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Who are those guys? 20-21-22 189

A’s welcome the Cleveland…Guardians? Sounds made up.

Anyway, the Guardians slouch in, dismally representing the dismal AL Central with a record of 7-12, riding a seven game losing streak on the current road trip, fresh off being swept in four in Anaheim.

Pitching for them: Civale, Biever and McKenzie

For Us: Montas, Irvin, and the 2022 debut of James Kaprielian.

"Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."

189 thoughts on “Who are those guys? 20-21-22

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 5:28 pm

    OK, the new post dialog is new and strange, and for some reason will not acknowledge my C key. Seriously. I am not a crackpot.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux Apr 29,2022 5:37 pm || Up

      I was trying to figure out if you were purposely omitting the letter representing the team we were playing.

      nm: Could it be related to the use of “c” to go to the next new comment? (EDIT: just tested it and it happens to me too, and also with “z”, so almost surely related to that.)

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Apr 29,2022 6:12 pm || Up

        I assumed “Kaperalien” was intentional.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 6:20 pm || Up

          No, I had a mnemonic last year to remember the spelling, but got it wrong. Now it’s former Cuban child symbol/puppet Elian Gonzalez in Kapri pants.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor May 3,2022 7:23 pm || Up

        Fascinating that it would do that on new posts but not comments.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • nevermoor May 3,2022 7:57 pm || Up

        You know what it is, the new post editor doesn’t use the old HTML textbox element, so the javascript didn’t know to stop listening for a special keypress. (Capital H was dead too.)

        I believe this is now fixed.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 5:29 pm

    Unchanged: First comment in a new post still produces the “No Success” message. I find this comforting.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor May 3,2022 7:57 pm || Up

      Man, the web developer SUCKS

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  3. ptbnl Apr 29,2022 5:40 pm

    I can confirm that the C key doesn’t work, but you can cut-and-paste C’s into the text.

    Attempts to update give a JSON error, but the update does seem to take.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 5:46 pm || Up

      Thanks for fixing the post. I feel Ceen.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. Soaker Apr 29,2022 5:42 pm

    Current B-R playoff odds:

    A’s: 43.5% chance to make postseason; 1.8% chance to win World Series
    Cleveland: 19.5%/1.0%

    Their disclaimer is:

    MLB playoff odds are based on 1000 simulations of the rest of the season and playoffs. The team’s estimated quality is determined by their performance over their last 100 regular season games (even if it spans seasons) and includes a regression to the mean factor.

    The A’s last 100 games do include the 17-27 finish last year.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • colin May 1,2022 2:36 pm || Up

      Seems like a very bad system to include previous season games in the forecast without accounting for the team trading away all their good players.

      • nevermoor May 3,2022 7:58 pm || Up

        Yeah, that’s a stupid way to handle SSS noise and create fake certainty.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  5. ptbnl Apr 29,2022 5:43 pm

    I only see my avatar, which is the normal size; other people’s are now small grey squares.

    Most disturbing, comments have become thoughts.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • andeux Apr 29,2022 5:48 pm || Up

      Same (I only see yours).
      And I can also confirm that most of my comments do not involve any thinking.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Apr 29,2022 5:51 pm || Up

      Your green star appears to be uploaded to secure.gravatar.com. I can see my Vince in my profile but he’s uploaded to freekraut.net.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • andeux Apr 29,2022 5:54 pm || Up

        OK, deleted the local version of mine, and now it uses the gravatar one.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Apr 29,2022 6:07 pm || Up

          Gravatar had my WordPress account linked to an e-mail address I don’t use anymore. I had to change that to match the e-mail shown in my FK profile and eventually that brought Vince back to life.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 6:21 pm || Up

            This exercise inspired me to update the email address in my FK profile to one I actually check (though still not my primary).

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • nevermoor May 3,2022 7:59 pm || Up

              Yeah, I think new WP borked the local avatar system. I guess the question is whether that’s a problem, or if we are happy using gravatrs.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2022 8:03 pm || Up

                It will probably be another 13 years before I think about it again so I’m good as-is.

