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Gio vs Eel Ffilc

Rosales in at SS. Rajai in LF. Cust at DH.

Maybe Geren’s been standing in the OF during BP.

34 thoughts on “A’s at Rangers g1

  1. monkeyball Jul 27,2010 5:26 pm

    {swats Gio on the nose with rolled-up newspaper}

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  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 27,2010 5:29 pm

    Tough run…throw beat the runner to the plate, but the short-hop was a tough one for Suzuki to field. He should have made the play, but it wasn’t easy.

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  3. monkeyball Jul 27,2010 5:45 pm

    Gio! Not on the carpet!

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  4. Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 6:29 pm

    Something that irritates me about Gio: It seems that he is unable to complete a 1-2-3 inning after getting the first two batters out. BR has splits for bases empty, splits for two out, but nothing for bases empty and two out (and even that isn’t exactly what I’m looking for; you might have given up a home run prior to that). I’d like to see Gio’s performance when going for a 1-2-3 inning and compare that to how other pitchers do in that situation.

    Having said that…it did look like he threw a strike to Andrus on 3-2 in the 4th, but it was called a ball.

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  5. nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 6:34 pm

    Cliff Lee is good at pitching. It’s just nuts.

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  6. ptbnl Jul 27,2010 6:48 pm

    Was Bengie’s errant throw on a steal of 2nd?

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    • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 6:53 pm || Up

      Yes, per Gameday.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 6:57 pm || Up

        Coco ran, but both Kinsler and Andrus held their positions. Bengie made a perfect throw but there was no infielder within 30 feet of the bag, so Crisp just rounded the base and ran on to third.

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        • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 6:59 pm || Up

          Heh. That’ll be a funny replay.

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        • ptbnl Jul 27,2010 11:47 pm || Up

          Isn’t the catcher supposed to check there’s someone on 2nd to receive the ball before launching it?

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          • sslinger Jul 28,2010 12:13 am || Up

            Good question. I would imagine a catcher is programmed to throw on the run, and expect that one of either 2B or SS would be there. I really can’t recall a similar instance when neither fielder was even close to the bag on a steal attempt.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 28,2010 8:55 am || Up

            Not really. The only way to get rid of the ball in time to have a chance at second is to make it an automatic series of quick motions. You know the runner’s going before you receive the pitch, so (unless it’s in the dirt) you’re starting to come out of your crouch a bit before the ball hits your glove. Then it’s one step forward and release the throw…if you wait to see where the infielders are you have no chance of getting the runner. It’s on the 2B/SS to get there in time.

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            • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 28,2010 9:17 am || Up

              Right. And even if no one is there someone should be coming. His job is just to put the ball low and to the first base side as quickly as possible.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  7. nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 7:01 pm

    Did Cust deserve it?

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 7:07 pm || Up

      Given their reputations, Cliff Lee is a pretty good bet to get a borderline strike call when he’s facing Cust. It didn’t look like a strike but Cust was quite a bit more vociferous than batters are allowed to be in 2010 MLB. I remember much better arguments between batters and home plate umpires (with no ejection) 20 years ago.

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      • sslinger Jul 27,2010 11:44 pm || Up

        It looked like a totally horseshit call, just one of the most egregious examples of the ump giving Sir Lee the benefit. But Cust looked like he clearly said fuck, and quite possibly followed by you, which will of course get you tossed. HP umpire (Laz Diaz?) looked clearly up for getting into it with anyone who questioned his authoritay, and shockingly that was mostly the A’s.

        • ptbnl Jul 27,2010 11:56 pm || Up

          authoritay

          exercised under color of law.

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          • monkeyball Jul 28,2010 1:56 pm || Up

            4-man umpire crew: conspracy!

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        • Ice Cream Ice Cream Jul 28,2010 9:30 am || Up

          FTR, HP umpire was Kerwin Danley who had a wildly inconsistent strike zone last night

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        • andeux andeux Jul 28,2010 9:40 am || Up

          I don’t mind umpires enforcing the “absolutely no arguing balls and strikes rule” but I wish they would also abide by the rule-book strike zone, and not extend it 5 inches outside to lefties.

          (And, yes, TWSS)

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  8. nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 7:50 pm

    We walk Young?!?

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    • nevermoor nevermoor Jul 27,2010 7:51 pm || Up

      Kinsler swings 3-0?!?

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      • Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 7:53 pm || Up

        Lousy play by the fans. Barton was leaning into the stands to catch the Kinsler pop-up; you have to mug him there.

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        • sslinger Jul 27,2010 11:46 pm || Up

          Spot on comment. You get the feeling fans are taught exactly the wrong thing to do wrt foul balls.

      • andeux andeux Jul 28,2010 9:43 am || Up

        My thoughts at the time exactly. I hated that IBB, but Kinsler bailed us out.

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  9. Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 8:10 pm

    That game ended about the same way as seemingly every A’s-Rangers game in Arlington in the late ’90’s, when Texas was dominating the division. Except then, the score was usually 10-8 rather than 3-1.

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  10. monkeyball Jul 27,2010 8:10 pm

    Oh FK

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  11. Soaker Soaker Jul 27,2010 9:43 pm

    Following up on a comment from last week: With tonight’s 3 HR and 1 K performance, Ryan Rowland-Smith’s season totals are now 39 K and 23 HR, for a K/HR of 1.70.

    I’m trying to think of who in the relatively recent history of baseball might be worse, with a minimum of 20 HR allowed in a season.

    As a point of reference, last season Trevor Cahill gave up a ton of home runs and seemingly could not ever record a strikeout, but he finished at 90/27 (3.33).

    The worst in Oakland A’s history appear to be:
    1. Gil Heredia, 2001: 48/27, 1.78.
    2. Matt Keough, 1982: 75/38, 1.97.
    Those are the only two who are below 2.00 for a season.

    Can anybody beat 1.70?

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 28,2010 10:40 am || Up

      To finish this thought, I sorted pitching stats since 1995 and found 11 pitchers in addition to Rowland-Smith who posted a ratio of <2.00 for a season (minimum 20 HR allowed). Only one is worse that Rowland-Smith's 1.70. The worst five:

      1. Scott Aldred, Minnesota, 1997: 33/20, 1.65
      2. Rowland-Smith this year
      3. Mike Bacsik, Washington, 2007: 45/26, 1.73
      4. Carlos Perez, Dodgers, 1999: 40/23, 1.74
      5. Heredia in 2001.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 28,2010 10:44 am || Up

        And Bacsik drops below Dr. Gil if he doesn’t deliberately groove a pitch for Bonds’ record HR.

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  12. Leopold Bloom Jul 28,2010 2:24 am

    Well, that game was not so much fun. Well, actually, it was a lot of fun, but the end part wasn’t.

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