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Games 130*-133* @ Paris of the Plains 205

I hope the Players’ Weekend uniforms have been burned. The A’s relieved a lot of Giants fans of some money but aside from the big attendance, let’s just put those games behind us and get back to real baseball played in real uniforms.

Tonight at 5:15: Homer Bailey vs. Brad Keller
Tuesday at 5:15: Mike Fiers vs. Mike Montgomery
Wednesday at 5:15: Tanner Roark vs. Jake Junis
Thursday at 10:15 a.m.: Chris Bassitt vs. Royals TBA (game on MLB Network)

Weather: Forecast here; it looks dry after whatever afternoon showers and thunderstorms today move on (radar loop here). There’s still about a 50% chance of rain at game time tonight so there could be a delay but that chance of rain then decreases pretty quickly. As usual, Bassitt gets the hottest day, the day game at that, and it could be on the humid side.

Ex-A’s: I don’t see any on the Royals’ 25-man roster. There was the trade of Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer for Ryan Buchter and Brandon Moss’ contract. Fillmyer has had a couple looks with the Royals and was in their rotation late in 2018 but he’s an Omaha Storm Chaser at present. Hahn has just started a rehab assignment after TJ surgery and threw one inning for the Wilmington Blue Rocks yesterday. Kevin Merrell, the return for Bailey, has a .574 OPS in 153 PA as a AA Northwest Arkansas Natural.

The Royals have a few good players in Merrifield, Soler and Dozier at the top of their lineup. Alex Gordon has won some Gold Gloves in left field but his .736 OPS this year is his highest since 2015. Looking at the preliminary lineup for tonight, 5-9 is brutal, it looks like tryout camp:

5. O’Hearn 1B: 289 PA, .577 OPS
6. Viloria C: 78 PA, .603 OPS
7. Starling RF: 126 PA, .485 OPS
8. Phillips CF: 24 PA, .583 OPS
9. Lopez SS: 332 PA, .582 OPS

The bullpen is the collection of no-names you’d expect on a 46-85 team. Ian Kennedy is the recognizable name and is the closer in the rare situations when an opportunity arises. They use Kevin McCarthy, a righty of course, as an 8th-inning guy; he’s not having a very good year.

205 thoughts on “Games 130*-133* @ Paris of the Plains

  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 4:55 pm

    A’s twitter posted a lineup showing “White” Merrifield leading off for the Royals.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2019 5:42 pm || Up

      That’s pretty well implied by the name Whit. And Merrifield.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 5:09 pm

    #8 in Oakland A’s history.

    Andrew (P, 2007-2008)
    Darrell (OF, 1982)
    Dee (OF, 2007)
    Emil (OF, 2008) booooo
    Jeremy! (C, 2006)
    Larry (IF, 1971-1972)
    Ollie (OF, 1972)
    Seth

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:15 pm || Up

      I had no idea Jeremy Brown ever got that cup of coffee. He managed to get 11 plate appearances, but only caught one inning (thanks Kendall).

      • Kay Temple Kirk Kay Temple Kirk Aug 26,2019 10:27 pm || Up

        For some reason, I’ll never forget sitting in my parents’ living room, watching the game and using their internet, seeing Jeremy Brown hit a double, and looking forward to seeing big things from him in the future.

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  3. lenscrafters Aug 26,2019 5:12 pm

    Looks like Profar is easing his way back into the lineup again.

  4. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:35 pm

    They all count, kid.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:37 pm

    Just got my annual reminder that Ned Yost is somehow still managing this team.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2019 5:53 pm || Up

      In that 2014 WC thread we were so fondly recalling their were several comments that Yost’s decisions were fireable offenses. Those Midwesterners sure do love their consistency.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2019 5:41 pm

    I’m going out on a limb and saying the Royals pregame plan was NOT to walk both Khrush and Jurkstore

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:43 pm

    This guy is hopeless.

  8. lenscrafters Aug 26,2019 5:44 pm

    Ned Yost is still the manager?

  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:46 pm

    I heart Marcus.

