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It’s a battle for the AL West cellar as the 17-25 Mariners host your 17-26 Athletics in a three-game series. The M’s started the season 11-6 but are a brutal 6-19 since then, coming home now off a four-game sweep by the Red Sox. Their offense has been meh, not helped by Mitch Haniger being out (probably until July) with an ankle injury; the pitching has just been El Stinko.

The pitching staff has generated just 1.1 WAR (29th) with an overall 4.26 ERA while giving up 56 homers, the most in baseball. The rotation has produced a 0.8 WAR with a 4.20 ERA, while an inconsistent bullpen has generated a 0.3 WAR (24th) with a 4.35 ERA (25th).

Few people outside of the clubhouse expected the 2021 Mariners to be good. Their eventual success was a pleasant surprise. It also led to expected and demanded success in 2022.

When stated expectations aren’t met, patience evaporates and change follows.

The A’s see a couple of veteran lefthanders, sandwiched around the Mariners’ #1 draft choice in 2019, a righthander making his fourth career start.

Monday at 6:40: Zach Logue vs. Marco Gonzales

Tuesday at 6:40: James Kaprielian vs. George Kirby

Wednesday at 1:10: Paul Blackburn vs. Robbie Ray

Our old pal Sergio Romo is back in the Mariners’ bullpen, having been activated a week or so ago after missing a month with a bad shoulder.

164 thoughts on “Games 44-46 SEAsick

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 3:50 pm

    Only one Athletic in tonight’s starting lineup has a first name starting with a vowel, and only one has a last name starting with a vowel, and they’re both Elvis Andrus.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy May 23,2022 3:59 pm || Up

      I get that Kotsay has to scrape the bottom of the bottom of the barrel to fill out his lineup. But it continues to amaze that we are still running out the journeyman catcher as our fifth-hitting first baseman, despite his having no discernible ability to either get on base or hit for any power.

      • Soaker May 23,2022 4:33 pm || Up

        I’m glad they’re giving Pache an extended chance to show he’s something more than AAAA, which is what we were asking for in spring training (and was the basis for complaints about the Lowrie and Vogt signings), but at some point a .421 OPS does go from discouraging to defeating.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Glorious Mundy May 23,2022 5:02 pm || Up

          But Vince keeps telling me he’s hitting the ball hard and getting unlucky.

  2. andeux May 23,2022 5:14 pm

    Few people outside of the clubhouse expected the 2021 Mariners to be good. Their eventual success was a pleasant surprise. It also led to expected and demanded success in 2022.

    Just a reminder that they were 90-72, but had a pythag of 76-86. It was reasonable to hope that continued development from Kelenic, Lewis, and Rodriguez would give them a bit of a boost (it hasn’t) but not exactly shocking that the magic hasn’t repeated.

    Of course, some of that magic was going 11-0 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs against Oakland…

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker May 25,2022 3:17 pm || Up

      All those offseason acquisitions designed to put them into solid contention, though…Suarez, Winker, Ray. If they lose 2 out of 3 at home to the lowly A’s with what looks like an ugly loss today, tomorrow’s off day could be Bloody Thursday up there.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker May 25,2022 4:25 pm || Up

        I don’t know enough about it to call a “fire the manager”, but “fire a couple coaches as sacrificial lambs” does sound about right at this point.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 4:28 pm || Up

          Panic trade a couple of their underperforming prospects? To us?

  3. 5Aces May 23,2022 7:01 pm

    And the streak continues. This team can just get a hit.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker May 23,2022 7:19 pm || Up

      Either the A’s offense or the Mariners’ pitching has to turn things around in this series. The other one, if they can’t pitch or hit against this opponent, oh man.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Future Ed May 23,2022 7:23 pm || Up

        In either event, would it be “turning it around?”

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • 5Aces May 23,2022 7:27 pm || Up

          A case of the resistable firce against the movable object.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Future Ed May 23,2022 7:52 pm || Up

            hmm, does this count as offensive breakout?

