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WC Game 1: A’s vs. White Sox 186

Luzardo vs. Giolito
La Stella, Grossman, Semien, Olson, Canha, Lamb, Laureano, Pinder, Murphy.
Go.

186 thoughts on “WC Game 1: A’s vs. White Sox

  1. mikeA Sep 29,2020 12:14 pm

    I feel good about this game. If/when the A’s lose this series, it will surely be in three games.

  2. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:17 pm

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 12:18 pm

    The two hits were on good pitches, Luzardo’s stuff looked fantastic that inning.

    "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 12:20 pm || Up

      Yeah, opposite field singles by their two best hitters don’t worry me too much.
      First pitch balls to the first three batters were a little more concerning, but started with strikes to the last two.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:20 pm || Up

      yes. I don’t even think it was good hitting. Anderson was super late and ran Into it and abreu topped it

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 12:26 pm || Up

        By contrast the A’s hit two balls right on the screws with nothing to show for it.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:29 pm || Up

          That has been the one thing that has kept me going through the weekend. We had a number of hard hits/great catches in the last series. They have to start falling in at some point right? RIGHT?????

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  4. mother pucker Sep 29,2020 12:18 pm

    Infinitely better start than the last 2 playoff games.

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:21 pm

    I don’t know about dropping Ramon down to the seventh spot. I’d hate to miss out on an AB from him late in the game.

  6. sslinger Sep 29,2020 12:32 pm

    I know where Vida would have called that one, and it’s not thigh high

  7. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:33 pm

    did Mendoza just say the White Sox are impressive because they all have had 2 strikes?

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  8. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 12:34 pm

    We’re all used to the empty stadium, the cutouts and the fake crowd noise but to me there’s a different, higher level of creepiness to it in postseason.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:35 pm || Up

      Our fake crowd noise is among the worst I heard. It’s tinny and synthetic. It sounds just as terrible on ESPN.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:37 pm || Up

        really bad

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      • mikeA Sep 29,2020 12:38 pm || Up

        They’re playing the Tuesday-night-in-May-against-the-Mariners crowd noise.

  9. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:35 pm

    That is what happens when you are 22. you put that 2 strike pitch dick high. He should have started game 2

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    • AV AV Sep 29,2020 12:43 pm || Up

      i am getting worse at figuring out if you made a typo.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 12:36 pm

    Luzardo knows the only way they touch him today is on mistakes. So no more fucking mistakes.

    Offense needs to get him two. Three would be better.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:37 pm

    KK said the ball is carrying. I guess I like that with all of our fly ball hitters.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  12. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:38 pm

    Is there bullpen decent? I’m assuming we need to get into it.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:39 pm || Up

      It looks pretty good based on the stats.

  13. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 12:39 pm

    That’s probably the least shifting I’ve seen all year against Olson, and it’s a Vince Shift with everyone on the dirt.

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:40 pm || Up

      I really liked that and encourage it going forward

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  14. andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 12:42 pm

    Damn, Lamb got two pitches right down the middle and fouled them both off.

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  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:43 pm

    Gonna need someone on the A’s to not A’s this up.

  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:45 pm

    LOL Melvin

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:16 pm || Up

      LOL Renteria

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:16 pm || Up

      ESPN seems to have not invested in quality wireless headphones.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:46 pm

    Really wanted Anderson to make an out at some point so I could type something in all caps.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:46 pm

    tight zone

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  19. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:47 pm

    Shocking-Twins take the lead.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 12:49 pm

    Lake Jamb flashing the leather today.

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  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:50 pm

    Matt Chlambman over there

  22. andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 12:51 pm

    Shitfuck.

    TINSTAAFK
  23. sslinger Sep 29,2020 12:51 pm

    I guess we didn’t do our homework

  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:52 pm

    Hello darkness my old friend…

  25. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:52 pm

    nuts

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  26. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 12:52 pm

    Ah, now this feels like postseason.

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  27. andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 12:52 pm

    Another middle-middle fastball.

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  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 12:53 pm

    Why throw that pitch to Abreu? If he walks, he walks! Argh!!

  29. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:53 pm

    that is another older Jesus will not worry about walking abreu there

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 12:56 pm || Up

      He shouldnt have had to worry. The message should have been given to throw the ball into lake Erie.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 12:58 pm || Up

        I wonder if the catcher also being a rookie played into it.