  10. Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 5:46 pm

    That “Always Royal” sign on the backstop seems especially appropriate right now.

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  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 5:47 pm

    This is turning into the kind of game that Puk should be getting a couple of innings in.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 6:02 pm || Up

      Road Homer can help make that true, but maybe in a different way than you were thinking.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 6:05 pm || Up

        I’m already planning on going into hiding during Road Homer’s start in Yankee Stadium.

        • Kay Temple Kirk Kay Temple Kirk Aug 26,2019 10:30 pm || Up

          I’d love to see them bring up Manaea and find a way to skip Bailey forward to next week so he can miss Yankee Stadium altogether.

          \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2019 6:03 pm

    That was definitely a 2019 homer, one hand off balance no business going out of any ballpark

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 6:07 pm

    Let’s keep this guy.

  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 6:09 pm

    I see Dallas made the trip to KC. We’re getting very close to Fosse being a full-time radio guy.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 6:20 pm || Up

      Ray isn’t there at all tonight.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 26,2019 7:05 pm || Up

      Maybe I’m wishcasting but Dallas seems to be getting better, tempering his enthusiasm while still sprinkling in enough hep lingo to connect with the young (I imagine).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Kay Temple Kirk Kay Temple Kirk Aug 26,2019 10:31 pm || Up

        I’m liking Coco Crisp. He’s raw, but he has some good insights.

        \"Weren\'t you already aware the Kay is already writing everyone\'s story? We\'re all just characters who believe we are real. Things make more sense now, don\'t they. Be honest.\"- DMOAS
  15. lenscrafters Aug 26,2019 6:16 pm

    This helps wash away some of the weekend’s BS.

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 6:18 pm

    I don’t want to know what Grossman did to this home plate ump to deserve this kind of treatment.

  17. lenscrafters Aug 26,2019 7:03 pm

    Yeah straight, poorly located 98 mph fastballs don’t work in this league.

  18. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:04 pm

    I mean, if it weren’t for brown and puk, I don’t think I would pay attention.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  19. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:10 pm

    “Seth, can you tell us a difference between AAA and the majors?”

    “No. The pitching is the same, the defense is the same and the crowds are the same”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:17 pm

    Is soler the cneter or the centerfielder?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:34 pm

    Did Charlie O name the mule he rented in Kansas City Homer? It seems that is this homers fate tonight.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:47 pm

    was ned yost vaping?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  23. Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 7:59 pm

    Sometimes the team that leads makes courtesy outs when a position player is pitching. Usually it’s only for one inning though. I doubt the A’s want to give away three innings worth of courtesy outs.

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  24. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 7:59 pm

    Position player in the 7th. they should just forfeit.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • dmoas Aug 26,2019 8:18 pm || Up

      Imagine as baseball White Flag ceremony. With a song and dance number that the forfeiting team is force to do.

  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 26,2019 8:09 pm

    Just call this game before we run out of umps.

    • Soaker Soaker Aug 26,2019 8:22 pm || Up

      And before Yost blows out the arms of half of his position players.

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  26. ptbnl Aug 26,2019 8:21 pm

    That 1-2-3 first inning was a long time ago.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  27. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 26,2019 8:29 pm

    looks like puk wasn’t the answer

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. AV AV Aug 27,2019 8:21 am

    reading these threads, i can never tell who’s winning.

    or that paul hardcastle is pitching.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  29. AV AV Aug 27,2019 8:25 am

    i’m glad sbn is podcasting.

    avoiding those gives me the time i need to watch apache on netflix.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • MikeV MikeV Aug 27,2019 8:31 am || Up

      It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

      • AV AV Aug 27,2019 12:37 pm || Up

        it’s cute. so far.

        though there’s barely any soccer.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 12:11 pm

    Hendriks

    “I don’t follow the Warriors,” Hendriks said of the A’s wildly popular ex-neighbors. “They treated us like shit over here so we don’t care for them much.”

