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Mancini and Company 162

Matt Harvey is on this team?

there is…others as well. Likely 25 other players. All fine players, it’s just hard to pay attention. NO Canha “under the weather”

While we were waiting to publish Matt Olson got a hit and there was nothing else.

Ray is on the radio. I don’t know where this is on Tee Vee

162 thoughts on “Mancini and Company

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 4:25 pm

    It’s on the usual TV home something something CSN, Dallas Braden soloing the color duties back in Oakland.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 4:28 pm || Up

      Tomorrow they get booted to the auxiliary something something CSN+ channel to make room for the Sharks, playing out the end of their non-playoff season very poorly.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 27,2021 11:27 am || Up

        I remember when I was supposed to be excited about the Sharks. Seems like ages ago.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2021 11:52 am || Up

          They made the classic sports roster mistake of adding a bunch of veterans for the 17-18 and 18-19 seasons, then watched them all deteriorate together.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 4:31 pm

    Chris Davis is on the 60-day DL. I don’t know why, don’t really care and suppose Orioles fans don’t care either.

    Taxi squad for this trip per the game notes: Austin Allen, Luis Barrera, Mike Fiers, James Kaprielian, Pete Kozma

    There’s a woman’s voice on the Orioles radio broadcast (my rule continues to be, listen to announcers who are at the ballpark). According to my master list it must be Melanie Newman, and she does 4 innings of PxP. I’ll give her a listen.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 4:38 pm || Up

      The Orioles have also, effective today, joined this trend:

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 4:42 pm || Up

        This is a good trend, the more widespread the less unusual it will sound. I’m sure I’ll find it weird at the Coliseum for awhile. In just 11 more days!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 4:47 pm || Up

          I don’t know much about other teams’ PA announcers but I do remember that Rex Barney, the old Brooklyn pitcher, did that in Baltimore for many years. His signature was “Give that fan a contract!” after a good catch on a foul ball.

          The article on Orioles.com says:

          Ryan Wagner previously held the role from 2012 to earlier this month, when he was dismissed after the club’s home opener.

          I’ll have to look that one up. Did he scream into the mic, “Oh for fuck’s sake, why am I going to suffer through this shitty team for another season?”

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 5:09 pm || Up

            I don’t see anything bad on his Twitter feed but maybe it’s been sanitized.

            Sources say Wagner’s abrupt firing was due, at least in part, to commentary on his personal Twitter account, @rwags614. He had been previously cautioned by team officials about his social media postings, one source said.

            Unless he was too liberal?

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • andeux andeux Apr 23,2021 5:12 pm || Up

              I’ve been scrolling through it too. Almost all sports and beer (he also works for Guinness), and two or three very mildly liberal posts like that.

              TINSTAAFK
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 7:32 pm || Up

            Here you go

            According to an industry source, the Orioles previously had warned Wagner about using social media to comment on other organizations, including earlier this year when he tweeted multiple times about the Baltimore Ravens’ failed postseason run on Jan. 16. Those tweets embodied the spirit of a frustrated fan, with one example referring to the Ravens’ 17-3 playoff loss to Buffalo as a “sickening game” and another in which he called the Ravens’ offensive line “atrocious.”…

            Before Friday, his last tweets were from April 7, when the Orioles beat the New York Yankees in 11 innings to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium.

            According to a source, two of those April 7 tweets were what hastened Wagner’s dismissal, given the previous warnings issued to him about not commenting on or criticizing other organizations. In one April 7 tweet, Wagner facetiously sent congratulations to Yankees veteran outfielder Brett Gardner for becoming the first Yankee to score against the Orioles in “75 consecutive seasons,” adding, “Seriously. How long has that guy been tormenting the Orioles?”

            Later, Wagner tweeted “Seriously?” after the Orioles failed to get Gardner on a grounder to first in which reliever César Valdez was late in covering the base.

            • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 7:36 pm || Up

              If he wants to start rooting for the A’s it sounds like he would be an A+ contributor on FK.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  3. andeux andeux Apr 23,2021 4:32 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 27,2021 11:29 am || Up

      They’re worried their concessions might not sell. Duh.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 23,2021 4:34 pm

    a friend invited me to a giants game, so I am going to check that out in a minute.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 4:43 pm || Up

      Mandatory proof of vax/neg test feels safer I imagine.

      "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 23,2021 4:54 pm || Up

        yes. We’ll see about enforcement.

        Also makes it harder to find friends to go with you

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 5:23 pm

    Irvin has bailed the A’s outfielders out a couple of times today.

    • andeux andeux Apr 23,2021 5:47 pm || Up

      Any thoughts on Irvin overall?
      He had two not-so-great starts against the *s, and now two good starts against lousy teams. Even in the first two, at least he didn’t walk too many. Seems to me like a guy who could stick in the back of the rotation, better than a Mengden or Blackburn, but maybe I’m giving too much weight to carving up Detroit and Baltimore.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 5:50 pm || Up

        Seems like he knows how to pitch and keep hitters off balance, doesn’t walk too many, and isn’t as homer prone as a Fiers. Not bad for the back a rotation.

        • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 6:06 pm || Up

          I was thinking, a bit Saarloosian (not the L/R part). Neither one blows you away with K/9. Serviceable at the back end until somebody better comes along.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 6:18 pm || Up

            Maybe Dallas Bradenian.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 6:31 pm || Up

            This made me remember a 2006 photo of Saarloos wielding a champagne bottle in wild celebration which I photoshopped it into an illustration for Apachylypse Now.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 6:33 pm || Up

            And then down the 2006 rabbit hole for this excellent memory.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 5:31 pm

    Little things that annoy me: A 26-year-old guy dubs himself “Travis Lakins Senior“. It strikes me as too pretentious at 26.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • ptbnl Apr 23,2021 5:33 pm || Up

      At least it’s not “Travis Lakins, First of his Name”

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • andeux andeux Apr 23,2021 5:43 pm || Up

      And at least he doesn’t have the “Sr.” on the back of his jersey, which is one of my personal get-off-my-lawn triggers.

      TINSTAAFK
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 5:43 pm

    Remote broadcast Glen is so unsure about fly balls that every call starts “that one’s hit well” so he can ramp the excitement up or down once he sees how the outfielders are moving.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 5:46 pm

    Hope Fiers is ready to be the long man out of the pen.

  9. Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 6:12 pm

    Likely 25 other players. All fine players, it’s just hard to pay attention.

    This is how they look to me as well. We’ve had Travis Lakins Senior and Dillon Tate out of the bullpen and Cole Sulser was warming up. We’ll be done with these guys for the season in 10 days, I likely won’t watch another Orioles game for the rest of the year and I’m not inclined to invest any energy in finding out any more about them.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 6:34 pm || Up

      The radio broadcast team is as unmemorable as the players. I don’t object to them but they don’t stand out for any reason, aside from one being female. The Orioles dumped a lot of their broadcasters after last season, including Gary Thorne who did their television for years and wanted to come back but was told his contract would not be renewed. Like the on-field product, the broadcast team, aside from aged part-timer Jim Palmer, comes young and cheap.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 6:36 pm || Up

        Gary Thorne is one of the best out there. Crazy decision.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 6:40 pm || Up

          Ditto this, he’s also one of those PxP guys who can be excellent in multiple sports.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 6:49 pm || Up

            Thorne isn’t listed in the index of Ken’s Bill King book, but I recall either Ken saying, or perhaps Bill saying himself, that Thorne was one of the sports announcers Bill most enjoyed listening to. High praise.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • mikeA Apr 23,2021 9:17 pm || Up

              He’s phenomenal at hockey. I also remember (Cardinals fan that I am) searching out his superb call of the 2011 world series. Can’t believe we’ve had J** B*** for like 20+ years now.

  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 23,2021 6:12 pm

    Yusmeiro for Mayor-o!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 23,2021 6:52 pm

    Did I miss a reason DieBBman is now closing instead of Sweet Lou?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 23,2021 6:59 pm || Up

      I don’t think Bob is ecstatic about either one at this point, so he’s using both to decide which he’s least uncomfortable with (or, one hopes, gives each a chance to establish himself as the guy).