        TINSTAAFK
  30. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:57 pm

    umpire like that high pitch

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  31. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:58 pm

    need more tweeners and fewer atems

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  32. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 12:59 pm

    leave Jesus in there bob. he made 2 rookie mistakes

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:01 pm || Up

      When you can put the Wunderken in dont you have to?

      ….checks notes…

      Oh, actually not only do you not have to put him in, you shouldn’t put him in.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  33. aardvark Sep 29,2020 1:01 pm

    Oh look, the A’s are losing a in the postseason.

  34. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 1:02 pm

    The good thing about a noon start is that I’m not tempted to Denogginize my frustration. (Note: this may not apply if there’s a noon start on Thursday.)

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:04 pm || Up

      Lunch ending is probably a blessing. I’m strongly reminding myself that it is best for me to get my work wrapped up instead of throwing things at my monitors.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:05 pm || Up

      Yeah I went the drunk route last year. I’m thinking I’ll try emotional detachment this time.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:09 pm || Up

        I went the “get on a plane on the way to a funeral in Massachusetts after the first inning ” route last year

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        • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 1:15 pm || Up

          My death-related flight East was not until the day after but I was similarly distracted.

          TINSTAAFK
  35. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:03 pm

    Not a fan of Mendoza, she does OK at homework, seems to try to know neat stuff about the players. She talks over the action and over uses buzz words. Ok I guess, but in the probably best to mute category

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:05 pm || Up

      I like her a little better here where she and A-Rod are not both talking over the action.

    • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 1:12 pm || Up

      Apparently they and all the ESPN announcers are calling these games from their homes. It seems odd for postseason. I saw parts of a few college football games on Saturday and most of the announcers were on-site. Football does seem nearly impossible to call off monitor and the one broadcast I saw where they were doing that, which was also a Dave Flemming game, suffered for it (difficult to identify some of the players).

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:15 pm || Up

      It feels like she has a long sheet of talking points and she’s working her way through them. They’re reasonably good talking points, but not very spontaneous.

      "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 1:16 pm || Up

        She really does talk an awful lot about everything except what’s happening on the field.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:17 pm || Up

        yeah. She seems better than most ex jocks, but still meh

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:28 pm || Up

      Also, Jessica, “gypped” 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."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:35 pm || Up

        ouch.

        Hopefully she quits while calling a Matt Olson 3 run home run

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 3:13 pm || Up

        Judge used “gypped”

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        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 3:54 pm || Up

          I don’t think its problematic origins are widely known.

          I got called out once when I said that a person had “scotched the deal,” had never even considered that it might have derogatory background.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 3:58 pm || Up

            Until a few yrs ago I wouldnt have thought about it. Just like welching on a bet.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • ptbnl Sep 30,2020 9:32 pm || Up

              Ah the native tongue … a vocabulary of racism on which the sun never sets.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
              • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 9:52 pm || Up

                you gave us the racism and now you want to take it back? Gotta be a term for that in german or something

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                • ptbnl Sep 30,2020 10:10 pm || Up

                  Engländeruberheblichkeit

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • ptbnl Oct 1,2020 7:59 am || Up

              One of the particularly galling features of many of these slurs is that they project on the target exactly the behaviour that the oppressor routinely used against them (see also “Indian giving”).

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:03 pm

    Can’t do a TOOTBLAN if you never get on base {taps forehead}.

  37. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:08 pm

    ok, I am logged into court. Hopefully my hope has already dies and whatever happens on the iPad underneath the monitor will provoke no reaction

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:12 pm || Up

      Nothing a defendant wants to hear more than his lawyer hoping that his hope has died.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 1:14 pm || Up

        (muttering under breath) Well dammit, that seals it, we’re gonna lose.

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        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:16 pm || Up

          Ed: how can you sit there and not atleast swing?

          Defendent: uh..ok (knocks out bailiff)

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:19 pm || Up

            you guys know the emo Phillips joke about listening to the World Series while attending a wedding. punchline he shouts “God dammit how many of these losers are you gonna let score?”

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            • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:22 pm || Up

              LOL-now I need to go find that.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:14 pm || Up

        I really hope my client in this first case hears something, neither me nor her parents have heard from her in a while.

