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38-40 Return of the Rally Possum 82

Perhaps this is the boost the A’s struggling offense needs.

I just hope that power cord isn’t the one that supplies the light towers.

(New interface fail: I tried to embed the tweet directly, but kept getting the message “Sorry, this content could not be embedded.”)

The season series with the Twins concludes with three at the Coliseum, with the Wednesday matinee featuring the return of one of our former Athletics. Sonny has pitched in the Coliseum as a visitor once previously, as a member of the Reds in 2019.

Tonight at 6:40: Chris Archer vs. Zach Logue

Tuesday at 6:40: Dylan Bundy vs. James Kaprielian

Wednesday at 12:37: Sonny Gray vs. Daulton Jefferies

82 thoughts on “38-40 Return of the Rally Possum

  1. 5Aces May 16,2022 6:49 pm

    Still streaking.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  2. Soaker May 16,2022 6:51 pm

    If Manaea’s green glove was too light last year, Archer’s blue one might be too light as well.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  3. FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2022 7:18 pm

    Literature has taught me that press boxes are sweaty garbage-strewn pits of despair populated by the cynical and drunk. Excellent possum foraging grounds.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker May 16,2022 7:21 pm || Up

      This Bernie Williams on-camera shot would be a perfect time for an appearance.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 16,2022 9:12 pm || Up

      Can someone explain the purpose of the extension cord?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  4. Soaker May 16,2022 7:23 pm

    Cristian, if you aren’t going to hit you can’t make throws like that.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  5. Soaker May 16,2022 8:40 pm

    Rally Possum not a lot of help so far tonight. Vince is going to set a new record for use of “consistency” when talking about the offense; he got in three within about 15 seconds in that last soliloquy.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 16,2022 9:13 pm || Up

      he was saying they were models of consistency?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  6. FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2022 9:26 pm

    Laureano Brown and Murphy. Sounds like a walkoff win to me.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2022 9:30 pm

    Brown and Murphy and Andrus. Sounds like a walkoff win to me.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. Future Ed May 16,2022 9:34 pm

    Oh, now it is on

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  9. FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2022 9:35 pm

    Murphy and Andrus and Barrera. Sounds like…oh well.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  10. Soaker May 16,2022 9:39 pm

    Man, a lifeless performance in a deserted ballpark. I’d like to think it doesn’t get much more depressing but there are 124 games remaining in the season.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  11. Glorious Mundy May 16,2022 9:49 pm

    • nevermoor May 17,2022 8:37 am || Up

      77 wRC+, i believe. Pitching is about average, though, so if we just got 9 bats we could be in this thing.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  12. Soaker May 16,2022 10:15 pm

    Still a few issues with some oversized avatars in Safari…

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 17,2022 6:58 am || Up

      what do you mean, “oversized?”

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • nevermoor May 17,2022 8:38 am || Up

      I tried to play around with this, but it looks like there’s something complex with our security settings compared to the local avatar files. I can disable local avatars (and you can use Gravatar to set whatever you want), but want to make sure everyone is OK with that.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • oblique May 17,2022 9:16 am || Up

        Gleaning some stuff from the browser console; possibly total nonsense and/or unhelpful, but just in case:

        The image seems to be actually coming through as 35×35, which is right, but some CSS is overriding it to 150×150. Apparently there’s a style.css file as part of the Montezuma theme that we must be using, and in that file the img tag has height/width set to “auto” – removing either of those “auto” directives makes the image go back to 35×35.

        • nevermoor May 17,2022 3:43 pm || Up

          Montezuma has a ton of settings (which was good, back when I understood them). I see this:

          img {
          max-width: 100%;
          height: auto;
          display: block;
          width: auto; /* makes IE8 keep aspect ratio, adjusts the height */
          }

          I wonder if we are far enough past IE8 that I should just comment out the width definition and see if it works.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • oblique May 17,2022 8:22 pm || Up

            Worth a shot!

            • nevermoor May 19,2022 8:46 am || Up

              Done. Let me know.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • andeux May 19,2022 9:10 am || Up

                In safari everything looks right now.
                In firefox (with security protection turned off for FK so the local icons display) ED still looks right. GM and EM are the right width, but slightly oblong (as in Soaker’s picture above but much smaller) so they overlap with the “reply” link below. So not perfect, but good enough.

                TINSTAAFK
      • andeux May 17,2022 10:10 am || Up

        Yeah, I think there are two separate issues.
        One is the security settings: the pages are now https, but the local avatars load as http, so are blocked by some browsers and configs.
        The other is that when they are allowed through, they show up too big, which is the thing oblique has diagnosed.

