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Spinning around the Southland 87

On the upside d’Anaheim had to fly to Wrigley yesterday for a one game makeup while the Oakland lads are fresh.

On the downside Grossman and Profar appear to have the keys to Bob’s starting lineup pen.

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87 thoughts on “Spinning around the Southland

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 7:53 pm

    I sat near a loud Angels fan in Oakland last week who claimed that Anaheim was the best ballpark for visiting fans anywhere.

    I punched him out to prove my point.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 8:00 pm

    Canning looked pretty sharp the first time around but you can’t fool (a few of our hitters) twice!

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  3. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 4,2019 8:03 pm

    i’ll get to this after the softball world series. this series has been fantastic

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 4,2019 8:25 pm || Up

      good guys won. walk off after a 2 out hr to tie it in the top of the last inning

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  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 8:08 pm

    Dubs fans take heart: Primera the lifeguard reports that Steve Kerr looked very relaxed at the Claremont pool today. And no injuries!

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  5. Soaker Soaker Jun 4,2019 8:53 pm

    It’s probably about time to give up on my early-season thought that Laureano would spend at least a few weeks this season as an Aviator.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 4,2019 8:58 pm || Up

      fowler is not going to replace him

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  6. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 4,2019 8:59 pm

    fosse and kuiper really don’t know how baseball works

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 9:35 pm || Up

      Ray: “We’ve talked about it over and over, Laureano’s ability to play good center field makes him a better offensive player.”

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  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 9:07 pm

    Hard to fault Montas too much for losing some focus after ending that epic 13 pitch at-bat vs Trout by hitting him.

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  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 4,2019 9:57 pm

    I know we’re short on late inning relief options but man Hendriks scares the hell out of me. Good for at least a couple badly overthrown Raging Aussie pitches every time out.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. AV AV Jun 5,2019 9:43 am

    so… U-20.

    USA has a shot to the final (in case you slept on it… like the argentine defense did on that last play against mali).

    and who the hell is soto? did we know about this guy?

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2019 9:53 am || Up

      I don’t know much about Soto other than that he was a Cal recruit who decided to go pro in Germany instead.

    • MikeV MikeV Jun 6,2019 8:10 am || Up

      He’s solid but he’s like 3rd choice behind Josh Sargent and Tim Weah in the U20s, although Weah can also be a winger. Good showing so far though.

      Also IDK what the deal is with Sargent not being on the Gold Cup roster and also not the U20s.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 8:29 am || Up

        Looking at the forwards who did make the Gold Cup….I definitely don’t know who Tyler Boyd is, I don’t think I know who Jonathan Lewis is, I know who Gyasi Zardes is and I don’t like it, I did not know that Jordan Morris is healthy enough to play soccer these days…plenty of room there for Sargent IMO.

        And now I’m looking at the defenders…..Omar Gonzalez why why why

        • MikeV MikeV Jun 6,2019 8:46 am || Up

          Tyler Boyd is apparently some New Zealand guy that filed a one time switch to the US. I don’t know a thing about him.

          I am sick and fucking tired of Zardes and Morris continuing to be called up. Same with Wil Trapp.

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 8:50 am || Up

            It’s cool how Tyler Adams, a standout central midfielder for a good Bundesliga club, is pushed to right back for country so that Berhalter can keep Trapp on the field. Very, very cool.

            • MikeV MikeV Jun 6,2019 9:12 am || Up

              Especially when Lima absolutely NAILED the weird RB/CM hybrid thing Berhalter has set up.

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

              Thanks, and go As.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 9,2019 5:25 pm || Up

            Oh look, a 0-3 loss to freaking Venezuela in Cincinnati. Pathetic.

  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 10:39 am

    Interesting excerpt from book on coaching the swing plane revolution.

    https://slate.com/culture/2019/06/mvp-machine-excerpt-mookie-betts-better-swing.html

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 11:33 am || Up

      oh, ben, travis, your editor let you down a few times.

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  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 5,2019 4:39 pm

    Gotta cross another one now.