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
            • 5Aces May 23,2022 8:03 pm || Up

              And a pitching implosion.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • Soaker May 24,2022 9:18 pm || Up

            It seems clear, well into the second game of the series, that Seattle’s pitching is a sight for sore eyes, but in true lousy team fashion the A’s own pitching may be reverting to its natural state at the same time.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  4. Glorious Mundy May 23,2022 7:23 pm
    • Future Ed May 23,2022 7:30 pm || Up

      Remember when orange county declared bankruptcy?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 10:31 pm || Up

      Diana Moskovitz read the filings. According to cooperating witness “Todd,” who seems to have worn an FBI wire for weeks, during negotiations to sell the stadium and parking lots to Arte Moreno, Mayor Sidhu gave the Angels the city’s confidential appraisal and memos from the city’s outside legal counsel. MAyor Sidhu is then recorded three times cackling to Todd about all the campaign cash he’ll get from the Angels, the CHamber, and Disney, I have to assume while twirling the tips of his handlebar moustache.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed May 24,2022 10:38 pm || Up

        TO be the mayor of Anaheim? they an assembly member?

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 10:56 pm || Up

          I know, right? Politicians are weird. At least Mohammed Nuru got expensive shit and trips and a second home constructed. Sidhu asked for election ads.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 5:06 pm || Up

  5. Soaker May 23,2022 7:37 pm

    Logue does not seem inclined to do the bullpen any favors tonight.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker May 23,2022 8:08 pm || Up

      The BB –> HR sequence is not serving him or the team well.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Soaker May 23,2022 8:22 pm || Up

        At least he mixed it up a bit with single –> HR on the last one.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  6. Future Ed May 23,2022 7:47 pm

    Isn’t nick allen on the team?

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux May 23,2022 7:48 pm || Up

      No.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 7:53 pm || Up

        You sure, he’s pretty small.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 7:56 pm

    Hear me out, we go with a nothing-but-bloops offense, 1-9 all guys who couldn’t go yard in a little league park, just flair after dying quail after seeing eye single, and we start the baserunners on every single pitch. Exciting and within our means.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  8. 5Aces May 23,2022 8:05 pm

    FSU I’m game. Anything interesting. Let’s give them all the green light every pitch. Billy Ball on steroids. Just be interesting.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  9. Soaker May 23,2022 8:51 pm

    With about 20% of precincts reporting, Mariners pitching suck appears to be leading A’s offensive suck by a decent margin.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  10. Future Ed May 23,2022 8:54 pm

    out

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 8:55 pm || Up

      Yeah that was a wish challenge.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  11. Future Ed May 23,2022 8:55 pm

    Dear A’s, its sergio romo, don’t swing with fewer than 2 strikes

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed May 23,2022 9:00 pm || Up

      that was on jed

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed May 23,2022 9:15 pm || Up

      My radio is broken, I thought for a minute Ken said lou was coming in

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  12. FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 9:15 pm

    Bringing in Lou with the bases loaded is a choice.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 9:18 pm || Up

      A mad genius choice, apparently.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed May 23,2022 9:20 pm || Up

        Bob III is in the dugout muttering, “no whammies no whammies no whammies-STOP!”

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  13. Future Ed May 23,2022 9:45 pm

    I am so excited to find out what happened after I wake up tomorrow

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 23,2022 10:18 pm || Up

      I really did think the Mariners’ bullpen was going to turn that into a loose, oily stool of a loss but it wasn’t quite to be.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • nevermoor May 25,2022 8:42 am || Up

      You and the Warriors starting 5.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  14. FreeSeatUpgrade May 23,2022 10:20 pm

    Steering well clear of spoilers, but Better Call Saul, wow.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux May 23,2022 10:30 pm || Up

      Indeed.

      TINSTAAFK
      • andeux May 24,2022 12:30 pm || Up

        I was reminded by the brief mention of Chuck in that final scene that, while the cartel stuff is fun, what really sticks with me from this show is those first three seasons. So it was just perfect today, to see perennial dim bulb Drew Magary write, about movies and shows he gave up on:

        Other shows have not gotten a reprieve from me, like Better Call Saul. I heard they finally get to the crime shit on BCS, but do you ever have to spend a LOT of time inside a New Mexico law office before they get there.

        The worlds colliding aspect (as last night) is what really sets “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” apart from so many other shows about “crime shit.” But even without that, the story of the McGill brothers, without connection to anything else, would have been a great short series in its own right.

        TINSTAAFK
        • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 6:13 pm || Up

          Absolutely, I remember being skeptical when the Better Call Saul spinoff was announced, and while on the whole it hasn’t surpassed Breaking Bad (the best TV drama ever), the depth of character interplay is just sublime. Chuck and Jimmy are probably the deepest relationship in either series. So good.

