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Games 30-33: Dunedin at Oakland 261

For those geographically challenged as to Florida, Dunedin is on the Gulf (actually Saint Joseph Sound, as there’s a barrier island out there) directly west of Tampa and north of St. Petersburg. A Rays-Jays road trip would be nice, aside from having to see games in the Trop. TD Ballpark is just a few hundred yards from the water and is 24 miles from Tropicana Field.

Welcome home, Marcus. 113 PA, a middling .228/.301/.416 with 6 homers. That’s not too far from last season’s .223/.305/.374.

The Jays throw three lefties at the A’s, plus one pitcher of undetermined arm. That last one won’t be Tommy Milone, as he was placed on the IL yesterday.

Tonight at 6:40: Montas vs. Steven Matz
Tuesday at 6:40: Irvin vs. Anthony Kay
Wednesday at 6:40: Bassitt vs. Robbie Ray
Thursday at 12:37: Fiers vs. TBA

261 thoughts on “Games 30-33: Dunedin at Oakland

  1. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 6:43 pm

    I’m fine with phasing Ray off the telecasts but I wish they wouldn’t always inflict him on the radio audience when he’s not on TV.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 6:50 pm || Up

      I suppose Radio Ray is better than the Blue Jays’ broadcast, which is TV audio on the radio. It’s Dan Shulman and Pat Tabler tonight. I’ll listen for a few innings to see how that works.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:04 pm || Up

        This would be intolerable without video. They’re not describing every pitch, “as you can see” (when their telecast apparently had Semien’s family on screen), references to graphics. What a horrible way to save money. They do have Semien on their roster, but I wouldn’t want to trade Korach for Semien.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  2. 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2021 6:48 pm

    RFs must not be thrilled with this early start time.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  3. andeux andeux May 3,2021 6:53 pm

    Seeing the dogecoin nonsense on the same day as the article about how much Semien wanted to stay here and what a lowball offer the team made him is especially annoying.

    TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV May 3,2021 7:21 pm || Up

      that was from different days.

      one of them is just traveling faster than light.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  4. 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2021 7:01 pm

    Marcus looks dumb in blue. Im not bitter at all.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  5. lenscrafters May 3,2021 7:02 pm

    Frankie looks ridiculously good in the early going…this probably means he’ll give up two homers next inning.

    The Semien ovation got to me a bit and these things usually don’t. Pretty much everyone agrees that this one should not have gone that way except for the one fker who could’ve done something about it but doesn’t give a shit.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 7:17 pm || Up

      The ovation felt sincere, wish I’d be there to see it. Tomorrow though!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  6. andeux andeux May 3,2021 7:06 pm

    Matz vs. Matts

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:18 pm || Up

      Mets Matz faced Matts too, but those Matts were Chapman and Joyce. Olson did appear in that game, but as a pinch-hitter after Matz left.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 7:18 pm

    Bats heating up along with the weather.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor nevermoor May 4,2021 10:18 am || Up

      I hope Chapman stops finding gloves.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  8. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 7:19 pm

    The Jays lineup consists of guys they either just acquired or had indentured to them by their fathers

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:21 pm || Up

      Plus Eric Sogard’s half-brother.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 8:28 pm || Up

        pardon?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:32 pm || Up

          Danny Jansen, the catcher, who leads off the 7th unless they pinch-hit. Tell me there’s not a resemblance.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 3,2021 8:38 pm || Up

            I’m trying to remember who the last catcher was to wear glasses under the mask. Daryl Porter on the 82 Cardinals maybe.

          • mikeA May 3,2021 8:46 pm || Up

            I was confused that Sogard was batting right handed and surprised he was on the Blue Jays. If he had come up batting left handed I would have been fooled.

  9. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:28 pm

    Stop being a batting tee, Frankie.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 7:34 pm || Up

      He wasn’t getting hammered, but he sure wasn’t putting guys away either.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:43 pm || Up

        Exit velocities on three consecutive pitches:

        Bichette: 106.2
        Vlad Jr.: 110.2
        Hernandez: 106.8

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • lenscrafters May 3,2021 7:35 pm || Up

      Someone mentioned Emerson being the problem. I’m starting to wonder if this is the case. The stuff and talent is always there. But the execution, adjustments, game plan for second/third time through the order all looks poor and a lot of this is where a pitching coach can make some impact.

