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Games 113*-118* in the ivy-covered guaranteed rate burial ground 247

A full week in Chicago commences with three on the North Side. This would be a fun road trip but Chicago is on the pricey side and in a week I would put on 10 pounds just from the pizza.

This series concludes the A’s NL Central games for the season. They are 9-4 and should be 10-3. Unless the A’s do something really special in September and October, my most vivid single memory of the season is still likely to be Starling Marte’s 13th-inning homer off Fernando Rodney heading in the direction of the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Tonight at 5:05: Chris Bassitt vs. Kyle Hendricks
Tuesday at 5:05: Ex-Cub Brett Anderson (6 “Man this guy’s career is over” starts in 2017) vs. ex-Athletic Jon Lester
Wednesday at 11:20: Homer Bailey vs. Jose Quintana

Weather: Should be OK. Thunderstorms are supposed to hold off until after midnight tonight and clear out by game time tomorrow. It’s not too hot (better check with Bassitt on that though) but maybe a little muggy.

Ex-A’s: Lester is the only one on the Cubs’ 25-man roster. Addison Russell went 2-for-5 in the Iowa Cubs’ 10-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium this afternoon. Kendall Graveman is on the 60-day IL and apparently will not pitch at any level in 2019.

Steve Goodman wasn’t prolific but wrote some good stuff. Arlo Guthrie made “City of New Orleans” famous but Goodman wrote it. “Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street” is a fine ballad which remains a staple of Jimmy Buffett’s shows to this day. Goodman’s famous Cubs song is “Go Cubs Go” which isn’t a bad team rally song (I mean, it was written around the same time as that horrifying Houston Oilers polka thing that Howard Cosell loved so much) but he also wrote “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” which is much more dismal and showed up in 1983, when Lee Elia was ranting about the 15% of Chicago’s population that didn’t have jobs and came out to unlighted Wrigley Field on weekday afternoons to say bad things about the Cubs. The full song drones on a bit but I do like the chorus.

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247 thoughts on “Games 113*-118* in the ivy-covered guaranteed rate burial ground

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 4:43 pm

    ack, delete mine please, i have never figured it out

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 4:46 pm || Up

      thank you

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 4:56 pm || Up

      I always check to see if somebody has a draft sitting there before I start writing something. This one is a little longer than usual because I was resting after working on the Thompson’s Water Seal re-staining job on the Bill King Deck. Our first snow is often seen in late September, certainly by the middle of October. I know you guys like your drinking water and all but I wouldn’t mind an easier winter than the last one.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:16 pm || Up

        I usually check before i post, I didn’t this time because i figured it was too early

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  2. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 4:43 pm

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 4:47 pm || Up

      Good. The last thing he needs to be doing is running into brick walls.

  3. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:15 pm

    I don’t like the look of that front foot off balance end of the ball pop up that almost got to the warning track

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:19 pm || Up

      yep. this is going to be an alcoholic nightmare game.

      no ray, that ball was not going out because it was hit hard

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 5:20 pm || Up

        It looks like the Wrigley wind is doing its thing tonight. Also the temperature is warmer than the forecast I was looking at and we’ll see how Bassitt handles it this time.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 5:21 pm || Up

          I hope this time he took it easy during base running practice.

  4. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:17 pm

    the crowd is very reative

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  5. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:17 pm

    reactive

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    • AV AV Aug 5,2019 5:34 pm || Up

      shoot. i was hoping they were all cousins. and some of them got on a train going at the speed of light, while the others…

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  6. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:39 pm

    0-2 to double. also, no ray, they were not pitcher pitches, they were bad pitches

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  7. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:43 pm

    0-2 to walk

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  8. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:59 pm

    a run or over 50 pitches please

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  9. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 5:59 pm

    two is fine

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  10. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 6:12 pm

    Granted that Profar bounced the throw to Olson on the GIDP but at least it was accurate. It seems the shorter the throw, the more problems he has, and if he has any future in the infield, getting him to some position other than 2B would clear up that part of it.

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  11. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 6:15 pm
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  12. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 6:18 pm

    Bassitt was doing his usual hot-weather thing in that inning again with runners on: kicking at the mound, asking for the signs again, etc. Don’t think you have to get 6 full innings out of him tonight, Bob, because it’s just going to get worse. I don’t think it’s a conditioning thing, more that “Damn it’s hot out here” is the main thing going through his mind rather than focusing on executing a pitch.

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 6:45 pm || Up

      Fewer than 20 pitches total in the 4th and 5th, with just one baserunner (two out hit by Hendricks), eliminates that problem for now.

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  13. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 5,2019 6:19 pm

    Sometimes you just never know what you’re going to see.

