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We will not see the baby jesus until Wednesday at the earliest, I am hoping for a decent showing

Fiers v Greinke
Roark v Miley
Anderson v TBA
Bailey v Verlander

275 thoughts on “The first coming 144-147

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:37 pm

    this may be the last we see of phegley. He refuses to help the pitchers

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  2. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:40 pm

    Dear directors: If there is a close play, I want to see the close part. don’t start with 2 different slo mos of the fielder picking up the ball

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  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 9,2019 5:40 pm

    Just let Blackburn pitch the rest of this one. I’m not going to watch this anyway.

  4. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:42 pm

    its 6-0 in the first and you are the 9th batter josh…let it go

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  5. lenscrafters Sep 9,2019 5:44 pm

    I hope they consider starting Luzardo in place of Anderson…this is looking like a sweep if we don’t win tomorrow.

  6. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:46 pm

    Where did they ever find footage of bobby crosby GIDP?

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  7. lenscrafters Sep 9,2019 5:55 pm

    This is pretty much the closest I’ve seen a pitcher just intentionally throw BP in a game.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:57 pm || Up

      he did not seem happy with phegley. and phegley was not even trying to stay still when catching the ball

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:02 pm || Up

      again with ground rules. If something funny happens, it should be ruled against thte home team. always

      the ball should not be dead, the batter should have been out

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  8. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 5:56 pm

    Comcast displays WAR. I just looked it up, its bWAR. I did so because they were comparing Bregman and chapman. Fine. I thinkbregman right now is good, I think I d rather have chapman, but whatever.

    Thing is, he has played 700 innings at third and 400 at short.

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  9. Soaker Soaker Sep 9,2019 5:58 pm

    I will read about whatever records the Astros set tonight online in the morning.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:03 pm || Up

      alverez is hitting 5 tonight

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      • andeux andeux Sep 9,2019 6:16 pm || Up

        Reddick will make the 3rd out of every inning.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:32 pm || Up

        damn

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        • AV AV Sep 9,2019 11:16 pm || Up

          baby steps is remembering your own comment from 30 mins earlier.

          you’ll get there.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:06 pm || Up

      10-0 in the 2nd seems like a time to stop at second, but whatever not a good play by brown

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  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 9,2019 6:05 pm

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Fiers’ unbeaten streak ends tonight.

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  11. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:07 pm

    I like the way chirinos was smiling around first on his homerun until he looked in and saw fiers and went all stoic

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  12. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 9,2019 6:23 pm

    Thank God Lil Miss Aces has voice lessons tonight. I can skip this and the beginning of MNF.

    Agree that this shoukd be Blackburn’s show until he throws 155 pitches (maybe 3 innings?)

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  13. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:33 pm

    I thought the Aviators season was over?

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  14. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 6:35 pm

    seth brown, now playing first, threw the ball from the last out on the mound, like he is in little league

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 9,2019 6:50 pm || Up

      That’s really cute.

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  15. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 7:29 pm

    I’m mglad this is september. I do not want to see a position player pitch

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  16. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 7:38 pm

    not sure I agree with hotting murphy for davis. Davis needs as many ABs as possible in dead games

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  17. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 7:56 pm

    no comeback today

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  18. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 8:09 pm

    Looks like ted lieu is losing supporters tonight

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  19. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 9,2019 9:13 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 9,2019 11:18 pm || Up

      Damnit Scioscia!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 1:53 pm || Up

      Reminds me that tonight’s game in Anaheim is one of those Youtube-only games, here.

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  20. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 9,2019 10:13 pm

    @Ed-but he’ll be back in time for our games with them.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  21. andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 9:49 am
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  22. andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 11:07 am

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    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 1:49 pm || Up

      Heh. They’re also going to need a 40-man spot for Montas in a couple weeks. I’m thinking Blackburn should be sure to enjoy his final days in MLB, even if they include another sacrificial pounding or two like last night’s.

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      • andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 1:57 pm || Up

        Piscotty could also be moved to the 60-day DL if they give up hope of his coming back this season.