                Funny side effect is that Stomper With Wrench automatically became my avatar on one of my horse betting sites.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker May 4,2022 6:05 am || Up

                  I think you can log into Gravatar with your FK login and create separate avatars for each email address. The Godfather scene avatar’s email would then have to match the one in your profile on the betting site.

                  What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 6:25 pm

    A’s bumped to NBCS+ again tonight, for the Sharks season finale.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 6:52 pm

    Mobile still cannot reply to a top comment, just reply to replies. But I don’t think most of my amazing thoughts are lost by their placement.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  8. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 6:55 pm

    Jed is gonna be sharp

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  9. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 6:59 pm

    This is gross. that is the field at san quentin. I don’t want to see him there. I am satisfied with the regular murderers

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 7:05 pm || Up

      That’s awful on so many levels. Being banned from baseball is not prison. And the real baseball games at San Quentin are quite cool, I am told.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Apr 29,2022 7:11 pm || Up

        They are. Also very innovative. You would not imagine the amount of prop betting that has been going on there in the 15 years I’ve been going in.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Apr 29,2022 7:24 pm || Up

        Well, it’s Twitter, anything goes now according to Mr. Musk. (I assume some of Twitter’s senior staff will break away, take a lot of the technical talent and form a competitor.)

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Apr 29,2022 8:08 pm || Up

        thinking about it, this just means the dodgers are going to get montas of castillo with cash. Just $20M straight up to fisher

        Who says no?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • andeux Apr 29,2022 8:11 pm || Up

          Probably Manfred.
          (Throw in a C prospect and it’s fine though.)

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 8:19 pm || Up

            Bowie Kuhn voided an A’s trade in 1976 as bad for baseball. I don’t think a Commissioner has done so since. I wonder if there’s any line whatsoever where Manfredjensen would step in. I kind of think not.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 7:02 pm

    Kelly greens and the New FK brought the 3-run jack back!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 7:03 pm || Up

      Murphy’s awesomeness and Civale’s suckitude perhaps played supporting roles.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 7:03 pm

    We are allowed three runs in a game?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Apr 29,2022 7:11 pm || Up

      Seems like I have suffered through an A’s road trip or two where they were 0-7 and started Game 8 by coughing up a 4 in the bottom of the first.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  12. Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2022 7:27 pm

    Tom Sawyer is back, baby.

  13. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 7:40 pm

    It’s nice that the Statcast home run animation shows the Coliseum stands packed.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. Soaker Apr 29,2022 7:43 pm

    It looks like Murphy is wearing a PitchCom earphone, the first time I’ve seen anybody do that. I think the system would work better, and be more commonly used, if players could get used to that.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  15. Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2022 7:44 pm

    Would like to see Nick Allen and Franmil Reyes side by side.

  16. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 7:50 pm

    Allowed a grand slam, goddamnit, the Kelly greens and the new FK suck.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 7:50 pm

    Um, this isn’t as good

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Glorious Mundy Apr 29,2022 7:51 pm

    “Ernie Clement” sounds like a ballplayer from the 1920s, not the 2020s.

  19. Soaker Apr 29,2022 7:52 pm

    The missed strike call on the 2-2 to Miller in that inning cost the A’s 4 runs. Although Frankie just isn’t good tonight and might have found a way anyhow.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Apr 30,2022 8:37 am || Up

      Must have been 1-2, not 2-2 (#1). #3 was the comical one where Brown started walking toward the dugout.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  20. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 7:53 pm

    Man, last time I go and pick up dinner…

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  21. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 8:05 pm

    sheldon’s gold glove is gonna be so sweet

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 8:14 pm

    The Guardians MI says “hold my beer”.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Apr 29,2022 8:19 pm || Up

      10 cent beer night for the cleveland infield

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 8:30 pm || Up

        This does have the feel of a wildest alcoholic nightmare game, except it’s not taking place in Hell.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Apr 29,2022 8:34 pm || Up

          Kaval would challenge you on that last part.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  23. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 8:44 pm

    Saw De Los Santos in the bullpen and was like “there is no way he is still pitching”. Alas it’s a different guy.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux Apr 29,2022 8:51 pm || Up

      It’s even worse when you do that and it turns out to be the guy’s son. Antoine Winfield is still playing? Fernando Tatis, is he still around? Oh, right.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces Apr 29,2022 8:57 pm || Up