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 23,2021 7:00 pm || Up

        Maybe trying to manage Lou’s workload a little too?

        • mikeA Apr 23,2021 9:20 pm || Up

          Yeah, Lou threw almost 50 on Wednesday. Also, Bal is last in the league in BBs, good matchup for Diebb.

  12. elcroata elcroata Apr 23,2021 11:49 pm

    There are only 10 teams with a winning record right now in baseball, California has four of them. Yesterday it was even five out of nine. Combined California rcord is 61-39, or a clean .610 winning percentage

    Because survival is insufficient
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 9:09 am

    Several good stakes fields on the card at Golden Gate today. A week before Kentucky Derby Day, time to dust off the handicapping skills. The 12th in particular looks like a great betting race.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 5:30 pm || Up

      In the upcoming California Oaks I’ve got $5 to win on #5 Ida Claire, a value play at 12-1.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 6:24 pm || Up

        Lost that one. For the nightcap I like the favorite #6 Baja Sur, play a $1 exacta 6/1,8 and $0.50 trifecta 6/1,8/1,2,4,5,8, six bucks.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 6:47 pm || Up

          Oh well, $11 less to lose on the Derby next week.

          "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 26,2021 8:55 pm || Up

            Speaking of the Derby, if the favored Essential Quality wins, he’ll pay a little less with this guy betting on him.

            Where is the good in "good-bye"?
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 26,2021 9:07 pm || Up

              Interesting angle, I am sure the sales volume and markup and refund hassle factor are worth way more than basically the vig on the horse bet. IIRC that guy has done similar mattress promo / hedge bets on the Astros.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 27,2021 11:26 am || Up

              EQ is 2-1 favorite on morning line after the post position draw, I will be looking elsewhere. With so many of the top three years olds having dropped off the Derby trail, this strikes me as a year we could see a longshot winner.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 10:08 am

    20% chance of rain in Baltimore at 7 p.m. game time tonight, but rapidly increasing to 80% by 10 p.m. Pretty much no chance of rain on Sunday if they have to go with a doubleheader.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 4:30 pm || Up

      The radar says this is an exercise in futility but we’ll see.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2021 4:51 pm || Up

        Can the A’s Declare the innings until we get through the 5th?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • nevermoor nevermoor Apr 27,2021 11:32 am || Up

          My house was definitely cheering for outs in the 4th and 5th.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  15. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 12:37 pm

    Holy crap, Jacob DeGrom has faced 101 hitters and struck out 50 of them!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 1:15 pm

    Odorizzi pulled after one batter for the Astros.

  17. andeux andeux Apr 24,2021 3:23 pm

    Opposing LHP in something like 6 of our next 9 games.
    Chapman/Murphy/Laureano need to get hot.

    TINSTAAFK
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 4:20 pm

    Real genius move playing the infield in against Olson in the first inning.

  19. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 4:22 pm

    Wade LeBlanc pitching for the Orioles is so classic. Mediocre journeyman gets one last chance with horrible team, gets clobbered in 30 or 40 innings and then it’s off to Korea (for a younger guy) or ranching (for older guys like LeBlanc).

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:05 pm || Up

      (speaking of pitchers past their sell by date) LeBlanc got DFA’d after the game, not unexpectedly.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2021 12:09 pm || Up

        I notice that Ross Detwiler is the Marlins’ starting pitcher in San Francisco today, though he’s only been pitching in short relief so he might just be an opener.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  20. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2021 4:24 pm

    MLB needs to figure out a way to call pitches without finger signs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2021 4:33 pm

    Angels using a position player pitching and Otanhi is using a fielders glove today

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 4:40 pm

    I did not remember Todd Walker ever playing for the A’s (the final 52 PA of his career).

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 4:50 pm

    I think the Orioles are filibustering.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Apr 24,2021 5:47 pm || Up

      It will be really annoying if they don’t make it through 5 innings because of this glacial pace.

