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Games 97*-100*: Into Hell’s Kitchen 155

It’s a big mid-July series for both teams. The Twins enter on their first 3-game losing streak of the season, the last 2 being a short-series sweep at Target Field by the not-so-Amazin Mets. By Pythagorean record the A’s trail the Twins by just 1 game (MIN 57-37, OAK 57-39). Both teams have tough series after this one too, with the A’s going on to Houston while the Twins continue their homestand with 3 against the Yankees.

The A’s face righthanded starters in each game:
Tonight at 5: Fiers vs. Kyle Gibson
Friday at 5: Bassitt vs. Jake Odorizzi
Saturday at 4: Anderson vs. Jose Berrios
Sunday at 11: Mengden vs. Michael Pineda

It’s hot in Minneapolis today and tomorrow, more pleasant on the weekend, looks like the only significant chance of rain might be Saturday. Let’s go Oakland!

155 thoughts on “Games 97*-100*: Into Hell’s Kitchen

  1. Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 5:31 pm

    Hell’s Kitchen, which is in downtown a few blocks from Target Field, has a “Foxy Devil” on their drinks menu (vodka and lemonade). When I was there during an A’s road trip I think it was that drink that was listed as a “Foxy Fosse”.

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  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2019 5:39 pm

    So that’s a no on the Kelly Greens tonight.

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  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2019 6:06 pm

    Wow, sweet diving snag from Olsen for the double play. Bailed out Fiers who doesn’t look sharp tonight.

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  4. lenscrafters Jul 18,2019 6:13 pm

    KD’s been hitting the ball hard recently. Less worried about him now – the HRs will follow soon.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2019 7:00 pm

    The Twins stay giving us free outs.

    • andeux andeux Jul 18,2019 7:01 pm || Up

      It looked to me like that pitch did hit the batter’s pant leg. Big gift either way.

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  6. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2019 7:13 pm

    LEFTY PROFAR POWER

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2019 7:15 pm || Up

      That was a tough pitch too, pulled his hands in and still drove it.

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 7:18 pm || Up

      His LH/RH splits are bizarre.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2019 7:21 pm || Up

        He’s two completely different hitters.

        • MikeV MikeV Jul 18,2019 7:25 pm || Up

          its like when people used to say Bobby Kielty should stop switch hitting

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

          Thanks, and go As.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2019 7:30 pm || Up

            I’m used to guys who are good from one side and bad from the other. Profar is good from one side and bad from the other, but 13 of his 14 homers are from the bad side.

            • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 7:38 pm || Up

              And with Texas there wasn’t really a “good side” and a “bad side”. He’s always hit more homers vs. RHP but in all other categories he has historically been very similar either way.

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  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 18,2019 7:44 pm

    Strike zone is all over the place tonight.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 7:50 pm || Up

      I liked that Frank Viola got ejected from a game for complaining about the robo strike zone the other night.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 18,2019 7:59 pm || Up

      It’s like there are two different home plate umps.

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  8. lenscrafters Jul 18,2019 7:49 pm

    Get us some fking bullpen help.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 7:58 pm || Up

      Is this three batter minimum rule still on schedule for 2020? I’d think LOOGYs would be in the super discount bin the next couple weeks. Certainly enough to upgrade from Buchter.

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      • lenscrafters Jul 18,2019 8:09 pm || Up

        Yes, if we had a competent lefty reliever Rosario never bats there. It’s telling how little confidence Melvin has in Buchter that he opted for Petit against their best LH hitter instead.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 18,2019 8:21 pm || Up

      Lou packed for Houston so that same suitcase of clothes should be fine for Vegas.

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  9. lenscrafters Jul 18,2019 8:32 pm

    Manaea got good results tonight but his velocity was still 88-90 apparently.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 19,2019 3:29 pm || Up

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 19,2019 8:42 am

    The Twins regularly using the only lefty in their pen as a two-inning closer is interesting. I wonder how sustainable his dominance is being used like that.

  11. andeux andeux Jul 19,2019 10:08 am
    TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV Jul 19,2019 11:43 am || Up

      wait. i just had him in my ear on the malcolm gladwell podcast. i feel dirty.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 12:41 pm || Up

      The couple married in July 2018.

      The three counts appear to be for separate incidents in July 2018, May 2019, and July 2019

      Either “that didn’t take long” or “maybe the wedding should have been postponed”.

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 19,2019 12:51 pm || Up

        Don’t have any weapons? This doesn’t sound like he could try to claim “misunderstanding”.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2019 2:59 pm || Up

        There are a lot of relationships where passions run high in both good and really bad ways, really quickly.

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  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2019 5:13 pm

    A leadoff Semien!

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  13. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 5:42 pm

    Bassitt seems to have trouble dealing with hot weather. I noticed it in Texas and he just about melted in St. Louis. He makes it worse for himself by slowing to a molasses pace with runners on base.