  10. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:54 pm

    This offense looks a hell of a lot better when they’re falling in for Jed.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  11. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 7:56 pm

    Well, that’s a double if you didn’t just have the trainer out to check your knee.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  12. 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2021 7:59 pm

    If Im a catcher from now on I just throw the ball right in the middle of the runners back.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:01 pm || Up

      That’s exactly what catchers are told to do on that play. Bob had no argument; 5.09(a)(11) is real clear on that situation.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2021 8:07 pm || Up

        I must be smrter than I thunk!

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 8:34 pm || Up

        this is a dump rule

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  13. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 3,2021 8:12 pm

    Kemp has 10 walks in 46 PAs. Slashing .206/.400/.235.

    • lenscrafters May 3,2021 8:15 pm || Up

      He has one skill and he knows it. Players like that can be useful.

      • lenscrafters May 3,2021 8:36 pm || Up

        Unfortunately the one skill isn’t of much use when there’s runners on and the pitcher has to throw strikes.

    • andeux andeux May 3,2021 8:16 pm || Up

      Still outslugging Elvis.

      TINSTAAFK
  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 3,2021 8:12 pm

    Ramooooooon

    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:14 pm || Up

      I think Semien laid a “you motherfucker” or similar on him as he ran by.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  15. andeux andeux May 3,2021 8:13 pm

    Laureano is pretty good. Maybe we should trade him for Jon Lester.

    TINSTAAFK
  16. lenscrafters May 3,2021 8:25 pm

    Lots of loud contact off Frankie but we made it through 6.

  17. mikeA May 3,2021 8:30 pm

    Why on earth did Tor bring in a LHP for this inning?

    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:34 pm || Up

      They have 6 lefties on their staff, and Shulman and Tabler were musing about likely unavailability of a couple of the relievers due to use the last couple days.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • mikeA May 3,2021 8:37 pm || Up

        I wasn’t expecting a real answer that makes sense.

        • lenscrafters May 3,2021 8:38 pm || Up

          TOR manager probably also knew that if a couple of guys got on, Andrus and Kemp could bail him out.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 8:51 pm || Up

            I was asking myself why Kemp was allowed to hit there, then realized we have no righty hitters on the bench besides Aramis for Men.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:57 pm || Up

              It’s so bad I’m looking up Fiers’ batting stats (104 PA, .081/.081/.081).

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • lenscrafters May 3,2021 9:00 pm || Up

              I really wanted Cespedes this offseason to avoid this. Kemp has started so many games against lefties with Pinder out.

    • mikeA May 3,2021 8:35 pm || Up

      Why on earth are the A’s bringing Romo into a game with a two run lead?

      • mikeA May 3,2021 8:43 pm || Up

        Looking better…

        • mikeA May 3,2021 8:44 pm || Up

          And I actually don’t like Petit against this lineup.

          • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 8:45 pm || Up

            Also, Romo basically moves up a notch to Wendelken’s spot.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 8:48 pm || Up

              Ed’s Wendelken-bashing notwithstanding, this progression will not end well

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 8:57 pm || Up

                I have pointedly not commented about JB in the past few days

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 8:47 pm || Up

            sounds like trivino next

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 9:02 pm

    Since I still have Baseball Savant up, that’s Vlad Jr.’s second >110 exit velocity of the night.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  19. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 9:04 pm

    we need a suzuki not a semien

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2021 9:10 pm || Up

      I’d even settle for a Spiezio

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  20. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 9:06 pm

    FFS

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 9:13 pm

    Dan and Pat are unsure whether A’s-killer Springer (leg soreness) is available to pinch-hit for Jansen.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  22. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 9:15 pm

    jed was the last chance for insurance

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 9:22 pm || Up

      Even a 4-pitch walk to Andrus costs them nothing.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  23. 5Aces 5Aces May 3,2021 9:25 pm

    I really wanted to see Chapman go little league and run over and call off El Vez from that pop up.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  24. lenscrafters May 3,2021 9:27 pm

    DieKKman!

    • Soaker Soaker May 3,2021 9:28 pm || Up

      He didn’t FK around there. A very authoritative appearance.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  25. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 3,2021 9:28 pm

    No Drama Diekman

  26. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 9:29 pm

    well, that was satisfying. didn’t feel lucky

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  27. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 10:01 pm

    Rendon had to leave the game after fouling a ball off hos knee.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Future Ed Future Ed May 3,2021 10:02 pm

    pujols at third and the rays did not bunt

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • mikeA May 3,2021 10:11 pm || Up

      Now I’m worried Pujols will hurt himself.