    • dmoas Jun 5,2019 5:04 pm || Up

      Were they allowed into the country or was the border closed?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 5:43 pm || Up

      I’m picturing a Spinal Tap backstage epic saga.

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  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 7:02 pm

    Mistah FAB is sitting right behind the announcers at Oracle, causing numerous ABC audio silences as he loudly voices his displeasure at calls.

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  13. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 7:09 pm

    I’m in favor of taking whichever statheads came up with “openers” and locking them in Mom’s basement for a month WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS.

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    • andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 7:19 pm || Up

      I have yet to see any real stat-based justification for it.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 7:44 pm || Up

        Yeah it’s weird, it’s clearly something the more stat-inclined teams are doing, yet why?

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 8:33 pm || Up

          i don’t see why you can’t just tell the long guy “you only get two shots through the order” and have him start

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      • lenscrafters Jun 5,2019 8:42 pm || Up

        It definitely hasn’t improved Mengden’s performance today.

  14. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 8:12 pm

    This has to be Peñaful to watch for Angels fans. It’s not even very pleasant for me.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 8:27 pm || Up

      I’m Soria’re having a tough night of it.

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  15. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 8:34 pm

    tommy lastella?

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  16. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 8:35 pm

    that’s a pretty thing.

    I don’t think it was a terrible pitch

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    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 8:38 pm || Up

      It’s wasn’t real good either. Funny how Trout hesitated on his swing…”let’s see, nope, OOOH that looks good” (blammo).

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  17. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 8:37 pm

    This game has that wild meth-fueled nightmare feel.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 8:46 pm || Up

      You can already see the series against the Rays in Florida is going to be unwatchable because the pitching staff is going to be a disaster by the time they leave Texas.

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  18. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 8:38 pm

    sub optimal

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  19. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 9:07 pm

    I don’t know how they’ll get through this game, but not letting Mengden face Trout again there seems like the right call.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 9:09 pm || Up

      Never mind.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 9:12 pm || Up

      I think they need three miracle solid innings from Brooks to win tonight.

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  20. lenscrafters Jun 5,2019 9:23 pm

    I know Hundley had a decent week a month ago but can we please move on from him?

  21. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 9:42 pm

    how does lucroy throw out runners now?

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  22. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 9:49 pm

    wait, how is tommy lastella not on base?

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  23. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 9:54 pm

    Strike three to Trout would have gotten us a tremendous Sciosciaface in the old days.

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  24. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 9:56 pm

    are we buying wang?

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    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 10:00 pm || Up

      He came out tonight to live and die in L.A.

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      • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 10:19 pm || Up

        With that I hope we’ve burned through all the Wang Chung references. Should note, though, that they released a new album, “Orchesography”, just last Friday. Not “new songs” apparently, but a “new album” nevertheless.

        Wang Chung return with a brand new album. This limited edition, special box set consists of 1) The main ‘Orchesography’ CD album (newly recorded versions of their chart topping hits augmented with an Orchestra) 2) Vocal & Orchestra Only CD, 3) Orchestra Only versions CD, 4) A set of brand new Remixes. 5) CD Single of Dance Hall Days featuring 5 tracks. 6) CD single of Everybody Have Fun Tonight featuring 8 new tracks. Also included is a postcard personally signed by Jack and Nick.

        Yeah, this game has been so tortured that I took the time to look that up.

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 10:32 pm || Up

          I was impressed with the last comment

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 7:14 am || Up

      We kind of have to at this point.

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 10:33 pm

    Poor choice by Olsen to try for two.

    This definitely feels like the kind of slog that will go extra innings just to spite everyone involved.

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    • andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:35 pm || Up

      So we still might need three innings from Brooks?

      TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:36 pm || Up

      Safe! (But they will not reverse it.)

      TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:37 pm || Up

        Wrong again!

        TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 10:37 pm || Up

        Wow, I’m surprised the guy in New York is (a) still awake and (b) sober enough to make that call.

