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Hotter than Hell 224

At least 44% of the reason I live in the East Bay is to avoid miserable summer weather (also 23% friends and family, 12% is not scary rest of America, 8% local sports teams, 7% outdoor recreation, 5% other quality of life, and 1% Rita Moreno.)

But at first pitch tonight it will be hotter at the Coliseum than it is in Arlington TX. This is unacceptable. We’ve had a pretty delightfully not-sweltering summer here so far but if there’s one thing I demand in life it’s that people in Texas be more miserable than me at every moment of every day.

Bassitt v Burke sounds like a tort precedent.
Fiers v Minor, a tragic tale of high school fireworks gone awry
Manaea v TBD, a helpful Scrabble draw

15 games in 17 days to settle the AL playoff picture. Should work out just fine so long as the boys stay hot. Except Bassitt who hopefully took a long ice bath this afternoon.

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224 thoughts on “Hotter than Hell

  1. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 4:49 pm

    Alcohol consumption in this final series in that park will be in memory of Bill King…particularly in a Friday the 13th game.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 4:58 pm || Up

      And a full moon too.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 5:08 pm

    Forecasts:
    Saturday 5 p.m. PT: Oakland 79°F, Arlington 92°F
    Sunday noon PT: Oakland 70°F, Arlington 95°F

    Clay Wood’s outfield grass is spending an entire week under the deployed football seats in “dying man in the Sahara” mode though.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 5:11 pm || Up

      And Clay will get less than 24 hours with the grass before BP Monday.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 16,2019 12:56 pm || Up

      Wet snowflakes mixing in with the rain at Chateau Soaker right now…

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  3. andeux andeux Sep 13,2019 5:09 pm

    I moved here to avoid miserable winter weather, but the summers are rather pleasant as well.
    And you may be underrating “not scary rest of America.”

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 5:17 pm || Up

      “Cost of living” and “traffic conditions” are notable omissions from his list though.

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  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 5:14 pm

    Oly’s going so good right now his swing may be even more dreamy than his eyes.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 5:21 pm

    Jurickson’s throws are getting worse somehow.

  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 5:21 pm

    They’re both in the lineup so can’t Pinder play 2B and Profar OF? That can’t possibly be worse.

    "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 Sep 13,2019 5:32 pm

    KD back

  8. mikeA Sep 13,2019 5:39 pm

    I don’t really agree with the extent to which they’re going with Neuse over Barreto (I don’t believe in either of them all that much now or in the future, but have more hope for Barreto.)

    • dmoas Sep 13,2019 5:42 pm || Up

      I feel like Barreto may be one of those guys that has to bounce around a while and figure it out 5 years too late for his first team.

      • mikeA Sep 13,2019 5:44 pm || Up

        Yeah, that sounds about right.

      • DFA DFA Sep 14,2019 9:54 am || Up

        defensive versatility makes that a real possibility

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 10:25 am || Up

          That defensive versatility is strictly hypothetical at this point.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 5:44 pm || Up

      The hype about Barreto at the time of the Donaldson trade seems like ancient history. Sort of like the prospect-maven hype about Profar.

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      • DFA DFA Sep 14,2019 9:55 am || Up

        I never thought barreto was going to be a first string regular even back then.

        In play, run(s)! Talk dirty to me gamecast, talk dirty. - Nevermoor
  9. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 5:43 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2019 5:54 pm

    @fsu. Property case. Totally different. Keep digging. You’ll never make partner that way

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  11. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2019 5:55 pm

    Laureano there has paid dividends

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  12. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 13,2019 5:58 pm

    Argh. Why must we start a pitcher made of wax?

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    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 6:02 pm || Up

      He should bring a cold bottle of Gatorade out at the start of each inning and keep it behind the mound.

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  13. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 6:18 pm

    This game is on pace for 36 total runs. 33 was enough to cause wild alcoholic dreams.

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  14. andeux andeux Sep 13,2019 6:22 pm

    Arithmetic series. 45 runs for the A’s.

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  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 6:22 pm

    And that’s why Chapman doesn’t get days off.