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        • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 3:02 pm || Up

          As Slusser points out, Taylor is not eligible for the postseason roster (not in the organization on August 31). Phegley and Murphy are the only catchers without a further 40-man roster move.

          The A’s were in trouble with their catching in 2014, had they won the wild card game and moved on, due to injuries.

          Reading the Joint Drug Program document, I *think* Montas remains on the 40-man roster during the postseason despite being ineligible for the active roster. It seems to raise the possibility that, in the event of an injury to Phegley or Murphy beyond the wild card game, there would have to be another 40-man roster move to bring another catcher (Garneau I guess) on to the 40-man roster.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 5:01 pm || Up

            Another wrinkle, per Slusser:

            Because Taylor was not in the organization Aug. 31, he’s not eligible for any postseason roster; Murphy was not on the 40-man roster Aug. 31, so he would have to take the one available spot created by a player on the 60-day IL, with Daniel Gossett out all season after Tommy John surgery…

            Because the A’s will want Murphy on any postseason roster, that means the team will not be able to add any other players who were not on the 40-man roster Aug. 31, including Jesús Luzardo.

            Barrera apparently doesn’t open up a postseason 40-man spot (and neither would Piscotty) because he hasn’t been on the IL long enough. Here’s the rule:

            A player who doesn’t meet said criteria for postseason eligibility can still be added to a team’s roster in the postseason via petition to the Commissioner’s Office if the player was in the organization on Aug. 31 and is replacing someone who is on the injured list and has served the minimum amount of time required for activation. (For example, a player on the 10-day injured list who has been on it for at least 10 days, or a player who has been on the 60-day injured list for at least 60 days.) Players who are acquired in September or after are ineligible.

            • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 5:07 pm || Up

              So if this is all correct, while I suppose Taylor > Herrmann both short and long term, it seems like they’ve paid an awfully big price in loss of postseason options.

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              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 5:12 pm || Up

                The issue also could have been avoided by putting at least one of Murphy/Luzardo on the 40-man on August 31.

              • lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 5:13 pm || Up

                Yes, this is really dumb.

              • andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 5:29 pm || Up

                If Murphy can supplant Phegley as the main catcher then it would make sense to use the one available substitution for that. But while that’s what we all seem to be hoping for, I don’t think it’s realistic at this point.
                So if we’re only talking about the backup catcher role for the postseason, it seems like Herrmann+Luzardo could potentially be more valuable than Murphy+Diekman (or whoever). (I mean, we haven’t seen Luzardo pitch yet, so let’s not go too crazy.) Meanwhile, Taylor has been freely available talent 3 times in the last year, and probably would have been again at the end of the month if we hadn’t claimed him, so I don’t really see any urgency there.
                So yeah, this seems like it takes away some options, and that could have been avoided in a couple of different ways.
                OTOH, if any pitcher gets injured in the next two weeks, the petition option might be available to get Luzardo on the roster.

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                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:19 pm || Up

                  if any pitcher gets injured in the next two weeks

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                • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 6:34 pm || Up

                  blah blah blah, who do I knife?

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                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 6:43 pm || Up

                  I feel the A’s can make a convincing prima facia case for IL’ing any number of their current pitchers.

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            • dmoas Sep 10,2019 10:05 pm || Up

              But wait. If Piscotty stays on the 10 day and is unavailable, anyone in the organization on the 31st would be available to replace him since he’s post 10 days, no?

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 9:00 am || Up

                Slusser now agrees with you:

                But the team might have another IL spot available: Outfielder Stephen Piscotty is out with a high ankle sprain and has already spent the required 10 days on the IL in order to be replaced. He is in a walking boot and doesn’t appear close to ready to resume baseball activity. Should Piscotty still be on the IL at the end of the season, Oakland would have a second spot available for a player who was not on the 40-man roster on Aug. 31.

                • dmoas Sep 13,2019 10:34 am || Up

                  Who else can you Nnancy Kerrigan before there’s 10 days left in the season to add more?

