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None of us, or at least not many, thought the Major League Baseball season would still be going on the weekend of September 25-27. This is the Barry Manilow of baseball series and with perfect Sierra weather, which won’t be around much longer, tonight’s game is probably the only one I’ll see much of.

There’s a doubleheader tomorrow at 1:10, and then all games start concurrently at 12:10 on Sunday. I’m not going to guess the pitching rotations.

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214 thoughts on “Games 57-60: Looks like we made it

  1. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 7:04 pm

    Weekend in Hegenberger.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  2. andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:09 pm

    Minor and Blackburn are supposed to pitch tomorrow, possibly Montas, Sunday.

    Scoreboard watching: TB wins, all three AL-C teams are currently losing to NL-C teams.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:33 pm || Up

      Clevelands win. This will be quite the standings clusterfk if the other games stay the same.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 7:37 pm || Up

        Without digging into tiebreakers it seems the Giants are going to have to work awfully hard to miss out. The Padres are locked into the #4 seed so no incentive at all for them.

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        • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:46 pm || Up

          Houston wins, clinching at least a tie with LAA, but LAA has the tiebreaker.
          It would be hilarious if the Angels caught the *s. Less so if they went on to knock us out.

          TINSTAAFK
          • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:58 pm || Up

            Oops, Houston game was not final. They were already at 29 wins.
            But Texas just tied it in the 9th.

            TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 25,2020 7:46 pm || Up

          That Philly bullpen has really helped them out.

      • lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 8:06 pm || Up

        I’m starting to think it doesn’t really matter which starter we face since it seems like we can get shutdown by anyone at this point. So I guess bring on the Clevelands since it seems like theirs is the only offense that can match ours in futility.

  3. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 7:09 pm

    It worries me when I have the same Pollyanna hopes that Fosse has about KD.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 25,2020 7:16 pm
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 7:21 pm || Up

      Schaffer aims for comedy throughout (e.g., Seegerman’s near-pathological devotion to Barry Manilow), but the book’s illogical plot turns and awkward structure make for a wearying read that devolves into a contrived narrative of a misdemeanor trial.

      Thanks, Ed, but I think I’ll save the $23.95.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 25,2020 7:57 pm || Up

        i could mail you a copy for free

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  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 7:25 pm

    It’s the Fan Appreciation weekend, where do I check to see if I won the new Chrysler?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:26 pm || Up

      Does that really count as winning?

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 7:28 pm || Up

        2nd prize is 2 new Chrysler’s.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 7:29 pm || Up

          And right on cue:

          TINSTAAFK
  6. lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 7:29 pm

    Is no one on this fking team capable of keeping their front leg down when they slide?

  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 7:47 pm

    I’m liking the new louder bats that the A’s are using tonight.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 7:52 pm

    They should have 2-3 guys in a row use those new bats.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 7:54 pm || Up

      Agreed. Might need more than one loud bat per inning.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  9. Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 7:54 pm

    Something something about this offense, a flag-draped casket and the Capitol Rotunda.

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  10. Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 8:01 pm

    Ken and Vince were talking about the usual problems with short notice of playoff first pitch times. On Tuesday the game in Oakland is the only one not in the Eastern or Central time zones so that just about guarantees something like 6:30-7 p.m. Pacific. There are 8 games on Wednesday and up to 8 on Thursday, with games also in LA and San Diego on those two days, so those game times could be anything.

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    • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 8:04 pm || Up

      I would think they would still want an AL and an NL late game, so we would get 3 night (or at least evening) games.
      (RTT GM)

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 8:22 pm || Up

        Maybe. Also if possible they would try to avoid having an Eastern time zone team play late in LA or San Diego, which would push the A’s to a later start.

        TBS gets one AL series and will presumably pick the Yankees. All other first round games are on Disney and spread among ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. They will try to minimize overlaps but there will be multiple games going at once and they might say screw it, we’ll pull another West Coast game up to 5 p.m. or so.