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 7:13 pm

    I adore Ramon.

    • dmoas Sep 13,2019 7:23 pm || Up

      I haven’t been paying enough attention the last few years, including this one. And forgot that he was actually doing really well before he got injured. I had in my mind “great potential” but not “kind of figured it out already.”

  17. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 7:17 pm

    Looks like the rain wiped out the 2-2 tie in the third between Clelevand and Minnesota. They start over tomorrow with a doubleheader.

    • dmoas Sep 13,2019 7:21 pm || Up

      Doesn’t bode well for either team’s starting pitching for the next week.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 12:25 pm || Up

        Clevinger is through 8 for Cleveland in the opener, but he’s down 2-0.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 4:09 pm || Up

        Starting the nightcap for Cleveland: Tyler Clippard

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 4:17 pm || Up

          Gives up two-run homer and camera catches him yelling “FK!”

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 11:53 am || Up

        The Biebs fell apart in the sixth inning, Cleveland’s 2-0 lead is now a 2-4 deficit.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 12:16 pm || Up

          The Twins brought in Kyle Gibson in relief for some reason, and he immediately gave up a three-run bomb.

  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 7:23 pm

    When in doubt, Wendelken

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 7:24 pm || Up

      He had become irrelevant but that’s one heck of a long relief performance considering the early tone of the game.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 7:26 pm || Up

        I remain of the opinion that he is actually good.

  19. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 7:40 pm

    Orioles over Tigers tonight in a game people should have been paid a lot of money to attend. Aaron Brooks, winning pitcher.

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    • dmoas Sep 13,2019 7:44 pm || Up

      Odds are pretty good that one 100 loss team will make another team lose their 100th. I feel like that’s got to mean something.

  20. Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 8:07 pm

    Best night of the year* from the bullpen.

    *Still an opportunity to fuck it up in the 9th.

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  21. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 13,2019 8:19 pm

    I don’t think I want treinen or diekman next inning

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  22. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 13,2019 8:21 pm

    Solid night for the rookies.

  23. dmoas Sep 13,2019 8:28 pm

    Welp. Hold on to your butts. Bad Treinen time.

    • lenscrafters Sep 13,2019 8:30 pm || Up

      I’m so tired of his shit. Would seriously think about non tendering him this offseason.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 13,2019 8:42 pm || Up

        I’m trying so hard to think he can be a huge contributor to a 2020 World Championship but the evidence for that is sadly short. Whatever he did to reinvent himself over the 2017-2018 offseason, do it again, please.

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        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:13 am || Up

          reliever volatility tells me he’ll be great next year. same with lou.

          I don’t think he’ll contribute to the 2019 world championship, but I am ok with him getting a full share

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        • lenscrafters Sep 14,2019 8:35 am || Up

          Pulling some velocity data from Brooks Baseball…

          Fourseam Sinker
          3/19 97.93 97.45
          4/19 98.05 97.46
          5/19 97.56 97.41
          6/19 97.26 97.11
          7/19 96.87 96.25
          8/19 96.55 96.19
          9/19 96.41 95.79

          Average velocity by month has continued to trend downwards. He’s dropped around 1.5 mph from April, the high point, to September, which I consider to be fairly significant. For reference, Sean Manaea dropped around 1.3 mph average velocity from his high point last year to when he needed shoulder surgery.

          Also, contrast Treinen’s velocity this year with that of last year:

          Fourseam Sinker
          3/18 0.00 96.89
          4/18 97.78 97.27
          5/18 98.25 97.89
          6/18 98.91 98.62
          7/18 98.21 98.24
          8/18 98.65 98.52
          9/18 97.98 97.60

          There’s a nearly 3 mph drop between his high point in 2018 (June) with this year’s September. Whatever Hendriks did to gain about 3 mph in velocity, Treinen needs to do that as well. But I think it’s more of an injury issue with Treinen – there’s too much smoke around the elbow/shoulder issues he had earlier in the year and the velocity decline he’s been gradually experiencing.

