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The A’s face an AL Central team for the first time in regular-season play in 19 months. OK, Miguel Cabrera and…hmmmm, there are several names I recognize but without looking at the roster it’s tough to name more than a half-dozen; Robbie Grossman is leading off and DHing tonight, and this is where Renato Núñez has landed for now, at 1B hitting fifth tonight.

Detroit has been a parade of Ford Pintos in the American League in recent years, with four consecutive seasons concluding at under .400. The sweep of the Astros in Houston earlier this week brings them to Oakland at 6-6.

I’ll have to keep setting my alarm to be ready for these 6:40 p.m. start times.

Tonight at 6:40: Manaea vs. LHP Tarik Skubal
Friday at 6:40: Montas vs. RHP José Ureña (Angel Hernandez should work home plate in this game)
Saturday at 1:07: Irvin vs. RHP and #1 overall draft choice Casey Mize
Sunday at 1:07: Bassitt vs. LHP Matthew Boyd

200 thoughts on “Can’t Forget the Motor City, 13-16

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 5:21 pm

    Last time detroit came to town, they brought comerica with them

    check out may 19 in the game log

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2021 5:52 pm

    Learning the Tigers squad extra degree of difficulty with everyone wearing 42.

    Good for Kemp and Pinder, walking the walk (despite taking few walks).

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  3. andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 7:01 pm

    Renato Nunez is not that great, but I would rather have him than Moreland.

    TINSTAAFK
  4. Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 7:29 pm

    I’m not listening to the TV audio but I gather that graphic they’ve put up a couple times with the numbers and arrows means some genius has taken the temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction from a weather station atop a light tower, plus the phase of the moon, and claims to have figured out how the ball will carry or not carry to each part of the Coliseum outfield.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 7:31 pm || Up


      https://www.weatherapplied.com/

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 7:40 pm || Up

        And here’s a photo of Ken at his desk.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 7:42 pm || Up

          He is not doing that part, but it looks pretty interesting to me.

          TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2021 7:44 pm || Up

          • andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 7:45 pm || Up

            Though I share some skepticism when it comes to that level of precision.

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        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 15,2021 8:03 pm || Up

          These bats have sat in a Mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnel’s porch since noon today…

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2021 7:44 pm || Up

        This can’t possibly be accurate, except for maybe one specific set of fly ball parameters (launch, velo, pull vs oppo, etc). A Chapman liner vs an Olson moonshot to right center are not going to each gain 4 feet. The certitude with which these are presented offends me.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 7:47 pm || Up

          Clicking on the link to the company’s web page brings up a short video of how weather affects a golf ball. That makes a lot more sense than trying to figure this out in an enclosed stadium where the flags don’t give a clue to what’s going to happen to a baseball.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • mikeA Apr 15,2021 7:54 pm || Up

          I’m just imagining it’s some type of mean.

        • andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 7:58 pm || Up

          They (claim to) model the full dynamics of each stadium based on multiple sensors, and can then apply an adjustment individually to any trajectory, which is obviously not reflected in the giant numbers shown in the outfield.
          Fluid dynamics is a notoriously hard problem in general in applied math & physics, but also one with tons of literature with all kinds of applications, so it seems plausible that they could have models that work pretty well (and can account for things like what you bring up, different effects at different heights), although like I said, I do wonder about precision.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2021 8:04 pm || Up

            That sounds reasonable, it’s mostly the lack of any qualifiers in teh commentary that bugs me. Glen thinks a caveat is an hors d’oeuvres his club serves at the members banquet.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 15,2021 8:47 pm || Up

        The Chapman non-HR couldn’t have been more perfectly timed for that new stat.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 8:54 pm || Up

        27 feet would probably be routine at Candlestick, but it doesn’t look that windy tonight at the Coliseum so that does not sound right at all.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2021 7:38 pm

    Are these specially approved Jackie Robinson socks Manaea is rocking?

  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2021 7:46 pm

    The rarely seen replay review which sustains an Angel Hernandez call.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. lenscrafters Apr 15,2021 7:49 pm

    Wilson Ramos can hit but my god he’s an awful framer.

  8. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 7:49 pm

    I am radio only, chapman swinging at a 3-1 slider per vince. Was it a strike?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  9. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2021 7:53 pm

    Whoa, those 3D wind arrows are trippy.

  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2021 7:56 pm

    You cannot walk Kemp there, my dude.