    “When the Warriors sucked and the A’s were good, the A’s would give them tickets,” he said. “When the Warriors became good they decided to cut all ties and become assholes. So, no love lost for them leaving.”

    He’s also looking forward to moving into the Raiders’ locker room.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2019 2:22 pm || Up

      The Sharks gave him and Canha great seats and custom jerseys when they attended a playoff game at the Tank last year. I don’t doubt for a second that W’s ownership/ management might consider themselves too big time for the A’s. But Klay at least has been a frequent fan, and always rocking A’s colors.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • DFA DFA Aug 27,2019 3:27 pm || Up

      I like this guy

      In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 3:53 pm

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 4:56 pm || Up

      If the Royals are worth more than $1 billion, how much do we think the A’s are worth?

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2019 5:14 pm || Up

        Most recent Forbes rankings had them very close, A’s $1.1B vs KC’s $1.025B.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 5:00 am || Up

          Is that with or without soda vending machines?

          All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 5:28 pm

    And they said this team can’t scratch across runs.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2019 5:47 pm || Up

      Marcus is having himself a helluva series but that steal attempt seemed ill advised.

      "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 27,2019 5:51 pm || Up

        Yeah that was not close, and not needed with Chapman at bat.

  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 5:51 pm

    I like the new guy.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2019 6:10 pm || Up

      He’s got a hose too, turns out.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 6:04 pm

    Cheslor Cuthbert is my new favorite baseball name.

  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 27,2019 6:09 pm

    I made myself an Excel doc with day-by-day schedules to track the AL wild card contenders. And I included Minnesota because I figured Cleveland could catch them. But then I saw that the Twins have 7 games left with KC.

    Cleveland also has 6 interleague games left, Phillies and Nats, all in the last 10 days of the season.

    "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 27,2019 6:14 pm || Up

      The A’s have 6 games left with KC! The trouble is that when the Twins aren’t playing KC, they are playing Detroit and the White Sox.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 27,2019 6:37 pm || Up

        I seem to remember the Rays play several against the O’s too. So it probably is us or Cle

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 6:42 pm || Up

          The Rays only have three left with the birds. Their schedule isn’t that easy from here on out:

          @Houston
          Cleveland
          Baltimore
          Toronto (4)
          @Texas
          @Angels
          @Dodgers (2)
          Boston
          New York
          @Toronto

          That’s no cakewalk, and their pitching has deteriorated enough due to injury that I think we’ll hold them off.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 27,2019 7:07 pm || Up

            It was the O’s Jays combo I was thinking of. Lets hope Toronto plays the way they did against us.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 7:50 pm || Up

              I have in my mind that the Jays should be better now with all the Major League Star Jr. call ups, but that may not be true.

  36. lenscrafters Aug 27,2019 7:01 pm

    Ugh, that probably gives Montgomery another inning.

  37. lenscrafters Aug 27,2019 7:17 pm

    Fiers threw a perfect 2-2 curve for a would be strike 3 to O’Hearn. Phegley didn’t even have to frame it – all he had to do was not move his glove down after catching it.

  38. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 27,2019 7:20 pm

    Verlander ejected. No word on if the Astros will let the home plate ump into the park tomorrow.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 27,2019 8:08 pm || Up

      has he gotten worse? he seems very sensitive these days

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Aug 27,2019 8:14 pm || Up

        Sure seems like it.
        What was he even bitching about in a game where he had a 9-0 lead, and hadn’t walked anyone?
        (The AB before he was ejected was a double on a 3-2 count. None of the called balls is close to the strike zone on gameday.)

        TINSTAAFK
  39. lenscrafters Aug 27,2019 7:37 pm

    Matt Chapman is good.

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 27,2019 7:56 pm

    That helped. Thanks Alex.

  41. mother pucker Aug 27,2019 8:01 pm

    Giving Soria the 8th inning with a one-run lead on the road. What a world.