    Ray, channeling Joaquin Andujar.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  14. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 6:42 pm

    that was the exact same play. I wish pitching ninja would overlay those

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  15. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 6:47 pm

    bob? 6 innings?

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  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 6:55 pm

    Can we win this game with one hit?

  17. lenscrafters Aug 5,2019 7:03 pm

    Indians and Rays have both lost.

  18. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 7:04 pm

    profar has not been good at baseball, but I like how he is having fun

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  19. MikeV MikeV Aug 5,2019 7:06 pm

    Baez was kinda fooled, almost took a knee when he swung, hit it a little off the end of the bat, and cranked it 450 feet to left center.

    The FK

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  20. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:16 pm

    The Laureano injury is giving Canha a great chance to go into spring training as the 150-game left fielder in 2020. Or to prove that would be a lousy idea but it doesn’t seem to be going that latter direction.

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  21. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:20 pm

    Tonight looks too much like most of Piscotty’s nights before he got hurt.

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  22. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:24 pm

    OK, that one didn’t need any help from the wind.

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  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 7:31 pm

    Out of the woods for first time in 8 days and Treinen immediately blows a lead I’m going back into the wild.

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  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 7:32 pm

    So much for Treinen being back.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:34 pm || Up

      Lucroy apparently cleared waivers and the Angels released him today. If nobody wants him to catch the rest of the season, maybe the A’s hire him as a special assistant coach to get Treinen and Trivino fixed going into the offseason, much the same as when Ron Washington first came back specifically to work with Semien.

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  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 7:35 pm

    Wait Laureano is hurt?

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:39 pm || Up

      And you only missed three mass shootings. Yes, Laureano is gone until sometime in September.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 7:46 pm || Up

        I got chosen for special TSA screening in Denver so now I feel safer than ever.

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        • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:54 pm || Up

          Don’t hand your driver’s license that says “Berkeley” to the guy who checks that against your boarding pass. Your passport doesn’t mention Berkeley so I’d use that instead.

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          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 7:59 pm || Up

            I usually do travel by passport not DL, didn’t this time, maybe that’s it but still seems a stretch.

            Separately, the cultural divide is a lot easier to put out of mind when I don’t leave coastal California so perhaps I’ll stay put.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 8:03 pm || Up

              Considering that I have to go down to Carson City, Minden or Gardnerville at least a couple times a month, I’ve been very surprised that my “I Didn’t Vote For Trump” bumper sticker has survived unvandalized since November 2016.

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              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 8:11 pm || Up

                It’s sad that this surprises me. For bizarre historic reasons Nurse Upgrade will soon be a duel citizen of Luxembourg, so there’s my ultimate escape hatch. What a fucking era.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 7:39 pm || Up

      Yeah, he had been playing with a “stress reaction” in his shin since Japan, apparently.

  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 7:50 pm

    OK that was pretty cool.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 7:51 pm || Up

      Everybody in the park knows where Nick’s family is sitting.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 9:54 am || Up

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  27. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 8:09 pm

    Ed called “alcoholic nightmare” three hours ago and the A’s could make this a real wake-up-screaming one for the Cubs.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 8:15 pm || Up

      bassitt really dodged it all night

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  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 8:15 pm

    Let’s go Khris!

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  29. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 8:16 pm

    wouldn’t call it a trump card, ken

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 8:20 pm || Up

      Another go-to expression of mine I can’t use any more. Now I need to learn Luxembourgouis.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Aug 5,2019 11:12 pm || Up

        hail satan sign.

        “ace of spades”

        let anybody think what they wanna think.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 8:22 pm || Up

      Vince has occasionally used “chink in the armor” and I always think, can’t you please come up with another phrase?

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  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 5,2019 8:25 pm

    Drat.

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  31. lenscrafters Aug 5,2019 8:26 pm

    That was the teAsiest teAse a teAse could be.

  32. Soaker Soaker Aug 5,2019 8:26 pm

    Needed one well-timed gust of wind there, or maybe one of the super-hard baseballs.

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  33. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 8:28 pm

    good news is that is clearly their best pitcher, treinen is done for the series and no ground was lost.

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    • lenscrafters Aug 5,2019 8:33 pm || Up

      I had thought that Treinen was figuring it out (it looks like he’s throwing the slider again), but this meltdown was just sad. This is just a lost year for him and Trivino.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 5,2019 9:53 pm || Up

        he really did seem better. he threw 13 of 17 pitches for strikes. so, yay?

