct 3,2018 5:40 pm

    They’ve got to lay off that low slider. Olson is the only one who has done it so far. At least they chewed up some pitch count.

  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:40 pm

    I dunno maybe I’m wishcasting but they can get to Severino. That slider Piscotty took for strike K could have been crushed. Patience, work the count, we got this.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 5:46 pm

    This is stupid.

    Also fuck the announcers. Just shut up.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  12. mikeA Oct 3,2018 5:52 pm

    I’d definitely send Trivino back out.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 5:53 pm || Up

      Yup.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 5:54 pm || Up

      Yes. Everybody is going to have some jitters and he has shaken his.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 5:58 pm || Up

      Yes please.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 6:11 pm || Up

      Trivino batter to batter for one more?

  13. oblique Oct 3,2018 5:58 pm

    I’m just going to preemptively say: goddammit.

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 6:05 pm || Up

      Losing was bad enough. Getting no-hit was flat out embarrassing.

      • oblique Oct 3,2018 6:08 pm || Up

        Ha! I just meant for the inning, but I love the spirit!

      • mikeA Oct 3,2018 6:12 pm || Up

        If they get no hit and lose 5-0, that would be like the 10th most crushing playoff loss since 2000.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 6:13 pm || Up

          Tough but fair.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 5,2018 10:02 am || Up

      Yeah. I’m finally brave enough to dive into this thread. And that’s about how I was feeling exactly then.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • oblique Oct 6,2018 9:43 am || Up

        I hope that my comment doesn’t apply to the offseason.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 19,2018 2:59 pm || Up

          I assume we’ll sign someone awesome to carry us back to 100 wins, given that it will also be like trading for 7 aces at the deadline.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2018 6:00 pm

    Need a homer of some sort.

  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 6:11 pm

    Excellent. Run Lou out there to start next inning too.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. dmoas Oct 3,2018 6:11 pm

    Stick with him. Should have started the game.

  17. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 6:12 pm

    I don’t know about 3 full innings for Trivino, but maybe pitch to Stanton at least.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 6:13 pm || Up

      Let him go until he allows a runner/doesn’t get someone out.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  18. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 6:13 pm

    Agreed. Maybe batter to batter but I bet Lou has another 10-15 pitches at least.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. oblique Oct 3,2018 6:16 pm

    I’m just gonna preemptively say, aw hell yeah!

  20. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 6:17 pm

    An opening

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 6:18 pm

    OK Piscotty remember that slider and time it.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 6:21 pm

    Come on kid, write more of your story.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. aardvark Oct 3,2018 6:23 pm

    Wow. What a take.

  24. harensheir15 harensheir15 Oct 3,2018 6:24 pm

    Great at-bat.

  25. oblique Oct 3,2018 6:28 pm

    Ran up the pitch count at least.

  26. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 6:30 pm

    Agreed on pitch count, but Capt Obvious just told me you cant leave the bases loaded and not get something.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • oblique Oct 3,2018 6:37 pm || Up

      At least they kept the no hitter intact?

  27. mother pucker Oct 3,2018 6:36 pm

    Hats off to Lou.

  28. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 6:36 pm

    After the August and September struggles I didn’t have Trivino throwing three shutout tonight.

  29. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 6:38 pm

    Dead on Soaker. 2 weeks ago I would have left him off the roster. Now let’s not waste this.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 6:42 pm

    Bats awakening…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  31. mikeA Oct 3,2018 6:42 pm

    I’d take a 4 BB Betances special…

  32. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 6:47 pm

    Can we not fucking pop up the FB down the middle

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  33. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 6:54 pm

    We just saw why I am not in favor of a long term big money KD deal.

    If he isn’t hitting the ball out, he’s not really doing shit else.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  34. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 7:03 pm

    Ok FKers bring us home I’ll see you at the celebration/wake later

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Oct 3,2018 8:34 pm || Up

      How did your game turn out?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 11:13 pm || Up

        Lost. Of course.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 7:09 pm

    Postseason losses can be categorized. There’s Lester Type, and Jeremy Type. This one looks headed for the Verlander Type bin.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 7:11 pm || Up

      Complete with the home cookin strikezone.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  36. lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 7:15 pm

    Not a surprise that two guys who had no business pitching in this game blew this.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2018 10:04 am || Up

      I’m disappointed that Melvin didn’t go to Petit instead of Rodney. Maybe he was saving him for extras.