      TINSTAAFK
  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:02 pm

    Assuming this game has to be finished tomorrow before the finale, do the teams get a 27th man for both games?

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 5:13 pm || Up

      I can’t find any evidence of that. If they play 3 innings tonight, I think they re-start this game in the 4th tomorrow and then play a full 9-inning regular game. It’s not a doubleheader. But I’m not totally certain about it.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 5:33 pm || Up

        I have spent the better part of an inning digging through the Operations Manual and this does seem to be the correct interpretation.

        Obviously the better thing is if the rain holds off for another 45 minutes or so and we conclude the bottom of the 5th with the A’s leading. The regular rules apply to that, it’s a 5-inning A’s victory.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 24,2021 5:57 pm || Up

          Anyone that sees three pitches in this top of the 5th should be fined

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 5:59 pm || Up

            Melvin concurs.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 6:01 pm || Up

              Now that inning was well executed.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:06 pm

    You’re right, Ramon, but please don’t get tossed.

  26. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:15 pm

    This game might go into tomorrow without any rain.

  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 5:16 pm

    Brick backstop facades near the plate are a great thing.

    "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 Apr 24,2021 5:17 pm

    Is this the return of Humidity Hound?

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:34 pm

    A full game of Braden in a two-man booth is a little much for me. Get Dontrelle in there.

  30. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 5:36 pm

    Watch out Cap’n Sal, here comes Canha!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 5:44 pm || Up

      Move over Sal
      Here comes Canha
      And he’s getting beaned

      Move over Sal
      Mark’s took another
      He’s an HBP machine

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 5:37 pm

    Jed is Superman.

    "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 Apr 24,2021 5:37 pm

    That’s the way you make him pay for hitting your guy.

  33. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 5:40 pm

    I dont think the heavy stuff is gonna come down for quite a while.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  34. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 5:42 pm

    If I read that right we are now at a neutral run differential.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  35. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:44 pm

    I don’t know how Orioles fans can watch this shit year after year.

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 5:48 pm || Up

      Well the attendance was plummeting before Covid. There was even a little talk of relocation. (Which would be remarkably stupid. It would also open Camden Yards to the Rays moving there and I bet they would jump at that opportunity. And Baltimore would welcome an intelligently-run franchise.)

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:45 pm

    There’s nothing SpeeDee about this one, Glen.

  37. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 5:54 pm

    Did the temp (and humidty) drop?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  38. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 5:57 pm

    This is where Earl Weaver used to order his hitters to swing weakly at every pitch until they made an out.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 24,2021 5:58 pm

    How do you miss that call? Ridiculous.

    • andeux andeux Apr 24,2021 6:05 pm || Up

      Good shot of Bob in the dugout making the universal symbol for aw, fk it.

      TINSTAAFK
  40. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 6:02 pm

    GM my assumption is he has seen the score, the weather forecast, and has reservations somewhere already.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  41. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 6:07 pm

    Noting worse than trying to help the kids get cleaned up after cotton candy.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  42. andeux andeux Apr 24,2021 6:08 pm

    Need one of those GIDP requisition forms expedited.

    TINSTAAFK
  43. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 6:11 pm

    Even the Weather Goddess is helping the A’s right now.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  44. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 24,2021 6:11 pm

    Official!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  45. andeux andeux Apr 24,2021 6:37 pm

    The broadcast is morphing between the A’s and the Sharks.

    TINSTAAFK
    • sslinger Apr 26,2021 9:57 am || Up

      That whole stretch of the game was so distracting we switched to radio and endured Ray horning in on Ken & Vince. Nothing makes me appreciate Vince more than the comparison of him with Fosse in the booth.