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  38. andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 1:09 pm

    I really want to fix that lace on Wendelken’s glove.
    But maybe it distracts hitters.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:10 pm || Up

      a lot of pitchers did that in the early 2000s and it did not

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  39. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:14 pm

    How can my old ass have never been fan of a championship team in any professional sport in my adult life. The closest I have been is the W’s (Casually liked them but not my team) and 1 AAA championship created by the *’s. I guess thank God for the 2008 FSU Wonderdogs.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  40. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:15 pm

    OK some hits now please.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 1:20 pm || Up

      This has high potential for embarrassment.

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      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 1:24 pm || Up

        I read that the Beane A’s are 1-15 in games with a chance to advance to the next round. The logical move is to minimize the number of such games.

        TINSTAAFK
        • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 1:27 pm || Up

          The math checks out.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  41. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 1:40 pm

    I wouldn’t say “the burden of expectation”, Dave, so much as “the inevitability of frustration”.

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  42. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:44 pm

    Don’t patronize us, Mendoza.

  43. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:45 pm

    this game is really going as expected. Shitty and playing to all narratives, but close enough to be really frustrating.

    Case one done, bench warrant issued, not I am in 2 video courtrooms at once.

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  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:45 pm

    Wendelken has it working, maybe let him hit too.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • aardvark Sep 29,2020 1:48 pm || Up

      Yeah, He’s only 0-4 in his career, as oppose to the A’s offense and their 0-15. What’s the worst that he could do?

  45. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:48 pm

    I got through case #2 (which I prepped yesterday pretty well) during that half inning. I don’t know what happened in the game though. I am hoping its still 3-0

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  46. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:52 pm

    its a bad game, but I see signs of improvement. I think with this large lead in the first half, when we get to games 100-162 we will be hitting on all cylinders

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  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:54 pm

    This is truly pathetic.

  48. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:54 pm

    that was giolitos’ best inning

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 1:55 pm || Up

      He might actually Larson us.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 1:59 pm || Up

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 2:02 pm || Up

        The A’s streak of not being no-hit is the longest in the major leagues. I guess they’re due and in a postseason game, how appropriate.

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  49. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 1:59 pm

    Am I the only one rooting for the Astros?

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 2:04 pm || Up

      Nope, you sure aren’t.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 2:47 pm || Up

      I’m rooting for the Twins, but Astros not being a pushover does take a little sting off.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:12 pm || Up

      My policy once the A’s fail is generally to root for the Yankees so that the maximum number of fanbases are unhappy. Maybe I should change that to the Astros now.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 3:17 pm || Up

        I am not rooting for them as the weakest opponent, but for that enemy factor that compels me to root for the yankees for the same reason you do

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        • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 3:24 pm || Up

          Similarly, I don’t really need this nose, do I?

          TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 3:56 pm || Up

        One roots against the Astros the same as one roots against GOP voter suppression, because it is the only morally just choice.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. batgirl batgirl Sep 29,2020 2:00 pm

    Why do I keep wanting us to make the playoffs? This is so painful and not fun at all to be a part of.

  51. ptbnl Sep 29,2020 2:07 pm

    A hit! A very palpable hit!

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  52. andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 2:34 pm

    TeAse time!

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 3:06 pm || Up

      An underappreciated part of the archetype of A’s playoffs losses, the one brief moment of (fringy, desperate) flickering hope, usually in the 7th or 8th, that an out-of-nowhere rally might save us.

      "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 29,2020 3:17 pm || Up

        I think last year was the most pathetic, when we were down to “if only Profar had let that pitch hit him.”

  53. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 2:36 pm

    Renteria made the Dusty Baker-Russ Ortiz mistake.

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  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 2:41 pm

    I’ve had enough ESPN. Just shut up already.

    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 2:44 pm || Up

      Not interested in 500 words about whether Giolito looks happy in the dugout two batters after he was taken out?

      TINSTAAFK
  55. mother pucker Sep 29,2020 2:41 pm

    It doesn’t excuse the A’s or make today suck any less ass, but it does seem a lot of well hit balls are heading right towards a White Sock.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 3:15 pm || Up

      when I was watching process was good, results were bad. The three strike out inning happened just after that

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      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 3:22 pm || Up

        So Ed needs to call out sick tomorrow.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 11:16 am || Up

          Nope sitting at work, have afternoon court

          My boss, is strangely quiet right now. It may be what everyone calls “Minnesota Nice” as he is from the twin cities.

          Wonder what he is watching in his office with the door close.