                • ptbnl Sep 13,2019 2:49 pm || Up

                  Krash

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 3:18 pm || Up

        Do they have to reinstate Montas before the end of the season? I’m not really expecting him to pitch.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 3:22 pm || Up

          I think Melvin and the FO have already commented that they expect him to be in use the last week. And I believe he has been down in AZ staying in as game shape as can be.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 3:26 pm || Up

          Yes (top of page 47).

          Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Major League Rule 16(a), a Player suspended under this Section 7 shall be reinstated from the Restricted List immediately at the conclusion of the specified period of ineligibility.

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  23. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 2:04 pm

    Why aren’t the Vegas middle infielders up with us yet? Last night would have been a nice chance to waster a ABs with Barreto.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 2:12 pm || Up

      Barreto is, and struck out twice.
      Don’t know what the deal is with Mateo. Presumably the fact that the starting 2B job has been given to Profar, Barreto, Profar, Joseph, Profar, Neuse, and Profar says something about his status as a prospect.

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      • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 2:32 pm || Up

        Sonny Gray has had a very good season and his contract isn’t that onerous so I don’t think a package of Mateo, Fowler and Kaprielian is going to land him.

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  24. MikeV MikeV Sep 10,2019 2:22 pm

    absolutely disgusting

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

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 3:16 pm || Up

      They teach everything wrong at Stanford.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 3:17 pm || Up

      So disgusting that you would change your signature?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 5:20 pm

    Well this already feels much better than 24 hours ago.

    My early exit from last night’s game gave me a chance to prove something to myself, which was: I really don’t have much of any interest whatsoever in the 2019 Oakvegas Raiders.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 5:34 pm || Up

      I was surprised at how much the Raiders held my interest last night. Them not relentlessly sucking had something to do with that.

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  26. MikeV MikeV Sep 10,2019 5:22 pm

    So the US are playing Uruguay in a friendly, at Busch Stadium, in front of like 15,000 people.

    Such a bad, bad look.

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

    Thanks, and go As.

  27. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 5:23 pm

    More Murphy please – I want him to start the potential WC game.

  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 5:24 pm

    Singled him right out of the game. Wow.

  29. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 5:30 pm

    I loathe first-inning blowouts regardless of whether they are for or against so this would be a nightmare road trip if I were in Houston.

    Incidentally I rejected the trip to see Cal in Oxford MS a week from Saturday several months ago. A trip like that costs around $1000 and there was nothing else attractive in that area of the country to match it up with. I’ve spent $1000 on A’s weekend trips such as the one to Pittsburgh earlier this year, but that’s three games, I don’t have everything staked on a single game that could be a blowout with 10 minutes to go in the second quarter.

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  30. andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 5:31 pm

    Wow, spend a few minutes typing some boring comment about the post-season roster, and I miss an A’s touchdown.

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  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 5:33 pm

    I’m rarely at home in time to see the start of these 5pm games, catching up today is much better than yesterday was.

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  32. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 5:35 pm

    sigh

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 5:37 pm || Up

      On the bright side we can all agree the A’s batted around,

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  33. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 5:45 pm

    Is…KD starting to figure it out?

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 5:47 pm || Up

      I’m afraid he used up his good September moment on the 10th of the month.

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 6:56 pm || Up

        Doesnt he destroy in Arlington usually? This may all solve any mental part.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 7:06 pm || Up

          He used to, but I was in Arlington the last time the A’s were there and it didn’t go well for him at all.

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        • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 6:18 pm || Up

          You may have a point here…

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 7:55 pm || Up

        Maybe he’s finally healthy?

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 6:16 pm || Up

      never fall in love in september or something

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  34. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:00 pm

    When Roark called Murphy to the mound, Melvin should have come out as well. If somebody’s going to be kicked out in the second inning of a game like this, which could have happened, it needs to be the manager, not the starting pitcher.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 6:05 pm || Up

      It was kind of a clever way to get to talk with the ump, and Roark was aware enough to use words that wouldn’t get him tossed. I like the way he kept his glove over his mouth when talking to the ump.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:07 pm || Up

        It was also refreshing to see an ump not make a huge deal about a pitcher visibly disagreeing with a call.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:08 pm || Up

        It was obvious why Roark wanted Murphy to come out. Melvin should have seen that and immediately gone out and said, before the umpire got there, keep your mouth shut and let me abuse this guy.