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        • sslinger Aug 6,2019 11:35 am || Up

          I do think he’s been coming around, and apparently so does he. Not happy about the results last night:

          “The ballpark, in my opinion, played a factor in how good Baez got it,” Treinen said. “Maybe it’s the wind. Maybe it’s the ball. He stayed on it pretty good, but I didn’t feel like it was a necessarily a swing that warrants a home run, maybe a deep flyball. That’s not taking credit away from him because he’s an incredible player, but I throw him an off-speed pitch that gets him out front and his hips are underneath him. … You tip your cap and you move on.”

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 5,2019 10:07 pm

    Crazy

  35. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 6,2019 1:52 pm
    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  36. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 2:18 pm

    Ramoncito is way better

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 6,2019 2:24 pm || Up

      It amazes me how boring so many of these are.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • andeux andeux Aug 6,2019 2:26 pm || Up

        I like Profar’s and Estrada’s, even though I don’t like either player.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 2:41 pm || Up

        “Gut It Out”? Some team must have a “Gritty”.

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        • vignette17 Aug 6,2019 3:05 pm || Up

          Apparently, that’s the name of his charity for people with ulcerative colitis, so Diekman gets a pass. The others, not so much.

          • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 4:52 pm || Up

            OK, I didn’t know his history so forgive me for jumping to a conclusion on that one. He’s the one who had the disease and had surgeries for it fairly recently.

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 4:10 pm || Up

          I can’t wait to get the al pedrique’s “libtard” jersey at auction

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          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 4:41 pm || Up

            He’s Venezuelan so I assume that’s a call to arms.

            The idea of a Martini emoji jersey is kind of cool.

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            • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:10 pm || Up

              It took me so long not to see libtard, though.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 6,2019 2:36 pm || Up
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 2:45 pm || Up

        What the fuck.

        Korach, who hates the Angels’ red jerseys with red numerals, has to be checking to see if he has any vacation time left.

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      • lenscrafters Aug 6,2019 3:29 pm || Up

        I don’t get it, is it a league wide funeral?

      • dmoas Aug 6,2019 4:41 pm || Up

        I’d rather watch them naked than in that dumpster fire of a uniform. Probably would sell more tickets and merch doing that too.

      • mikeA Aug 7,2019 10:48 am || Up

        They’ll be able to plant some spies in the White Sox dugout.

    • sslinger Aug 7,2019 10:56 am || Up

      Way better than Chappy:

      The A’s third baseman will wear “Hurtado” to honor his late Cal State Fullerton teammate, Nick Hurtado, a left-handed pitcher who died of bone cancer in 2013 at age 21.

  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 5:04 pm

    I’m expecting Anderson to improve on his .667 season batting average tonight. Maybe even steal a base off Lester too.

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 5:18 pm || Up

      Brett’s 1.333 OPS has led the club most of the season, but Garneau has taken over with his 1.750, so there’s a real duel at the bottom of the lineup tonight.

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      • andeux andeux Aug 6,2019 5:29 pm || Up

        Brett’s going to have to step it up.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:31 pm || Up

          lefty on lefty gets a break

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  38. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:11 pm

    is it irrational hate?

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 5:14 pm || Up

      “Having Lester” was not really the problem in 2014; “not having Cespedes” was a bigger deal. I don’t care that much for him but there’s no hate.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:18 pm || Up

        six run lead, something something, throw to first something something, maybe its bob something something.

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    • andeux andeux Aug 6,2019 5:37 pm || Up

      I don’t know, but I am greatly enjoying this inning.

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 5:38 pm || Up

      Lester will forever be the face I associate with that awful night.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 5:46 pm || Up

        I’m afraid to look back at whatever angry drunken comments I must have made, but probably will when I get a chance tonight.

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        • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 6:46 pm || Up

          I see I decided to focus on the game and let others do the game threading. I was sober and subdued. I can always tell when I look back at these things whether I was drinking; I can always spell and punctuate but tone and content gives it away. The game ended just before my 9:55 comment; you can look at your comments if you dare.

          9:19 p.m.: I’m pretty much serene. Coming into the game it was either “what I expect” or “something better”, no potential for disappointment, and four-plus hours later it hasn’t changed.

          9:55 p.m.: I’ll see the few guys who survive the winter at Ho Ho Kam Stadium in early March.

          10:03 p.m.: Ken sounds like he’s about to break out the F-bombs.

          10:26 p.m.: As the reports come out of the coroner’s office in the next couple days it will be interesting to see how often his [Melvin’s] name is mentioned.

          The morning after:

          Lester conducted himself professionally but I wasn’t surprised that a rental might not be fully “invested”. In the back of his mind there also had to be a thought that the more starts he had this October, the more opportunities he’d have to get hurt right before free agency.

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          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 7:33 pm || Up

            Me at 629pm: Lester looks good to me, says here KC’s done scoring off him.