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  56. batgirl batgirl Sep 29,2020 2:43 pm

    PleAse let this be more than a teAse

  57. mikeA Sep 29,2020 2:46 pm

    Letting Lastella hit there seems really bad?

  58. vignette17 Sep 29,2020 2:52 pm

    I do feel like the A’s got BABIP’d quite a bit today. Were they the better team? No. Are they the better team? If they beat Keuchel, I like their chances a lot more. Truly the insight of the day.

    • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 2:57 pm || Up

      It’s especially frustrating because the White Sox won with the same kind of offense that hasn’t worked for us – they struck out 11 times, but managed to hit home runs.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 29,2020 3:16 pm || Up

        two of the three home runs were rookie mistakes. I am going to my bed believing that

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  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:08 pm

    On the bright side none of us are currently sad slogging toward the BART Bridge bottleneck.

    • AV AV Sep 29,2020 3:14 pm || Up

      be honest.

      you typed that and your next thought was “oh man what i wouldn’t give.”

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  60. Soaker Soaker Sep 29,2020 3:11 pm

    Change the karma, fire Bob Melvin tonight.

    Seriously, if tomorrow’s game looks like today’s, Bob’s departure wouldn’t surprise me at all. Something has to change and that’s easy.

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    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 3:19 pm || Up

      Erasing along winded rant.

      Fuck ’em, go pound some Budweiser and get ’em tomorrow.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:22 pm || Up

      Mike Scioscia is tanned, rested, and ready.

  61. mikeA Sep 29,2020 3:19 pm

    If you’re wondering how/why the *s beat the Twins today, townsend has your answer: “Like it or not, they’re tough.”

  62. mikeA Sep 29,2020 3:21 pm

    Tomorrow will test whether the old”lose every single clinching game” pattern has been displaced by a new, disguised, “lose every single game” pattern, as they try for 7 straight.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:23 pm || Up

      Oh god, it was hidden in plain sight, wasn’t it.

      • andeux andeux Sep 29,2020 3:26 pm || Up

        Still have a long way to catch the Twins.

        TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 4:38 pm || Up

      Test passed. It’s still the clinching game thing until further notice.

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:33 pm

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 3:41 pm || Up

      So…he finished his homework?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 4:03 pm || Up

      I’m still OK with the Luzardo choice for today, and he wasn’t horrible. But Manaea more closely resembles the pedestrian lefties CWS has torched this year. Hound Weds, Fiers Thurs, and have Montas ready for a couple innings from the pen if needed.

      "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 4:09 pm || Up

        This exactly.

        TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 8:54 am || Up

        I’d like to subscribe to your substack newsletter.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 9:00 am || Up

        If the we can somehow scratch out today’s game, I’d give us the advantage tomorrow just based on pitching depth. After Giolito and Keuchel their pitchers don’t scare me. Unfortunately, Keuchel scares me a lot.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 11:17 am || Up

        yessir

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  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 29,2020 3:45 pm

    I don’t think Olson can be benched tomorrow, even against Keuchel, but he really really needs to be better if this team is going to have a chance.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 29,2020 3:52 pm || Up

      I’d say move him down, but the problem is we cant have like 7 guys hitting 8th.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 29,2020 4:00 pm || Up

        He can flip spots with Ramon. I mean, if we’re grasping might as well elevate the clutchiest guy we’ve had this year.

        "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 30,2020 9:03 am || Up

          Pretty close. Ramon is batting third and Olson is batting sixth. KD and Piscotty both in the lineup.

          • andeux andeux Sep 30,2020 9:13 am || Up

            Starting Piscotty instead of Grossman is a horrible move.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 9:16 am || Up

              Grossman is still quite bad from the right side, isn’t he?

              • andeux andeux Sep 30,2020 9:23 am || Up

                He has been bad from the right side in 23 PA this year, but it was his better side before he joined the A’s.
                Piscotty has a .629 OPS for the year (worse than Khris). .526 vs lefties. .354 in September.

                TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 9:28 am || Up

                  Well, shit. I knew Piscotty had been terrible of late, but not that terrible.

                  On the brighter side, Keuchel’s stuff may be the sort that late-stage KD can handle.