          The A’s will have to decide whether a reliever with so many warning signs – we haven’t even gotten into his control issues yet – is going to be worth the 8 million or so he’s due in arbitration next year.

          • mikeA Sep 14,2019 8:51 am || Up

            Even if they decide he’s not worth it I’m pretty sure he will have some trade value at that salary, so I don’t see them non tendering. Profar will be interesting.

  24. lenscrafters Sep 13,2019 8:29 pm

    FK fucks sake, throw strikes, get outs. It shouldn’t be this hard.

  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 2:37 pm

    Vince is going to have good time with this Stanford score.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 2:59 pm || Up

      Tough early sequence of games for Furd with @USC, @UCF and home vs. Oregon.

      Cal is playing the opener of the East Bay vs. Metroplex doubleheader and having an easier time of it. The Bears are oddly playing DFW-area teams four years in a row: UNT this year, home vs. TCU in 2020, @TCU in 2021 and @UNT in 2022. The TCU games were scheduled when Dykes was the coach so that makes sense, but Dykes was gone by the time they scheduled the Mean Green and why they agreed to play a road game against them escapes me.

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      • Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 4:52 pm || Up

        The Pac-12 pretty clearly is not very good, so Cal’s feeble offense fits well in the conference. The Bears might be able to manage 7-5 or 8-4; it would have to be on the strength of their defense.

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  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 3:19 pm

    Fernando Rodney just hit Charlie Culberson square in the eye with a fastball. He was down for a while, but thankfully he got up and got into the cart under his own power..

    The Braves manager got ejected because the umpire called it a strike. Culberson was squared around to bunt.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 3:33 pm || Up

      Rodney also turned a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 not tie.

  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 5:12 pm

    How to describe Mike Fiers’ new slump-breaker facial hair? An octopus tentacle on half his face? A typography mishap? My imagination fails me. I think he’s been playing around with one of these:

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 5:22 pm || Up

      WTF? The idea is that the Rangers hitters will be laughing so hard they’ll take weak swings?

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 5:26 pm || Up

        On consideration I’m going with prehensile tail.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV Sep 15,2019 8:13 pm || Up

      “the bass clef on victor borges’ william tell”

      is that too specific?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • AV AV Sep 15,2019 8:15 pm || Up
        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Sep 15,2019 8:16 pm || Up

          “the chinammon roll.”

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2019 9:11 pm || Up

            Also, Dude, Chinammon is not the preferred nomenclature.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • AV AV Sep 15,2019 9:33 pm || Up

              look, this isn’t a man who built the fu-man-chu here.

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  28. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 5:34 pm

    no vince, the rangers didn’t need major league talent back for mike minor.

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  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 5:53 pm

    Fiers ain’t right.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 5:53 pm

    Seems like Fiers should have come out.

    TINSTAAFK
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 5:55 pm

    Oh good, Blackburn in Arlington again.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 5:56 pm || Up

      That would be “Change the Channel” Blackburn.

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  32. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 5:58 pm

    Rubbing forearm followed by sudden 3 MPH dip in velocity seems bad.

    TINSTAAFK
  33. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 14,2019 6:02 pm

    In lieu of flowers, please send a starter?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • dmoas Sep 14,2019 6:03 pm || Up

      Don’t worry, we added Luzardo before the 31st so… oh. We didn’t. Oh.

      • andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 6:04 pm || Up

        If Fiers goes on the DL, that lets us add Luzardo to the playoff roster.

        TINSTAAFK
        • dmoas Sep 14,2019 6:05 pm || Up

          I thought he had to be on the 40 man before August 31st?

          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 6:06 pm || Up

            Fiers needs 10 days on the IL

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            • dmoas Sep 14,2019 6:08 pm || Up

              Oh duh. I’m confusing the in the organization vs 40 man rules.

  34. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 6:02 pm

    Not a great inning for Phegley either.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 6:06 pm || Up

      I read a comment from Melvin the other day that made it sound like he knows Murphy is the #1 catcher now, but that they are giving him plenty of days off to protect his knee.