  29. vignette17 May 3,2021 11:13 pm

    As we all expected after the first six games of the season, the A’s have the best record in the AL and the second best record in baseball. To the Giants of all teams.

    I actually didn’t hate the idea of Marcus leaving. His bat is really not that good and his defense will fall off a cliff soon. That said, this dumpster fire we have going at SS is the worst position I can remember on a contending A’s team.

    • andeux andeux May 4,2021 11:42 am || Up

      I can see not wanting to sign Marcus long-term, for the reasons you give. But given that he ended up taking a 1-year deal, and our own lack of other options at SS, the failure to make a competitive offer is really bad.
      Even when Pinder comes back, they need to look for other options as upgrades over Elvis & Machin.

      The only one I can think of that’s even close was 2014, when 2B was a combination of Sogard, Callaspo, and Punto, who all had OPS’s under .600. (And Callaspo also got 30+ starts at DH so we could get two of those bats in the lineup!) But even then, Sogard and Punto at least finished with positive WAR.
      The end of 2006 with Jimenez, Kiger, etc. was also very bad but that was because of multiple injuries.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 5:16 pm || Up

        I just happened to look up the box score for a game I attended in 2006 at Yankee Stadium and I see the second baseman that night was something called Mike Rouse.

        • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 5:33 pm || Up

          And there’s Antonio Perez, who also has a plaque on the wall of the Oakland Athletics Infield Hall of Shame.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 7:40 pm || Up

          was that the same day steinbrenner had a horse named zito ran a race?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. colin colin May 4,2021 8:25 am

    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 10:13 am || Up

      When the Blue Jays go out to paint the town after a great win in a day game they’re more likely to find this.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 10:17 am

    Hey, it’s minor league opening day! If Pete Kozma goes 2-4 tonight I say call him up.

    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 10:21 am || Up

      AAA Opening Day isn’t until Thursday. AAA is playing 6-game series Thursday through Tuesday with every Wednesday off. AA, High A and Low A are all playing 6-game series Tuesday through Sunday with Mondays off.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 10:26 am || Up

        And I wouldn’t be too surprised if that scheduling isn’t limited to 2021 Covid reasons and is retained. Playing 3 or 4 game series creates more travel expense, and having that off day every week allows AAA to be more flexible in scheduling flights (4:30 a.m. wakeup call after a night game and before a game that same night not necessary).

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 10:29 am || Up

          I’m a fan of the long series so I support this. I like the idea that you cant try to have x starter avoid y team. I know that is the last sort of consideration MLB would think of-actual game enjoyment-but it still is there.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 11:09 am || Up

            Looking over the composition of these leagues, Fresno is not the only city to get a demotion, although theirs is pretty steep. The PCL Colorado Springs team moved to San Antonio after the 2018 season. San Antonio was in AAA for 2019, but now they are right back down in “AA Central”. San Antonio wouldn’t be geographically out of place in “AAA West”, which still includes Round Rock, but it looks like it succumbed to the Astros’ desire to be even closer to home in Sugar Land.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • lenscrafters May 4,2021 11:31 am || Up

              I have to remind myself that Stockton is Low A now, and the “Lansing Lugnuts” are our High A affiliate.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 10:28 am || Up

        If Nick Allen or Logan Davidson goes 2-4 tonight…

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 10:59 am || Up

          the 40 roster is kinda tight. Every infielder is on the 26.

          there is diechmann and barrera in the outfield, allen at c

          pitchers are wandisson charles, holmes, jeffries, kaprilian, puk, , miguel ramero,

          pinder, burch smith, JB on the IL (and rosenthal)

          I don’t know anything about Diechmann other than he was in a lot of ST games. He seems like the only vulnerable player on the roster.

          having to roll kemp, andrus and piscotty out there every day for the forseeable future seems like bad roster management.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 11:05 am || Up

            Unless I’m miscounting, there’s a spot open with Rosenthal on the 60-day.

            I’m resigned to Andrus for now, but I’d really rather replace Machin with someone useful.

            Speaking of roster management, the three minor league batters on the 40-man all bat lefty, as does Machin of course. One good AAA week for Buddy Reed and I’m calling his switch-hitting ass up to get some balance going.