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      • andeux andeux Sep 10,2019 6:22 pm || Up

        The calls weren’t even that bad. The first was pretty clearly a ball, the second probably a strike but borderline.

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  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 6:12 pm

    Every time I hear Sneed’s name I think of the Lorax.

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      I thought it was funny that Vince didn’t know where Elko, NV (Sneed’s hometown) is.

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  36. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 6:14 pm

    Starting to feel a little comfortable with the lead now.

  37. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:25 pm

    So Springer is going to have a 4-homer night and they’ll still lose by 10.

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  38. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 6:33 pm

    nice call vince

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  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:34 pm

    Daaaaaaamn that went far.

  40. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 6:36 pm

    Murphy is going to be really good. Health is the only question.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:38 pm || Up

      He appears to be the complete package. I’m looking forward to playing a team that tries to run on him.

    • mikeA Sep 10,2019 6:46 pm || Up

      I’m not convinced yet, although he is obviously an exciting prospect. I think his framing is currently not good, although he is more equipped than most to improve, and he may struggle to maintain a .300 obp.

      • lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 6:49 pm || Up

        Agree on the framing but that’s something I don’t expect a young catcher to be good at right away. Disagree a lot on the OBP part, I think he’s already having better at bats than Chapman and Olson did when they came up.

        • dmoas Sep 10,2019 10:17 pm || Up

          If his bat is on par, I hope they give him time (at least in practice/spring training) playing elsewhere. Give him a break from squatting. And his bat plays, you’d want to keep in the lineup.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 7:07 pm || Up

        No questions about the power anyway.

    • mikeA Sep 10,2019 6:47 pm || Up

      That second Olson HR was the dagger.

  41. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:36 pm

    The Astros’ batboys put the “A’s inning baseballs” and the “Astros inning baseballs” in the wrong boxes tonight.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 6:43 pm || Up

      I am starting to think you are right

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:45 pm || Up

      Something genuinely weird going on tonight with the Yankees giving up 11 to the Tigers.

  42. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 10,2019 6:38 pm

    I mean, I am not convinced this is going well

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  43. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:39 pm

    15 by the home team, then 15 by the visiting team. I’d start with the Coors Field records.

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    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 6:43 pm || Up

      Didn’t take long. The first time it happened at Coors Field was the 30th and 31st games ever played there.

      7/3/1995: Rockies 15, Astros 10
      7/4/1995: Astros 16, Rockies 8

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  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 6:50 pm

    Dammit Josh.

  45. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 6:54 pm

    So this series is now tied.

    I just got home and totally enjoyed listening to the Astros broadcasters explainig this. May go back and rewatch it all tonight.

    Normally I want to “save some for tomorrow “. I hope we score 30 tonight.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 7:25 pm || Up

      I want to score in every inning.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 7:26 pm || Up

        I do too, but it’s just not a very good look for MLB to have two of its better teams go 15-0 and 20-3 on consecutive nights.

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  46. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 6:56 pm

    Ugh, now I’m wishing Anderson started tonight.

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 7:40 pm

    Stupid Rangers bullpen

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 8:23 pm || Up

      Please stop sending Jeff Mathis up to to bat at least.

  48. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 7:52 pm

    Stupid slegnA

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  49. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 7:53 pm

    Seth Brown and his trapper glove of renown.

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  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 7:54 pm

    Argentina is doing to Mexico roughly what the A’s are doing to the Astros.

    • AV AV Sep 10,2019 11:01 pm || Up

      conga line.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  51. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 8:07 pm

    Reliever Mengden doesn’t have time to do his mustache.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 8:15 pm || Up

      That’s always been his thing, even when he was the scheduled feature pitcher behind an opener last year.

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    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 8:24 pm || Up

      As Ken points out, in line for his first MLB save.

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  52. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 8:27 pm

    Replay review in a 14-run game in the ninth.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 8:29 pm || Up

      When Hendriks is trying to preserve the 21-19 win 30 minutes from now your implied criticism will seem absurd.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 10,2019 8:29 pm || Up

      Loooong replay review

  53. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 8:28 pm

    Mengden is still pretty bad.