        I fondly remember seeing the father of our #1 prospect play all the time when he was in college.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Apr 29,2022 8:51 pm || Up

      Last pitched in the Dominican Winter League in December 2018. He’s only 36, and as hard up as some teams can be for pitching, especially later in the season…

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces Apr 29,2022 8:55 pm || Up

        Think I’d rather have him than Kolarek.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux Apr 29,2022 8:57 pm || Up

      Results are about the same so far.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces Apr 29,2022 9:18 pm || Up

        TD says hold my beer as well.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  24. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 9:17 pm

    The Guardians logo is terrible. It looks like something I’d see a kid draw on their Pee-chee folder in history class.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. Soaker Apr 29,2022 9:19 pm

    Game 20 was quite a bit later than I did for the bullpen’s Pumpkining.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  26. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 9:21 pm

    Get Acevedo the FK out of there.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. Soaker Apr 29,2022 9:40 pm

    Is this Attack of the Moths? It’s kind of annoying on TV and I see some people on the field swatting as well.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  28. Soaker Apr 29,2022 9:44 pm

    I have not tried to rosterbate the reduction from 28 to 26 on Monday, but will say that McKinney’s departure would not upset me.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux Apr 29,2022 10:08 pm || Up

      They are allowed to keep 14 pitchers for another month. If they do jettison two position players, the most obvious dreck is McKinney and Bethancourt. I suspect they will keep at least one of those two (Bethancourt if they want to keep a 3rd catcher, or McKinney hoping he can still figure something out) and send down Nick Allen.
      Laureano coming back will mean someone else has to go.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces Apr 30,2022 12:04 pm || Up

        McDonald was the other dreck and he is now out the door.

        McKinney blows my mind daily as does continually giving ElVez every possible AB.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  29. 5Aces Apr 29,2022 9:45 pm

    Kotsay has a deal with Andrus to split that option $$.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  30. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 9:52 pm

    Wait a minute. I’m over 50. I can get buy one get on ticket anywhere?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Apr 29,2022 10:00 pm || Up

      I heard it that way too, but it looks like the weekday afternoon games only, and only certain sections. Senior Days.

      I’m looking forward to the big prize next year, the lifetime America the Beautiful Pass for seniors. $80 and I get entrance fees to national parks and other federal lands paid forever; it includes such things as parking fees at trailheads on USFS land around here.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • sslinger Apr 29,2022 10:19 pm || Up

        Thanks for the heads up, looks like I already qualify!

        • Soaker Apr 29,2022 10:37 pm || Up

          Considering that Yosemite is $35 for 7 days, and even Muir Woods is $15, $80 for a lifetime pass is a must-have when you’re eligible. There are a lot of fees it doesn’t cover, notably entrance fees at USFS facilities operated by private concessionaires, which includes a number of the beaches here at Tahoe.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 11:12 pm || Up

            Hell, I consider the $80 annual pass a huge bargain. I also regularly curse the state parks for having nothing comparable, at any price.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Apr 30,2022 8:24 am || Up

              If you mean “at any price” literally you might consider California’s “Golden Poppy Pass” at $125/year (make sure you read the list of accepted at/not accepted at locations).

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
              • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 30,2022 2:15 pm || Up

                Day use only.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 9:55 pm

    Puk innings far more tolerable than Grimm/Acevedo innings.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 9:58 pm

    Busiest night in the rightfield corner since Travis Buck and some rookies dressed each other in mascot suits.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 10:01 pm

    Come on jed.

    They are pitching around jed?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 10:01 pm

    Ugh, Jed that was just sad.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. Soaker Apr 29,2022 10:04 pm

    There was a lot to not like about that one.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 29,2022 10:09 pm || Up

      A lot of Neuse and nothing to show for it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. Future Ed Apr 29,2022 10:10 pm

    yes. gross

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. 5Aces Apr 30,2022 1:19 pm

    If there is a game that may break the streak. This could be it. McKinney hitting third?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Apr 30,2022 1:30 pm || Up

      need productive outs somewhere

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces Apr 30,2022 1:51 pm || Up

        You’re not wrong. And his middle depth flyballs will inspire the team much sooner this way.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • 5Aces Apr 30,2022 2:02 pm || Up

          So it comes to this..