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          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 7:42 pm || Up

            I will say, with nearly five years passed and no hard feelings, and with full understanding that that awful painful slow motion 2014 collapse had many points of blame, roughly zero of them attributable to internet commenters, that if we are fortunate enough to see the A’s in the postseason this year the game thread needs to be posted by someone who hasn’t just shown up for the first time in months.

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          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 6,2019 7:48 pm || Up

            Yikes! An Aces who had been seperated for just about 5 months and 4 months away from being laid off was 1 hell of a downer.

            But he also said the window was closing for 2-3 yrs before we would get back to the playoffs, so he wasnt a total idiot.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 6,2019 8:20 pm || Up

            I had forgotten about Norris dropping a pitchout.

          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 8:33 pm || Up

            all in all I was pretty negative, which is par for the course. I thin I have said a version of this in every gamethread ever

            he is sunday’s starter. I am not sure what ned yost is doing. I suppose since I think its idiotic, its going to work out for yost

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          • lenscrafters Aug 6,2019 8:42 pm || Up

            My only take at this point is that I’m glad Moss’s last game with the A’s was a good one.

          • dmoas Aug 7,2019 8:56 am || Up

            That entire season destroyed me. That game was our entire season lived out in a single game. My baseball fandom was likely irreparably destroyed by it.

            • mikeA Aug 7,2019 10:54 am || Up

              That season really made my life worse in a way sports never has at any other time. Not exactly what I’m talking about above, but I resumed smoking for several months starting in the 4th inning or so.

            • DFA DFA Aug 12,2019 1:48 pm || Up

              this so so this.

              And then there was the giants winning and the election where we got wiped out followed by a shit 2015

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  39. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:22 pm

    that looked like a terrible play

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  40. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:32 pm

    double needed for the cycle in this inning

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  41. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:35 pm

    send the runners!!!

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  42. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 6,2019 5:40 pm

    Kick save!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  43. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 5:43 pm

    Heh heh heh.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 5:51 pm

    more outs brett

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 6,2019 5:57 pm || Up

      Except when you’re hitting.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 6,2019 5:57 pm || Up

      He hasn’t made one yet.

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 6,2019 6:01 pm || Up

        Garneau 2.067
        Brett 1.600

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  45. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 6:04 pm

    We are really going with jon, joe?

    cool, he gets on

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  46. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 6,2019 6:06 pm

    this is irritating me more than it should

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  47. lenscrafters Aug 6,2019 7:39 pm

    Puk for Wang please

    • dmoas Aug 7,2019 8:57 am || Up

      But if we do that, we’ll lose the absolute, most original, nickname on the back of the jersey for player’s weekend.

    • lenscrafters Aug 7,2019 12:59 pm || Up

      Puk for Trivino please

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 7,2019 1:02 pm || Up

        It’s becoming cruel to keep running him out there. Vegas for a month just has to happen, and now.

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        • dmoas Aug 7,2019 2:22 pm || Up

          Even 2-3 weeks until September call ups might be good enough. Let him get into all kinds of trouble down there to play around and figure it out.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 7,2019 3:48 pm || Up

          got two options

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        • lenscrafters Aug 7,2019 9:23 pm || Up

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 8,2019 10:00 am || Up

            I know they want him to pitch back-to-back days before calling him up, but is that really necessary? I would be surprised if the FO let Melvin use him on back-to-back days in the majors until maybe the playoffs.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 8,2019 9:40 am || Up

          Ijust don’t get it. I mean I understand how important he was last year, and maybe you dont want to embarrass him or something. But what purpose is there in having him sit in the bullpen, come out once a week or so and get shelled?

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 8,2019 9:44 am || Up

            Gonna self reply because my comment actually made me go to Bref. I guess the thought is he is getting close. In 8 out of his last 11 appearances he has had an inning or more and not been scored on. But when he misses he misses big. IMO all the more reason to send him down for like 10 days to get the back to back reps and get over the hump.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • dmoas Aug 8,2019 9:53 am || Up

              Yeah, there’s clearly *something* needs to work on. And not just one of those spiels that are given when they want to send someone who sucks down. There’s gotta be a mechanical flaw in there somewhere. But stick him in games that matter and hoping he can find it and fix it is just foolish. Let him do that in AAA where the outcome matters less than the process.

  48. Soaker Soaker Aug 7,2019 10:12 am

    Garneau’s current 1.500 OPS is ahead of Brett’s 1.333. Brett may get one more shot in San Francisco, although I would use the off days to rearrange it so Bailey and Roark pitch over there. Meanwhile, Garneau has attained full platoon status to the point of catching today’s day game following a night game.