            • andeux andeux May 4,2021 11:21 am || Up

              Yes, there is an opening. Guerra took Rosenthal’s spot, but then we lost Tom.

              TINSTAAFK
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 11:40 am || Up

              to be honest, I didn’t count

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 11:41 am || Up

              also, yes, machine for kozma/allen would be good right now

              I have $5. No I don\'t.
              • andeux andeux May 4,2021 11:46 am || Up

                When we signed Kozma, I knew the name well enough that I thought he had been a regular in StL for a few years. But he was only a starter for one season, and his bat has always been terrible. (And, sure, “terrible” might be an upgrade now, but…)

                TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 12:00 pm || Up

                  I tried finding it during spring and couldn’t, but between 18 and 19 I advocated for trading semien and signing Kozma, and was bummed when kozma signed with the angels.

                  I mean, he got hurt and hasn’t really played since and marcus was pretty good in 19, so maybe don’t trust my judgement.

                  Point being, there just needs to be someone to spell andrus. It can’t be worse. (grant green notwithstanding)

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • andeux andeux May 4,2021 12:28 pm || Up

                  Or your memory. Are you thinking of Cozart?

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 12:36 pm || Up

                  you are saying the same name

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • vignette17 May 4,2021 2:03 pm || Up

                  I really wanted Cozart with the plan of moving Semien to 2b. He’d always been an incredible SS defender and he had a little upside with the bat. Looks like he was released by SF in Feb 2020 pre-pandemic. He’s also nearly 36 now.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 2:22 pm || Up
                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • mikeA May 4,2021 11:05 am || Up

          robert (@R____puason) Tweeted:
          I’m ready ???????? https://t.co/naU2YBSsH8

    • andeux andeux May 7,2021 9:46 am || Up

      Kozma 1-3 with 2 walks.
      Good enough?

      TINSTAAFK
  32. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 4:11 pm

    Heading to the Coliseum tonight. Curious to see if/how they enforce against pregame parking lot beers. Don’t think I have been in the south/Hegenberger parking lot for at least 15 years.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 5:44 pm || Up

      South lot report: they’re still storing the extra football bleachers here. Security does not care about small groups drinking beer

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 5:54 pm || Up

        The football seats should have a giant FREE! sign on them, like somebody’s hideous old couch.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  33. Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 4:58 pm

    It looks like Toronto’s TBA for Thursday afternoon will be Hyun-Jin Ryu, coming off the IL.

    That would make it four left-handed starters in the series. With the four being Matz, Kay, Ray and Ryu, 13 letters covers an entire series. They can trade for Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Yastrzemski and the equipment manager will still have plenty of extra letters for NOB for any taxi-squad guys who get called up.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  34. mikeA May 4,2021 5:45 pm

    Michael Kay just referred to the *s as “the A’s.”

  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 6:35 pm

    A fella could get used to a beer with a sippy cup lid.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 6:39 pm

    Bregman throwing error leads to three runs and Maldonado getting knocked out of the game in a very awkward collision with Odor.

  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 6:48 pm

    Heard live at the ballpark, to open the A’s first, Like A Virgin really actually works

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. lenscrafters May 4,2021 6:50 pm

    Irvin is pretty fascinating – all his fielding independent indicators look great (K/9, K/BB, FIP, xFIP, etc). He’s second next to Manaea among starters in terms of FIP.

    But he has the worst Statcast indicators among any A’s pitchers. By the stats that take into account quality of contact like xwOBA, he looks terrible. Other than guys who haven’t pitched much, only Guduan has been worse on the staff.

    So which SSS is a better indicator of his true talent? I really don’t know.

    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 8:24 pm || Up

      The sample size did get larger tonight. He got a nice assist from the home plate umpire vs. Vlad Jr. in the 7th.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux andeux May 4,2021 8:33 pm || Up

        He just pounds the corners, doesn’t leave much over the plate but also doesn’t walk guys. Doesn’t even need to get every call, e.g. still would have been ahead 1-2 even if he didn’t get that one.
        Maybe a team like the *s who can hit pitches off the plate for homers would still give him trouble, but he looks good to me.

        Also, I discovered that statcast has a stat called xwOBACON.

        TINSTAAFK
  39. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 7:01 pm

    I am in ancestral Sec 317, right below the camera Shack, no lie, and the window is open. Just sayin

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux May 4,2021 7:03 pm || Up

      Is that where the pruno is brewed?