  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2018 7:30 pm

    Well, it was a fun season. No complaints.

  38. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 7:30 pm

    And it’s time to hit the alcohol. It has been a fun season.

  39. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 7:31 pm

    He’s out. They won’t over turn it though

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  40. oblique Oct 3,2018 7:31 pm

    Yankees fans getting more obnoxious by the minute.

    • batgirl batgirl Oct 4,2018 7:03 am || Up

      OMG every camera shot was either a finance bro or some little kid with a sign I wanted to punch in his stupid little face.

  41. lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 7:33 pm

    That top of the 5th was the turning point. Just another elimination game where our big boppers couldn’t get the game changing hit.

    Although something tells me BoMel would’ve brought in Rodney anyways because of veteran experience.

  42. oblique Oct 3,2018 7:34 pm

    Is this just part of our identity now?

    • Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 7:35 pm || Up

      It’s a big part of the Beane legacy and I doubt it changes until he’s gone.

  43. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 7:42 pm

    Love you guys and this was a magical year that wasnt supposed to happen.

    But damn it always hurts.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 7:59 pm

    Turned it off and have ZERO FUCKING INTEREST in any of the “at least they got there” bullshit. I don’t fucking care.

    Fuck the Yankees. Fuck Rodney. Fuck the stupid ass “opener” shit. Fuck every goddamn decent SP getting a long term injury. Fuck me for caring again.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  45. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 8:04 pm

    That call was bad, like Jim Joyce bad.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 3,2018 8:11 pm || Up

      whoever that was should be fired

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  46. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 3,2018 8:10 pm

    good thing rodney came in

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  47. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 8:13 pm

    So my attention is going to how much of that Slusser piece about the housecleaning at the top is going to turn out. Granted it was when it looked like the A’s were going to stumble to another sub-.500 season. The first part of it is whether Melvin is extended. If that doesn’t happen within a week and the Angels haven’t announced a new manager yet, I think the chances of Bob being introduced as the new manager in Anaheim go up a lot.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 8:36 pm || Up

      Honestly, it doesn’t matter.

      If 2 of your highest paid players are fuckin Matt Joyce and Fake Jairo, it just doesn’t fucking matter.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  48. andeux andeux Oct 3,2018 8:33 pm

    Oh well.

    TINSTAAFK
  49. Soaker Soaker Oct 3,2018 8:35 pm

    (goes to other tab, cancels the Monday night hotel reservation in Oakland)

    I’ve put so much into the A’s this year, I doubt I’ll watch much of the rest of the baseball postseason.

  50. lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 8:55 pm

    They have a lot of work to do for 2019. The rotation needs an overhaul even if you assume Puk/Luzardo could help, some key guys are FAs, the position player core seems almost maxed out production wise, and the bullpen is not going to repeat a record setting WPA season even if the talent is there.

    I don’t have the same good vibes I did post 2012, because I don’t have the same feeling that the team could be headed back here with just a few minor tweaks.

    From the front office/managerial contracts, to the stadium issue, to the roster, we’ll see how truly committed the organization is to building something of lasting value.

    • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 8:57 pm || Up

      we’ll see how truly committed the organization is to building something of lasting value.

      Ron Howard as Narrator: They’re not.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • mikeA Oct 3,2018 9:01 pm || Up

      I think the team should be good again, at least better than TB/Sea/LAA, but the problem is they have basically no shot of beating out the Astros.

      • lenscrafters Oct 3,2018 9:14 pm || Up

        I don’t know. I can’t assume the competition is limited to those 3. There are other teams in the AL building prospect war chests and I can see someone having a quick turnaround just like the A’s did.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 3,2018 9:39 pm || Up

      if* they are willing to get a free agent, there are plenty of mid tier starters (and upper tier, that may be cheap if this year is like last).

      Assuming** mid season cotton/puk/luzardo its not all bad.

      Replacing 400 joyce innings and 400 cahna CF innings, the outfield should improve.

      I have no doubt the bullpen core will regress, but no hatcher/castilla so that is not all negative.

      I don’t think Barreto will be better than jed was this year, but I think he can be better in 2019 than jed.

      I am optimistic

      *I realize it means committing 5 years to a 28 yo or older pitcher, and I don’t know if that is something they can do

      **i know wish casting.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 3,2018 9:45 pm || Up

        Also, maybe Murphy?

        • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 3,2018 9:59 pm || Up

          I forgot about that black hole. I fear a resigning or something,

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • MikeV MikeV Oct 3,2018 10:17 pm || Up

        if* they are willing to get a free agent, there are plenty of mid tier starters (and upper tier, that may be cheap if this year is like last).

        Narrator: They won’t.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 6,2018 4:59 pm || Up

        here is the MLBtrade rumors rundown of the starters FWIW

        Keuchel, haap and evoaldi might be out of the price range, but it’d be worth a look.

        Keuchel would want 5 years I think, if not more. DOn’t stike throwers last longer into their 30s?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 6,2018 5:57 pm || Up

          We’re going full throwback: Gio, Tyson Ross, Cahill, and Bartolo.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Oct 6,2018 8:38 pm || Up

            Tommy Milone

            TINSTAAFK
          • dmoas Oct 8,2018 10:14 am || Up

            I feel like Bartolo would work really well with the bullpenning strategy. Doesn’t need to go deep, just needs to give 3 or 4 quality innings.

    • andeux andeux Oct 3,2018 10:43 pm || Up

      the position player core seems almost maxed out production wise

      The position players combined for 30+ WAR. By fg version, they were just behind the Dodgers for best in baseball, and just ahead of Boston and NY. (Houston was … 11th?) When you’re at the top, sure, you are more likely to go down than up, but on the other hand, there is room to go down and still be very good. Compared to the 2012 team: Chapman/Laureano/Olson are younger than Donaldson/Cespedes/Moss were (and could well be better). Khris is liable to be around and good for one more year even if they don’t extend him long term. I’m with Ed in thinking Barreto will end up being good too (it seems like he’s been a prospect forever, but he’s still only 22). Murphy seems promising. Piscotty and Semien are not stars, but good complementary pieces in their prime years.

      Pitching … yeah, not so rosy. Puk still hasn’t even pitched at AAA, so even in a best case scenario with his health, he’s not in the majors until 2020. Manaea is out for some time too. Luzardo is exciting. Fiers is under control for another year and maybe they resign Cahill too. Meh. Mengden is still around. More meh. We’ll see. While I don’t expect them to spend a ton of money, they’ve found creative ways to improve before.

      TINSTAAFK
      • MikeV MikeV Oct 4,2018 8:32 am || Up

        That is 100% why I put this season and last night on Billy/Forst. Not getting a top arm to support the position players being elite is a joke and we suffered last night because of it.

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

        Thanks, and go As.

        • DFA DFA Oct 4,2018 9:55 am || Up

          Or you know just claimed Gio Gonzalez’s contract on waivers.

          Dude pitched to a 3.6 FIP with Milwaukee

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2018 9:57 am || Up

            Oh, right. I wanted that very much.

          • dmoas Oct 4,2018 10:09 am || Up

            Yeah, that one was dumb. He was due for positive regression anyway.

          • MikeV MikeV Oct 4,2018 10:22 am || Up

            Gio against the Yankees would scare the hell out of me.

            I mean yes they should have claimed him anyway and not had a bullpen game every 5th day though.

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

            Thanks, and go As.

            • DFA DFA Oct 4,2018 12:17 pm || Up

              Fiers or Jackson or Cahill would have scared the hell out of me too, but this bullpenning shit requires that no one has a bad day. It doesn’t make sense.

              In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
              • mikeA Oct 4,2018 12:28 pm || Up

                This argument, much favored by N*** in years past, simply does not make sense. Yes, if you use 6-7 pitchers in a game, one or more of them might have a bad day. The starter could also have a bad day. The starter could not have it and give up some runs in the first inning, or pitch well and then have the equivalent of a reliever’s bad day in his third or fourth or fifth inning. In fact, we know that the latter scenario is more common generally than a reliever having a bad day.

                For a WC game, you want to send out the combination of pitchers with the lowest expected runs allowed for each inning. For most teams, that would involve using a starter for 4-7 innings. For the A’s, maybe but probably not. In any case, the more pitchers=more risk argument just doesn’t make sense.

                • lenscrafters Oct 4,2018 1:03 pm || Up

                  I don’t think the argument is invalid. There’s more and more evidence challenging the traditional saber notion that hot/cold streaks aren’t real. This study found that velocity differences accounted for increases/decreases in expected performance in a sample as small as 20 pitches. It’s not a reach to assume that similar variances could be there for other pitches, command/control, or even a pitcher’s mentality.