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 7:11 pm || Up

      There was about to be a pool of molten Bassitt on the mound but C.J. Cron miraculously GIDPd on ball four. He looks done though.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2019 7:15 pm || Up

      Born in Toledo, college in Akron

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  14. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 7:05 pm

    Ray thinks “the A’s had their way with the White Sox in Oakland but they have a pretty good club”. He and Glen specifically talked about run differential earlier and the White Sox have the fifth-worst in baseball.

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  15. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 7:29 pm

    All right, bullpenners, less suck tonight, please.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 19,2019 8:34 pm || Up

      Much less suck! So much less that Profar’s boneheaded baserunning didn’t matter.

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  16. Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 7:45 pm

    One of the few remaining uses for CRT televisions: put them in MLB bullpens.

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  17. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 19,2019 8:15 pm

    Melvin having to get a 5 out save from Hendricks is further evidence that a trade or 2 are needed.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2019 6:54 am || Up

      If Treinen is healthy, which may be a big “If” right now, they should work him back into the 6th-8th inning roles currently held by Petit and Soria, and last night Buchter. He’s been edging toward “dead spot on the roster” status, only pitching with leads >/= 8 runs. I don’t see how Trivino is anything but a dead spot now and he and Wendelken* should swap apartments until Lou gets it sorted out. (*Wendelken can’t return until they get home unless there is an injury.)

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  18. lenscrafters Jul 19,2019 8:29 pm

    Good on BoMel there for benching Profar for complete and utter stupidity.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 8:37 pm || Up

      He celebrated his return to the #2 spot in the lineup with an 0-for-5 with nothing out of the infield, capped by that, plus two straight terrible throws.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2019 3:33 pm || Up

      And he remains on the bench today.

  19. lenscrafters Jul 19,2019 8:33 pm

    That was probably the most dominant appearance by an A’s reliever this season.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 19,2019 9:16 pm || Up

      speaking of dominant performances, Mike fucking leake is trying to get traded still

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 9:22 pm || Up

        Well yeah, but the Angels had a tough travel schedule; they didn’t get to their Seattle hotel until probably 2:30 a.m. :-P

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 19,2019 9:22 pm || Up

        No way the Mariners go the whole game without an error.

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 19,2019 9:35 pm || Up

        At least that guy gets hits against other teams too.

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  20. MikeV MikeV Jul 19,2019 9:39 pm

    I’m super not disappointed that Donaldson walked off Fernando Rodney.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  21. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 9:10 am

    Under the Deadspin article with a transcript of Aaron Boone’s ump rant yesterday, this comment truly shines.

    You know, Boonie is on to something here. For as Rousseau said in his Discourse on Inequality, “In fact, the real source of all those differences, is that the savage lives within himself, whereas the citizen, constantly beside himself, knows only how to live in the opinion of others.” That is, in “the box” the batter as savage is living solely within himself: looking for his pitch, the one that meets his needs, the one off which he can sock a majestic dong. The umpire, therefore, is “the citizen,” standing ‘beside himself’ because he is performing not as a man but as an alienated role as arbiter, imposing his opinions as to what pitches are good or bad upon the savage. Boone, then, is not just critiquing the umpire; he is in fact authoring (albeit profanely) a critique of civil society. “Fucking get better… tighten it up right now,” he says, and allow the savages to perform according to their nature and not according to your standards of right and wrong, good and bad.

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  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 4:22 pm

    Man Berrios is kinda nasty.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 4:29 pm || Up

      Impending fatherhood seems to have made Brett less nasty.

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  23. andeux andeux Jul 20,2019 6:19 pm

    Bat Flippin’ Season!

    TINSTAAFK
  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2019 6:21 pm

    Did not expect Laureano to have 20 homers on July 20.

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 6:27 pm

    Lots of guys seem to hit lots of homers these days

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2019 6:35 pm

    Sano has hit some majestic homers off A’s pitchers.

  27. andeux andeux Jul 20,2019 6:40 pm

    Buchter is so useless.

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    • andeux andeux Jul 20,2019 6:41 pm || Up

      They’re leaving him in to face a righty now? Awesome.

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    • andeux andeux Jul 20,2019 6:44 pm || Up

      And then R. Grossman overthrows his receiver by 10 yards.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 6:55 pm || Up

      We’ve been lefthanded corkscrewed.

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  28. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2019 7:31 pm

    Holy FKing Toledo!

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  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 7:33 pm

    Khris got the RBIs but Ramon’s hit was a thing of beauty.

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  30. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 20,2019 7:40 pm

    Melvin is Old Mother Hubbard right now

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 20,2019 7:44 pm

    Oh my.

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  32. Soaker Soaker Jul 20,2019 7:45 pm

    My Treinen-in-the-8th idea…sort of worked!