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  49. lenscrafters Aug 7,2019 12:29 pm

    Bailey’s meltdowns are truly spectacular.

  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 7,2019 12:29 pm

    Homer dancing pretty close to the edge here in the 4th.

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  51. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 7,2019 12:29 pm

    Any Homer make Aces something something.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  52. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 7,2019 12:30 pm

    And now plummeting over the precipice.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. andeux andeux Aug 7,2019 12:34 pm

    D’oh!

    TINSTAAFK
  54. mikeA Aug 7,2019 1:00 pm

    Denied entrance to the No Homers club once again.

  55. Soaker Soaker Aug 7,2019 1:48 pm

    Blake Treinen, mop-up man.

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    • Soaker Soaker Aug 7,2019 1:53 pm || Up

      Last season: 2 HR in 80-1/3 IP
      This series: 3 HR in 1-2/3 IP

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  56. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 7,2019 2:22 pm

    At least I dont have to have the stupid thought in my head of “if we could have carried last night’s runs to today…”

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 7,2019 2:32 pm || Up

      But if we could have borrowed two of them on Monday…

  57. AV AV Aug 8,2019 8:10 am

    uni-watch is sleeping.

    they’re discussing what colors go with celeste. and some kind of life-size chess game a that the MLB is gonna attempt later this month.

    meanwhile, at the panamericans, argentina women’s basketball had to concede to colombia because they brought the wrong jerseys.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  58. mikeA Aug 8,2019 8:58 am

    • dmoas Aug 8,2019 9:40 am || Up

      I’m not a scientanalysis. But my edumacation suggests that the Tigers & Giants are simply playing in the wrong stadiums for the dingers.

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 8,2019 10:47 am || Up

        The A’s hit 9 HRs in 3-7/9 games in Comerica Park in May. Overall, the Tigers have been outhomered at home, 86-37.

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  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 8,2019 2:53 pm

    I don’t like off days and now we have four in a 16 day span.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 8,2019 3:00 pm || Up

      It goes beyond just wanting my team to be playing a baseball game I can watch. There’s something unsettling about off days. Like walking into your house expecting your family to be home and instead it’s all dark and there’s no one there.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 8,2019 4:04 pm || Up

        At least it isn’t another of those Friday off days. Certain things just cannot be.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 8,2019 4:06 pm || Up

          We’ve got another of those cursed schedule nullities in two weeks.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 8,2019 4:10 pm || Up

        It’s like the A’s said honey I’m going down to the corner for a pack of smokes and never came back.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • sslinger Aug 8,2019 6:54 pm || Up

        I feel ya. And tomorrow’s game is at noon- wtf?

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 9,2019 8:57 am || Up

          I guess the Sox are trying to get some of that Cubs day-drinking crowd.

          • andeux andeux Aug 9,2019 9:03 am || Up

            Eighty-five percent of the fuckin’ world is working. The other fifteen percent come out here. A fuckin’ playground for the cocksuckers.

            TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Aug 9,2019 10:14 am || Up

          I was thinking maybe “last weekday of summer vacation” for kids, as a lot of schools including those here in Douglas County start on Monday. Give them a summer vacation please. However, looking at the Chicago Public Schools calendar that’s not the situation; they open the day after Labor Day, as it should be.

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          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 9,2019 10:58 am || Up

            This. I heard some are already back. Mine start the 20th, which is still 2 weeks too early.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux andeux Aug 9,2019 1:03 pm || Up

          Especially weird to do a Friday day game, and then a Saturday night game.

          TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 8,2019 4:49 pm || Up

      Yusmeiro Petit would like to have a word with you.

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  60. Soaker Soaker Aug 8,2019 5:25 pm

    I was writing down the lineups for Indians vs. Twins and looked up everybody’s birthplace. The A’s have never had a composition anything like this.

    6 – USA 50 states
    6 – Dominican Republic
    3 – Puerto Rico
    3 – Venezuela
    1 – Cuba
    1 – Germany

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    • andeux andeux Aug 8,2019 6:22 pm || Up

      I just recently read that Luzardo will (would?) be the first MLB player born in Peru.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 8,2019 6:47 pm || Up

      Also, watching Nelson Cruz leave that game with a hand or wrist injury, it seems to me every non-pitcher should head for the surgeon in November to have both hamate bones removed. It would be like having your tonsils removed, which did not happen with me but a lot of my 2nd and 3rd grade classmates did have that surgery (it was sold as “You get to eat all the ice cream you want!” at the time).

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  61. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 8,2019 6:01 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 8,2019 7:19 pm

    Interview in The Athletic with Mark Davis:

    Are you following the A’s stadium situation?