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  11. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 25,2020 8:01 pm

    Anyone got guesses on game times for next week? Certainly a night game on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I’m less sure, with both the Dodgers and Padres at home.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 8:36 pm || Up

      So, just speculating here, what do you think they’d do if I showed up Tuesday and started grilling? There’s lots of room, we could be plenty distant.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  12. andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 8:44 pm

    Finding new and creative ways not to score runs.

    TINSTAAFK
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 8:45 pm

    Getting picked off first immediately after almost getting picked off is some stupid stuff man.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 8:56 pm || Up

      I accept that catch as atonement.

      "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 25,2020 9:19 pm || Up

        Today I learned that Robbie grossman is left handed.

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  14. lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 8:50 pm

    Yes let’s get all the offense suck out before the playoffs – me, last week of the 2019 season

  15. Soaker Soaker Sep 25,2020 8:55 pm

    Postseason prospects seem remarkably discouraging even by A’s standards.

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    • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 9:06 pm || Up

      I was much more discouraged in 2014 and 2019.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 9:10 pm || Up

        Yeah, I’ll go along with “Postseason prospects seem remarkably discouraging” but “by A’s standards” is a much higher bar.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:31 am || Up

          I’d feel a lot better facing the Astros. Damn wins at the end of the year.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 9:11 pm || Up

        2006 for me, and that turned out to be the most successful Beane era outcome, so I’m hoping something similar is in play this year.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 25,2020 9:20 pm || Up

        the A’s weren’t in the post season in 2014

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        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 9:27 pm || Up

          The A’s ended their season at the All-Star game that year.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 1:31 pm || Up

            hoe great was it to see 10 all stars from the A’s?

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            • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 1:34 pm || Up

              That’s when we knew Brandon Moss was for real.

              TINSTAAFK
    • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:30 am || Up

      Fangraphs has an article today about how the CWS have lost a total of zero games this year against lefty starters.

      The White Sox were one of the better hitting teams in baseball this season, posting a 114 wRC+ over their 60 games. What’s somewhat unusual, as was pointed out to me on twitter, is that they have done their damage by crushing left-handed pitching. Indeed, while that snippet of information might not making this next fact a complete surprise, the White Sox did not lose a start to a left-handed pitcher all season, winning all 14 of their matchups against southpaws.

      So, naturally, let’s throw the young lefty at ’em and hope to win games 2 and 3.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 8:55 pm

    Yes Glen, there are a lot of close races for playoff slots. That’s because every barely not-crappy team still has a shot.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 9:25 pm

    Bang bang. Call stands.

    TINSTAAFK
  18. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 9:26 pm

    Its cute that we still challenge.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 9:29 pm

    Late Sept, when the leaves start to turn, we get the 1st slight chill, and we cant touch some guy with a 14.5 ERA.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 9:37 pm || Up

      And Diekman can’t throw strikes to a guy with a .170 average and a 40% strikeout rate.

      TINSTAAFK
  20. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 9:38 pm

    Return of DieBBman.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  21. andeux andeux Sep 25,2020 9:47 pm

    Clutch.

    TINSTAAFK
  22. lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 9:47 pm

    Ramon upping that Clutch factor.

  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 9:48 pm

    Did someone say off-the-charts clutch?!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 25,2020 9:50 pm

    BAT FLIPPING SEAZEN!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. lenscrafters Sep 25,2020 9:53 pm

    Back to the 2 seed, in line to face the ChiSox.

  26. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 25,2020 9:55 pm

    Yay. But some surplus hits and runs tomorrow would make me feel better.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 25,2020 10:02 pm

    lol Giants. lol Coonrod.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 8:32 am || Up

      The “battle” between the Phillies and Giants for that last NL playoff spot is pathetic.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 25,2020 10:04 pm

    I’m actually going to miss the runner on second in the playoffs. Not because I like it but because we’re so good at it.

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 25,2020 10:25 pm

    Grant lied to us.

  30. ptbnl Sep 26,2020 11:52 am
    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 1:20 pm

    Marcus has looked better at the plate last few games.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 1:34 pm

    Game 5 of a division series: Minor over Montas?