  54. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 10,2019 8:32 pm

    3:20 for a 21-7 game isnt bad.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  55. Soaker Soaker Sep 10,2019 8:32 pm

    Astros 22, A’s 21, a testament to how compelling these last two nights of combat between these AL West archrivals has been.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 10,2019 10:11 pm || Up

      Two of the best teams in an extreme season, if they play two straight 11-10 games in October it’ll be remembered for a long time.

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  56. lenscrafters Sep 10,2019 8:38 pm

    The Rangers just misplayed a tapper 3 times so the Rays take the lead in the 11th. Hope they save of that little league bs for us too.

  57. dmoas Sep 10,2019 10:25 pm

    Owe. Yelich JDing his knee to end his season. It was surprisingly ungruesome to watch.

  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2019 2:24 pm

    Ratto rambles about the most exciting race no one’s watching.

    I didn’t realize Melvin “is a year and two weeks away from being the longest serving A’s manager since Connie Mack.”

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 3:23 pm || Up

      I liked his comment about how we seized on the idea of an opener more than anyone else. Glad he has been watching this season.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 11,2019 2:37 pm

    Slusser reports that tonight Laureano will start in right field Luzardo is expected to pitch in relief.

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      Jesus of the House Luzardo, first of his name, King of the Moundmen and Protector of the Realm, Lord of the East Bay, Flinger of Fast Balls, Bender of Curves, Changer of Pacez, Khal of the Great Grass Infield, the Unburnt, Winner of Pennants and Father of Luzards.

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  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2019 5:21 pm

    I’m sure that the limping and extra rest and move to RF aren’t a reason to worry about Ramon at all.

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    • andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 5:59 pm || Up

      Two games on, one off, is pretty much the same as one and a half on, three and a half off, followed by a position change, right?

      TINSTAAFK
  61. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2019 5:53 pm

    Not at all a bad pitch that Springer hit out.

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  62. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 5:56 pm

    God FSU, you have me asking
    Durant questions about Ramon. How much more can he hurt it vs slowly recovering.

    Based on that shut him down now. We will go with Brown.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2019 6:25 pm || Up

      I assume it’s chronic not acute, Ramon played through it for a long time. So probably minimal risk of a KD (or a Dravecky, ouch).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:26 pm || Up

        YOU’RE NOT HELPING MY PARANOIA WITH DRAVECKY!

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  63. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 5:58 pm

    I thought this was supposed to be a bullpen game for them. Get this guy out of there.

    TINSTAAFK
  64. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 5:59 pm

    Choo choo, Marcus!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  65. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:15 pm

    I like the way Jurk store has been hitting, but I can picture me having 36 comments about a play in the field during the playoffs.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 1:25 pm || Up

      Bob seems to be thinking along similar lines, as he replaced him for defense last night with the rookie who picked up the position a few weeks ago.

  66. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:16 pm

    I wouldn’t let Anderson face the top for the 3rd time…frankly this has already gone better than expected. Bring on Luzardo.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 11,2019 6:18 pm || Up

      Yeah and don’t let him get into another jam first.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:38 pm || Up

        Somehow a single, botched DP, double, and a bobble in the outfield worked out perfectly for us. Luzardo looks like he’s coming in for the 6th.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:43 pm || Up

          You said it, man!

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  67. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 6:19 pm

    Good swing Seth.

    TINSTAAFK
  68. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:21 pm

    And the Rangers have blown the 7-2 lead.

  69. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:22 pm

    Bullpen game my ass.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  70. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 6:23 pm

    Nails never fails.

    TINSTAAFK
  71. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:25 pm

    Angels and Rangers better forfeit when we play them.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  72. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 6:30 pm

    Verlander is good, but I don’t think his WHIP is actually .077 as the graphic says.

    TINSTAAFK
    • lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:50 pm || Up

      That’s about 15 total hits/walks over 200 IP right? Maybe if only pitched against us.

  73. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:30 pm

    How many more double plays is Profar at 2nd gonna cost us?