  11. andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 8:01 pm

    Need someone to quantify how many more runs we should have by now.

    TINSTAAFK
  12. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 15,2021 8:01 pm

    Leave the bases loaded 2 innings in a row. That never comes back to bite you.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  13. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 8:03 pm

    this game is feeling familiar. My hope is the tigers bullpen is spent. they used 6 pitcjers yesterday and only 3 and 4 the two previous days. Getting to the bullpen early close may be good for the series.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  14. Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 8:15 pm

    Olson told Arneson where to stick his arrows with that one.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Ice Cream Ice Cream Apr 15,2021 8:21 pm || Up

      The model showed that it was the wind, in fact, that was aided by Olson’s HR.

      Where is the good in "good-bye"?
  15. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 8:48 pm

    well, OBP is going to be better aftertoday

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  16. andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 8:51 pm

    Does it count as lawyerball when so many of the pitches are nowhere near the strike zone?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 8:58 pm || Up

      I feel like the tigers for most of my cases

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 9:16 pm || Up

      does that count as “batting” around?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. Ice Cream Ice Cream Apr 15,2021 8:51 pm

    [shakes cow bell]

    Where is the good in "good-bye"?
  18. Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 8:56 pm

    Televisions clicking off right and left as we approach midnight in Detroit.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  19. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 8:59 pm

    The A’s are so bad. 1-5 with runners in scoring position.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 9:01 pm

    When Guduan comes off the IL we need to figure out a way to dump him on the Tigers.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 9:03 pm || Up

      not until after they play the Angels

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 15,2021 9:09 pm

    So we are going to try and have Petit throw 117 games arent we?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 15,2021 9:12 pm

    OK Tony Kemp that was cool.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 15,2021 9:41 pm

    Gotta stay in, Elvis. There’s no backup.

  24. Soaker Soaker Apr 15,2021 9:49 pm

    I need a total implosion by Romo to keep my prediction of a 5-20 start alive.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  25. andeux andeux Apr 15,2021 9:55 pm

    Romo seems like a likeable character (Giants past notwithstanding) but a reliever who tops out at 85 should probably be thinking about what he will do after retirement.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 15,2021 10:00 pm || Up

      with 5 young children at home, I can’t imagine he is in a hurry to be daddy daycare

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. mikeA Apr 15,2021 9:55 pm

    I really believe I could be a major league-quality hitter against Romo.

  27. lenscrafters Apr 15,2021 9:56 pm

    Romo will go the way of Rodney soon enough.

  28. andeux andeux Apr 16,2021 5:53 pm

    – Piscotty went on paternity leave (it’s a boy), and Machin was called up. Melvin said he plans to use it as an opportunity to give Andrus and Chapman each a day off, but not today.
    – Moreland is back in the lineup at DH.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 6:32 pm || Up

      So the bottom of tonight’s lineup is Murphy Brown and Elvis.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2021 11:40 am || Up

      ??

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:17 pm || Up

        It’s Jed’s birthday maybe that’s why.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 16,2021 6:13 pm

    For the wired viewers tonight the A’s are again bumped to one of the overflow channels.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. andeux andeux Apr 16,2021 6:47 pm

    Montas doing the same thing as previous starts, bouncing the splitter so far in front of the plate that it is not even tempting as a chase pitch. (Castro did swing at one that bounced on the plate.)

    TINSTAAFK
  31. andeux andeux Apr 16,2021 7:19 pm

    Akil Baddoo is an 80 name.

    TINSTAAFK
  32. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 7:26 pm

    KK tried to jinx the no hitter but vince wouldn’t let him

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 16,2021 7:31 pm

    Yankees fans did what now?

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 7:43 pm || Up

      i tried to find video. I watched the last out. it wasn’t there, but it was funny to see hunter strickland try to walk to the dugout like he didn’t know it was the 9th after he struck out judge or stanton.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 7:46 pm || Up

      Wheels

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  34. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 16,2021 8:11 pm

    Somehow I had missed that Braden’s last-ever start was an April win over Verlander, incurring an injury from which he never returned. This day in A’s history, 2011.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. andeux andeux Apr 16,2021 8:19 pm

    Is the broadcast freezing for everyone?