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 7:35 pm || Up

        So legend has it.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 8:45 pm || Up

      You may get out of there with plenty of time for a postgame restaurant experience.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  40. lenscrafters May 4,2021 7:05 pm

    I can’t imagine how terrible the MIF would be without Jed.

  41. Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 7:09 pm

    It didn’t look like Arneson’s arrows took the advertised 12 feet off Moreland’s ball.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  42. mikeA May 4,2021 7:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but Braden is good.

  43. lenscrafters May 4,2021 7:12 pm

    Soderstrom just hit a double in his first PA. He can probably outhit Garcia right now.

  44. 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 7:19 pm

    @lc, can we try him at SS?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  45. 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 7:22 pm

    Wait, so is baby Keebs their everyday C? My God..

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 7:27 pm || Up

      He was splitting the job with Alejandro Kirk, but Kirk is hurt right now.

      I haven’t seen Kirk. He’s listed at 5’8″, 265, which must be an impressive sight. I’m about 5’8-1/2″ and when I let it get over 200 I’m a FKing blimp.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 7:34 pm || Up

        That is very much in “Fat tub of goo” territory.

        I could give you a good image of it but my camera isnt working at the moment. Related I really need to skip 2nd breakfast tomorrow.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • andeux andeux May 4,2021 7:40 pm || Up

        He’s fun to watch, proof that good hitters can be any shape.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 7:48 pm || Up

          Oh, no doubt. We just saw Willians Astudillo, whom the Twins have listed at 5’9″, 225. 5’8″, 265 is another order of magnitude.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  46. lenscrafters May 4,2021 7:43 pm

    God, Machin sucks.

  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 7:44 pm

    JFC Machin, you’re a fringe roster spot, you have a chance, a first pitch off side hatchet swing double play ball?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 8:03 pm

    Irvin has gone 2-1 in his last 2 starts according to NBCSN. Thats damn impressive.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  49. Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 8:11 pm

    The top of the 6th was lowlighted, not by Semien’s RBI double, but by Fosse’s rendition of The Four Seasons’ “Working My Way Back To You”. Yes, really.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 4,2021 8:23 pm

    Irvin good

    • lenscrafters May 4,2021 8:42 pm || Up

      His fastball/changeup command has been so spot on tonight. Maybe some other A’s starters could learn something from this.

  51. Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 9:00 pm

    Short of the extinct complete game, that’s pretty good to score 4 runs and win without even getting your usual 8th and 9th inning guys warmed up.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  52. Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 9:04 pm

    what did cole mean “gsrcia-when he is healthy?”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 4:18 pm || Up

      still don’t know but

      • mikeA May 5,2021 4:34 pm || Up

        I’m going with Garcia hurt his face on Luzardo’s finger.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 7:46 pm || Up

        thinking about kenley jansen being the dodgers emergency catcher

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  53. 5Aces 5Aces May 4,2021 9:05 pm

    And done before 9! I had to go pick up Lil Miss Aces from work and came back to a recap

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  54. andeux andeux May 4,2021 9:06 pm

    Downright Mulderesque.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 4,2021 9:58 pm || Up

      This comment made me check whether Mulder’s Twitter account has chilled out at all. Sadly, no.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  55. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2021 9:31 pm

    Home at 9:30 from a night game, weird

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  56. Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 10:05 pm

    Also a nice game. Tense enough, but not overly so. Felt good

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  57. Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 10:05 pm

    Also a nice game. Tense enough, but not overly so. Felt good

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  58. Future Ed Future Ed May 4,2021 10:08 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 10:53 am

    OK…

    • andeux andeux May 5,2021 11:00 am || Up

      Great, can he play SS?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 11:03 am || Up

        bats right or switch – plays a position of need – is major league quality

        choose one

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 11:19 am || Up

      so that is the 40th player, yeah?

      Can we just call him matt carson so I don’t have to remember who he is?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 11:22 am || Up

        I just hope he doesn’t bring our vaccination numbers down.

        • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 11:40 am || Up

          uhg. no kidding

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2021 1:08 pm || Up

            Friggin ignorant Tar Heels.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2021 1:30 pm || Up

      I’m personally offended that his avatar on the A’s 40-man roster page has him wearing a Giants cap. That shouldn’t have taken more than about 10 minutes to correct.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  60. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2021 1:12 pm

    Ed and Mundy bait:

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 5:32 pm || Up

      missed so many, but yeah, nutshell

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 1:30 pm

    Oh no.