  42. lenscrafters Aug 27,2019 8:12 pm

    Thank goodness the Royals are so incompetent – it really feels like we stole this one.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 27,2019 8:13 pm || Up

      i firmly believe it evens outs

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • mother pucker Aug 27,2019 8:35 pm || Up

      Forgive me for being out of fucks to give given that those fucks in Cleveland get to play almost a 1/4 of their season against these guys and the Tigers.

  43. lenscrafters Aug 27,2019 8:27 pm

    Have the A’s decided what to do with Manaea yet? I feel like it would make sense for him to make the Thursday start instead of Bassitt so you can push Bassitt to face the Yankees. They’re currently in line to start Anderson, Bailey, and Fiers at Yankee Stadium which doesn’t seem ideal.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2019 6:29 am || Up

      that is an ugly looking series.

      I assumed they are waiting for sunday to call up manaea. But I like your idea

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 6:40 pm || Up

        Manaea is in the dugout today…

        • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 9:13 pm || Up

          Per Slusser notes, apparently Bassitt is also expecting a baby so Manaea is on hand to start if needed.

  44. mikeA Aug 27,2019 8:27 pm

    Nice to get a win when most of the team played poorly.

  45. ptbnl Aug 28,2019 10:08 am

    Unbelievable stuff going on in the UK right now. Suspending parliament in the name of democracy is up there with fighting for peace and fucking for virginity.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 10:39 am || Up

      Is there any precedent for this? I’m having trouble figuring out just how crazy this is.

      • AV AV Aug 28,2019 11:30 am || Up

        Parliament is usually prorogued during late April or early May, between each yearly parliamentary ‘session’ (unusually, however, the 2017 parliamentary session has spanned more than two years to allow time to pass the necessary legislation to prepare for leaving the EU).

        Parliament may also be prorogued before it is ‘dissolved’ prior a general election, to wrap up parliamentary business early and allow MPs to focus on the election campaign.

        […]

        Parliament has not been prorogued by a government as a means of circumventing parliamentary opposition to government policy since 1948, when it was suspended following the Lords’ opposition to the Parliament Bill. The government could only bypass the Lords after a delay of three sessions. By proroguing Parliament, the government could hold a special short parliamentary session, thereby speeding up the process for overriding the Lords.

        https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/proroguing-parliament

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2019 10:58 am || Up

      I started a war for peace

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 5:02 am || Up

      I just read that and thought to myself – where does one go to make some sense of proroguing? Well, FK, of course

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 11:01 am

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 4:55 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2019 5:15 pm || Up

      Missed opportunity to also order an eye exam.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 4:59 pm

    Neuse up while KD has a baby.

    • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 5:16 pm || Up

      That requires 40 man roster space no?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 5:23 pm || Up

        Yep. Slusser previously mentioned that they could put Luis Barrera on the major league roster and stick him on the 60-day DL, so this might be the time for that.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 9:49 am || Up

          Nope. Wei-Chung Wang DFA.

          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 10:44 am || Up

            That makes sense. Middle reliever who actually did what the role was meant for-thats the type of guy you want to get rid of. Ugh

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • DFA DFA Aug 30,2019 6:34 pm || Up

              His K to BB numbers were bad and portend to bad things.

              In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 5:23 pm || Up

        Duplicate post due to an accidental double-click. That was weird.

  49. DFA DFA Aug 28,2019 5:16 pm

    Can we keep him?

    In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 5:21 pm

    That looked scary.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2019 5:55 pm || Up

      Roark please hit Ned Yost in the head now I’m sure he’d consider it a legit response.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  51. lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 5:26 pm

    Christ the shift for Profar is so ridiculous. It’s sad that he can’t do anything but pull the ball from the left side.

  52. lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 5:48 pm

    I’ve noticed that the A’s have mostly seemed to stopped shifting this series. Which seems like a bad idea, especially since that line drive by O’hearn would’ve been an out with a shift.

    • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 7:00 pm || Up

      It really seems like the A’s haven’t shifted at all tonight. My conspiracy theory is that it’s because they don’t believe Profar can make a throw from behind second or deep in right field as in typical shifts.