    No, not at all. Unfortunately, there’s a problem there. As far as the players and everybody, we love the A’s. We seriously do. But the front office has been real pricks. They’ve been really fucking around with us up there, taking advantage of the situation. Which, it is their right to do it, but it makes it hard. Again though, we love the players, we love the A’s.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 8,2019 7:31 pm || Up

      We’re putting in the fucking “Coppola Boxes” and the fucking “Golden Road Landing” and the fucking “Stomper Zone” and if you have to relocate 50 fucking people who are fucking stupid enough to renew season tickets in those areas for your fucking pathetic 2019 season, then fucking Fuck You Mark.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 8,2019 7:50 pm || Up

        What a prick. They spent years disingenuously claiming they needed the entire Coliseum site so as to have parking lots for tailgating and the A’s were in the way. The blatant ignoring of obvious facts is…well, I guess it’s the style of the day. Jerk.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Aug 9,2019 10:21 pm || Up

      Hey Mark, there’s literally nothing the A’s front office can do to measure up to the complete and utter dickery of building a giant mountain of a useless building in the most inconvenient spot of someone else’s beautiful home. Besides, you’ve made it clear you’re leaving and decided at the last minute to use the stadium one last season, so tough shit if that makes it hard on you.

  63. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 8,2019 7:47 pm

    Take two and hit to right…and left.

    ” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>

    (the slo-mo at the end is the best part)

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  64. AV AV Aug 9,2019 8:28 am

    haven’t read it myself. but it may be of interest ’round these parts.

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/khris-davis-isnt-batting-247-%f0%9f%98%b1/

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  65. Soaker Soaker Aug 9,2019 9:32 am

    I have not eaten at Mourad so I have not had the opportunity to visit its facility on this finalist list either. The amazing thing about the finalist list is the appearance of LaGuardia Airport, which should never be on a “Best Of” list for anything. There’s also a Hall of Fame in the menu at the top of the page which the Coliseum somehow has failed to attain.

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  66. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 9,2019 12:24 pm

    Chapman! Please keep doing that again!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 9,2019 12:58 pm || Up

      union man

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 10,2019 11:54 am || Up

        Looks like he went grey overnight.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 9,2019 12:35 pm

    Piscotty!

  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 10:32 am

    Not cool, Jerry

    I assume that in 1969, Jerry Garcia’s mescaline was pretty potent.

    Oh, it was. I’d been dosed by them a year before. It took me two to three days to coordinate after that one. I’d been baptized into consciousness expanding, I’ll call it, so that didn’t scare me.

    We knew already they had a reputation for dosing other bands and since we were opening for them in Las Vegas, I made sure to carefully wash this Coca-Cola can I was going to drink. But what I didn’t know is, they knew how to put a syringe in the soda can. So we played our set and left, and on the way from the airport to the plane, the hall kept getting longer and longer. The colors in the carpet and in the wall started oozing like lava. I said, “Uh oh, they got me.” When I sat down on the plane, I looked out the window as we were taking off, and the Vegas lights looked like Aztec hieroglyphics. [Laughs] I said, “This is going to be intense.”

  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 4:59 pm

    Gotta hand it to the PA operator for playing “Let It Be” during that home run review.

  70. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 10,2019 5:09 pm

    Good work veganryan

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  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 5:17 pm

    Watching Joe West waddle around out there, it is kind of remarkable that he is considered fit enough to umpire major league baseball games.

  72. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 10,2019 5:53 pm

    I never have facial hair, because my beard is hella lame. I grew it out on my trip to the mountains, it’s mostly gray, and I’ve been slowly whittling it away since I got back. Now I’m left with a mustache that looks like Fosse’s.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 10,2019 6:11 pm

    nationals sure trade away a lot of pitching talent

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 6:22 pm

    Bummer indeed

  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 6:26 pm

    At least Luzardo is pitching tonight

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 10,2019 7:59 pm || Up

  76. Soaker Soaker Aug 10,2019 6:28 pm

    Lots of 1B and BB but always ending in LOB unless it’s a GIDP.

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  77. Soaker Soaker Aug 10,2019 6:59 pm

    The A’s have had the last three nights free in Chicago and the nightlife may be taking its toll tonight.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 11:21 am || Up

  78. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 10,2019 7:33 pm

    So many opportunities…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  79. Soaker Soaker Aug 10,2019 7:34 pm

    I remember when I was thrilled to see Khris at the plate in that situation.

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  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 10:18 am

    Fire Lampard

  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 11:38 am

    I love seeing the SOX in their Carlton Fisk jammies.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 2:10 pm || Up

      I especially like the numbers next to their crotches.