    (I’ll confess that i did not know of this particular rule either but then I’m not a hall of fame big league manager.)

    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 5:34 pm || Up

      People don’t know all the rules, and it is his fault, but it’s also his fault for not having a staff that know the rules

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 1:55 pm

    Two Americans to contest the Champions League final. One is the backup goalkeeper, but the other just sweetly delivered the dagger assist to send Real Madrid packing.

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 2:10 pm

    John Means pitching well in Seattle.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 2:26 pm || Up

      Upgrading this to very well.

      • andeux andeux May 5,2021 2:54 pm || Up

        Feeling better about the 3 runs in 13 innings we scored against him.

        TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux May 5,2021 3:09 pm || Up

        Oh, not a perfecto because of a K/WP then erased by a CS.

        Last Oriole no-hitter was 1991 against the A’s.
        Last Oriole complete game no-hitter was Jim Palmer 1969 against the A’s.

        TINSTAAFK
      • mikeA May 5,2021 3:11 pm || Up

        Man, that’s sort of a rough way to not get a perfect game. Possibly a cross up.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2021 3:44 pm || Up

          Vaguely reminiscent of the way Rodon lost his perfecto last month.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 4:37 pm || Up

            Vaguely, but much harsher since this pitch was good enough to get a swing.

  64. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 6:24 pm

    is there a list of teams that have reached 85%? Do you think the A’s haven’t because fisher won’t supply the free shots?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor nevermoor May 6,2021 2:42 pm || Up

      If they would just feed the vending machine…

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  65. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 6:39 pm

    forgot ken has the nght off

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  66. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 6:47 pm

    sigh

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  67. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2021 7:13 pm

    Robbie Ray needs the next size up in baseball pants. The definition of buttcrack exceeds our community norms.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. 5Aces 5Aces May 5,2021 7:15 pm

    No bigger thrill than a 2 out hit to avoid having El Vez screw up the next inning too!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • lenscrafters May 5,2021 7:59 pm || Up

      1 pitch GO to start the 5th. Jesus if you’re going to be completely hopeless, at least try to contribute by taking some pitches. Allen just managed a 6 pitch GO.

  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 5,2021 7:25 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor nevermoor May 6,2021 2:43 pm || Up

      More than 400 PIM that game, right?

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  70. lenscrafters May 5,2021 7:26 pm

    I remember Austin Allen getting two big hits last year (a go ahead home run, and a game tying single in extra innings against the *s). I’m pretty sure those were his only two hits period.

  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 7:27 pm

    Ray’s attire really is ass forward.

  72. 5Aces 5Aces May 5,2021 7:30 pm

    @fsu, just need the horn rimmed glasses and it could be Slapshot.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  73. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 7:45 pm

    Really gotta question how that guy got the giant noisemaker in the building.

  74. Soaker Soaker May 5,2021 7:56 pm

    It’s hard to believe any AL position could be worse offensively than Oakland SS, but I think Toronto-Dunedin-Buffalo C manages to grab that.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux May 5,2021 8:37 pm || Up

      TBD C: .114/.220/.239 (they did have Kirk for a while)
      Min LF: .139/.214/.168
      Oak SS: .146/.204/.175
      Det 2B: .149/.216/.158
      But the winner is
      Det DH: .109/.183/.173

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker May 5,2021 8:44 pm || Up

        LOL, I was just doing it intuitively based on observation in this series, didn’t think I would really have two of the top five. Also…DH? really?

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • andeux andeux May 5,2021 8:47 pm || Up

          Miguel Cabrera is one of the culprits there.

          TINSTAAFK
  75. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 8:10 pm

    well, ray, vince, if piscotty was a plus outfielder the A’s would ahve the lead

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  76. mikeA May 5,2021 8:13 pm

    You don’t run on Austin Allen.

  77. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 8:27 pm

    Fosse play by play time…

  78. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 5,2021 8:39 pm

    Fosse is very bad at this. Someone who makes decisions about these things should be made aware of how bad he is at this.

  79. lenscrafters May 5,2021 8:46 pm

    Walking the terrible 9th hitter ahead of Semien/Bichette/Guerrero Jr, let’s see how this turns out.