  74. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:38 pm

    Murphy tagged the little guy twice.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  75. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 6:39 pm

    FK yeah Murphy

  76. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 6:40 pm

    The Murph!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 11,2019 6:44 pm

    This is out of control. Does one of our players have to die before something happens?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 11,2019 6:46 pm || Up

      Punishing them with runs is nice at least.

  78. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 7:02 pm

    Please be good, kid.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 11,2019 7:30 pm || Up

      I am optimistic.

      • lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 7:50 pm || Up

        He looks good. Easy 96 with sink and has 98 if needed. After the Maldonado home run, he showed the ability to throw off speed stuff for strikes in fastball counts. Great stuff with good feel for pitching. Fastball command probably still needs a little work but that will come.

        I would let him start the 9th.

  79. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 7:06 pm

    Como se dice, nasty?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  80. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 7:07 pm

    BoMel better remember that we were waiting while he got stretched out. Not 1 inning.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  81. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 7:08 pm

    Pretty sure the Astros got Chirinos/Maldonado specifically to fk with us.

    • andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 7:11 pm || Up

      I know, Maldonano hits like a lesser Molina against everyone except us.

      TINSTAAFK
  82. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 7:08 pm

    Ok, welcome to the bigs I guess.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  83. mother pucker Sep 11,2019 7:49 pm

    Nobody fks with the Jesus.

  84. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 7:59 pm

    Jesús holds.

    TINSTAAFK
  85. lenscrafters Sep 11,2019 8:07 pm

    Sweet, so worst case we’re tied with Cleveland after tomorrow.

  86. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 8:07 pm

    Not expecting anything from Verlander vs. Homer Bailey. A split in Houston is great.

    TINSTAAFK
  87. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 11,2019 9:13 pm

    so much for sonny’s no hitter/shutout/lead

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  88. andeux andeux Sep 11,2019 9:17 pm

    Rays lose.

    TINSTAAFK
  89. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 11,2019 9:17 pm

    Rangers held on!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  90. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 11:05 am

    today is a 5 pm game? why the fuck am I working from home then?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 1:20 pm || Up

      I guess the Astros don’t feel the need to give themselves an early flight to Kansas City. The A’s obviously don’t have to go far.

      The Rays have to travel to the OC after a night game in Arlington. It’s 94 degrees right now in Arlington, so they are probably fine with that.

      97 degrees is the forecast high on Sunday when the A’s do play a day game in Arlington. Starting pitchers haven’t been announced for that series, but fortunately Bassitt shouldn’t be on turn.

    • MikeV MikeV Sep 12,2019 1:51 pm || Up

      why the fuck am I working from home then?

      Wearing pants sucks?

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

      Thanks, and go As.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 4:34 pm || Up

      The A’s play six straight 5pm start games in TX until the noon Sunday getaway.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  91. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 1:05 pm

    Factoid from David Feldman, via the Slussercast, on the Fiers blowup:

    The only other Oakland pitcher to give up three home runs in the first inning was Catfish Hunter in 1968. It was in his next start after his perfect game, against the same team he threw the perfect game against (Twins). The homers were by Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, and someone named Rich Rollins (scoring Harmon Killebrew). Catfish gave up eight runs in six innings that night, and still picked up a win.

  92. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 2:59 pm

    Huh, Rangel Ravelo, the missing piece of the Samardzija trade, is up with the Cardinals.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 4:33 pm || Up

      Either you made that name up or you’re speaking in a Scooby Doo voice.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 5:05 pm || Up
        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 5:21 pm || Up

          Damnit. I’m gonna go swipe some taglines from Lookout Landing.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 5:22 pm || Up

          Some good hot takes in that first thread. colin made a good call on Canha, even though we haven’t seen him play 3B yet. mikeA had the least tepid endorsement of Semien.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 12,2019 6:09 pm || Up

          I’m self promoting an Alberto Collapso transaction reference.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  93. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 5:17 pm

    Stupid park is stupid.