      • dmoas Sep 14,2019 6:08 pm || Up

        It makes sense. Aside from Phegley sucking and all at the whole catching thing.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 6:19 pm || Up

          Jonah Heim should get a chance in Spring Training to be Murphy’s backup.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 6:29 pm || Up

      hasnt since april

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  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 6:26 pm

    Puk, Wendelken, Luzardo not available tonight. Might need one of those two-inning Trivino throwback masterpieces.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 6:31 pm || Up

      who are three players not in the majors a month ago

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    • MikeV MikeV Sep 14,2019 10:22 pm || Up

      Ugh, I HATE when our best two SP prospects aren’t able to help the shitty bullpen.

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

      Thanks, and go As.

  36. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 6:35 pm

    Second night in a row I was sure a HR was in their OF’s glove.

    TINSTAAFK
  37. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 6:39 pm

    Twins up 9-5 on a Sano grand slam.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 6:41 pm || Up

      Goody! That’s my reaction and also the name of the pitcher who served it up.

  38. DFA DFA Sep 14,2019 6:59 pm

    Why did fiers get pulled?

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 7:00 pm || Up

      Broken beard.

      Also, he was rubbing his forearm and his velo dropped into the batting practice range.

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 7:02 pm

    Buchter…

    • andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 7:08 pm || Up

      Somehow his ERA is still < 3. He must have allowed like 3 times as many inherited runners to score.

      TINSTAAFK
  40. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:09 pm

    4 inning game

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  41. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:13 pm

    how do you walk sept 2019 khris davis?

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  42. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:17 pm

    angels should be fined for their linups v cle and tbr

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  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 7:24 pm

    Really trying to get another inning out of Buchter, eh?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:26 pm || Up

      just through mazara, yeah?

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:32 pm || Up

      they really don’t trust trivino, hub?

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 7:49 pm || Up

        Blackburn to Buchter to Trivino is not the preferred “we’re winning” bullpen rotation.

        "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 Sep 14,2019 7:36 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 7:42 pm || Up

      Slusser:

      That injury description can run from minor (Brett Anderson missed two weeks with that diagnosis last year) to major (Andrew Triggs required surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome) and occasionally it can signal issues with the ulnar collateral ligament.

  45. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 7:41 pm

    Scioscia is bunting runners over in the 5th. Makes sense as the only batters hitting better than 250 were the next two

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 8:03 pm || Up

      New Scioscia will now make 15 pitching changes in pursuit of the last 11 outs and hope to bore the Rays into submission.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 7:43 pm

    Hotter than Hell: The Matt Olson Story

  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 7:45 pm

    Olsen’s jacks are usually no doubters but that one was a juiced ball special for sure.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 7:48 pm

    I had to take off for a while at some point tonight and Blackburn’s appearance was the perfect excuse. Upon returning I’m glad to see the situation markedly improved…but the last few innings must have flowed like molasses.

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  49. mother pucker Sep 14,2019 8:25 pm

    Longing for Soria to start the 8th instead of Diekman. What a day.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 8:31 pm || Up

      Where is Soria, anyway? He hasn’t pitched on the road trip.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 14,2019 8:37 pm || Up

        Seconding this. Not that I WANT to see him, but I just dont understand this bullpen anymore.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:38 pm || Up

          closing tonight?

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        • andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 8:38 pm || Up

          8 days since he last pitched. For a guy who was pitching almost every other day, that means he’s nursing an injury.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:40 pm || Up

            10 day IL retoractive!

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          • Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 8:41 pm || Up

            Ken mentioned an injury last night, I forget what exactly, and said he almost certainly won’t pitch in this series.

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            • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 14,2019 8:43 pm || Up

              We’re going to end up with Kaprielian pitching the 7th inning of the WC game.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 14,2019 8:44 pm || Up

                Matt Harvey’s still technically eligible.

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 8:14 am || Up

              Slusser reports this morning that it is “elbow soreness.”

  50. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:25 pm

    I went on a 35 minute walk after lou had gone down 2-0 on his first batter, and now its only the top of eight?

