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87-89: To that shack outside La Grange 116

You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. The A’s can’t seem to score anywhere else but maybe they can get some action in the next three days.

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Your starting lineup

Tonight at 5:10: Bassitt vs. Framber Valdez
Wednesday at 5:10: Manaea vs. Luis Garcia
Thursday at 11:10 a.m.: Montas vs. Lance McCullers Jr.

What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone

116 thoughts on “87-89: To that shack outside La Grange

  1. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 3:37 pm

    about the best pitching set up the A’s could do. Framber Valdez is fun to watch, but I do not expect to come out of this series in contention

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  2. andeux andeux Jul 6,2021 3:43 pm

    LHP on the mound, so we get the Pinder/Piscotty/Schwindel version of mediocrity today.

    TINSTAAFK
  3. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 5:14 pm

    Hey,who are these guys?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux andeux Jul 6,2021 5:16 pm || Up

      Oh, I forgot the game was starting. Maybe that’s why.

      TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux Jul 6,2021 5:17 pm || Up

        Now I’m tuned in, so the rally can fizzle out and Valdez can settle down and retire 14 straight or something.

        TINSTAAFK
        • andeux andeux Jul 6,2021 5:23 pm || Up

          Not quite, but WTF were Kotsay/Pinder thinking there?

          TINSTAAFK
  4. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 5:16 pm

    there is your run chris. make it count

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  5. lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 5:22 pm

    Can we get rid of Kotsay? He’s even worse than fucking Gallego.

  6. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 5:22 pm

    Has Kotsay had his vision checked recently?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  7. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 5:31 pm

    Apologize if This has been reported here already. I didint know that weems was claimed, although I expected him to be

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  8. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 5:35 pm

    that seems right

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    • lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 5:37 pm || Up

      The good news is that the A’s are still batting in the alternate universe where Kotsay isn’t a moron.

  9. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 5:41 pm

    Sweet almondy return!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  10. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 5:43 pm

    Is Aces a hypocrite? As he yells at Kotsay for not sending Piscotty…yes he is.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  11. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 5:50 pm

    still not enough

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    • Soaker Soaker Jul 6,2021 6:12 pm || Up

      Bassitt maybe deserves a little more confidence than that.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  12. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 5:59 pm

    Lowrie going after that ball looked like me getting off the couch.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 6,2021 6:52 pm || Up

      We know Jed’s defense is bottom of the barrel. He needs to make up for it by being RISPy. Didn’t happen there in the top of the 5th.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 6:56 pm || Up

        Yeah that was a big lost opportunity. I don’t want to be pissed about it in the next 15-60 minutes.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 6:58 pm || Up

          Well it wasn’t 15 minutes…

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 7:01 pm || Up

        Lowrie at least had a decent at bat. I’m more pissed about Pinder’s usual shitty approach and pulling a breaking ball a foot outside.

        BeaneForst needs to show that inning over and over to Fisher to make him open the check book for Nelson Cruz.

  13. lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 6:07 pm

    FG Mock Draft – psyched that we’re linked to another football player.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 6:29 pm || Up

      I don’t think melissa lockhart mentioned him, so that is better

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 6:50 pm || Up

      if the A’s were up in the 5th with the starter on 73 pitches, they would swing at every first pitch

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  14. lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 6:54 pm

    Yes I’m hitting the panic button but it feels like we lost the game in that top of the 5th. Please let this comment look stupid in about an hour.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 6:58 pm || Up

      sigh

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 6,2021 7:16 pm || Up

      The Astros have so consistently been the instrument of the A’s destruction, it all just feels so inevitable.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 9:06 am || Up

        Oh thank goodness we’re back, this would’ve been a bad last comment ever.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 6,2021 6:54 pm

    I am happy for the out, but no shame in walking brantly

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  16. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 6,2021 7:08 pm

    We got through it. Now we just need to get 4 more innings out of the pen. This is fun.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • lenscrafters Jul 6,2021 7:09 pm || Up

      The * pen is supposedly worse than ours. But our offense is giving off those familiar “done enough for today” vibes.