      • dmoas Aug 28,2019 9:09 pm || Up

        I feel that’s less conspiracy and more legitimate theory.

      • ptbnl Aug 28,2019 9:15 pm || Up

        They were playing the shift against the Astros recently, but having Semien move all the way round to shallow right so Profar could stay at 2nd.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • vignette17 Aug 29,2019 9:15 am || Up

          I think that’s been their standard for a while actually, even with Jed! for example.

  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 5:49 pm

    Not great that they let Chapman hit again if there was enough concern to pull him out.

  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 6:15 pm

    Holy Profar Throw

    • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 6:17 pm || Up

      It’s seriously pathetic how they give him chance after chance and he still FKs it up.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 28,2019 6:38 pm || Up

        Yeah it’s pretty clear it is never going to get better.

        "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 30,2019 2:17 pm || Up

          • andeux andeux Aug 30,2019 2:23 pm || Up

            That guarantees that Profar makes at least one throwing error tonight.

            TINSTAAFK
  55. Future Ed Future Ed Aug 28,2019 6:21 pm

    gak

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  56. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 28,2019 7:15 pm

    Nice to see Bad Blake showed up.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  57. andeux andeux Aug 28,2019 7:19 pm

    If at first you don’t succeed…

    TINSTAAFK
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 7:23 pm

    Treinen is just a run-of-the-mill bad reliever now. It sucks.

    • lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 7:28 pm || Up

      On the days where Petit is not available, there’s just no decent bridge to Hendriks. Hopefully Puk can do something here, but I dunno.

      I’m starting to think Bassitt might be a good option here too as his fastball dominant repertoire could be really effective in 1 or 2 inning spurts. Then you have Manaea/Luzardo as options for his spot in the rotation.

      • mikeA Aug 28,2019 8:00 pm || Up

        I was thinking the same thing about Bassitt. They actually might try that. Even Homer might be slightly interesting in the bullpen.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 2:49 pm || Up
          • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 3:01 pm || Up

            Was just about to post this. As much as I want to laugh could it really be that much worse?

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Aug 30,2019 12:43 pm || Up

      I almost commented on this that it’s weird, because the velocity is still there, and the movement is still there, and while he’s clearly struggling with command some it’s not like he’s completely lost it, so I wouldn’t expect such a dramatic difference in results.
      Today, Ken Arneson suggests that the problem is too much movement on the four-seamer: thread.

      TINSTAAFK
      • dmoas Aug 30,2019 1:54 pm || Up

        Then add in what we know about changes to the baseball and that’s likely where the additional movement comes from.

      • lenscrafters Aug 30,2019 3:45 pm || Up

        His velo has trended downwards from last year. It looks like he was basically averaging at least 98 or higher every month last year and this year he’s down to 96.5 in August. He’s also throwing his slider significantly less than last year too. Although this looks like it’s trended up recently – I remember seeing him at about 5% sliders at one point.

        I’m almost certain this is due the elbow/shoulder issues he was dealing with earlier this year.

  59. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 28,2019 7:27 pm

    Seriously dont know what you do with this bullpen if we get into October. The only ones to remotely truet are Hendriks and Petit, and even that has been shaky lately.

    Starters better be ready for a dozen or so CGs.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  60. lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 7:33 pm

    At least the Astros are helping us out with an assist from a Profardian throw by Sogard.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 28,2019 7:35 pm

    What an absurd situation to get picked off in.

  62. lenscrafters Aug 28,2019 7:42 pm

    Has anyone figured out what Hermann is supposed to be good at yet?

    • ptbnl Aug 28,2019 8:10 pm || Up

      WAR!
      What is he good for?
      Absolutely nothing.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  63. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 28,2019 7:49 pm

    He hit a HR once.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  64. elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 5:04 am
    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 9:15 am

    IANAD but I am dubious about Chapman not having concussion symptoms or whatever when he had blurred vision after the beaning and he has a headache today.

    • lenscrafters Aug 29,2019 9:35 am || Up

      Uh yeah, blurred vision and headaches are two of the most common concussion symptoms…

  66. andeux andeux Aug 29,2019 10:12 am

    What’s the point of being home sick if the game isn’t televised?