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  51. andeux andeux Sep 14,2019 8:29 pm

    “Diekman now a very good relief pitcher” – Ray, as the first batter smokes a double into the corner.

    TINSTAAFK
  52. mother pucker Sep 14,2019 8:35 pm

    Diekman is the fucking worst.

  53. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:37 pm

    still, daring doo by odor.

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  54. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:48 pm

    angels just scored on the old 2 out wild pitch

    3-1 rays

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  55. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 14,2019 8:52 pm

    that was an illegal slide, yeah?

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  56. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 14,2019 8:56 pm

    After Fiers tonight I may have to reevaluate this, but I cannot stand the facial hair of the Rangers.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  57. Soaker Soaker Sep 14,2019 8:57 pm

    Magic number 11 vs. Cleveland, with 26 opportunities.

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  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 9:13 pm

    I went to Twitter looking for Joakim Soria info, and found this weird bot, which led me to this odd page.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 14,2019 9:27 pm

    Fiers said he’s felt this numbness sensation this year twice before, and last year a couple times.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • dmoas Sep 14,2019 10:59 pm || Up

      Cool, cool. So Tommy John or Thoracic Outlet?

  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 9:43 am

    The Reds allowed one hit and no other base runners to the Diamondbacks last night. They also lost the game.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 12:08 pm

    Trout’s done for the season. Foot surgery.

  62. ptbnl Sep 15,2019 12:33 pm

    Albeit only 5 games in, 3rd place in the Premier League is closer on points to the bottom than top of the table.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 12:45 pm

    Manaea is showing a lot of chest today.

  64. andeux andeux Sep 15,2019 12:54 pm

    I’m thinking of using my A’s Access to go to Wednesday’s day game without an actual ticket.
    Haven’t done this before, and can’t really find any info on how it works.

    – Is there a special gate you go in, or can they scan your badge anywhere?

    – I remember they changed this from “Treehouse Access Only” to whole ballpark for the last month, but if we want an actual (legal) seats, I remember there was some upgrade option through the ballpark app:
    – I thought we were supposed to get one free upgrade (FSU) per year. Is that right? Is there any choice of seats using that?
    – If not, how does the cost of a paid upgrade compare to just buying something cheap on stubhub?

    TINSTAAFK
    • sslinger Sep 15,2019 3:10 pm || Up

      I think you can now go in any gate but not 100% sure. Haven’t used the upgrade function, just gone into the Treehouse (partly because it’s easy from the BART ramp) and then just FSU my way through the game.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2019 3:18 pm || Up

      Since Aug the Treehouse pass is all you need to enter the Coliseum via any entrance. Don’t know full upgrade terms but I suspect they only get you into a section you can just sit in yourself anyway.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 12:57 pm

    SeMVPien

    • andeux andeux Sep 15,2019 1:01 pm || Up

      I was thinking about the MVP race in light of Trout being out. Bregman is second in WAR (both versions) and will probably win now even if he doesn’t quite catch Trout. Chapman is 5th in bWAR, 7th in fWAR, and seems famous enough now that he should finish in the top 5. Semien is 3rd in both versions, but he’ll probably finish in the lower part of the top 10 in the voting.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 1:28 pm || Up

        I expect to be angry at the number of votes given to DJ LaMahieu.

        • andeux andeux Sep 15,2019 1:29 pm || Up

          Yeah, he’s one of the guys I figure will undeservedly finish ahead of Semien.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 1:49 pm || Up

            Positional versatility!!!!

            (ignore bregman)

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  66. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 15,2019 1:08 pm

    SB&HBoR!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 1:10 pm

    Seth Brown is keeping this Ted Williams impression going through multiple Soaker Units.

  68. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 2:20 pm

    Manaea v glasnow in oakland would be cool

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  69. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 2:22 pm

    New scioscia better let sandoval pitch one more inning

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 2:32 pm || Up

      nope

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 2:46 pm || Up

        % chance of the Angels’ pen and defense holding a 5-run lead for four innings?