    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 1:35 pm || Up

      If we’re playing the Mariners, sure.

      TINSTAAFK
  33. andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 1:54 pm

    I was sure Piscotty was going to gidp. Crossed me up by walking and letting the next two guys pop out instead.

    TINSTAAFK
  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 1:55 pm

    Minor’s got a pretty good graybeard going for a 32 year old.

  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 2:13 pm

    A’s bats are in cryogenic storage at this point.

  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 2:19 pm

    Minor made Seager look bad there.

  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 2:24 pm

    A’s haven’t had more than six hits in a ballgame since Sept. 14.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 2:27 pm || Up

      Weird. They managed to score 6 runs on 6 hits three times during that streak.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 2:34 pm || Up

        This is probably dumb thinking, but one thing that makes me hopeful for the playoffs is this team’s knack for grinding out wins when they are struggling to hit.

        • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 2:44 pm || Up

          They have a few guys with contact skills, which is potentially valuable against the better pitchers we will face in the playoffs (but somehow hasn’t resulted in more hits recently). That combined with a good bullpen seems like a better formula than just hoping to out-homer everyone.

          TINSTAAFK
  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 2:52 pm

    Glad Bob won’t have any seven inning games to manage in the playoffs.

  39. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 3:11 pm

    Boy, the bottom of the 6th sure was Sadler

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  40. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 3:44 pm

    I think they should consider leaving Trevino off the roster. I don’t see him getting into an important game

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 3:49 pm || Up

      Partly depends on what Wendelken’s deal is. Might just need an extra arm on the roster.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 26,2020 4:51 pm || Up

        If Blackburn pitches well enough maybe him instead of Lou. But I feel like at least some of Lou’s issue this year is pitching like every 9 days. (Havent validated his usage at all)

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 26,2020 5:19 pm || Up

          One less thing to worry about.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 4:28 pm

    Judging by Blackburn, while at the alternate site you’re not allowed to have scissors and mirrors.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  42. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 4:50 pm

    Lamb Orf Machin and Olson infield Pick-4 ticket pays $100K.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  43. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 26,2020 4:52 pm

    And thank God Kemp can play OF. Gotta have that bat in the lineup.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 5:14 pm || Up

      The main goal is to not get any regulars injured, so if they want to put Weems in CF I’m ok with it.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 26,2020 5:22 pm || Up

        Which bugs me that they dont have KD in every game. If there is even a 1% chance you can get him functional enough to contribute you try it. And it isnt like LaStrella needs more ABs.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 5:26 pm

    That seems like enough Blackburn for this year.

    TINSTAAFK
  45. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 5:35 pm

    Thank god this one is only seven innings.

  46. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 5:37 pm

    Consistency is not what Kaprielian is looking for right now Vince.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 6:05 pm || Up

      Does he seem like he doesn’t really care about pitching. he is just standing on the mound because someone told him to give it a try?

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  47. andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 6:17 pm

    Forget what I said before, maybe we just need to hit more dingers.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 6:35 pm || Up

      8 hits and counting this game.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 26,2020 6:46 pm || Up

        Glad we got over that hurdle. The hits should come easy now.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 6:45 pm

    I hope Soaker enjoyed his fresh air more than I enjoyed this doubleheader.

    TINSTAAFK
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 8:06 pm

    Back to seed 3, and the *s.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 8:35 pm || Up

      Twins hold tiebreaker over white sox on divisional rivals (5-5 against each other). I think the A’s win or lose will have the tiebreaker over Minnesota )playing the reds) so if the A’s win tomorrow, and the twins lose, they are the 2 seed.

      If Cleveland wins and the white sox lose, they flip flop Cle 4 and CHW 7.

      I think

      regardless, I am rooting for an A’s loss tomorrow as it’s the only way to guarantee the Astros.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 8:52 pm || Up

        If the Yankees lose tomorrow and the Blue Jays win, I think the Jays would edge them out for the five seed, giving the Yankees to the Rays. Wouldn’t that be some shit.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 2:36 pm || Up

          Come on Blue Jays. You can still do this.