    TINSTAAFK
  67. lenscrafters Aug 29,2019 10:30 am

    Lineup is pitiful today so we’re going to have to continue to rely on the shittiness of the Royals starter.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 11:30 am || Up

      Not a terrible thing to have to rely on.

  68. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 29,2019 10:36 am

    Bassitt on a hot day. I don’t need a broadcast to have a good idea what he looks like.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  69. ptbnl Aug 29,2019 10:38 am

    Group A Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray.
    Group B Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade.
    Group C Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta.
    Group D Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva.
    Group E Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk.
    Group F Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale, Slavia Praha.
    Group G Zenit Saint Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig.
    Group H Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille.

    I’ll take that.

    Real Madrid being in Pot B (behind Zenit St. P in A!) was always going to be a wildcard … delighted to see it’s at the expense of PSG. Group F looks tasty too.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 10:44 am || Up

      I was hoping for a group with Liverpool, Real and Crvena Zvezda.

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 10:58 am || Up

      Wow, Atalanta made the Champions League. Bergamo on the big stage.

  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 10:43 am

  71. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 10:48 am

    Splitting against the Royals is not what playoff teams do.

    Also, I get the idea that you dont move around starters based on whims, they need their routine and stuff, whatever. But with all of the advanced stats that are used now, it amazes me that we dont look at doing small tweaks that make too much sense. Like last year when Cahill was money at home and shit on the road but they would still trot him out last game of a road trip. Or here-for whatever reason the Hound cant pitch if it isnt 62 and breezy. Do a bullpen game if you have to but jesus christ!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  72. elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 10:52 am

    That has to be a shitty season when you are riding an 11-game hitting streak and all it managed was to get your OPS into the high five-hundreds…

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 11:07 am

    *deletes comment complaining about Profar being the DH*

  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 11:14 am

    Semien is unreal.

  75. elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 11:43 am

    Pflegley was about 5 feet away from a grand slam

    All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • elcroata elcroata Aug 29,2019 12:00 pm || Up

      Well, Cuthbert missed his by 2 feet, so I guess we’re good

      All I can say about stats is… SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  76. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 29,2019 11:44 am

    Man, KC’s pitching is awful.

    "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 29,2019 11:52 am || Up

      It’s awful to the point of being dangerous.

  77. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 11:49 am

    Teams in the central should have like a 2-3 game penalty in the WC standings.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • dmoas Aug 29,2019 12:00 pm || Up

      Add some sort of weighting system to the Wild Card rankings.

  78. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 29,2019 12:06 pm

    Damnit Bassitt, 5 run lead and you couldn’t even get through the 5th. And now Petit’s going to have to pitch a bunch.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  79. 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 12:08 pm

    Im done with Bassitt starting. Go with LCs idea above. Give him 1-2 innings and it will be later in the day so as not to harm his precious heat/humidity strained body.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  80. andeux andeux Aug 29,2019 12:59 pm

    FK you Diekman

    TINSTAAFK
  81. lenscrafters Aug 29,2019 12:59 pm

    It’s truly unbelievable how terrible Diekman is.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 29,2019 1:01 pm || Up

      And that he is now our primary set up guy? I still had more confidence in Wang. (hehehe)

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 29,2019 1:08 pm || Up

      is it?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 1:10 pm || Up

      We are going to need Puk to do his job on days when he has enough rest. No other choice.

  82. ptbnl Aug 29,2019 1:20 pm

    A sac bunt ahead of Joseph and Phegley? Presumably playing for the wild pitch …

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 1:21 pm || Up

      …or the foul out that makes the fielder fall into the dugout.

    • andeux andeux Aug 29,2019 1:21 pm || Up

      Or … that.

      TINSTAAFK
  83. lenscrafters Aug 29,2019 1:23 pm

    Royals pitching, defense, and just overall decision making has been our savior this series.