        If fixing is not easy, then disabling that feature makes sense to me.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker May 17,2022 10:28 am || Up

        I don’t actually consider it a problem; it’s just an observation. The oversizing doesn’t appear to be an issue in Firefox or Chromium browsers because the gray square shows up instead. I’m fine with not fixing it, and I have no objection to using Gravatar.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy May 17,2022 10:39 am || Up

        No objections here to disabling local avatars.

        BTW I went in to try to just delete my avatar, but it seems I’m not allowed to do that. Or at least I’m not allowed to do it without creating a Gravatar account I guess?

        • nevermoor May 17,2022 3:49 pm || Up

          I think if you want to switch to Gravatar, there’s an option (but I don’t see it in my profile any more).

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade May 16,2022 11:05 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. andeux May 17,2022 10:25 am

    One of the guys we got back for Bassitt seems like he could achieve True Athletic status:

    05/14/22 Midland RockHounds activated RHP J.T. Ginn from the 7-day injured list.
    05/16/22 Midland RockHounds placed RHP J.T. Ginn on the 7-day injured list.

    TINSTAAFK
  15. Glorious Mundy May 17,2022 5:03 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 5:39 pm || Up

      How are we pronouncing Bjay and does it rhyme with Ynoa?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. Future Ed May 17,2022 5:55 pm

    What is the problem with fetterman, again? He seems ok to me. like a Jon tester type.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy May 17,2022 6:53 pm || Up

      I seem to have successfully scourged my social media of anyone who has strong feelings about a Democratic senate primary in Pennsylvania. So I don’t know. He seems fine.

    • andeux May 17,2022 7:05 pm || Up

      I think I read something suggesting that some of the turnaround of the town where he was mayor was more hype than real change.
      wiki says:

      Fetterman had a contentious relationship with the Braddock Town Council. Some councilmembers viewed him with suspicion — seeing a white man serving as mayor of a majority-black town who pitched himself as the town’s savior.

      I’m in the “seems fine” camp too. The Dems could use some populist appeal (especially in states like PA) and it’s always worth remembering FSU’s rule that any politician will seem a little icky if you look too close.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed May 17,2022 7:34 pm || Up

        FSU is wise.

        I do like that the unarmed black mann that he ran down with a shotgun is rooting for him

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 7:44 pm || Up

        People I know who worked up close with Jerry, Feinstein, Pelosi, Kamala, Dellums, Nancy Skinner, Rebecca Kaplan, and many others came away loathing their lust for power and situational ethics.

        Big exception is Barbara Lee. Everyone just adores her.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 6:04 pm

    batgirl’s veterinarian’s dad’s house is for sale.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed May 17,2022 6:32 pm || Up

      You mean, my internet friend’s veterinarian’s dad?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. Glorious Mundy May 17,2022 7:46 pm

    Dallas has a new pet.

  19. Future Ed May 17,2022 8:11 pm

    Multiple runs!

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 8:16 pm

    Barrera played that fly like he was listening to Glen call it.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. andeux May 17,2022 8:16 pm

    Well, Barrera wasn’t going to catch that even if he could see it.

    TINSTAAFK
  22. 5Aces May 17,2022 8:19 pm

    Are those sprinkles I see? I think for the safety of all we need to get 3 quick outs and call this game.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  23. FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 8:19 pm

    Elvis sure brings a lot of joy to the game. It makes me feel bad for wanting him released.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed May 17,2022 8:39 pm || Up

      Him and profar are delightful

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux May 17,2022 8:41 pm || Up

        They would make great additions to your rec leagues, I’m sure.

        TINSTAAFK
  24. Glorious Mundy May 17,2022 8:46 pm

  25. FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 9:24 pm

    Yeah, lookit all them runs!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  26. FreeSeatUpgrade May 17,2022 9:41 pm

    Easy to say in hindsight but Kotsay left both Kaperalien and Zaxon in one batter too long.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed May 18,2022 6:47 am || Up

      that seems to be his MO

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • 5Aces May 18,2022 8:18 am || Up

        So now that we are about at the quarter mark what are thoughts on NewBob? I agree with Ed that he seems to stay a batter too long, but given I spent most of last season complaining that we went a batter too soon I guess it is what I deserve.

        Also seems like the pen roles are much less defined-that could be because the cast is new though. Also the sloppiness on the bases needs to get cleaned up. I’m hoping that is just the result of AAAA players and not a feature.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • andeux May 18,2022 8:52 am || Up

          Mostly I think it’s too tough to judge, given what he has to work with.

          The hitting in general sucks. Way too many mistakes on the base paths, yes, and in the field. But mostly those come down to lack of talent and/or experience.

          The bullpen flexibility is a positive. It seems like he figured out who was effective and who wasn’t pretty quickly, and assigned roles accordingly. Jimenez and Jackson were both non-roster invites this spring, and are now doing a good job in high-leverage innings, while some veterans are in lesser roles.