  94. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 5:24 pm

    Seth Brown and his bad swing off-field flare of renown!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  95. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 5:52 pm

    Fosse says that a pitcher wants his catcher to “go to the pitch I want to throw. I can always shake off it.” So, mind reading?

    • AV AV Sep 13,2019 7:55 am || Up

      nah, you just wait.

      i had a boss like this. open up the meeting for discussion, let everybody make suggestions, let it go round and round, until she heard the one she already had in mind from the get go: great suggestion / case closed / it’s workerbee’s burden if it doesn’t work.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  96. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 5:53 pm

    I’m really sick of seeing bad dog Cooper in the corner like a Blair Witch victim.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  97. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 5:56 pm

    Chapman needs a day off.

  98. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 5:56 pm

    Why is the piping on the Astros home whites hideous orange, when elegant navy blue was just sitting there?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  99. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 5:57 pm

    Moonshot

  100. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 5:58 pm

    Dang Olsen is so dialed in right now.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  101. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 6:11 pm

    The guy with the 80s-style Astros t-shirt with “KATE UPTON” in place of “ASTROS”….no.

  102. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 12,2019 6:14 pm

    Astros broadcasters have been plugging the HOU Open non stop all series. I wont complain because the results have agreed with us recently.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  103. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 6:21 pm

    It’s hard to understand how, with 6 starting pitchers and Luzardo, we still somehow are starting Homer Bailey in Houston.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 6:26 pm || Up

      Apparently his lifetime #s vs Houston are very good even with the last bad outing.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 6:31 pm || Up

        He’s looked good tonight.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 7:11 pm || Up

          Good as he has been so far, it feels like tempting fate to let him face the heart of the order a third time.

  104. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 6:44 pm

    Two awful Profar throws so far with no damage.

  105. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 6:48 pm

    Let’s knock him out in this inning. Why not.

  106. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 6:51 pm

    Ugh, hopefully that inning didn’t give Verlander another.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 7:08 pm || Up

      Hopefully that inning didn’t give him yet another.

  107. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 7:14 pm

    Murphy throws him out.

    (Too soon?)

  108. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 7:25 pm

    This is incredible. I can’t believe we got out of that (thanks for the huge assist Jose).

  109. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 7:38 pm

    See if you put Profar in the outfield he can be Willie Mays out there!

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 7:39 pm || Up

      if you “need” his bat, he can play left of DH

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  110. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 7:40 pm

    I don’t know bob.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 7:42 pm || Up

      Yeah that was about three more hitters than I feel comfortable seeing Diekmann face,

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 7:58 pm || Up

        seems like pitching to a righty just to left left reddick in september wasn’t well thought out

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  111. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 7:46 pm

    OK. More A’s runs please.

  112. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 8:01 pm

    Interesting time to get Puk up.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:04 pm || Up

      for alverez?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 8:11 pm || Up

        Correct. Big spot.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:12 pm || Up

          can the bench call the pitches?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:12 pm || Up

        I prefer Puk to Diekman or Buchter (just by default), but he is potentially homer-prone.

        TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 8:27 pm || Up

      Especially weird given they had seemed to have landed on just bringing him in to start clean innings.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  113. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:11 pm

    I don’t know, not giving bregman anything to his is OK

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  114. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:16 pm

    not a bad pitch kid

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:19 pm || Up

      Not terrible, but got too much of the plate, after falling behind.
      I’m still hopeful that he can be a good starter next year, but he has some work to do. Luzardo (SSS) looks much more polished.

      TINSTAAFK
      • mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:21 pm || Up

        That’s also the impression you get from looking at their minor league numbers over several years.

  115. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 8:17 pm

    Why does this out feel impossible.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:18 pm || Up

      it’s possible, it’s just chirinos is going to make it tryig to go to second on the throw home

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 8:22 pm || Up

      And how is it only the 8th?

  116. mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:24 pm

    Rays lose…

  117. andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:26 pm

    Thank you Marvin Hudson.

    TINSTAAFK
  118. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 8:26 pm

    Thank you overrated Astros prospect.

  119. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:26 pm

    it is happening in slow motion Ken. Blake is slow

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  120. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 8:28 pm

    More runs please.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  121. mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:28 pm

    11/12 pitches out of the zone per gameday.