  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 3:10 pm

    Emilio in to hold a 2-run lead, immediately gives up homer.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 29,2019 3:15 pm || Up

      Strikes out Reddick on a pitch at the shins, Reddick gets thrown out of the game.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 29,2019 3:57 pm || Up

        Moveable object, stoppable force. Your 2019 ex-A’s, ladies and gentlemen!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 7:33 am

    Not sure if this is a hot take or not, but I’m saying it anyway:

    Pod Save America hosted by Lovett >>>>>> Pod Save America hosted by Favreau

    • DFA DFA Aug 30,2019 6:42 pm || Up

      Lovett is the only reason to listen to the PSA crew as far as im concerned… the rest is sanctimonious bullshit.

      In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 6:48 pm || Up

        I learn things about how the foreign policy apparatus works from Vietor, and I like his manner. Pfeiffer has reasonably smart things to say about politics sometimes.

        Lovett, however, is a really, really brilliant guy I think. The combination of humor, compassion, and clear-eyed assessment of politics is pretty special.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2019 6:49 pm || Up

          too many dudes.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 6:50 pm || Up

            This is a real problem, for sure.

          • AV AV Sep 2,2019 8:45 pm || Up

            hysteria’s good. the alyssa / erin convos are worth it. then it gets lost in the weeds a bit. but so do the other ones, see GM’s take on interviews.

            w/ friends like these is a tougher listen sometimes. still worth it.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • DFA DFA Aug 30,2019 6:59 pm || Up

          I cant stand how Vietor interviews his guests.

          I like Pfifer more than the rest of the non Lovett crowd

          In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 7:00 pm || Up

            I usually have turned it off by the time the interviews start.

            • DFA DFA Aug 30,2019 7:03 pm || Up

              Do you listen to Arms Control Wonk?

              Its my favorite podcast. Even more than the food ones.

              In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 7:04 pm || Up

                Don’t know that one but I will check it out!

              • AV AV Sep 2,2019 8:45 pm || Up

                hmm. added.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Sep 2,2019 8:41 pm || Up

          i’m a go ahead and quote favreau’s straight man here: “yeah. i think that’s right.”

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  86. mikeA Aug 30,2019 1:02 pm

    The signing and season-long treatment of Grossman as a LH platoon guy is really bizarre. He was bad against rhp his whole career before this year.

  87. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 30,2019 1:46 pm

    Tyler Skaggs: fentanyl + oxycodone + alcohol.

    "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 30,2019 1:56 pm || Up

      The family is suggesting that an Angels employee gave him the drugs. This is going to get ugly.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2019 4:41 pm || Up

        it sure is. that statement is bonkers

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • 5Aces 5Aces Aug 30,2019 5:30 pm || Up

          Even if he did, I imagine he wasnt just throwing it at people who weren’t requesting it.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed Future Ed Aug 30,2019 5:36 pm || Up

            yup. rich dude in his 20s that has a high physical stress job and prior surgeries is exactly the type of guy that would have that stuff

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  88. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Aug 30,2019 1:53 pm

    Chris Townsend doing his talkshow live from the Chicken Pie Shop of Walnut Creek is the A’s Cast equivalent of Trump hosting the G7 at his golf course.

    • MikeV MikeV Aug 31,2019 10:55 am || Up

      food wasn’t bad.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  89. colin colin Aug 30,2019 2:16 pm

    The Nats had an 80s movie themed costume party on an off day, and Eireann+Sean totally brought it

    • dmoas Aug 30,2019 2:25 pm || Up

      Kind of cliche. Steal the child to steal his youth like that.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Aug 30,2019 2:29 pm || Up

      I’m not sure Doo would be an improvement on our 2019 bullpen but holy smokes he and the missus sure are endearing characters.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  90. lenscrafters Aug 30,2019 4:22 pm

    It’s really on the A’s at this point that Profar is still playing second.

    • andeux andeux Aug 30,2019 4:25 pm || Up

      They only have three other 2B on the roster, and two of them in tonight’s lineup.

      TINSTAAFK

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