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  26. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 10:39 pm

    there is the lucroy I remember

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  27. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:49 pm

    Is Bob sober though?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 11:00 pm || Up

      no

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      • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 11:01 pm || Up

        By the time I get to bed tonight I won’t be either.

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  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 10:50 pm

    Wow, walking the go ahead run into scoring position to face Ohtani is… bold? Insane? I am not sure.

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  29. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:52 pm

    Buchter has walked 14, in 18 IP this year.

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  30. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:54 pm

    Buchter has walked 15, in 18 IP this year.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 10:57 pm || Up

      Yeah, that was the problem, bringing him in with the bases loaded. Hendriks is an adventure but has been more consistent than Buchter this year.

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  31. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 10:57 pm

    Good thing we let Hendriks and Buchter give up the tying run and leave the bases loaded before bringing in Trivino anyway.

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  32. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 10:57 pm

    That sucked but I admire the gusty choice (and also not having to get beat by Trout).

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 11:01 pm || Up

      that wasn’t the worst decision of that inning

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  33. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 5,2019 10:59 pm

    I like this new beardless Trivino so far.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. Future Ed Future Ed Jun 5,2019 11:01 pm

    bob, hendicks is a sometimes food, not an everyday food

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  35. andeux andeux Jun 5,2019 11:23 pm

    OK, somehow I still didn’t see that coming.

    TINSTAAFK
  36. Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 11:23 pm

    oh gawd

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    • Soaker Soaker Jun 5,2019 11:25 pm || Up

      Although Brooks was going to be a disaster anyway, so I suppose it gets us a little extra sleep at least.

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  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2019 7:19 am

    Feel bad for Lou, he was making good pitches and could really have used a clean appearance. After the drop he looked totally shellshocked.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 7:39 am || Up

      His face appeared clean at least.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 8:46 am || Up

      Uh oh!

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2019 9:11 am || Up

        My immediate reaction was “oh great, another example of the kind of W’s fan that makes everyone hate us.” Turns out yes!

        Tired of the takes that everyone at Oracle is a tech bro dickhead. Try looking beyond the first 10 rows, lame take-havers.

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  38. Soaker Soaker Jun 6,2019 9:16 am

    Looking at Fangraphs this morning and trying to figure out this pitching staff, it seems like they’re hanging around .500 because although they serve up a ton of fly balls, relatively few of them have gone out of the park (up to now).

    GB%: 39.6% (3rd lowest of the 30 teams)
    HR/9: 1.18 (6th lowest)
    HR/FB: 11.0% (tied lowest)
    xFIP: 5.05 (2nd highest…wow, only the Orioles are worse)

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    • vignette17 Jun 6,2019 10:59 am || Up

      2018 A’s relievers compiled 11.5 WPA. 2019 A’s relievers sit at -1.5 so far (on pace for -4.0). So the bullpen is on pace to cost the A’s 16 wins year over year. Sounds about right.

      • andeux andeux Jun 6,2019 10:32 pm || Up

        To add some context here:
        Last year’s +11.5 was the best in the league by more than 2 wins. So a good amount of regression was probably inevitable. I sure wasn’t expecting this much.

        On the negative side, our current -1.5 is 8th worst in the majors.
        The 2015 TD was last in the league with -8, which seems about typical for that spot.
        The 2017 A’s were also last, but were only -5.
        This year’s Nationals are already at -5.7, which would be on pace for -15.
        (And poor Sean Doolittle had positive WPA for all three of those teams.)

        TINSTAAFK
  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2019 2:13 pm

    I’m falling in love with this guy’s deadpan literal answers to cliched interview questions.

  40. andeux andeux Jun 6,2019 7:51 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • MikeV MikeV Jun 6,2019 8:43 pm || Up

      Like sign Keuchel for a prorated 1 year 20M deal?

      oh wait

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jun 7,2019 1:28 am || Up

        happy birthday, we didin’t sign keuchel

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2019 8:45 pm || Up

      With eight games in the next seven days “some point” better be soon.

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