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Soaker Apr 30,2022 2:06 pm || Up

            Well it was productive because he didn’t GIDP there.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • 5Aces Apr 30,2022 2:08 pm || Up

              He is officially into CY25 territory. A good AB is at least 5 pitches, doesn’t hit into a DP, and doesn’t spike himself.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • Soaker Apr 30,2022 2:43 pm || Up

                Striking out by swinging at a pitch in the dirt, hoping the ball gets past the catcher and trying to beat the throw to first might be his best chance.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
                • 5Aces Apr 30,2022 2:45 pm || Up

                  It’s a plan at least.

                  I might also suggest a lot of pads and call Canha for some pointers.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • Soaker Apr 30,2022 3:32 pm || Up

                I wish him luck in his KBO career, which should start in the middle of May or so.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  38. Future Ed Apr 30,2022 1:59 pm

    Nuese can’t keep getting hits, can he?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 2,2022 9:44 am || Up

      Through 75 PA, BAbip is .435.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  39. ptbnl Apr 30,2022 2:08 pm

    2/3 of the lineup at or below the Mendoza line.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Apr 30,2022 2:09 pm || Up

      In spite of which they have a chance for a winning month, quite possibly for the only time this season.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  40. Glorious Mundy Apr 30,2022 2:09 pm

    Bases loaded for the middle of the order doesn’t have the same oomph with this middle of the order.

  41. 5Aces Apr 30,2022 2:10 pm

    Are they even using the FK seat cam?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  42. Soaker Apr 30,2022 2:14 pm

    Allen would have had that grounder but at 4’6″ he doesn’t have much extension.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  43. Future Ed Apr 30,2022 2:33 pm

    Just an impressive display of pitching and hitting the past couple of days

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Apr 30,2022 3:01 pm || Up

      Typical crappy-team series would be:

      1. Lose Friday, 9-8 with a lousy starting pitching performance and a bullpen El Foldo.
      2. Lose Saturday, 2-1 with plenty of unclutchyness, partly due to your .114/.184/.205 #3 hitting right fielder.
      3. Lose Sunday with decent pitching and enough hitting, but committing 5 errors.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed Apr 30,2022 6:23 pm || Up

        Sheldon is due

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker May 1,2022 2:31 pm || Up

        2 errors through 4 innings is almost on that pace, but today looks like pretty much suck in all phases of the game.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • andeux May 1,2022 3:55 pm || Up

          We all knew the early luck would run out at some point.

          1,0,2,2,1,8,1,0 runs scored in last 8 games. And the 8 was a loss.

          TINSTAAFK
          • andeux May 1,2022 4:21 pm || Up

            Change the last 0 to a 3. Whatever.

            TINSTAAFK
  44. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 30,2022 3:04 pm

    Zackson continues to impress.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. 5Aces Apr 30,2022 3:09 pm

    The kid can play. There is no good baseball reason to send him to LV.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  46. Soaker Apr 30,2022 3:09 pm

    Elvis might hit 20 homers facing AAA pitching and playing in Las Vegas Ballpark, but his blasts die on the warning track at the Coliseum.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  47. FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 30,2022 3:19 pm

    Hand it to Snead and pass the weed.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Apr 30,2022 3:21 pm || Up

      Give it to Lou and get ready to boo.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 30,2022 3:37 pm || Up

        Over to Jimenez, the chances diminishes.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. 5Aces Apr 30,2022 3:42 pm

    Rat farts.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  49. Soaker Apr 30,2022 3:58 pm

    Through April I’ve been quite a bit more engaged with the A’s than I thought I would be when the season started.

    But, with the month over, it’s time. .500, we’ve enjoyed your company while it lasted, and we’ll see you at 0-0 on andeux’s next birthday.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed Apr 30,2022 6:40 pm || Up

      hoping for a win tomorrow so it lasts till may

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker Apr 30,2022 7:43 pm || Up

        The Cincinnati Reds just concluded April with a 3-18 record.