    TINSTAAFK
  36. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 8:22 pm

    i love the reminiscence about 3rd basepeople of the past 20 years

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 8:32 pm || Up

      The reference to Kouz was a jolt, and also I’m finding Ricardo Rincon’s presence in the front row a bit distracting.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 16,2021 8:35 pm || Up

        I am really not liking the cutouts in the diamond level. They were useful last year but the desperate novelty is long since played out.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 8:42 pm || Up

        it went quickly from greats to lets remember some guys

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 16,2021 9:11 pm || Up

        The White Sox manager also shouldnt be allowed to have a front row seat.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  37. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 8:25 pm

    7th inning, esto signifinca guerra

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  38. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 8:26 pm

    petit?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 16,2021 8:37 pm || Up

      It’s appearance #9 in game #14, something wrong with that?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 16,2021 9:11 pm || Up

        Mike Marshall pace.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  39. Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 8:51 pm

    I’d love to believe Jed is going to have a 180-hit season but it just feels like there’s an Aw Shit moment lurking around every corner.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • sslinger Apr 16,2021 10:36 pm || Up

      His superpower suit only works in Oak, he’ll be fine.

  40. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 16,2021 8:57 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 16,2021 9:04 pm

    Angel has called some really bad strike threes on A’s hitters tonight and I’m not even mad. It’s fine.

  42. Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 9:11 pm

    So I guess Lou is going to sink or swim in this role. He seems like the one guy who has upside as a closer.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  43. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 16,2021 9:13 pm

    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  44. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 16,2021 9:16 pm

    Reset the Soaker Day clock.

  45. Soaker Soaker Apr 16,2021 9:16 pm

    A crisp and tidy victory, and it was nice of the Tigers not to drag it out to 3-1/2 hours tonight.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 16,2021 9:38 pm

    I wonder how many teams have had losing and winning streaks of six games each in a 14-game span? Can’t be many.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 16,2021 9:40 pm || Up

      Third team to do it in the first 14, per this:

      TINSTAAFK
  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 16,2021 9:48 pm

    The month we upgraded our Bob.

  48. mikeA Apr 16,2021 10:56 pm

  49. ptbnl Apr 17,2021 8:57 am

    Because where else would I go for legal advice …

    Early in 2020 we enrolled Lily in a ridiculously expensive 2-week animation summer school. Then the pandemic hit and everything was cancelled with no refunds. After uproar all round, they changed the decision to credit expiring at the end of August 2021. A year later, they now say they still can’t do in-person courses so they are running them online instead. The online class (a) is online which Lily is sick of, and (b) has about 1/3 of the class time of the in-person version.

    We’d rather defer for another year but the company says they won’t do that because terms and conditions, and we have to use or lose the credit. Even if we sign her up for the online class that only uses 1/3 of our credit, so we’d lose the rest unless we sign her up for other classes she’s not interested in or give it away (which they are “allowing”).

    It doesn’t seem like they’re offering a reasonable like-for-like replacement. Any recourse?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2021 11:28 am || Up

      I am not the guy for you, but that doesn’t sound like equivalent services. I’ll see if anyone I know that may do more civil stuff knows of GM or NM don’t know

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 18,2021 11:02 am || Up

      Generally, this comes down to the contract you signed initially, and the precise terms of any modification thereto. Perhaps as modified by things like false advertising law.

      My guess is there is going to be a LOT of litigation in this area, and maybe COVID-specific rules get developed, but the general framework of a contract dispute is:
      1. what did each side promise
      2. did plaintiff perform (here, you paid)
      3. did defendant perform (depends on the specific promise(s) they made, but maybe not)
      4. was defendant’s non-performance excused (for example, it is not a breach of contract to fail to paint your house if it burns down before it was to be painted). They’re going to say non-performance is excused because of public health orders and the like.

      But as to your specific rights, there isn’t an easy answer or universal standard I can point to.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  50. Soaker Soaker Apr 17,2021 10:47 am

    Looking over tonight’s schedule to find something to watch after an A’s day game, I find a Trevor Cahill vs. Brett Anderson pitching matchup. Brett was in the Brewers’ rotation last year so everybody knows where he is, but I challenge you to name Cahill’s current team without looking.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:24 pm

    Olson bomb!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  52. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:26 pm

    Oh man almost back to back. There’s that daytime wind change on display.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:28 pm

    Young Mr. Mize learning you can’t always sneak that fastball past the best guys. Had Olson 0-2, let it get to 3-2 and boom. Then Chapman was sitting on it early.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:31 pm

    It’s Hatch Day if you’re into that kind of thing.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 17,2021 1:43 pm

    Back to Back Jimmy Jacks!!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  56. andeux andeux Apr 17,2021 1:43 pm

    Back to back!