  17. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 7,2021 9:22 am

    Thank the Gods for the shit crapping out. Gave me the inspiration to just unplug and go do anything but watch the rest of that. A new day is here.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 11:23 am
    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  19. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 11:56 am

    All these white and red crosses are making it hard to choose who to root for.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 12:33 pm || Up

      but I like the english kits with the blue

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 12:36 pm || Up

        Agreed, and I reflexively root against red uniforms almost always. The fans are more difficult to differentiate, unless you can see their teeth.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • AV AV Jul 7,2021 12:37 pm || Up

      preeeeetty sure there’s a rule in england that you can’t score without a cross.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 12:36 pm

    Beautiful opening goal.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 7,2021 2:03 pm

    Grealish’s ostentatiously low socks…what is the deal there?

  22. lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 2:39 pm

    Chapman not in the lineup tonight. I can’t imagine it being a planned day off so this is troubling.

  23. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 2:42 pm

    Why the hell are England fans singing Sweet Caroline? Awful song, made worse by the stink of Red Sox about it. Just ‘orrible.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 2:55 pm || Up

      They were so close to penalties, they needed to fail at something to get back to normal

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 4:03 pm || Up

        The only acceptable Neil Diamond song is Solitary Man. More fitting in defeat; perhaps they’ll sing it Sunday.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Jul 7,2021 8:25 pm || Up

          Pretty sure the Dead never covered Neil. Phish has a number of times (though not recently), song here; Trey on drums with Jon standing at Trey’s mic.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • andeux andeux Jul 7,2021 8:34 pm || Up

            That reminds me, Korach today referred to “Mr [Myles] Straw …. from Wichita.”
            We are everywhere.

            TINSTAAFK
  24. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 2:54 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 3:08 pm || Up

      I definitely thought “hip” today when I didn’t see him in the lineup. Right injury, wrong player.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 3:09 pm || Up

      There is no such thing as stomach flu. Occasionally it’s food poisoning, far more common is norovirus, which is highly contagious. Chapman better be isolating from his teammates.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  25. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 2:56 pm

    trevor rosenthal day for the next 10 years is going to be better than Bobby bonilla day

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    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 3:00 pm || Up

      Although, I was scared of him coming back with the tacky ban. What was lack of susnscreen. WOuld have been tough to decipher what was susnscreen and what was injury

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    • andeux andeux Jul 7,2021 3:08 pm || Up

      Rosenthal’s deal is paid out over only 3 years. (I had to look it up).
      Semien was the one they wanted to spread out over 10 years (since he wasn’t worth as much in present value as Rosenthal).

      Top three salaries:
      1. Elvis $14.25M ($6.25M covered by Texas)
      2. Rosenthal $11M (some of it deferred)
      3. Piscotty $7.58M

      Looking forward to not being able to afford Canha next year.

      TINSTAAFK
    • lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 3:10 pm || Up

      Excited for him to be an interesting A’s trivia question answer in 20 years like Ryan Langerhans and Michael Barrett.

  26. lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 3:38 pm

    Also how many hip injuries is that now? Between Chapman, Laureano, Canha, Rosenthal, Fiers in spring training, is there an issue with the A’s strength and conditioning?

  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 7,2021 4:09 pm

  28. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 5:21 pm

    Oly Oly O!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  29. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 6:12 pm

    Me listening to the tv people doesn’t help

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  30. 5Aces 5Aces Jul 7,2021 6:22 pm

    Nor does me not being able to listen or watch.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 6:26 pm || Up

      i tried that sunday

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      • AV AV Jul 7,2021 6:56 pm || Up

        the answer is right above this and neither of you are naked to your cleat.s

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 7,2021 10:37 pm || Up
          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 8,2021 1:11 pm || Up

            I keep forgetting because of being busy.

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 7,2021 6:56 pm

    Surely they can’t lose both Andrus Homer Games.