  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 6:42 pm

    The Sharks game keeps attacking the broadcast, sort of like the office buildings in the opening short film before Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 6:50 pm || Up
      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 7:01 pm || Up

      I have not had any issue with this on Youtube TV; must be a Comcast problem.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 24,2021 7:06 pm || Up

        Yeah the local Comcast slate has a few channels which occasionally glitchy, including NBSCA.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 6:59 pm

    The ads for Tahoe Blue Vodka with its pure water don’t mention how much used beer I’ve emptied into the lake over the years.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  48. ptbnl Apr 24,2021 7:05 pm

    8 straight and counting

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 7:07 pm

    Made it to the ninth inning before resorting to the kitty litter. That didn’t look likely three hours ago.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  50. Soaker Soaker Apr 24,2021 7:26 pm

    I wasn’t doing some farcical self-parody when I said they would start 5-20 and disappear for the rest of the year. I honestly thought that’s where these guys were headed.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  51. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 10:09 am

    Today is a means test

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:04 am || Up

      Braden is loving this matchup of thinking man’s lefties.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:06 am || Up

      Reply Hays-y, try again later.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:09 am || Up

        Side note, the top image search results for this are all venture capital firms for some reason.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2021 11:31 am || Up

      Means is pretty good but I haven’t seen anybody mouth-breathe on the mound like that since John Lackey.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  52. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 25,2021 10:10 am

    The O’s have these beautiful home whites in their closets and yet they insist on wearing those hideous orange batting practice jerseys two thirds of the time.

  53. lenscrafters Apr 25,2021 11:04 am

    Keep the ball in the FKing yard.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 11:34 am || Up

      I was thinking maybe Murphy was part of the problem, but results are the same with garcia

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  54. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:15 am

    OK, this is the spot that makes or breaks Luzardo’s starts. Good Zeus settles right back decisively. Bad Zeus tries to be too fine and makes the same mistakes again.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:26 am || Up

      Wow that was exciting. Teetering, behind 2-0, then three straight perfect pitches to K Franco

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. ptbnl Apr 25,2021 11:41 am

    Having almost half the lineup below the Mendoza line makes it tough on the pitcher.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  56. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:47 am

    OK, Means is gone, shake those bats awake.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Apr 25,2021 11:51 am || Up

      The bottom of the order is going to need a defibrillator.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  57. lenscrafters Apr 25,2021 11:52 am

    Bob you can PH for Andrus. And also not have to start him every fking game.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 11:55 am || Up

      Joge mateo lost a roster spot a week too soon and there hasn’t been a back up short stop since

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:23 pm || Up

        The ads behind home plate saying “Pennington: the grass is greener” might be sending some kind of coded message.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 12:46 pm || Up

          {Nick Allen googles flights to Tampa}

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 5:14 pm || Up

        BTW, Mateo has played five positions (plus DH) in his brief MLB career, and SS is not one of them. (And that’s even with Tatis missing 10 games this season.)

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 5:25 pm || Up

          That seems odd.

          I sorta get not playing him at short this year to see if Kim can handle it. but that is odd

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  58. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 11:59 am

    Olson is just so damn slick on that first to third play. Pretty.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  59. andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:01 pm

    We’re going to use Romo in a close game? Again?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2021 12:04 pm || Up

      Pretty good opportunity here to send him on his way to Rodneydom.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 12:05 pm || Up

      Yeah this feels like a white flag.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 12:08 pm

    Apparently Romo has Mancini hypnotized.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:44 pm

    I liked Guerra better when he was getting more of the first true outcome.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:47 pm || Up

      likewise, Andrus when he wasn’t booting routine grounders.

      TINSTAAFK
  62. 5Aces 5Aces Apr 25,2021 12:47 pm

    Early April making a comeback it appears.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:51 pm || Up

      Get it all out of the system this inning.

      TINSTAAFK
  63. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 12:48 pm

    The degree of difficulty to sustain this win streak is sufficiently high now.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  64. andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 12:58 pm

    Lowther of the hill people.