  82. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 11,2019 11:45 am

    83 with 51% humidity. Im guessing we can expect the disgruntled slow Hound today.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  83. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 11,2019 11:59 am

    Fascinating discussion about how worthy Harold Baines was to get into the HoF.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 12:44 pm

    Legend

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 12:46 pm || Up

      Side note: The Reds should be wearing those throwbacks 81 games a season forever. They are beautiful.

      • Soaker Soaker Aug 12,2019 9:35 am || Up

        Another side note: I never heard of AJR. Huh, they are big enough to headline at places like the Bill Graham Civic and Red Rocks.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 12:56 pm || Up

      Right on cue, Joe West gives one of those to Bassitt.

    • dmoas Aug 12,2019 8:39 am || Up

      Well, I can’t speak for his inconsistency, it was below the letters, especially after you account for his ridiculous squat as he swings. But there are so many reason to fire the guy, it’s sad that they resist.

  85. lenscrafters Aug 11,2019 1:15 pm

    Profar is a fucking joke.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 11,2019 1:34 pm || Up

      Change the mentality by having he and Pinder change jobs. I don’t know that it would be better for him or the team, but it would not be worse.

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  86. Soaker Soaker Aug 11,2019 1:56 pm

    If Canha strikes out in the 9th inning, they’re going to have to stop on the way to the airport to pick up a second sombrero.

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  87. Soaker Soaker Aug 11,2019 2:32 pm

    A tidy, aesthetically pleasing low-scoring win remains my favorite type of ball game.

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  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 11,2019 3:46 pm

    Three 1-0 games today. That’s odd.

  89. Soaker Soaker Aug 12,2019 10:43 am

    MLB was in a hurry to rush out the 2020 schedule. It used to come out about a week after Labor Day.

    April 2, 4 and 5 in Minneapolis sounds fun, and if everybody escapes that without pneumonia there’s another chance when the A’s go to Cleveland on April 21-23.

    The A’s cannot be happy that all of their home games against the Yankees and Red Sox are completed on April 15.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 12,2019 10:48 am || Up

      By April 5, the season will be 10 games old, and the A’s will have played all seven of the season’s games against the Twins.

      • dmoas Aug 12,2019 11:10 am || Up

        It really can’t be *that* hard to make a schedule that makes sense. Half of games played against a team should be in the first half and the other half during the second half. Even accounting for inter league, it’s insane that they’d do that.

        • Soaker Soaker Aug 12,2019 11:25 am || Up

          They have the same thing with the Tigers (all 6 games in 10 days) and Royals (7 games, 11 days).

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 12,2019 11:15 am || Up

      August 2020 is going to be pretty hairy. From the 6th through the 30th:

      @NYY(4)
      @WAS(3)
      @BOS(3)
      CLE(3)
      NYM(3)
      @ATL(2)
      @TOR(4)

      On the attendance front, it’s good that the Mets are coming in, but you’d rather host the Phillies or Nationals instead of the Marlins.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 12,2019 11:43 am || Up

        If we have yet another slow April it may not matter. That beginning schedule could put us way in the cellar.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2019 11:34 am || Up

      On the Giants schedule they show a game against the River Cats in Sacramento on Sunday 3/22, then just one Bay Bridge series game at each park on Monday and Tuesday, down from one at the Coliseum and two in San Francisco as they have done in recent years. Good riddance from my perspective, although I think players would prefer the one extra day in the Bay Area before the season starts.

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      • dmoas Aug 13,2019 12:34 pm || Up

        No reason they can’t get in another preseason home game there against someone else.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 12:49 pm || Up

          Maybe they want to play a game in Vegas.

          • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2019 2:23 pm || Up

            The 51s usually hosted a “Big League Weekend” where two Cactus League teams came up and played a couple games at Cashman Field. The Cubs were often one of the teams even though Las Vegas was never affiliated with them. They didn’t do it this year because the ballpark wasn’t quite ready but I would guess they will resume that in 2020. Could be A’s vs. Cubs, A’s vs. ??? or Cubs vs. ???.

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      • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2019 3:20 pm || Up

        This subject reminded me to update the River Cats’ average attendance table. The owner lady thought the switch from A’s to Giants affiliation was going to reverse her issue with declining attendance at Raley Field but it doesn’t seem to be working that way.

        2013 (A’s): 8435
        2014 (A’s): 8561
        —–
        2015 (Giants): 9338
        2016: 8587
        2017: 8032
        2018: 7808
        2019: 7794

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        • dmoas Aug 13,2019 4:40 pm || Up

          The clear conclusion is she needs to change teams every year.