  122. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:29 pm

    Khris?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  123. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 8:31 pm

    Old man Ryan takes this fan business seriously. I imagine he spends the between inning breaks scowling at other fans who don’t play the game the right way.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  124. mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:36 pm

    Maybe it makes sense, but Neuse as a late inning defensive replacement at 2B caused me to laugh out loud.

  125. andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:38 pm

    Uh, not a good start Liam.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:50 pm || Up

      Nice job, but no extra points for raising the degree of difficulty.

      TINSTAAFK
  126. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 8:38 pm

    It really feels like A’s pitchers are trying to be too perfect today.

    I’ve made my peace with whatever’s about to happen.

  127. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 8:39 pm

    Triple play please

  128. andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:40 pm

    We were playing with house money this game anyway.

    TINSTAAFK
  129. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 8:41 pm

    that was a strike all night

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  130. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 12,2019 8:42 pm

    I dont know how you put Treinen on any postseason roster at this point.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  131. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 12,2019 8:44 pm

    That last comment was made in the McDonalds drive thru but just typed now.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  132. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 12,2019 8:47 pm

    God, this is what baseball is going to be like for the next month, isnt it?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  133. mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:48 pm

    4 high fastballs nothing else.

  134. mikeA Sep 12,2019 8:50 pm

    I had some doubts along the way tonight…

  135. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 8:50 pm

    Hendriks is a minor miracle.

  136. lenscrafters Sep 12,2019 8:50 pm

    FK YEAH I can’t believe we won this fucking game!!!

  137. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 8:52 pm

    Amazing we won that game.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  138. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 12,2019 8:54 pm

    The A’s are valiant as fuck, because I sure died a thousand deaths tonight.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  139. andeux andeux Sep 12,2019 8:57 pm

    Half a game ahead of TB.
    Now just need to avoid letdowns against Texas(6), KC(3), LAAA(2), Seattle(4)

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 12,2019 9:02 pm || Up

      equal to CLE on games. one fewer than TB

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 13,2019 9:08 am || Up

      This is my worry. We seem very good at playing to the level of the competition.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  140. Soaker Soaker Sep 12,2019 9:00 pm

    A’s fans who traveled to Houston got some fairly decent baseball after all after those first two blowouts.

    Support locally made sausage!
  141. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 9:12 pm

    About to be 2.5 behind Minnesota. If they get swept in Cleveland this weekend, they will have a foot in the crap, though their White Sox, Royals, Tigers, Royals run in should save them.

    • dmoas Sep 12,2019 11:40 pm || Up

      What are the odds Minnesota fall to the Wild Card (or even out)?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 6:06 am || Up

        Fangraphs has it at 6.2% they lose the division and 1.1% they fall all the way out of the wild card.

        At 3.5 up and with their schedule, I’d say one win in Cleveland puts the division to bed.

        • dmoas Sep 13,2019 10:37 am || Up

          I wonder what the odds were for the Rangers in 2012 around this time.

  142. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 12,2019 9:48 pm

    Gotta root for the Phillies over the next two weeks. Need them still in contention when they go to Cleveland next weekend, then they have five with Washington, who we need not to clinch before they host Cleveland the last weekend.

    • sslinger Sep 12,2019 11:02 pm || Up

      That shouldn’t be hard to do – I got nothin against the Phils anyways.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 19,2019 10:23 am || Up

      The Phillies are hanging in the wild card race by a thread, 3 back of the Cubs and Brewers for the second spot. Close enough to try this weekend in Cleveland.

      The Nationals have come back to the pack, just 1.5 up on the Cubs/Brewers. Good chance they will need some wins against Cleveland the final weekend. Of course, by the time that Cleveland/Washington series rolls around, we might not want Cleveland to lose any more.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 19,2019 10:57 am || Up

        Phillies aren’t hanging on too tightly

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  143. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 10:13 am

    Now I’m going to have that Eddie Money song going through my mind all day. Better than a Journey song, I suppose, though there isn’t much difference in the music.

    Support locally made sausage!

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