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  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 20,2019 9:39 pm

    Won the season series against three of the four main wild card competitors.

  34. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2019 11:35 am

    1. The Twins don’t need the gold trim on their jerseys. They have red and blue, nobody needs a third color except the ’70s Astros.

    2. Of all the obnoxious things that get played on stadium PAs, the siren as a sound effect is the absolute worst.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 11:45 am || Up

      That gold trim on the lettering just looks bad. Black or white would be much better

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 11:57 am || Up

        There’s an epidemic of shiny trim around the league right now. I think the Mets are also using it.

        Today I’m more annoyed by both teams using dark solid-color tops. That shouldn’t be allowed.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 21,2019 3:27 pm || Up

        correct

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:47 pm || Up

      They’re blaring the siren again, this time because they need to wake their team back up.

  35. MikeV MikeV Jul 21,2019 11:47 am

    more like AAAJ Puk amirite?

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    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 11:56 am || Up

      More like DAAAniel Mengden

      • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2019 11:57 am || Up

        It’s a Schlitter, Wang, Trivino kind of day.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 12:18 pm || Up

          Substitute Tri-vino for Tri-brewo and that’s my day too.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:37 pm || Up

          Wang and Trivino were just good enough to keep us out of the Schlitter today.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 12:01 pm || Up

      Assuming no trade for another starter, how about Manaea takes Mengden’s spot and Puk goes tandem with Bassitt?

      • MikeV MikeV Jul 21,2019 12:15 pm || Up

        How about we trade for Bauer.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 12:16 pm || Up

          I find him irritating but fine.

        • andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 12:20 pm || Up

          One of the team we are fighting for a playoff spot is going to trade us a starter because ?

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 12:21 pm || Up

        Anecdotally relievers seem in way higher demand now that other deadline rumor mills I recall. So A. the league has corrected the undervaluing the A’s enjoyed last 3 years, and B. We’re unlikely to get quality help there.

        Maybe rehabbing pseudo-starters is 2019’s hidden value.

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  36. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 12:30 pm

    This guy is the baseball dad hero we need.

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  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 12:37 pm

    Pineda makes me more hopeful for the future of the dominant fat guy pitcher as a concept post-Sabathia. He’s not there quite yet, but you can see the potential.

  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 1:23 pm

    What a tag by Phegley.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 1:41 pm

    KD is one of the more awkward looking baserunners out there.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 1:46 pm

    I like Wang’s new K-Pop hairstyle.

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:01 pm

    I did not expect that to be overturned. Wow.

    Korach has a couple of dodgy calls today. He had Phegley’s homer as a routine fly ball at first, and he anticipated a base hit on that Semien play before it could get past him.

  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:01 pm

    Man that didn’t look like “clear visual evidence” to me but I’ll take it.

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  43. andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 2:03 pm

    It really doesn’t feel like we should be in this game.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:05 pm || Up

      Boy was that a bad read by Semien.

      Reply fail…I was going to say I agree and that considering the gift of being in the game we should probably just go ahead and win it.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:09 pm || Up

        This whole series had been that way so we should just go ahead and win that too.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:12 pm || Up

          I’m not all that impressed with the Twins’ bullpen other than Rogers, who shot his wad in the first game of the series.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:40 pm || Up

            They certainly are letting the Fortnight guy throw a boatload of pitches.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 3:14 pm || Up

            Kohl Stewart should be a favorite here though.

            TINSTAAFK
        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2019 2:49 pm || Up

          Id say this also applies to the playoff picture.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 2:30 pm

    Pinch-hitting Herrmann for Pinder is … interesting.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:32 pm || Up

      ….but in a good way!

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:33 pm || Up

      A couple of inches twice from this being a 7-5 A’s lead.

  45. andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 2:32 pm

    By which I mean brilliant.

    TINSTAAFK
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:34 pm

    Castro is trying to give us this game.

  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:38 pm

    There’s only so many free bases you can give away before we’ll eventually cash in.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:56 pm || Up

      The Twins were nice enough to let us get away with giving them two.

  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:43 pm

    Semien now has an 11.3% walk rate (career: 8.6%), a 13.1% K rate (career: 20.6%). and a .461 SLG (career: .412).

  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:45 pm

    Do we know if Hendriks is available after going 2.2 innings the last two games?

  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:48 pm

    Oh Ramon…

  51. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2019 2:50 pm

    I dont see how he can be, but I also dont see tons of options with 2 innings to go.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 2:57 pm || Up

      It would have to be Trienen, or Soria for a second inning.

  52. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 21,2019 2:52 pm

    In my head I assumed Soria for the 9th. So Bob knows more about baseball then I do it seems.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:57 pm || Up

      Maybe. Except for that crushed ball Ramon could’ve caught Soria was sharp.

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  53. andeux andeux Jul 21,2019 2:56 pm

    I assume Petit is the other option for the 9th. He threw 6 pitches yesterday, none the day before.