        I’m not even going to predict that the A’s will finish the 2022 season with a better record than the Reds…but thank FKing goodness the A’s aren’t 3-18.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Soaker May 1,2022 1:46 pm || Up

          And the Reds started May by giving up 6 in the bottom of the first and 3 more in the bottom of the second.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • colin May 1,2022 2:41 pm || Up

          My plan is to only go for Hunter Greene starts

        • Future Ed May 2,2022 10:14 am || Up

          would you settle for a 3-13 stretch?

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 2:43 pm || Up

      When I saw this comment last night I almost wrote “but the A’s could yet win tomorrow and see .500 in May.” Saved myself a chance to look foolish. No worries, I’ll surely seize another such chance soon enough.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker May 1,2022 3:57 pm || Up

        I’m glad they’ve been competitive for the first few weeks, but nothing has changed my mind about this team’s direction. They will be 10-12 when this game is over, my best guess would be 52-88 for the remaining 140, and unfortunately that involves a ton of games like today’s which many of us will click off in the 4th inning. If Nick Allen goes back down to Vegas as I expect, we suffer with Elvis for a couple more months, but then in the second half we see him, Pache, Langeliers and hopefully a couple others (acquired for Montas and Murphy possibly) get most of the big league playing time while pushing Elvis, Vogt, Lowrie, McKinney et al over the side.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  50. Glorious Mundy Apr 30,2022 4:28 pm

    Soaker Day, or Soak Her Day?

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Apr 30,2022 4:45 pm || Up

      Dude made an error getting dressed in the morning and will likely keep making them all night long.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  51. Glorious Mundy Apr 30,2022 10:26 pm

    Two more homers tonight for Shlangeliers, taking him to nine. Not sure how long he can stay launching balls in Vegas before they have to call him up.

  52. Glorious Mundy May 1,2022 10:42 am

    Seth Brown in centerfield alert

  53. FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 11:09 am

    Happy International Workers’ Day, comrades! FK the oligarchs and their fawning quislings.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. 5Aces May 1,2022 11:19 am

    Oller is no more. I’m sure he will work things out in LV…right?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  55. Glorious Mundy May 1,2022 1:10 pm

    Neuse is a born DH.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 1:21 pm || Up

      Jed’s gonna stay in the three hole the rest of the season now isn’t he?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker May 1,2022 3:13 pm || Up

        I think Jed will be gone permanently by the All Star Break, whether by injury, retirement or DFA, and Neuse is the logical successor to that role.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 4,2022 12:35 pm || Up

        He’s hit third in four straight lineups since I posted this.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  56. Soaker May 1,2022 1:42 pm

    I haven’t actually counted the number of “Indians” invocations by Ken and Vince, but I believe I would have used up the fingers on one hand and be on the other hand by now.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  57. FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 1:54 pm

    Just realizing this umpire crew includes both Rob Drake and Will Little.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. Future Ed May 1,2022 2:03 pm

    Can oller piggyback this game?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  59. Soaker May 1,2022 2:11 pm

    I noticed Rickey was sipping some red wine in the first inning. He knew how this was going to go.

    That said, I’m getting through this one with a couple glasses of

    (Maybe hard to read the label: 2019 Chardonnay, “Station’s (Casinos) Limited Edition”. It was a $4.99 acquisition at Gross Out yesterday.)

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 2:44 pm || Up

      Vegas discount wine, what you don’t drink today will be excellent paint thinner tomorrow.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 2:47 pm

    Nurse Upgrade and I have a deal which has lasted almost 30 years. I taake care of every bug that gets in the house, and she has to handle any birds that get in. I do not like birds being near me, at all. For only the second time, she just now got the call, and heroicly shooed out a sparrow while I cowered behind a closed door.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker May 1,2022 2:56 pm || Up

      One warm day in Oakland I left the front door open. Saw something out the corner of my eye and when I went to investigate, it was a possum. Which was terrified to see me, and ran and squeezed itself in the narrow space behind the oven. The only thing worse would be a skunk. Some moving of the oven (when’s the last time you did that?), poking with a broom handle and considerable swearing later it finally found the escape route.

      Up here, chipmunks in the garage season has started again…

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 2,2022 10:16 am || Up

      It freaks me out when they are inside. I absolutely do not know what to do and my mind short circuits

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • ptbnl May 2,2022 11:49 am || Up

      We always brought the hawks inside in bad weather, and the owls in any weather because they were fun to have around.