  80. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 8:48 pm

    thus far, i don’t like this inning

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  81. Soaker Soaker May 5,2021 8:54 pm

    Lou didn’t get any help from Allen, but the fact is Lou is three steps forward and then three steps back.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • lenscrafters May 5,2021 8:55 pm || Up

      Yeah not on the Trivino train. Every outing seems like a struggle.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 8:58 pm || Up

        better the 8th than the 9th for my peace of mind. Also, brandon lowe hit a 3 run home run at the same time flipping the game to a 3-1 angels deficit to lower my anxiety

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • lenscrafters May 5,2021 9:01 pm || Up

          In retrospect, Bassitt at 90 pitches should’ve at least been allowed to go batter to batter. Trivino/Diekman is really not at the point where we should just confidently turn it over to them.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 9:00 pm || Up

        wow. fosse called it

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces 5Aces May 5,2021 11:01 pm || Up

        I have been on the Lou train, but that is because I have hoped for 2 years to get 2018 Lou back. Seemed like there were 2-3 really strong games, but yeah it has been a BP test for the last week or 2. I dont want Deikman there so I would love to figure out the hidden jewel on some waiver wire.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  82. andeux andeux May 5,2021 9:06 pm

    The bullpen has been getting it done somehow, but I don’t think anyone here is surprised by an outing like this. Along with SS, this is the position that he need to upgrade badly.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 9:22 pm || Up

      indeed

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 9:26 pm || Up

      the jays need to use their closer now right?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 9:27 pm || Up

      are the tv guys are worried olson didn’t touch the plate as vince and ray?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux andeux May 5,2021 9:31 pm || Up

        I didn’t see the ump ever make the safe sign, but I don’t think the tv guys mentioned it.
        On replay it did look like he got his fingers in.

        TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 5,2021 9:37 pm || Up

      Pretty big difference between the better end of the bullpen and the Weems-Kolarek-Guerra-Guduan part, and it’s not good that I’m putting Romo on the plus side of that.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux andeux May 5,2021 9:39 pm || Up

        I would switch Guerra and Romo for sure.

        TINSTAAFK
  83. Future Ed Future Ed May 5,2021 10:01 pm

    It was nice to see the batters get some hits and score some runs in multiple innings. I like how bassit and irvin held the jays batters down.

    As stated, we never really expected trivino to be 2018 trivino.

    meh. Hopefully the bats come out tomorrow in support of fiers, There is no way the jays stay under 7 runs.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces May 5,2021 10:58 pm || Up

      Fiers on a day game? We should have planned for that.

      Agreed on the bullpen needing another piece or 2 (or 4). I wonder if when Jesus returns he should get some time in the pen.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2021 7:27 am || Up

        At the risk of being struck down where I stand: Puk

        • 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 9:55 am || Up

          Totally agree once he gets past flat ground.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  84. AV AV May 5,2021 11:33 pm

    *whomse

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  85. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2021 10:58 am

    Big righty bat on the market!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 11:17 am || Up

      I’m surprised they weren’t able to reach a face-saving deal where Albert would retire and be celebrated, rather than being cut.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • sslinger May 6,2021 11:42 am || Up

        I’ll bet he still thinks he can produce and hopes some other team picks him up. Or maybe he has a deal to go and retire in St. Louis. Otherwise, yeah, that would seem like a dick move by the Scioscias.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 11:57 am || Up

          Maybe, I mean, he’s not going to move up any further on the all time HR list, he passed Willie Mays and is 29 behind A-Rod. And perhaps he’s got that gym rat love the game can’t stop playing thing but if so he’s not vocal about it.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2021 12:11 pm || Up

          hopes some other team picks him up

          La Russa

    • mikeA May 6,2021 11:41 am || Up

      Only 2 career innings at SS, but lots of experience at 3B if we move Chapman over.

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2021 11:53 am || Up

        it would be a boost of production

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • mikeA May 6,2021 12:35 pm || Up

      With K% continuing to rise across the league, his career GDP record (15%+ higher than Cal Ripken at #2) is looking like an unbreakable record.