                  In fact, we know that the latter scenario is more common generally than a reliever having a bad day.

                  So extrapolating on that, I don’t think the above quote is true, at least on an individual game by game basis. If you have a starter who’s “on” on a particular day, he may continue to pitch better than expected through 6 or so innings, and is a less riskier bet than power cycling through relievers.

                  Another annoying refrain that seems to be circling the A’s blogverse today and last night (unrelated to the current discussion) – the notion that bullpenning worked because the A’s would’ve been happy to have gotten 5 IP 2 runs given up if a starter pitched those first five innings. Well no, it’s not the same because you’d still have a reliever of Trivino’s caliber to pitch the 6th+ instead of having to resort to a Rodney.

                • DFA DFA Oct 4,2018 2:10 pm || Up

                  In fact, we know that the latter scenario is more common generally than a reliever having a bad day.

                  This doesn’t remove the ability to use a starter through just the first two times through the lineup and then go to the bullpen, which is precluded by bullpen it. You can’t rely on a bullpen piece who is pitching well to go through more innings because they aren’t stretched out.

                  In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
              • MikeV MikeV Oct 4,2018 12:28 pm || Up

                Right – which brings me back to my point that not acquiring an actual legit SP you trust for a do or die game was a massive failure by Billy/Forst and IMO cost them the season.

                Don’t tell that to the “happy to be here” types on Facebook BTW.

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

                Thanks, and go As.

            • dmoas Oct 4,2018 1:06 pm || Up

              With Gio, we likely have the home game and have more options for who could start/pitch in that game even if it weren’t Gio.

              • andeux andeux Oct 4,2018 1:15 pm || Up

                Five starts out of Gio might have netted something like 1 more win, not the 4 more wins we would have needed for HFA.

                TINSTAAFK
                • MikeV MikeV Oct 4,2018 1:33 pm || Up

                  Hamels could have been a huge help.

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

                  Thanks, and go As.

                • dmoas Oct 4,2018 2:30 pm || Up

                  Depends on who we beat. Say he beats the Yankees, that’s two. And then the innings he eats up takes some of the wear and tear off the bullpen that pitched more because of bullpen games and overuse. That might net us one. And that would be enough to get home field since we’d have won the season series in that case.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2018 9:56 am || Up

          My feeling heading into the season was that it was malpractice not to sign a reliable starter to go with what already looked like a potentially excellent lineup and defense. Looking back, that still seems like a mistake, but I also can’t really pinpoint who they could have gone for and didn’t. Guys like Cobb and Lynn who were available stunk. Mid-season maybe they could have gone all in and gotten someone like the Mets to trade an ace for the whole farm, but I doubt it.

          This off season, however, I will be pretty disappointed if they don’t find a way to fill holes like they did in 2013 with Kazmir, Lowrie, Jaso. The payroll is still low even with Davis getting a big raise, and Beane tends to go for it in these situations as much as his budget will allow.

          • mikeA Oct 4,2018 12:30 pm || Up

            Well, they won 97 games despite not having any good starters. It would be nice to have an ace, but that’s not easy to do.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 4,2018 12:39 pm || Up

              I wasn’t looking for them to get an ace at any point. I just wanted someone who would reliably go 6 or 7 innings every fifth day to take some heat off of the pen. Obviously the pen was better and more resilient than I could have imagined, and the FO made a lot of good moves to keep it strong, but it was still a pretty high-wire act.

  51. 5Aces 5Aces Oct 3,2018 10:05 pm

    There are ghosts now.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • ptbnl Oct 3,2018 11:22 pm || Up

      Feels more like running out of gas than anything – no flipping moment that will haunt our futures.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  52. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 3,2018 11:23 pm

    I submit that it feels fucking great to care again. 2018 A’s baseball ruled and will stay in mind over the winter way stronger than tonight’s sucky loss.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Oct 3,2018 11:40 pm || Up

      There was a time this summer when they were indefatigable.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • batgirl batgirl Oct 4,2018 7:07 am || Up

      I’m right there with you. I had stopped caring for a few years and this year was such a pleasant, happy surprise. I’m down today, but I’d rather that than losing 96 games.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Oct 4,2018 8:59 am || Up

      Definitely. Sure I was down last night, but by 10 I was literally sitting at my kitchen table trying to write down what the 25 man could look like next year. I tried to remind myself all year that we arent supposed to be here yet so I guess it sort of worked.