  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 8:58 pm

    Guess who can clinch the last playoff spot tomorrow for the Brewers. It’s Mr. Brett Anderson.

    • andeux andeux Sep 26,2020 9:07 pm || Up

      If Brewers and Giants both win tomorrow, I think the Cardinals would have to play a doubleheader with the Tigers on Monday.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 9:09 pm || Up

        Well that would be hilarious. Strongly rooting for that.

  51. sslinger Sep 26,2020 8:58 pm

    If any of you are still up, the Bonnaroo feed is showing on YouTube. Right now Turkuaz is doing Remain In Light with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew. Belew is still a wizard.

  52. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 26,2020 9:22 pm

    Jo Adell helped another homer happen with his glove.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 26,2020 10:07 pm || Up

      I am not a scout or evaluator, but he seems really bad at defense, not withstanding the homer helpers

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  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 10:34 am

    Good

    • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 10:36 am || Up

      How big are playoff rosters? Still 28, or 26?

      TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 11:18 am || Up

      My recollection of Pinder is that he hits well ice cold.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 11:23 am

    I’m not satisfied with simultaneous game starts. I want simultaneous inning starts, like on the bubble of a poker tournament.

  55. ptbnl Sep 27,2020 11:48 am

    LOL City

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 12:25 pm

    Uh, what happened?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 1:19 pm || Up

      Hopefully he was locking Tony Kemp out of the outfield.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 1:38 pm || Up

        He got back in.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  57. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 1:12 pm

    Brett yanked in the third, Brewers currently counting on the Padres.

  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 1:16 pm

    A single digit number on the mound will never ever look right.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 1:50 pm

    The post sticking up above the HR fence seems like a bad design.

    TINSTAAFK
  60. andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 1:51 pm

    But no worries, surely we will get the runner in anyway.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 2:02 pm || Up

      I prefer they didn’t. Sonny great is doing his best to throw their game to the twins. He balked in a run on what should have been strike 3

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      • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 2:37 pm || Up

        I don’t have a strong preference for who we play. Astros are probably worse objectively, but they still scare me. Going for the “just win baby” philosophy, and having the team break out of it’s funk a bit seems worthwhile.

        TINSTAAFK
  61. andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 2:08 pm

    The return of Good Frankie is encouraging.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 2:10 pm || Up

      Strong audition to start game 1 of round 2.

      "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 27,2020 2:19 pm || Up

      I like it

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  62. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 2:21 pm

    I don’t hate Vince’s limits on where infielders play than most anti shift proposals.

    Still don’t like it, but it’s better.

    (limiting the distance from the dirt the infielders can play)

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    • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:42 am || Up

      I’m surprised hitters still haven’t adjusted.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  63. andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 2:22 pm

    Profar and Mateo doing some damage to the Giants playoff hopes.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 2:34 pm || Up

      Giants, Brewers and Phillies all down at least 4 now. Brewers would back in.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 2:48 pm || Up

        They will probably go on to win the pennant.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  64. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 27,2020 2:24 pm

    Rake Lamb.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 2:25 pm

    I’d like it if Jake continues to go hamb during the post season

    edited

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  66. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 2:32 pm

    did trout peace out on the season?

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  67. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 2:49 pm

    That was slick!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 2:55 pm

    So we are one Reds run from getting the White Sox now?

  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 2:57 pm

    Sneaky Trump dumping his taxes during the last day of the MLB group stage.

  70. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 3:19 pm

    Nice regular season, fellows.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  71. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 3:29 pm

    The A’s opponent is up to Sergio Romo

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  72. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 3:31 pm

    Giants got Rob Draked.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 3:34 pm || Up

      guns and trump?

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      • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 3:37 pm || Up

        Rosenthal blew fastballs past the first two hitters.
        Then Slater also struck out on two bad called strikes.

        TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 3:38 pm || Up

        TINSTAAFK
        • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:43 am || Up

          I feel endless sympathy for them.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 3:37 pm

    If it is the Sox, starting Manaea and Luzardo is sketchy. They haven’t lost to a lefty starter this year.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 3:43 pm || Up

      Yeah, I don’t like that short series matchup.

      Bassitt game one mane games tow then a bullpen game game 3?

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    • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 3:49 pm || Up

      .887 team OPS vs LHP. Yikes.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 4:07 pm || Up

        Might be nice to have Montas available. Alas.

    • lenscrafters Sep 27,2020 4:38 pm || Up

      Yeah this is the worst potential matchup. Oh well.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 11:14 am || Up

      We’ll see I guess.

      Oakland remains likely to use Manaea and Luzardo both in the best-of-three series that begins Tuesday at the Coliseum. Chicago went 14-0 against left-handed starters this season.

      “We’re aware of the success they’ve had against left-handers,” Beane said. “’I’ll look at it the other way: Our left-handers have had some success themselves.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:44 am || Up

        Hopefully we adjust if they pound Luzardo (as I expect).

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 3:51 pm

    Sox also lose on a terrible called strike three.

  75. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 3:55 pm

    Honestly, not getting this shitty shell of a * team really FKing sucks. I thought the Blackburn game would have locked it up.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 27,2020 4:07 pm || Up

      all the least desirable outcomes happened

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • ptbnl Sep 27,2020 4:08 pm || Up

        No sub-500 postseason Gnats

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 4:18 pm || Up

        Hell, it would have been a great year to play the Yankees too.

        • nevermoor nevermoor Sep 29,2020 9:44 am || Up

          Their offense scares me.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 27,2020 4:56 pm || Up

        Outcome of a best-of-3 is pretty random anyway unless it’s the Rangers or Pirates or somebody. I’ll guess at least 3/8 lower seeds win. As to the A’s, winning Game 1 and then blowing it would fit the Beane Era perfectly.

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  76. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 4:12 pm

    In the end, only one of 8 series (St. Pete vs. Buffalo) is a divisional rematch. Kind of fun that these teams won’t have seen each other or even scouted each other in person.

  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 6:08 pm

    With the White Sox matchup, that leaves only Cleveland that we have never played off against in the AL other than our division rivals.

  78. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 27,2020 6:45 pm

    Noon starts.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 27,2020 7:13 pm || Up

      Not gonna lie, this will affect my tailgating plans.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 27,2020 7:14 pm || Up

      Dumb.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 27,2020 7:31 pm || Up

      Huh. Part of it on Tuesday is avoiding the debate. I thought TBS had its choice of series but obviously that wasn’t the case because BUFTOR/TB is ratings hell.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 9:33 am || Up

        Interesting to see some games back on broadcast ABC. 2 pm eastern starts, which shouldn’t be much of a schedule sacrifice for them.

    • lenscrafters Sep 28,2020 8:49 am || Up

      Sigh, at 3 eastern I’m definitely going to miss game 1 and likely most if not all of game 2.

  79. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 11:47 am

    !

    • lenscrafters Sep 28,2020 12:29 pm || Up

      I’m ok with this. If we lose, I’d rather lose with our best/most talented, and that’s what Luzardo is regardless of his mixed results this season which are still entirely SSS.

      And I think he profiles (Ks + GBs) as well as a lefty can against the White Sox. I doubt they’ve faced a lefty with his stuff this year.

      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 28,2020 1:25 pm || Up

        I feel better about this after seeing a list of who the LH pitchers they beat were.

        (apologies for going to some weird ass White Sox site for this I just didn’t know a good way to get the data myself.)

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2020 1:59 pm || Up

          huh. Yeah, those aren’t the best lefties in the world

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Sep 28,2020 12:32 pm || Up

      All things considered I think this is the right decision.
      Luzardo has been erratic, and there is the platoon issue, but he is also potentially dominant in a way that Manaea (who would have the same platoon issue) and Fiers are not. Going with the higher-upside gamble seems like the smart move in a playoff game.