  86. Soaker Soaker May 6,2021 11:43 am

    Looks like internet is kaput here for much of the afternoon so my Fiery fate will have to wait until this evening. Have fun.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 11:53 am || Up

      Not even enough phone signal to get iheartradio to run?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker May 6,2021 12:18 pm || Up

        Oh, I could do that or SiriusXM but it’s plenty warm enough that I should be outdoors anyway. I’ll watch it tonight.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2021 11:54 am || Up

      lucky. fiers both won and lost for you all afternoon

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 11:59 am || Up

        The state says we’re headed for another awful wild Fiers season, could get ugly.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  87. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 12:23 pm

    Dave Stewart says Chapman looks good at the plate and has a solid idea of what he wants to do. I guess you need a special ex-big leaguer cheatcode to see that because to me Chapman looks lost and resorting to guess hitting.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • mikeA May 6,2021 12:28 pm || Up

      I feel like he’s always been a guesser, and has managed to have some good results with it.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 12:39 pm || Up

        That’s true, but when he’s going well he makes better educated guesses for the specific location/count/situation. Maybe he’s closer to that today, I hope so, not convinced yet.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  88. andeux andeux May 6,2021 12:26 pm

    Jonah Heim HR.
    Sigh. (Though his numbers are pretty bad.)

    TINSTAAFK
  89. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 12:40 pm

    Crisp home whites, beautiful sunny-not-hot day, I am having non-ticket buyer’s remorse.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2021 4:43 pm || Up

      I was on the edge, then a client went and got arrested tuesday

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  90. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 12:52 pm

    Canha get a leadoff jack? Yes I Canha!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  91. mikeA May 6,2021 12:52 pm

    Ray says Bill King was a “glutton for food.”

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2021 12:54 pm || Up

      Reminds me of this classic.

  92. andeux andeux May 6,2021 1:27 pm

    K/TOOTBLAN DP!

    TINSTAAFK
    • mikeA May 6,2021 1:29 pm || Up

      I’m not sure it’s fair to record a TOOTBLAN there, since the K was so improbable.

  93. 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 1:28 pm

    I dont see how any of that can overturn the call on the field, right…RIGHT???

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  94. 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 1:31 pm

    I always want to yell at Fiers to throw strikes. Then I remember if he does they will quickly be in the parking lot.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  95. andeux andeux May 6,2021 1:35 pm

    Meanwhile Gameday still has not acknowledged that the pickoff happened at all, and has the score as 4-1.

    TINSTAAFK
  96. 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 1:57 pm

    Bats trying to keep Fiers in it for a bit.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  97. andeux andeux May 6,2021 2:02 pm

    Now we’re gonna need El Vez to go deep.

    TINSTAAFK
    • 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 2:16 pm || Up

      Deep into the count? Like 5 pitches?

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  98. lenscrafters May 6,2021 2:23 pm

    Elvis again has a single digit wRC+.

    • mikeA May 6,2021 3:03 pm || Up

      I am curious what Elvis would have done with the pitch Fiers threw to Sogard.

      • 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 3:09 pm || Up

        The resistible force vs the moveable object?

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  99. andeux andeux May 6,2021 2:24 pm

    4 hour pace. Still a close game, but Soaker chose wisely.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 6,2021 9:29 pm || Up

      It was pretty easy to pick the moment to bail on the replay and head straight to the final box score.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker Soaker May 6,2021 9:43 pm || Up

        Turning the game off early was an earth-shaking move, apparently.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2021 9:51 pm || Up

          6.0

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux May 6,2021 9:52 pm || Up

            My phone sent an alert that said 6.0, but USGS now says 4.7.

            TINSTAAFK
            • Soaker Soaker May 6,2021 9:54 pm || Up

              Yeah, it wasn’t much more than a window-rattler here.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
              • nevermoor nevermoor May 11,2021 8:38 am || Up

                Didn’t feel any shaking other than my phone’s vibrate on the desk.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  100. 5Aces 5Aces May 6,2021 3:01 pm

    Cant leave this team alone to go to a single meeting…

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  101. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 6,2021 3:13 pm

    Four hits including a tater for Marcus. Good for him.

    On a different note, it’s interesting to see a team make a bunch of mistakes yet not to let them sprial into certain defeat.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  102. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 6,2021 3:13 pm

    Go off, Marcus. I stopped feeling anything a while ago.

  103. Future Ed Future Ed May 6,2021 9:51 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  104. Soaker Soaker May 7,2021 3:07 pm

    We’re back at 100 percent capacity for most businesses and it’s odd going in a place that’s actually full (In-N-Out). I took my burger outside to the tables out there.

    Currently waiting out my 15 minutes after Pfizer #2.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • nevermoor nevermoor May 11,2021 8:39 am || Up

      Congrats. Hope your day 2 symptoms weren’t too bad.

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

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