      The mess a healthy hawk can make has to be seen to be believed. Fortunately if you sit them in a corner they will always face outwards, and then you cover the floor and wall behind them with 10 layers of newspaper (the Financial Times worked best). Unfortunately we also had a slightly deranged hawk who liked to face the corner.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • batgirl May 3,2022 11:03 am || Up

      A good friend of mine has a great story about when a wild turkey walked into her kitchen through an open door and the utter havoc it carried out. Ripped up a sofa, crapped everywhere, smashed a plate glass window trying to get out and thus sprayed blood everywhere, unplugged the landline. She finally shooed it out with a broom and the lid of a garbage can.

      • sslinger May 3,2022 11:46 am || Up

        In case any of you have managed to miss this classic This American Life story – not about a bird, but a squirrel here you go.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 3,2022 12:37 pm || Up

        This is very close to my worst nightmare.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • batgirl May 4,2022 12:39 pm || Up

          Oh, one part of the story that I forgot until now (but now that I remember it, is why I was crying laughing when she told it to me) is that she had frantically called her neighbor from the landline for help, and mid-conversation the bird managed to unplug the line.

  61. Soaker May 1,2022 2:59 pm

    Lemoine can walk into the clubhouse, pack his bags and head to Oakland Airport. I guessed he was one of the victims of the 28 to 26 roster squeeze even if this game hadn’t played out this way.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  62. Soaker May 1,2022 4:14 pm

    A rather sour pitching performance by Gose today.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  63. 5Aces May 1,2022 5:00 pm

    Man did I pick a good day to go to lunch with friends.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  64. Glorious Mundy May 1,2022 6:11 pm

    Pretty morbid trivia question tonight on Mets radio. Who is the only currently active player who played for the Mets against the Phillies the night Obama announced Osama Bin Laden was dead.

    • andeux May 1,2022 6:18 pm || Up

      Was it Rickey?

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 7:39 pm || Up

        Him or Julio Franco

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed May 2,2022 10:17 am || Up

          Julio Franco, Still coaching

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 1,2022 8:35 pm || Up

      Without cheating…I saw Oliver Perez is still pitching for somebody, Diamondbacks I think. The classic “lefty with a pulse”.
      He was with the Mets for a while so that seems like a decent guess. Otherwise, some journeyman backup catcher.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 1,2022 9:25 pm || Up

        I already looked, was surprised. Also Jason Isringhausen pitched in that game. Got a Hold.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker May 1,2022 9:52 pm || Up

          If it’s not Perez, the other possibility could be Justin Turner, if he was with the Mets that long ago. I think he was the guy who Ziegler plunked with the bases loaded in extra innings for a walk-off HBP, so maybe.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Glorious Mundy May 1,2022 9:57 pm || Up

            It was Turner. Also, I botched the question. It was the only still active player who played for either team that night.

            I tried to edit it, but it didn’t take. Maybe a bug from the Nevermoor updates on mobile safari.

            • Soaker May 2,2022 8:13 am || Up

              bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, when it was still May 1 in Philadelphia.

              Remembering that Ziegler episode helped me out on this one; that HBP was on June 22, 2011 (in the 13th inning).

              Perez is no longer active in the major leagues; he was DFA’d by Arizona last Monday, was released on Thursday and signed with Toros de Tijuana on Friday. He pitched for the Mets from 2006-2010 but was released by them in spring training in 2011, pitching in the Nationals’ minor league system, but mostly being hurt it appears, in the 2011 season.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  65. Soaker May 2,2022 11:20 am

    Heh, Robinson Cano is the first big-name victim of the 28 to 26 cutdown.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy May 2,2022 11:29 am || Up

      They still owe him a Fisher annual payroll’s worth of money.