  32. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 7:11 pm

    the way the A’s are going, sending laureano is reasonable

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  33. lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 7:32 pm

    Somehow we managed to outsuck the Astros there even though they made two errors.

  34. andeux andeux Jul 7,2021 8:06 pm

    9th inning, down 1, we have Piscotty, Bolt, Pinder against their (RHP) closer.

    TINSTAAFK
  35. lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 8:10 pm

    Typical Pinder at bat to end it.

    Seems like most of FK decided to avoid watching today’s edition of horrible at bats, runners thrown out at the plate, and back breaking home runs given up in the worst moments. Probably a wise decision.

    • Soaker Soaker Jul 7,2021 8:13 pm || Up

      Looks like Pinder blew out his hamstring on top of it.

      I had the game on but paying half-attention; these Astros games are tough to take. I don’t need to suffer through Montas tomorrow. Better things to do during the day, then on to Reno tomorrow evening to watch Luzardo and the Aviators.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 7,2021 8:15 pm || Up

        I was half paying attention.

        I had a soaker question, there is a getaway day game tomorrow. It is not mandated is it? it can’t be more than a 1 hour flight from houston to dallas

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        • Soaker Soaker Jul 7,2021 8:22 pm || Up

          That’s correct, not mandated, it’s a choice by the Astros (who stay home to play the Yankees). The Astros play a fair number of weekday afternoon games.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • lenscrafters Jul 7,2021 8:30 pm || Up

        Oh good, more Machin.

        Starting to think you’re right about them just not making any moves before 7/31. If the free fall continues, it just seems like too many resources would be needed to fix the mounting number of holes on the roster. Between COF, DH, the bullpen, now another MIF…inertia seems to be the way to go when the best outcome is another WC berth (yes, giving up on the division in July isn’t great but it’s pretty hard to ignore the on paper talent disparity and 3-9 H2H so far).

        It’ll be a win-win for ownership at any rate. Get a WC berth without spending an additional dime or just save a few bucks now and save even more when the inevitable tear down happens. Either way, the important thing is that they’re ready for the next Vegas trip.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 8,2021 9:48 am || Up

          Given how poorly they have played every business decision the last 14 months or so it wouldn’t shock me if they became sellers.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • lenscrafters Jul 8,2021 10:10 am || Up

          I guess not Machin

          Also did not need to clear a 40 man roster spot so kinda confirms Moreland went on the COVID list.

  36. andeux andeux Jul 8,2021 11:19 am

    If 6 runs wasn’t enough with Bassitt on the mound, how many do we need for Frankie?

    TINSTAAFK
  37. lenscrafters Jul 8,2021 12:38 pm

    Early slim lead, dominant so far starting pitching performance, inability to add on even though plenty of LOBs…hm what can go wrong?

    Btw we should really just DFA Piscotty at this point. He looks done.

  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 8,2021 1:30 pm

    Maybe score another run? Two more even?

  39. andeux andeux Jul 8,2021 1:41 pm

    Is the plan to use Trivino for two full innings (if necessary)?

    TINSTAAFK
    • lenscrafters Jul 8,2021 1:48 pm || Up

      Alvarez, Gurriel, Tucker lines up well for Diekman now.

      • andeux andeux Jul 8,2021 2:05 pm || Up

        Survived Diekman.
        Just checked, and it is not my imagination that he is significantly worse against lefties (.250/.368/.438) than righties (.182/.273/.377) this year. About even for his career.

        TINSTAAFK
        • lenscrafters Jul 8,2021 2:10 pm || Up

          I think his fastball tails away from righties so it makes him more effective than a typical LHP would be against righties, but may come at the expense of some fastballs tailing into a LHB’s happy zone.

  40. lenscrafters Jul 8,2021 2:04 pm

    Hopefully the start of a turnaround.

  41. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 8,2021 2:04 pm

    A win!

    • AV AV Jul 8,2021 2:44 pm || Up

      you’re welcome.

      i’m not even wearing cleats.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 8,2021 3:00 pm || Up

      (gets home, checks box score). Well, good. Offense still MIA but that must have been Montas’ best effort of the year or close to the top anyway.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  42. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 8,2021 2:11 pm

    well, then

    All in all it was a disappointing series, It was very evenly played and either team could have swept.