    TINSTAAFK
  57. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 17,2021 1:45 pm

    That time they did go back to back! Canha did exactly what Chapman did, figured after the HR Mize would try first pitch fastball to get ahead, watched for a spot then crushed it.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. Soaker Soaker Apr 17,2021 1:55 pm

    Somehow when the A’s face the Detroit Tigers in October it’s never these Tigers.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  59. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 17,2021 2:18 pm

    Glen and Ray doing a lot of talking about the 2018 draft. Surprised that is allowed. Sigh…

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2021 2:30 pm

    Wow that was a gift.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2021 2:35 pm

    Was that one intentional? Was the one Irvin threw last inning intentional after Chapman got hit? Seems like a lot of coincidence here.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 17,2021 2:51 pm || Up

      Early impression is that the A’s have had a team meeting (not players-only, Bob included) and have decided to accept a suspension or two to make a point if it comes to that.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2021 3:31 pm

    Hinch deserves to suffer through this.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 18,2021 11:03 am || Up

      Agreed. He shouldn’t be in baseball, but if he is he deserves a shitty team.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2021 5:04 pm

    Twins best not be bringing COVID to Oakland.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 10:22 am || Up

      The usual nerd alert for when I post this stuff. DL 8881 has not been rescheduled yet.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 17,2021 7:18 pm

    Profar doing things.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 18,2021 11:04 am || Up

      I’m surprised I’ve never seen anything like that before.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  65. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2021 10:41 pm

    I wish justin turner didn’t hit that home run. 1-0 on a walk to the pitcher when you allowed onlt 4 baserunners through 7 or 8 or whatever, would have been cool

    Also that would mean the catch saved the win. he misses and it is just tied.

    On that catch, I rind it funny that is was a spectacular catch and he wasn’t fully extended. like it could have been harder to catch and he still would have

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  66. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 17,2021 11:04 pm

    the content is kinda cute, but I watched it several times to see the set upfor calling games off video when your tema in on the road

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 9:53 am || Up

      I’m very much looking forward to the broadcasters traveling again, but probably not nearly as much as the broadcasters themselves are looking forward to that.


      Discussing the A’s series at Coors Field (June 4-6) Ken and Vince suggested there’s optimism for being on that trip.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 10:17 am || Up

        And reading something in The Athletic this morning, this is a Giants article but Duane Kuiper and Jon Miller both express a concern I have long-term. Even before Covid, ESPN was doing a fair amount of broadcasts, especially college basketball, with the announcers sitting in the studio and it was looking like a cost-saving trend.

        “I’m starting to feel like the people that make these decisions, it’s an easier decision not to relax (restrictions) than it is to relax (them),” Kuiper said. “And I’m hopeful that they’ll think about this and say, ‘Yeah, these guys, in order to do a much better broadcast they need to be around the manager, the players, the coaching staff.’ But those people that make those decisions, I don’t think they give two craps about my relationship with Gabe Kapler. I don’t. And that’s really kind of too bad. But down the road, we’re going to start getting a better idea as to what’s gonna change, and what’s gonna stay the same. And we’re hoping that not a lot of this stays the same, including travel.”

        At the end of my conversation on Thursday with Miller, he wanted to make his thoughts known about something broadcasters around the league are clearly discussing.

        “Just to be on your radar,” Miller volunteered. “Not with us in particular, because I think the Giants have a different feeling about it. But there’s a lot of concern around baseball from a lot of broadcasters that there are some owners, some teams, that are saying, ‘Hey, this, this works fine. Oh, I know what we could save a fortune on, not sending these people on to all these road games. All these hotels and whatnot.’”

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 18,2021 10:42 am || Up

          It’s going to turn into a bauncast pretty quickly. NOt only from the observational and reporting perspective, but in talent.