                • andeux andeux Sep 30,2020 9:42 am || Up

                  Khris finishes the year with an .809/.513 platoon split.
                  His only two homers were off righties but that is more than balanced by more walks and fewer strikeouts (17%(!) vs 33%) leading to more hits vs. lefties.
                  Sample sizes are tiny for all of it (99 PA) total, so take with appropriate grains of salt.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 9:34 am || Up

                  I am sure Melvin is thinking how great it will be to bring Grossman off the bench.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 11:21 am || Up

                  huh, He was better righty? He is natural lefty. (I learned that last week) Seems odd

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      • Soaker Soaker Sep 30,2020 10:10 am || Up

        The lineup right now reminds me of those old box scores where Kurt Suzuki is hitting 4th. WHY. Then you look and the lineup is full of Sweeney, Pennington, Rajai, Kouz, Rosales, Buck, Jackson, Gross (Conor and Gabe if the last two didn’t ring a bell). Oh.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 10:17 am || Up

          Mike or Ryan though?

        • andeux andeux Sep 30,2020 11:12 am || Up

          It’s not great, but (as usual) you exaggerate just how bad it is.
          Five hitters with OPS+ >= 100 in today’s lineup: Murphy (131), Canha (126), LaStella (124), and Olson (105), Laureano (100). (Yeah, Olson has sucked recently, I know.)
          Grossman (130) and Lamb (SSS 143) on the bench, and Chapman (122) on the DL.

          That’s still the 1927 Yankees compared to the 2011 team: 3 above average regulars (121, 114, 110), all people I had mostly forgotten existed and only one of whom played in >100 games, plus Jai Miller, 101 in 12 PA.

          TINSTAAFK
          • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 11:36 am || Up

            Wow-and that pitching staff. I had forgot Moose Costco and Bruce Billings existed.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • andeux andeux Sep 30,2020 11:48 am || Up

            I guess the thing about 2020 is that they are mostly not bad (in the way the Geren-era teams were), but they are deeply disappointing.
            Exceeded expectations: Murphy, Grossman, a couple weeks of Lamb
            Met: Canha, Kemp
            Fell far short: Olson, Chapman (injury), Laureano, Semien, Piscotty, Khris (sort of)

            That’s a lot of underperformance from hitters who are mostly either young or should be in their prime.

            TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 11:22 am || Up

          Scott Sizemore on the DL again?

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          • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 11:33 am || Up

            As long as we can get a couple of guys on base in front of Willingham.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • nevermoor nevermoor Oct 1,2020 5:35 pm || Up

      The Ewing Theory hits our poor Matts

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  65. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 8:47 am

    Hopefully the A’s offense can come back from the dead like FK.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 8:56 am || Up

      I know this just happens because technology. But clicking on the site and seeing it just not working after another awful playoff game had a feeling of someone just pulling the plug.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 9:01 am || Up

        It was like FK had the same reaction to the game that Melvin did when the ESPN headphones didn’t work: “I don’t have time for this shit. What’s the point. I’m out.”

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 30,2020 10:50 am || Up

        Between the game one loss, a dead FK, and that horrifying shitshow debate I was ready to deem Sept 29 the worst day so far of this awful awful year.

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  66. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 10:57 am

    With all these games happening at once, it is crazy that ESPN doesn’t have a Red Zone type thing.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 11:16 am || Up

      Ah, it exists, but only if you pay for ESPN+.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 11:32 am || Up

        1-0, 0-0, 0-0. Feel the excitement.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 5:25 pm || Up

          Jason Benetti, the normal White Sox pbp guy, is anchoring this thing. He’s pretty fun.

  67. 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 11:01 am

    As I was getting ready to work today I was deciding what I could wear that would be “lucky”. One thing these years of playoffs have done-they have made virtually every piece of A’s related clothing I have not ‘lucky”.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Sep 30,2020 11:13 am || Up

      Yeah I tried wearing new underwear yesterday for this reason, no dice.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 11:34 am || Up

        the eventual end state-we are all sitting naked on a brand new towel praying this will get rid of the mojo.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 11:21 am

    At least the Twins might get eliminated before us.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Sep 30,2020 11:35 am || Up

      They dont even let us whine about our 6 game losing streak properly.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Sep 30,2020 11:30 am

    Oh hey, Matt Joyce is a) on the Marlins and b) starting a playoff game. Good for him.

  70. Future Ed Future Ed Sep 30,2020 11:46 am

    Um, Alex Rodriguez, maybe cole and bauer had good days, but I am guessing they aren’t happy for each other.

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