    A rational actor would see this series and the flaws in the team. They are very addressable flaws. Like lenscrafters says corner outfield and some pitching should be doable in this competitive cycle.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  43. vignette17 Jul 8,2021 2:26 pm

    The Athletic suggested that Greg Deichmann or Luis Barrera could be an appropriate return for Nelson Cruz as long as the A’s took his salary. God, I would have done that about 15 times already. This team needs like 3 pieces and it could win a WS. But without those three pieces, man is it frustrating. And given salary constraints, it might be a frustrating year.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jul 8,2021 3:07 pm || Up

      Everyday I hope to read about a trade, not even a fuckin a trade. There are so many seemingly available parts that would improve this team tremendously

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  44. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 8,2021 4:17 pm

    Soaker I felt that clearly here in Berkeley. Hope you locals are ok. I’m supposed to visit the lake in a few days

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Soaker Soaker Jul 8,2021 6:23 pm

    @FSU I felt it but just a nice shake. My house is on granite which doesn’t move a lot. Driving over 50 to Carson City I didn’t see any rock slides. Felt it in Berkeley? Huh.

    Anyway I’m at Greater Nevada Field. First game since Cactus League 2020. Let’s Go Aviators!

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  46. Soaker Soaker Jul 8,2021 7:21 pm

    The road team in the minors must have to provide its own bat boy. Paul Blackburn drew the short straw tonight.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux andeux Jul 8,2021 7:39 pm || Up

      I was going to make some crack about how that’s a good role for him, but I see he’s been LV’s best starter this year.

      TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jul 8,2021 8:58 pm || Up

      Looks like you got an ok version of Luzardo, at least.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jul 8,2021 9:12 pm || Up

        He was very sharp, ahead in the count, just one unearned run on a throwing error by 3B Machin. Unfortunately the LOB-21 virus has spread to this part of the organization.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 9,2021 9:13 am || Up

          Looks like even Kolarek was effective. You picked a real unicorn of a game to attend.

  47. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jul 9,2021 11:33 am

    ”Former Aviators fan-favorite” Skye Bolt too dumb to give a “no comment” here.

    “I think temporarily, I don’t think anybody would have a problem with [the A’s playing in the Vegas AAA park],” Bolt told the Review-Journal. “I think teams coming in would love to play there because the ball kind of flies there … for the time being that we were there, I think that our team and a bunch of the guys in that locker room would enjoy it as well.”

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 9,2021 12:17 pm || Up

      What institution of so-called higher learning admitted that cretin?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jul 9,2021 12:30 pm || Up

      Since Mr. Bolt enjoys the place so much I would be delighted to accommodate him by letting him spend the rest of the season there.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  48. andeux andeux Jul 9,2021 12:57 pm

    I’ve known about the idea of teams depreciating the value of their players for tax purposes since I read “Veeck as in Wreck” as a kid.
    I didn’t know that the practice has expanded to other intangible aspects like TV contracts, and is still the main way that owners turn actual profits into fictional losses that they then write off on their taxes.

    Also interesting to see how various owners respond to questions about this:
    – Most either don’t respond at all, or give bland “we pay all taxes required by current law” answers.
    – Dan Gilbert insists that not being able to avoid taxes that way “would be antithetical to capitalism and fatal to the United States’ economy.”
    – Mrs. Donald Sterling goes full Trump.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jul 9,2021 3:47 pm || Up

      Enraging.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • mikeA Jul 12,2021 1:53 pm || Up

      The A’s could save billions taking good will writeoffs.

  49. andeux andeux Jul 28,2021 2:35 pm
    TINSTAAFK
  50. Future Ed Future Ed Jul 28,2021 2:46 pm

    good news! teams are throwing 2 strike curveballs to chapman now

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces 5Aces Jul 28,2021 2:48 pm || Up

      Someone didnt read the scouting report.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty

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