      These guys didnt replace 2012 in my heart, but they took claim to some part of it. Now let’s actually do what we said we would do and start keeping some folks around. Would be nice to hear about a Melvin extension quickly to start.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • dmoas Oct 4,2018 9:43 am || Up

      I still don’t care. At least not enough to be upset by it. It sucks, but not in a “they had a great chance and blew it sort of way” like usual. I think they played way over their heads and it was fun. But now it’s over and I can move on. But then I still haven’t committed to baseball again since 2014. The moment I feel real excitement from the sport, I just hope they’re good enough not to disappoint.

    • mikeA Oct 4,2018 11:51 am || Up

      Agree, great season. This one hurt a loss less than the others.

  53. andeux andeux Oct 4,2018 3:47 pm

    It looks like the Brewers are also doing the bullpen game thing, sort of.
    More effective against the Rockies, who kind of suck.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 4,2018 4:05 pm || Up

      They’re the Bizarro Rockies this year, excellent pitching and weak hitting.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. Future Ed Future Ed Oct 7,2018 7:54 am

    not gonn a link to it, but anyone read the John Shea piece about the giants taking the A’s executives?

    I assume it says dumb stuff, but I refuse to open it.

    this is why I still don’t pay for the chronicle.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 7,2018 9:07 am || Up

      I read it. Pretty reasonable IMO. I have been telling my Giant friends that they should be going after Forst. I like Shea — even though he isn’t the beat writer he treats the A’s like a legitimate baseball team, not something to be shit on when he needs a column idea, and ignored at all other times.

      But that’s not why I pay for the Chronicle. I pay for it to read Willie Brown telling me he and his buddies agree with Trump that men are being persecuted.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 7,2018 9:15 am || Up

        my god. my brother has a willie brown sexual harassment of a woman story. he did not give a fuck as late as 2008.

        My brother is a union organizer and was with a presenter at a SEIU event in las vegas, when Willue brown entered the elevator they were in. Brown immediately and relentlessly hit on and pawed the woman for the ride. She was in her 30s.

        dude needs to shit up

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 7,2018 9:50 am || Up

          Willie and his pals are probably very lucky that they are too washed up at this point for anyone to bother telling on them.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 7,2018 9:18 am || Up

        i don’t want to slag it from the headline, but shea really walks the line. his tweets always imply the giants are the shit and the a’s suck. then he does that gaslighting back tracks. Saying he implyed no such thing.

        Like the mengden/bumgarner beer thing, and there was another I thought of as I was typing this but forgot.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 7,2018 9:23 am || Up

          I’m probably giving him too much credit because he’s so much better than Jenkins, Schulman, Ostler etc. I also don’t follow his twitter, so I only catch him in the paper or on Slusser’s podcast.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Oct 7,2018 9:44 am || Up

            I bet he is more fair than I give him credit for, because he comes off in short bursts as a dick

            Bulloenning was another thing he was really down on.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Oct 7,2018 7:04 pm || Up

              Shea’s also a tiresome steroid puritan.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 7,2018 10:00 am || Up

      Speaking of Chronicle funniness today, the column Bruce Jenkins turned in midway through the Cal-Arizona game touting Cal’s quarterback’s performance looks pretty hilarious after the fourth quarter I saw.

      • Soaker Soaker Oct 7,2018 11:34 am || Up

        Last 6 minutes or so of the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter:

        Cal led 14-10 at halftime and Arizona scored 14 points in the second half to win 24-17. By careful analysis of that tweet you can see how Arizona scored all its second half points. This is why that triple dose of my blood pressure meds before I went to bed was a good idea.

        McIlwain is a good runner and maybe should be playing tailback. As a QB, arm and head are a bit lacking, or a lot lacking.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 7,2018 11:51 am || Up

          The quarterback run on fourth down from the 3 where they turned it over on downs was also quite unimpressive.

          • Soaker Soaker Oct 7,2018 12:28 pm || Up

            13 penalties for 115 yards, just about all on the offensive line, either false starts or holding. Also most of the shotgun snaps to McIlwain were below his knees. I have disliked the offense starting right off the bat with the North Carolina game and last night was just godawful. They don’t have any reliable weapons aside from McIlwain’s running (open field, not on fourth and short at the 3). Typical Cal, the defense has done a 180 in 1-1/2 seasons since the end of the Dykes era but the other side of it has gone kablooey.

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