        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 2:48 pm || Up

          16%

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:00 pm || Up

            1-2-3 inning for Noe Ramirez. Bumping this up to 18%.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 3:25 pm || Up

              6 outs left, 30%

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              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:33 pm || Up

                Three run homer. Move it back down to 15%.

                • lenscrafters Sep 15,2019 3:36 pm || Up

                  Buttrey is awful.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:37 pm || Up

                  When we played them earlier in the season I thought he might be their best reliever. Which isn’t saying much, but still.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 15,2019 3:48 pm || Up

                  nice move “smith”

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                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:51 pm || Up

                  Generic bad Angel makes generic bad decision.

                • lenscrafters Sep 15,2019 3:57 pm || Up

                  There’s no chance the slegnA hold it here.

                • lenscrafters Sep 15,2019 4:04 pm || Up

                  That’s probably my last successful reverse jinx of the season.

                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 4:04 pm || Up

                  I don’t believe it.

  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 2:27 pm

    The stoic guy with the giant ZZ Top beard behind home plate is awesome.

  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 2:35 pm

    That is NOT an error on Olson. Come on.

  72. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 2:36 pm

    That high fastball is devastating.

  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 2:45 pm

    Murphy has three hits in this series, two of them doubles, thanks to the Rangers replacing Beltre with crap.

  74. andeux andeux Sep 15,2019 2:46 pm

    After all the jokes about it being like trading for an ace at the deadline, adding Manaea and Luzardo (and Murphy, and maybe Puk) to an already very good team really is pretty exciting.

    TINSTAAFK
  75. lenscrafters Sep 15,2019 2:54 pm

    Murphy’s offense has been way ahead of his defense, which is surprising.

  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:04 pm

    The kid is poised.

  77. andeux andeux Sep 15,2019 3:18 pm

    Jesús saves.

    TINSTAAFK
  78. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:22 pm

    90-60. On pace for another 97-win season, with 100 wins not at all out of the question given the schedule. Pretty good.

  79. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 15,2019 3:29 pm

    Goodvye to TBiA

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 3:31 pm || Up

      Finishing it off with a sweep gives me better feelings about the place than it deserves. Good riddance.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 15,2019 3:45 pm || Up

        Yeah to hell with that place, and really to all the hapless taxpayers who built them another one.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • mother pucker Sep 15,2019 7:19 pm || Up

      Two least favorite memories in the Beane era at that park: (1) Dotel meltdown in 2004 in September in the final game, serving as a metaphor for what was to follow (2) A-rod walk-off grand slam in I believe 2002.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 9:25 pm || Up

        Good call on the second one. Off of Billy Koch.

        The next day the A’s scored 3 in the 8th and 8 in the 9th to beat them 12-2.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 9:27 pm || Up

        Double reply/edit fail.

      • mikeA Sep 16,2019 12:18 pm || Up

        I can still hear in my head Bill King’s stunned and dejected “holy toledo” on the first one.

  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 15,2019 9:00 pm

  81. AV AV Sep 15,2019 9:08 pm

    every time i come back from a river trip up in the state of jefferson i hope that at least one in the alerts bevy that welcome me back to signal is about someone dying.

    well, donald didn’t, and yet ric did.

    this bullshit has. got. to. stop.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 16,2019 11:22 am

    Fangraphs has the A’s at 95.8% to make the playoffs, and 2.8% to win the World Series. It has the Rays at 68.8% to make the playoffs and 3.9% to win the World Series.

    What’s up with that?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 16,2019 11:49 am || Up

      they had the A’s to win 81 games or so. I think its a vestige of that. They just think the rays are better.

      The were 3-5 WAR down on each of Olson Semien and Chapman. light on Laureano and light on the starters. Mark Cahna didn’t even make the depth chart.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 16,2019 11:55 am || Up

        I thought the Rays were better at the beginning of the season too. There’s no longer much evidence for that, even if you assume Snell pitches in the playoffs.

        Revisit your priors, algorithm.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 16,2019 11:51 am || Up

      I just checked the page again, and they have upgraded us to 96.2% and 3%. Boom.