    TINSTAAFK
  65. AV AV Apr 25,2021 1:04 pm

    looks like i picked the wrong day to quit not watching A’s baseball.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 25,2021 3:43 pm || Up

      At least now I can start wearing my green hoodie / putting my left shoe on first / changing my underwear again.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  66. Soaker Soaker Apr 25,2021 1:57 pm

    I know it’s the last Marlins vs. Giants game of the year and MLB would rather not force the Marlins to go back to San Francisco, but if they keep playing, in a couple innings those boats in McCovey Cove will be able to float on the infield.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  67. Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 8:47 pm

    it’s too bad kershaw didn’t bounce into a double play so the pitcher would have to become the ghost runner in the 11th

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Apr 25,2021 8:57 pm || Up

      ARod thinks there should be more intentional walks.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Apr 25,2021 9:03 pm || Up

        Aside from the talent, good looks and money, it must be nice to be Alex Rodriguez. How great would it be to live in a world of such wonderment that you have new things to learn every minute and you don’t ever have to retain useful or challenging information.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  68. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 26,2021 11:29 am

    • Soaker Soaker Apr 26,2021 11:35 am || Up

      So how long is Guduan going to hang around?

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Ice Cream Ice Cream Apr 26,2021 12:01 pm || Up

        When facing a batter–interminably.

        Where is the good in "good-bye"?
    • andeux andeux Apr 26,2021 12:04 pm || Up

      Fiers will “sit in the bullpen.” Sounds like they’re pretty excited to have him back.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Apr 26,2021 12:42 pm || Up

        While Irvin probably > or at worst = Fiers, right now Bob only has one usable lefty in the bullpen. I’d send Irvin to the pen but try to keep him stretched out enough that if Fiers pitches his way off the team Irvin could quickly reclaim that spot.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • mikeA Apr 26,2021 1:11 pm || Up

          Irvin is not really a lefty specialist. His best pitch is the changeup, which is not as effective/he might not even throw against LHB. He has a reverse split for his career (enormous sss reverse split in mlb.)

          I think part of the thinking might also just be that whatever you think of Irvin vs Fiers long term, Irvin seems a better bet the next couple starts since Fiers could just be rusty and terrible.

      • lenscrafters Apr 26,2021 1:45 pm || Up

        I’m not really sure why Fiers was even brought back considering that the team wasn’t short of middling back end of the rotation options and he himself stated he had no other offers. He also looked abjectly terrible to me last year – his stuff seemed like it’s hanging on by a thread.

        I don’t think he could’ve gotten a major league offer, but the A’s seemed all too willing to give him not just a MLB offer but a also a 3.5 million guarantee even though they were dealing with the miserly money situation we’re well aware of.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 26,2021 3:23 pm || Up

        This all sounds pretty weird. Wouldn’t be surprised if they are trying to work out a trade or something.

        “Probably length, try to keep him stretched out,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t know how it’s going to work, I don’t know how long it’ll stay like this, but that’s where we are right now.”

        “We have a lot of depth, we’re trying to keep all our depth, and it’s just the way it looks as we sit here right now and we’ll see going forward,” Melvin said.

        “We’ll take one start at a time with everybody,” Emerson said. “Cole’s been throwing the ball really well, he moves his baseball around, got good command of it, changes speeds really well.”

  69. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Apr 26,2021 11:54 am

    Historic day for man buns.

  70. Soaker Soaker Apr 26,2021 12:59 pm

    Leaping out from the Census report: Wyoming has 576,851 residents. The older I get the more appealing that sounds. I’d have to tune out the right-winginess if Liz Cheney isn’t conservative enough for them, but hell, move to Thermopolis and soak away my remaining years.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 26,2021 1:34 pm || Up

      Counter-proposal: Merge Wyoming and the Dakotas into one state, give their senators to DC and Puerto Rico, no change to # of stars on the flag.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Apr 26,2021 2:25 pm || Up

        I want the flag to change. Of course Im also bitter that I’ve never seen a British coronation and there was no new Pope for most of my young adulthood. I guess I just like change.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux andeux Apr 26,2021 2:39 pm || Up

          I’m bitter that I haven’t seen the last royal strangled with the entrails of the last priest. I guess I also like change.

          TINSTAAFK
          • AV AV Apr 26,2021 2:50 pm || Up

            i’m just happy all a sudden we decided medium rare pork is OK to eat.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • andeux andeux Apr 26,2021 3:11 pm || Up

              There is something to be said for incrementalism.

              TINSTAAFK
            • ptbnl Apr 26,2021 4:14 pm || Up

              Only as an ingredient in beer.

              If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.

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