          I doubt a 45 year old former player will want to continue to work nationals games when they have to be at nationals park until 2 AM, on a tuesday and then up back at the park at 9 am for prep when they live an hour away in some tony viginia suburb.

          same with pxp people, the good ones will go where a schedule allows them to be at the event live.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  67. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 18,2021 9:56 am

    So glad we continue to trot Elvis out every day. The Machin clearly needs more tine off after his 1 game than Andrus does.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 18,2021 10:44 am || Up

      I like elvis’ personality. he seems fun and engaging. but

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 18,2021 1:20 pm || Up

        Agreed. I like Elvis more than I thought I would. And it has felt like he has had a lot of loud outs. But at some point we need something.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 11:53 am

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 3:33 pm || Up

      Vince, paraphrasing Bob, mentioned “it’s a personal choice” and “there can’t be any pressure about it”. I was thinking the issue was the second dose, rather than 16% of the team being insurrectionist anti-vaxxers, and I sure hope it’s the former. The other couldn’t be good for the clubhouse dynamic.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 4:02 pm || Up

        I’ve been marveling at the vaccine ads’ tagline “it’s up to you.” Clever double entendre, but also ugh.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 18,2021 4:56 pm || Up

        Assuming 90% of non players get it, and 90% of Las vegas shuttle guys get it to not be an impediment to being called up that means 4 guys say no and you can’t get to 85%. Canha and lowrie are the only guys I would think would for sure get it.

        It leaves it up to the OC and jesus crew.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux andeux Apr 18,2021 6:02 pm || Up

          Yeah, given the demographics of those who say they won’t get it (largest group is white republican men, plus a significant number of Latinos), I would not be surprised if there are a few in every clubhouse. And even among those who will get it, there is probably more tolerance for the idea that “it’s a personal choice” in that group than there is (for example) here.

          I do think it was smart for the league to apply pressure indirectly by requiring a high percentage to get it before loosening restrictions. Do we know if other teams have hit the 85% already?

          TINSTAAFK
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 18,2021 6:22 pm || Up

            i thought I read yankees and cardinals

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 18,2021 6:33 pm || Up

            I would bet diekman would get it too

            chapman manaea and kemp seem smart enough to get it. Olson has his autistic buddy so I bet he would, but I don’t know about pinder trivino kolerek and wendelken

            I have no idea of what the personalities of murphy bassitt luzardo or garcia

            Tom, guerra and irvin seem like shuttle guys that would get it to get along

            Elivs petit montas and laureano have had recent experience (more recent for laureano of course) with getting shots for their work visas

            Fiers is a 100% no.

            I think, I think they could be close but who knows

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 1:16 pm

    Fielder’s choice, 8-5

  70. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 18,2021 1:19 pm

    The Hound with quite a Dodgeball 1st.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  71. andeux andeux Apr 18,2021 1:34 pm

    Better to just strike everyone out.

    TINSTAAFK
  72. lenscrafters Apr 18,2021 1:57 pm

    It seems like a problem if Tony Kemp is getting starts against lefties.

  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 1:57 pm

    Tough for this team to beat a good lefty without Pinder and Piscotty.

  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 2:48 pm

    Boyd might go the distance here. I sure wouldn’t remove him knowing what lurks in the pen.

    • andeux andeux Apr 18,2021 3:02 pm || Up

      Best thing the bottom of the order can do is to try to run up his pitch count.

      TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Apr 18,2021 3:18 pm || Up

      Or that.

      TINSTAAFK
  75. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 18,2021 3:51 pm

    Sweep!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  76. andeux andeux Apr 18,2021 3:54 pm

    Pretty sloppy game by both teams, but ultimately Detroit wanted it less.

    TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV Apr 18,2021 4:30 pm || Up

      *fewer.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 18,2021 3:56 pm

    Hinch really did all he could to make amends with Melvin over the last seven games for the Tigers.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 19,2021 9:04 am || Up

      He had a schadenfreude-tastic thousand-mile-stare going by the end of the series, didn’t he.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  78. Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 3:56 pm

    If it does come down to the A’s and Astros, 3-1/2 games of the difference is the Tigers’ trip to Houston and Oakland in April.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  79. Soaker Soaker Apr 18,2021 4:50 pm

    I gave the notion of the Tuesday DH/Wednesday afternoon trip passing thought this afternoon because three games in 24 hours is an efficient payoff for 400 miles of driving, even with the seven-inning games. I’m glad we have a full season of baseball going, and that there are squirming butts in the seats and live crowd noise rather than recorded, but the in-ballpark experience still doesn’t look quite right to me. The first game of that hastily-scheduled doubleheader, starting at 3:30, I bet there wouldn’t be more than a few hundred people scattered about for the first few innings. I’m going to stick to the plan to wait until at least 50% of the seats are available, and preferably no restrictions at all. Based on Newsom’s statement I’d think June 15 would be the target date.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2021 12:57 pm || Up

      I considered going out for 14 innings today, but I’ll wait until shot #2 has achieved it full effect.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Apr 20,2021 1:20 pm || Up

        You need to get Korach to announce when that happens.