      In retrospect, of course we would prefer to have Montas, who is essentially the righty version of the same gamble, availble, but that’s mostly 20/20 hindsight, since
      1) Going into yesterday Chicago was the least likely opponent (needed all 4 games to go as they did, roughly 1/16 chance); and
      2) Before that performance we didn’t want him starting a playoff game at all.
      (Not quite entirely hindsight, as if they had juggled the rotation as I suggested before the Dodger series they could have the same two starters pitching games 1 and 2, but with a day of extra rest each, plus, depending on what they did after that, potentially better options for game 3. But even then, some options were off the table because we were playing 7 games in 6 days, followed by only 1 day before the playoffs, so there was less flexibility than in a normal year.)

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 1:36 pm || Up

        Yeah, it’s fine. The two best guys are starting the first two games, and then it’s all hands on deck for game 3, whether Manaea or Fiers starts.

        I’m confident that Luzardo and Bassitt will keep them in both games. The real question is whether the batters let Giolito and Keuchel put them to bed.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2020 2:00 pm || Up

          Were there any potent offenses in the central besides the white sox?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 2:09 pm || Up

            Wow, there really were not. The other nine teams in the two centrals by wRC+:

            16. Twins
            19. Cardinals
            20. Royals
            21. Cubs
            23. Reds
            24. Tigers
            25. Brewers
            27. Clevelands
            29. Pirates

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2020 1:57 pm || Up

        my theory at the time of your suggestion was Melvin was too superstitious to go off turn.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 2:24 pm

    This is just perfect.

    But for some employees, working at an activism focused company may be core to what they want, and we want to prompt that conversation with their manager to help them get to a better place. Life is too short to work somewhere that you aren’t excited about, and we’re happy to make that a win-win conversation.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2020 4:19 pm || Up

      You know, I won’t get that time back. But I was just killing time between a email to a judge and whatever my next task is.

      That guy and those who work for him ad had to read/edit/write that got paid to do so.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  81. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 3:12 pm

    I like this guy. We’ll see if I still like him on Thursday.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 28,2020 3:42 pm || Up

      Is there still a way to get Tweets put up in the tunnel for the players to read? Asking for a friend…

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Oct 1,2020 12:49 pm || Up

      Leaning hard toward not liking him any more.

  82. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 3:36 pm

    Wendelken is back from whatever was going on. I guess either Lou or Weems doesn’t make the roster.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 28,2020 4:20 pm || Up

      I know it won’t be, but it’s be hilarious if it were fires

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 28,2020 4:49 pm || Up

        We dont want vol 3 of the curse of Fiers. Just say no, Ed.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 9:21 am || Up

      Weems doesn’t make the roster. All six regular starters do, as does Nate Orf.

      Game 1 lineup has Pinder at DH. Khris and Piscotty both on the bench.

      TINSTAAFK
      • lenscrafters Sep 29,2020 9:27 am || Up

        Is Pinder really the best option? I know Piscotty/Davis would probably be hopeless as well vs Giolito, but I can’t imagine Pinder being any better. Honestly would rather go with Kemp at 2nd (lefty, better D) and LaStella DH.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 9:54 am || Up

          I’m against most any scenario where you put a guy who can field 4-5 positions “adequately” into the DH. We will become the first team in the ear of a universal DH to lose the DH.

          -Does that DH rule still exist now that both leagues have the DH? Seems to not make sense anymore.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 11:38 am || Up

            not concerned about losing the DH in this game. When I thought manaea would get the start I thought putting Murphy at DH would be good, given there are 5 bench players that can fill the role when manaea leaves the game

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 9:58 am || Up

          Not starting Piscotty, who has been hopeless recently, is probably the right move. I agree that Kemp may have been the least-bad option.

          TINSTAAFK
  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 28,2020 5:22 pm

    Love the backstory NBC just gave on the Dallas Stars goaltender. When he was a child, “his family left Kazakhstan for Siberia so he could learn hockey in a better place.”