      I guess the answer to this is that our easy schedule makes it almost impossible for Cleveland to catch us, while the Rays’ hard schedule could trip them up. But if the Rays get in, the algorithm thinks the Rays are a better enough team to still make them more likely to win it all. That’s a pretty bold take by the algorithm given the likelihood that the WC game will be in Oakland.

      • Soaker Soaker Sep 16,2019 12:59 pm || Up

        20 years of Beane-era history in elimination games must be part of the equation.

        Support locally made sausage!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 16,2019 1:42 pm || Up

          Ah yes, I forgot about the SDWITP coefficient.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 18,2019 5:31 pm || Up

      Strangely, the Rays’ odds advantage doesn’t show up until you get to winning the World Series. Current odds:

      Make wild card game: A’s 97.7%, Rays 57.5%
      Make division series: A’s 47.9%, Rays 30.9%
      Make league championship series: A’s 15.2%, Rays 12.0%
      Make World Series: A’s 6.3%, Rays 5.9%
      Win World Series: A’s 3.1%, Rays 3.6%

      • andeux andeux Sep 18,2019 5:48 pm || Up

        It thinks they are a little stronger than the A’s in each round, but it takes 4 rounds for that to make up for the difference in the odds of even making the WC game.
        Implied odds of winning each round if they get there are:
        A’s: 49% WC, 32% DS, 41% LCS, 49% WS
        Rays: 54%, 39%, 49%, 61%

        And division series is toughest because you know they’ll be playing either the Yankees or Astros. LCS is most likely the other one of those, but could also be the Twins.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 18,2019 5:56 pm || Up

          Wait, shouldn’t the wild card percentages add up to 100%? Or is that a Cleveland factor?

          The Rays at 61% to win the World Series if they get there is bonkers.

          • andeux andeux Sep 18,2019 6:02 pm || Up

            My general sense from those numbers is that they’re slightly underrating the A’s each round, and wildly overrating the Rays.

            TINSTAAFK
            • mikeA Sep 18,2019 10:26 pm || Up

              I don’t think I would change any of those numbers for the A’s much. In the WC I think they are slight favorites at home against Cle, slight underdogs against the Rays, who should be able to put together nine innings of really good pitching.

              The LCS situation is weird. I think the A’s and the Rays are both huge underdogs against Hou, who is very unlikely to lose the top spot, but I think both would be favorites against Min and only slight underdogs against the Yankees.

      • dmoas Sep 18,2019 7:37 pm || Up

        How well did they do compared to us in Interleague?

        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 18,2019 8:25 pm || Up

          >500
          A’s 35-27
          Rays 32-34

          v AL Central

          A’s 25-8
          Rays 20-13

          vNL

          A’s 11-9 (Cent)
          Rays 13-6 (west)

          Runn diff
          A’s 152
          Rays 109

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  83. andeux andeux Sep 16,2019 2:16 pm

    I wonder what the crowd is like for this Monday afternoon Detroit/Baltimore game.

    TINSTAAFK
    • dmoas Sep 16,2019 3:42 pm || Up

      Might be a 100 people in the outfield. Might.

      • MikeV MikeV Sep 16,2019 3:45 pm || Up

        like, playing defense?

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

        Thanks, and go As.

  84. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 16,2019 5:36 pm

    this is good internet

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    • ptbnl Sep 16,2019 7:06 pm || Up

      Salvador Allende says hi.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • AV AV Sep 16,2019 9:25 pm || Up

        that was pinochet.

        allende said bye.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  85. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 16,2019 7:07 pm

    Ted Nugent is obviously a horrible guy but Stranglehold is an awesome intro song.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  86. dmoas Sep 16,2019 8:46 pm

    Part of me wishes that when the turf is and looks this horrific to just pull the shit up and make it a fully dirt field until they can leave town and replace it.

  87. lenscrafters Sep 16,2019 9:29 pm

    This is starting to feel like that annoying Friday night Tigers game.

  88. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 16,2019 9:34 pm

    So, we will close the books on davis for the year

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