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  54. Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2019 2:59 pm

    It’s like there are 25 Jason Kendalls out there today. Nice gritty performance. Need to wrap it up though.

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 21,2019 3:20 pm || Up

      I guess that’s the logical result when your roster is 25 Jason Kendalls.

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  55. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 2:59 pm

    Or maybe the A’s score 12 in the top half and we see Schlitter after all.

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  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 3:01 pm

    Another run or two would really hit the spot.

    • ptbnl Jul 21,2019 3:21 pm || Up

      Careful what you wish for.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 3:48 pm || Up

        Yeah, that was my bad.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 4:31 pm || Up

          Eh, I wished for 12.

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          • ptbnl Jul 21,2019 4:54 pm || Up

            You specified the scoring team.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 21,2019 3:11 pm

    That was 100% strike two. WTF.

  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 21,2019 4:34 pm

    Paul Krassner was legit. RIP.

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  59. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2019 10:11 am

    #29 out of 29. The Giants have fallen far enough that the A’s audience is about 1/3 of theirs; at times it has been more like 1/5.

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2019 10:20 am || Up

      But we’ll soon be raking in the bucks from the SUPPORT LOCALLY MADE SAUSAGE! patches on the uniforms.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 22,2019 10:50 am || Up

      not a falling audience?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2019 10:27 am

    • DFA DFA Jul 22,2019 3:49 pm || Up

      Sounds great except can we put him with ken instead?

      In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2019 4:32 pm || Up

        Neither Ken nor Vince gets into the advanced statistics much but of the two Vince is more likely to make a reference to sources like Fangraphs.

        Even for just one game I’m glad this is alongside the traditional broadcast rather than replacing it. It sounds difficult to pull off on radio no matter who is in the chair. If they are getting deep into numbers I think prepared graphics would help a lot, and ESPN has done a little bit of that although I have never watched one of those alternate broadcasts.

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2019 6:06 pm || Up

          I think that’s right about Vince vs Ken more likely to quote a new school source. But I’ll be curious to hear if Vince sets himself up as the oppositional old schooler for discussion purposes.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • DFA DFA Jul 23,2019 4:02 pm || Up

          I just much prefer listening to Ken.

          Though his HR calls in the Twins game were quite fantastic.

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  61. colin colin Jul 22,2019 11:01 am

    Fangraphs ranked Chappie as the 9th highest trade value in MLB (he was #16 in their rankings last year). Matt Olson snuck onto the list at #49. And Frankie Montas as an honorable mention, kept out of the top 50 for obvious reasons.

    • colin colin Jul 24,2019 11:52 am || Up

      From another Fangraphs post that looked into the occasions when players from their top trade value lists were actually traded (spoiler: it’s rare)

      I mean, I don’t have enough space to rehash that trade here, but it seems safe to say Billy Beane thought he was playing nine-dimensional chess on that one. Not a lot of lessons there, aside from not trading a controllable MVP candidate for literally Brett Lawrie.

      • dmoas Jul 24,2019 12:28 pm || Up

        He should have been fired for that one. Still should be.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 24,2019 12:41 pm || Up

          On the other hand, with the news of Addison Russell being sent to AAA today, I am reminded that turning him into Marcus Semien was a pretty good piece of business.

          • dmoas Jul 24,2019 1:37 pm || Up

            On balance, I feel like that original AR trade was a pretty good deal overall. Not a great deal, but the net return was better than what we lost. Particularly if you add in the follow up trade of getting Semien. But man, when he makes a bad trade, I feel like he doubles down on the WTFness.

  62. Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2019 11:15 am

    They probably mentioned on radio over the weekend but I didn’t hear it: Ken is in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Along with, among others, the late Jane Dornacker of “S&M Bridge” fame.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 22,2019 12:53 pm || Up

      That’s great and much deserved for Korach.

      This comment got me to Google Jane Dornacker and holy shit what an amazing life story, and tragic end.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 22,2019 2:32 pm || Up

        She’s pretty high up on the Famous Last Words list because very few have ever departed while live on the air.

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    • sslinger Jul 22,2019 3:57 pm || Up

      And he’s going in with Sarah Clark, who I’ve enjoyed listening to on & off for 30 years or so on Alice in the morning. Say what you will about the morning show format, she brings an authentic voice to the show that has kept it going for so long, and is very deserving of the honor.

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2019 11:46 am

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 22,2019 1:49 pm || Up

      so, Nick Martini pitches now?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 22,2019 1:51 pm || Up

  64. lenscrafters Jul 22,2019 5:54 pm

    Well hopefully by the end of Wednesday, they haven’t lost too much ground in the WC race.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 24,2019 6:44 pm || Up

      Lost one game to Cleveland, one to Boston, none to Tampa, looking like none to Minnesota.

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