        TINSTAAFK
  80. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 19,2021 8:48 am

    Maybe the Yankees and the Angels should form a Super League so they don’t have to compete for playoff spots with the Rays and A’s any more. If it works for Arsenal and Spurs…

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 10:57 am || Up

      I am having a tough time visualizing how a super league would make more money for those teams.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 19,2021 11:04 am || Up

        Think it mostly comes down to them (1) controlling the broadcast rights (especially in Asia) rather than UEFA and the domestic associations and (2) permanently locking themselves in as the ones in control.

        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 1:55 pm || Up

          I suppose the asia broadcasting rights, but could it be more lucrative than the domestic market? I think in the near term at least there would be a loss of interest. I don’t know the culture to well, but it seems it could go south pretty quickly

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2021 11:33 am || Up

            Seems like a combination of German ownership rules and Pep Guardiola may have already killed this stupid thing.

            • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2021 1:03 pm || Up

              lol.

              Juventes goes bankrupt when now? september?

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2021 1:51 pm || Up

                This really turned out to be the FIAT of underhanded business plans.

  81. mikeA Apr 19,2021 2:09 pm

    First game against the Rangers is June 21, Game 74. Weird.

    • mikeA Apr 19,2021 2:12 pm || Up

      Between June 21 and September 12, 27% of their games are against the Rangers.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 19,2021 4:05 pm || Up

        Geez. I remember there used to be stories about the human beings who set MLB schedules, and how difficult it was. I wonder if they retired, and we are seeing just how difficult it is in practice.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 4:35 pm || Up

          there is a 30 for 30

          As i remember, MLB fired the couple that did it in favor of scheduling software, I may or may not watch what I linked

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 19,2021 7:50 pm || Up

            This seems like exactly the kind of thing they would have avoided.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  82. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 7:32 pm

    Chan Poling’s father in law passed away. Today I learned who Chan Poling’s father in law was.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  83. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 19,2021 7:54 pm

    Sheldon Neuse in the Dodgers’ lineup.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 7:59 pm || Up

      battle of west division leaders

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 19,2021 10:37 pm || Up

      Kendall Graveman has some nasty stuff that he can show off when he has to throw only 20 or so pitches in setup relief.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  84. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 19,2021 8:18 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 20,2021 6:18 am || Up

      Hit to the bullpen.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 20,2021 8:40 am || Up

      So much for that feel good story.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2021 11:25 am || Up

      Not sure he got a real chance, but I’ve seen enough to think he won’t likely be better than Brown is right now. And I’m glad they’re keeping a plausible backup shortstop until Pinder gets back, rather than let Tom sit on the bench for another week or two. Kemp…I’m going to assume he’s a great clubhouse guy.

      • andeux andeux Apr 20,2021 11:31 am || Up

        I wanted him to get a few more starts early on, but between size (5’9″), age (almost 27), position (only outfield), and the 1-for-16 start, his ceiling seems pretty limited, and it’s hard to make a case for keeping him on the roster all year.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2021 1:04 pm || Up

          that and so many lefties now.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 21,2021 11:20 am || Up

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  85. sslinger Apr 20,2021 10:00 am
    • AV AV Apr 20,2021 10:15 am || Up

      yeah, i saw that. it’s good work from an amateur. not sure about the Z corners. but very handsome and classic.

      not unrelated, been watching a bit of streets of san francisco on youtube and getting nostalgic for store signage in old neighborhoods.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • sslinger Apr 20,2021 10:34 am || Up

        Interesting – I’ve never gone back and watched those old favorite shows like Streets or Rockford Files or Kojak. Can’t imagine them holding up but could be a nice nostalgia trip.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 20,2021 11:52 am || Up

          As someone who watches WAY too many of them they are just so different. They are very simple and there is very little continuity. But I actually find them to be a good breather. If I go to watch a new show I have to worry about knowing the whole universe, the backgrounds, etc. Or I can turn on an episode of Emergency! and not have to know anything at all about what happened before that moment.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • AV AV Apr 20,2021 12:40 pm || Up

            yeah, they do not hold up. the plots have ridiculous writers’ logic. and the values are off the charts dumb.