          TINSTAAFK
          • ptbnl May 18,2022 9:03 am || Up

            The experience issue seems dubious to me … it’s not like these guys haven’t been playing the game for many many years, and the base-running blunders don’t seem (to my woefully uninformed eye) to be something that would be particular to the majors.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • andeux May 18,2022 1:25 pm || Up

              Some of them are young guys being way too aggressive. (In fact, Barrera just had another of those, going on contact with the infield in and being thrown out easily at home.) They can get away with this more at lower levels, because their opponents are more likely to screw something up. In the majors, everyone else’s ability to execute well changes the risk/reward calculation on those types of plays.

              Plus, the ones that really are just boneheaded (a 14-year veteran making the third out at 3b) shouldn’t be blamed on the current manager anyway.

              If Barrera is still making as many bad decisions 4 months from now, then it starts to be on the coaching staff.

              TINSTAAFK
              • andeux May 18,2022 1:31 pm || Up

                All that being said, man, this team still stinks.

                TINSTAAFK
                • nevermoor May 19,2022 8:51 am || Up

                  All we need is a few good arms and about six new bats. Then we’d be fine.

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 9:06 am || Up

          I hope all the sac bunting is just out of desperation with his terrible roster rather than some kind of fetish.

        • Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 11:28 am || Up

          FIRE KOTSAY

          • 5Aces May 18,2022 2:53 pm || Up

            I have a pitchfork around here somewhere…

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  27. Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 1:31 pm

    No more Gary Sanchez please.

  28. FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2022 1:40 pm

    Zach Logue might want to keep a go bag packed.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 1:41 pm || Up

      Yeah I’ve been thinking from the first time we saw him “I don’t know exaclty good he is, but I think he’s better than Jefferies right now.”

      • andeux May 18,2022 1:45 pm || Up

        Yep.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed May 18,2022 2:36 pm || Up

        He pitched in the game I was in the FRS. I couldn’t see him consistently, but the ball seemed to have good movement.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 4:42 pm || Up

      Just head right back to the airport.

  29. Future Ed May 18,2022 3:01 pm

    I am glad I had court today, would have been tempted to go to this

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. Glorious Mundy May 18,2022 4:37 pm

    So Snirby is even worse at pitching than Pinder is, I guess.

  31. FreeSeatUpgrade May 18,2022 8:22 pm

    If the W’s play like that every night you can go ahead and schedule the parade.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. Future Ed May 19,2022 1:59 pm

    was stephen vogt on the broadcast?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • sslinger May 19,2022 5:00 pm || Up

      Heyo, I can read your comments now! Thanks nm (and Oblique) for fixing the avatars! And yes, Vogt was on the broadcast yesterday (and yes, that’s a confession that I watched part of that debacle). Lots of Fosse love, of course.

  33. Soaker May 19,2022 5:43 pm

    I’m watching (on hours-delay) today’s Mets game and the announcers have been discussing Max Scherzer being out probably until the All-Star break joining deGrom on the IL…isn’t this exactly the sort of opportunity Beaneforst has been holding Montas in reserve for? They’ve already done a deal with the Mets, and it figures that similar situations will arise over the next several weeks, but I’d think that if they have their sights set on Mets prospects above what they got for Bassitt, something along these lines could be imminent.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 19,2022 8:16 pm || Up

      Degrom-scherzer-corasco will love to watch Bassitt and Montas get them a ring

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. andeux May 20,2022 1:48 pm

    RIP Roger Angell

    “It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team,” he wrote in his book “Five Seasons” (1977). “What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring — caring deeply and passionately, really caring — which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives.”

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy May 20,2022 1:52 pm || Up

      Aw, man. If there’s a better baseball writer to ever do it, I’ve never read them. RIP indeed.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 20,2022 3:09 pm || Up

      Guy saw Babe Ruth and Shohei Ohtani play. Great life.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 29,2022 12:09 pm || Up

      Slusser describes how she got the Bay Area chapter of BBWAA to nominate Roger Angell to the Hall, because the petulant New York chapter wouldn’t.

      Also I read somewhere that Angell’s father was twice the US Socialist party nominee for President.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. andeux May 20,2022 2:11 pm

    Jefferies to DL.
    Snead to LV.
    Logue and Lemoine recalled.

    TINSTAAFK
  36. Glorious Mundy May 20,2022 2:11 pm

    Return of The Moine

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 20,2022 3:13 pm || Up

      Remember The Moine! Watch out, Havana Anaheim.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker May 20,2022 6:04 pm || Up

      Would knock him out for most if not all of the rest of the season.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed May 20,2022 7:06 pm || Up

        I would get a second opinion too

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

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