  84. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 9:55 am

    Can’t really say Billy Eppler deserved to keep his job, but does seem like the problems in that organization will persist until Arte Moreno leaves the scene.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 11:40 am || Up

      They need 4 bullpen arms, 3 pitchers and a short stop. They can live with an all glove short stop, but that is the least of their concerns. Even with no Pujols in 2022 they still have the shell of Upton and the iron glove Adell in right.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 5:14 pm || Up

      Welp

  85. lenscrafters Sep 29,2020 10:31 am

    Not gonna be able to watch the game today but based on a long, long history of being familiar with how A’s playoff games usually go this is how I see things going:

    – Our SP will dominate but will have one inning where things go off the rails and someone gets a big hit (gonna go with Eloy, but if he’s not in the lineup, then Robert)
    – Offense will be silent against their SP, but there will be an early inning teAse that will conclude unsatisfactorily (probably with the one spot in the lineup that’s debatable, Pinder)
    – There will be a TOOTBLAN (probably by the A’s)
    – There will be a controversial umpire call/replay review (probably against the A’s)
    – A’s will score runs against their pen (but will be behind at that point)
    – In spite of all the potential BS, the A’s pull this one out, because FK it this is the year where the ridiculous and unexpected happens so we’re FKing winning this.

    Except for the last one, I would happy to see any of these predictions proven wrong.

    Go A’s!

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 10:33 am || Up

      No no no, most of that only happens when we are in a position to clinch. History says today will be a solid, hope-raising victory.

      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 11:06 am || Up

        I’m going with lose a close one today, win in a walk-off tomorrow, shit the bed Thursday.

        TINSTAAFK
        • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 1,2020 5:34 pm || Up

          You were close!

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 10:57 am || Up

      Turn that frown upside down! This time it’s different! THIS IS THE YEAR!

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 11:36 am || Up

      I’m expecting Encarnacion to come off the bench at some point and make me swear.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  86. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 11:19 am

    Unlike most of you catastrophizers I’m feeling pretty good about things in the East Bay today. The air is clean-ish, the oppressive heat has receded, the Coliseum is bedecked in its playoff finery (I assume), and my cutout gets at least a couple more chances to catch a foul ball.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 11:35 am || Up

      I would not have made it this long as a sports fan if I were not Charlie Brown, thinking maybe this time will be different.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 11:41 am || Up

        The A’s and Cal football is such a combination, the World Series and the Rose Bowl aren’t really goals anymore, it’s the enjoyment of whatever game is before me.

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  87. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 11:42 am

    Grienke makes the narrowest possible escape from a bases loaded jam in the first.

    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 11:46 am || Up

      If only Sunday had gone differently, that could have been us loading the bases with one out against Greinke and coming away with nothing.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 12:01 pm || Up

        Chortles, kicks dirt.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 1,2020 5:34 pm || Up

        It still can!

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  88. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 11:44 am

    Honestly don’t know if I’ll watch. I have 3 remote court appearances starting at 1, don’t know how long they will take. Yelling “Fuck” while the judge is deciding to let out my juvenile client may not be the best look

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  89. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 11:46 am

    Manager interviews during playoff games are obnoxious

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 11:47 am || Up

      Baldelli: “There’s always some Grateful Dead and some Phish playing in the clubhouse.”

      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 11:49 am || Up

        We are everywhere.

        TINSTAAFK
        • sslinger Sep 29,2020 11:57 am || Up

          I’m sure I have a sticker still adhering to a shirt in some drawer

  90. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:08 pm

    Not being able to pay to watch the game through MLB is obnoxious.

    also-I’m gonna go ahead and puke now.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 12:24 pm || Up

      Sling does 3-day free trials.

      Support locally made sausage!
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:30 pm || Up

        I will remember that. Since I’m working today it is probably better.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  91. elcroata elcroata Sep 29,2020 12:09 pm

    Let’s get this done

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!

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