            but as long as they have lots of location shots, i’m in. probably with the TV volume off (after the theme song is over) and a record playing. and it’s fun to see young versions of all the actors.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 20,2021 3:03 pm || Up

              The thing I find interesting is just how clearly they dont care. They will have a 2 minute shot of someone walking, or being put on a stretcher. Then cut to “so yeah that guy ended up being just fine”. It is clear it was widget work-put in the 47 minutes and on to the next one.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • AV AV Apr 20,2021 3:53 pm || Up

                night and day have nothing to do with how much time passed since the last scene.

                only on whether the current scene is solved with a car chase or a mugging.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 20,2021 5:14 pm || Up

                  I have had a sprained brain trying to figure out how long an episode might be with all the night to day changes.

                  It is almost as bad as trying to figure out how long the Korean war is by watching MASH. (I am certain Radar, Hawkeye, and BJ drove through some sort of worm hole on their way back from picking Beej up at Kimpo..)

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • AV AV Apr 20,2021 6:46 pm || Up

                  traditionally, you left st louis on your wagon right as spring started so you got over the sierras before snow.

                  wagon train ran for 8 seasons (and nary a donner party episode).

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • sslinger Apr 20,2021 2:18 pm || Up

            I can see that.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2021 12:45 pm || Up

      I would like the person who designed the City of Berkeley’s font to be sent to Guantanamo.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • AV AV Apr 20,2021 1:00 pm || Up

        yeah. fuck that pretentious POS font with a wooden duck.

        tho, he says it’s an art nouveau font. meant arts and craft but he ain’t know it.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  86. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2021 12:32 pm

  87. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2021 1:10 pm

    Can’t cancel the twins game out of respect for unrest tonight

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2021 2:10 pm || Up

      Thank goodness.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Apr 20,2021 2:15 pm || Up

          And terrifying that it could ever have been in doubt.

          On a tangent, Lovecraft Country is an interesting mix of horror and 1950s US racism … the latter is often scarier.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2021 2:51 pm || Up

            I thought Lovecraft Country was brilliant. There were so many ways they sent the message that even the most mundane acts of living are be dangerous, even fatal, for black people.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • colin colin Apr 20,2021 3:13 pm || Up

              I was enjoying Lovecraft Country, but it was too sci-fi for my wife and we dropped it.

    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 20,2021 9:43 pm || Up

      Now what’s the excuse for the Reds game?

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • colin colin Apr 21,2021 5:49 am || Up

        It FKing snowed here last night

        • andeux andeux Apr 21,2021 11:28 pm || Up

          TINSTAAFK
          • colin colin Apr 22,2021 6:29 am || Up

            It snowed again yesterday mid-afternoon. Should get into the low-80’s next week.

  88. ptbnl Apr 20,2021 2:27 pm

    Rest in Power-Ballad, Jim Steinman.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Apr 20,2021 3:54 pm || Up

      you took the words right out of my mouth.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • ptbnl May 6,2021 7:39 am || Up

        It must have been while you were kissing me.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • AV AV May 6,2021 7:43 am || Up

          hawt!

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  89. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 20,2021 3:24 pm

    I’m really enjoying Dontrelle Willis on the pregame show. Hope he sticks around for a while. Also hoping Brodie Brazil sticks with the Spicoli look.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 20,2021 3:43 pm || Up

      Willis need to get in the booth

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 20,2021 5:17 pm || Up

      The long hair gives him character.

      I am at about 10 months since the last haircut. I cant stand it for the most part, but I dont want to cut it. I know I will never grow my hair out this long again and I keep thinking maybe I am about to cross the awkward point. But I do lovegetting to twirl my curls while I am bored.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 20,2021 6:14 pm || Up

        I’m liking my current long hair, seven months since last cut (by self in backyard). But I’ll ditch it the first time the mercury hits 80° three straight days.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Ice Cream Ice Cream Apr 20,2021 7:02 pm || Up

          After being fully vaccinated and waiting the requisite two weeks I got my haircut Saturday for the first time in 14 months. Glad to say good-bye to my first-ever ponytail. Washing, drying and wearing was too much upkeep!

          Where is the good in "good-bye"?
        • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 20,2021 9:45 pm || Up

          I still can’t decide about my facial hair. Probably need to lose my COVID 19 before I take it off…

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"

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