  66. andeux May 2,2022 1:04 pm

    Lemoine optioned, Austin Allen D’dFA.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed May 2,2022 1:13 pm || Up

      huh. What happens when vogt comes back?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux May 2,2022 1:32 pm || Up

        Maybe go back to 3 catchers, and lose McKinney then.
        In the meantime, at least Bob Kotsay should not be tempted to start Bethancourt at DH now.
        I do hope we see Langeliers before too long, though.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Future Ed May 2,2022 1:57 pm || Up

          Bob III really loves his multi catcher lineup

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 2,2022 1:27 pm || Up

      The Covid IL makes the 40-man roster situation confusing. I thought Bethancourt and Lopes were not on the 40-man; they were “replacement players” for (presently) Lou and Jackson. Lopes’ MLB.com page says they used an option to send him back to Vegas but I didn’t think they had to; I think that was a return of the temporary replacement.

      Anyway, counting all of Bethancourt, Lopes, Lou and Jackson there are now 42 players listed on the 40-man roster. They also have to make space on the 40-man for Ramon on Sunday.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed May 2,2022 1:58 pm || Up

        Smith and Mickinny? A pitcher?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy May 2,2022 2:17 pm || Up

        They’re allowed to DFA Bolt while he’s on the 10-day, right? They should probably do that.

      • andeux May 2,2022 2:24 pm || Up

        Jackson is a replacement player, so doesn’t count on the 40.
        Bethancourt was originally, but was officially added to the 40 later (when Allen came off the IL, I think).
        Lopes is listed as being on the 40, but maybe you’re right that he’s the other one that shouldn’t be.

        In any case, yes, they will need a free spot for Laureano. There is still no shortage of candidates.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy May 2,2022 3:03 pm || Up

        I just noticed there is a guy named Jonah Bride on the 40-man who appears to have partially converted from third base to catcher while repeating AA at age 26. That’s weird. His offensive numbers look pretty good though.

        • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 1:21 pm || Up

          Promoted to AAA.

          Finishes with a .315/.402/.603 line at AA this year, with 10 games at catcher, 2 at third base, 1 at second base, and 6 at DH.

          • Glorious Mundy Jun 13,2022 10:28 am || Up

            392/.500/.549 in 14 games at AAA. Caught one game, played 6 times a 3B, 5 times at 2B, and 2 two times at 1B.

            • andeux Jun 13,2022 10:34 am || Up

              She just had an article today about all the catching prospects, and mentioned that they don’t expect him to ever be a full-time catcher.
              Still: four catcher lineup!

              TINSTAAFK
              • Future Ed Jun 13,2022 11:07 am || Up

                Bethancourt to the 7th inning guy

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • andeux Jun 13,2022 12:23 pm || Up

              Also
              Well, there ain’t no goin’ back
              When your Jonah Bride come up
              Ain’t no goin’ back

              TINSTAAFK
    • 5Aces May 2,2022 2:37 pm || Up

      Can anyone pls tell me what sort of pics BM has that allow him to stay on this team? Does he have a tape of Fisher spending $ that he doesnt want to get out??

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  67. FreeSeatUpgrade May 2,2022 2:46 pm

    Do most workplaces require matching tattoos then shoot them off of you if you object? I feel like I’d want to have a talk with HR.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. Glorious Mundy May 2,2022 4:10 pm

    BoMel will get him 75 innings this year somehow.

    • 5Aces May 2,2022 4:53 pm || Up

      He’s probably throwing the 7th tonight, MiLB be damned!

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  69. Glorious Mundy May 2,2022 6:37 pm

    This call to the bullpen is brought to you by SpeeDee oil change and tuneup.

  70. FreeSeatUpgrade May 2,2022 7:14 pm

    Nice at bat by z Pinder, 0-2 to a full count right hit.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux May 2,2022 8:25 pm || Up

      Another successful game of not being no-hit.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed May 2,2022 8:32 pm || Up

        Offensive efficiency at its finest.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  71. 5Aces May 2,2022 7:26 pm

    Pache may be on Twitter apologizing tonight.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  72. 5Aces May 2,2022 7:31 pm

    I think Kuiper said Dallas is having Adobe chicken.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  73. FreeSeatUpgrade May 2,2022 8:09 pm

    Seth’s bat of renown is actually quite lovely. Burgundy handle, black barrel, gold trim. Quite nice (as he grounds out)

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed May 2,2022 8:21 pm || Up

      this is the reporting I come here for

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  74. Future Ed May 2,2022 8:49 pm

    Holy Toledo, last dive bar got korach and time on the air for an ad.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.

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