  90. andeux andeux Aug 12,2019 11:54 am
    TINSTAAFK
    • dmoas Aug 12,2019 12:48 pm || Up

      Never really had the ball in his hand, just his fingers. Oof.

  91. AV AV Aug 12,2019 10:06 pm

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 1:00 pm || Up

      Why would he have $500,000 worth of stuff in his car?
      Why would he park the car on the street instead of in some VIP lot?
      Why would he be driving himself to the game from wherever he’s staying?
      Why would he rent a car in San Francisco?

      It’s whys all the way down.

  92. andeux andeux Aug 13,2019 9:01 am

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 10:00 am || Up

      This dipshit lives in Massachusetts and hasn’t even decided which of five Arizona congressional districts he might theoretically pretend to move to in order to get his ass kicked.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 13,2019 10:10 am || Up

      When you have homeless veterans, children, and you’re spending tax dollars on people smuggling drugs and children across our border someone in charge needs their ass kicked.

      How much money did Rhode Island lose on that failed business of his? Even in a conservative district, that would be a nasty skeleton in the closet.

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      • dmoas Aug 13,2019 10:36 am || Up

        When you’re handing tax dollars to the insanely wealthy, including (especially) businesses that don’t need it, instead of homeless vets, children, and those coming to this country seeking asylum, you’re an asshole if you blame it on anyone else.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2019 1:50 pm || Up

        $75M (plus attorneys fees and cost) less $2.5M settlement

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • AV AV Aug 13,2019 12:05 pm || Up

      “…eh.”

      —elizabeth warren

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  93. lenscrafters Aug 13,2019 12:56 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 1:10 pm || Up

      40-man move needed, with no obvious 60-day DL candidates.

      I’m thinking Tanner Anderson DFA. Wang, Blackburn, Garneau, Hermann and Taylor are on DFA-watch when space is needed for Puk/Manaea/Luzardo. I guess Profar and Martini are also outside candidates.

      Given the roster crunch, pretty impressive for Joseph to force his way on.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 1:26 pm || Up

        SuSlu says Jospeph probably replaces Martini on the active roster, so that means Profar isn’t being DFAd (yet).

      • lenscrafters Aug 13,2019 1:42 pm || Up

        I would like to keep Garneau but it seems like he’s the clear DFA candidate since Phegley is coming back. Or they could cut Phegley.

        Anderson/Wang seems like the likely DFA for Puk.

    • andeux andeux Aug 13,2019 1:11 pm || Up

      Huh. LHH 2B. He has good numbers at LV, but so do lots of guys.
      Do they just want to add another bench bat for the last two NL games (in which case, why not today?) or are they going to give him a shot at starting (presumably in a platoon with Pinder)?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 1:14 pm || Up

        144 wRC+, so he isn’t just keeping pace with the league. 32 walks and 45 strikeouts on the season.

        • andeux andeux Aug 13,2019 1:22 pm || Up

          OK, that last part is impressive. A lot of the other guys putting up big numbers (Neuse, Barreto, Mateo, Brown) are also striking out 25% of the time against AAA pitching,

          TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 1:19 pm || Up

        Not adding him for the game Bumgarner is starting suggests to me that they intend to platoon him.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 3:07 pm || Up

      Some guy responded to her, asking “only for tomorrow’s game?” and she wrote back “Are you being pedantic? I will assume not…”

      • AV AV Aug 13,2019 11:26 pm || Up

        assume not…

        pedantic? or just tomorrow’s game?

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  94. andeux andeux Aug 13,2019 1:16 pm

    Also, I shouldn’t get excited about good rehab outings by Luzardo and Manaea, because they’ll both just get hurt again, right?

    TINSTAAFK
    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 13,2019 2:35 pm || Up

      I’d like to start with just not wasting Puk. Let him throw every 2-3 days up here.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2019 2:53 pm || Up

        Can’t be worse than Lou, yeah?

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        • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 13,2019 2:55 pm || Up

          Exactly

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • dmoas Aug 13,2019 4:43 pm || Up

            For a team that likes the opener, they might as well use his as such.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 3:08 pm || Up

      We all get hurt again, eventually.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2019 5:19 pm || Up

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 3:13 pm

    Grossman is starting against Bumgarner, with Pinder at second, in case there was any confusion about Profar being in the doghouse.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2019 4:57 pm || Up

      did he do something in chicago? I missed the white sox game, but saw a lenscraftera comment. forgot about it and moved on

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      • andeux andeux Aug 13,2019 4:59 pm || Up

        He had at least one airmailed throw on the back end of a potential DP. And his usual bad ABs.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 13,2019 4:59 pm || Up

        He popped up a whole lot, and I think he FKed up at least one throw.

  96. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 13,2019 4:59 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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