          I still like Drew, read all his columns and am regularly amused, but his recommendations on film TV and music are just blah.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor May 25,2022 8:43 am || Up

      It’s backed up in the “things Mrs. N won’t watch with me” queue, but you just promoted it a couple rungs.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  15. Glorious Mundy May 24,2022 12:16 pm

    Nice of Henry Kissinger to pop up with a trademark immoral take to remind us he still inhabits this earth somehow.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 12:21 pm || Up

      I remember last year someone got dragged online for publicly wishing Kissinger death, and my reaction was hell yeah me too buddy, I will actively celebrate when that malignant being finally leaves this earth.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • sslinger Jun 1,2022 12:05 pm || Up

        I still can’t believe there’s a tree honoring him in the Tilden park peace grove. That’s fked up.

  16. Glorious Mundy May 24,2022 5:36 pm

    The latest massacre of a classroom full of children made me suddenly recall getting in a very frustrating argument on here almost 10 years ago, after Sandy Hook. I remember being almost shaking with anger as I typed my comments, though they don’t really read that way. Anyway, things have only gotten worse since then. Just the price of the American Dream of shooting your way out of some imaginary situation for too many people.

    I’m with Kerr.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 6:21 pm || Up

      Holy shit that thread.

      And these, from 2012:

      It’s pointless to challenge these kinds of arguments or suppositions anymore, as their progenitors and their adherents have come to the conclusion that it is they and they alone who decide what reality is, regardless of the facts of situations and the forces at work to define those situations.

      and:

      Are you positing that conservatism is not only a rejection of sovereignty of government, but also a rejection of objective consensus reality as well?

      nobody and Kay live together now.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux May 24,2022 6:26 pm || Up

        I’m not even clicking through, because I remember getting similarly angry at a gun discussion here at least once, and don’t really have any desire to relive it.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker May 24,2022 6:54 pm || Up

          Yeah, I just skimmed it. IIRC Tutu lived in Mariposa and man, the Sierra foothills are full of Trumpist anti-government right wingers.

          There’s a pretty decent chance, probably better than 50/50, that we will vote NRA puppet, Trump booster and general empty suit Adam Laxalt, the bastard child of Pete Domenici, into the Senate as part of the Red Wave…but still almost 6 months until November so there’s hope yet.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Soaker May 24,2022 7:08 pm || Up

            Also I’m listening to the Mariners radio broadcast on MLB.com tonight and am getting some IP-targeted Laxalt ads about “Joe Biden’s agenda to destroy the Second Amendment” which seem notably ill-timed.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 8:59 am || Up

              Loosely related: those IP-targeted ads have popped up in the last couple of weeks, and in addition to being annoying and repetitive, they seem to be breaking the streaming experience fairly often. I also really liked listening to local ads. It’s a bummer.

            • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 9:05 am || Up

              More related: One depressing part of the firearms death spiral is that every one of these tragedies seems to instantly pop “they’re coming for my guns” to the top of conservatives’ emotional/political agenda (see, e.g., that 2012 thread). So maybe it isn’t ill-timed at all.

      • Glorious Mundy May 24,2022 6:36 pm || Up

        nobody and Kay live together now.

        That’s cool! I miss those two.

        • Future Ed May 24,2022 7:06 pm || Up

          Some of Kay’s comments are prescient

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 6:51 pm || Up

      I’m not sure there’s a more potent indictment of the American political system than mass shootings. Kerr’s right, 90% of us want universal background checks. But perversely, in fact gun legislation is going the opposite direction, with universal open carry now alowed in more than half of US states…this idea was advocated by only the lunatic fringe as recently as 10 years ago. Our primaries are structured to reward the outrageous, our legislative districts are drawn as largely one-party fiefdoms, so state legislatures can pass successively more repressive legislation. Meanwhile the federal courts retreat from even the barest willingness to value objective liberty.

      I don’t see this country emerging from this death spiral. I don’t want my kids to have kids. I don’t think I can bear it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor May 25,2022 8:47 am || Up

        I also have trouble seeing how this works. We’ve had a fundamentally broken political system since Aaron Burr, but it took us about 150 years to notice, then another 50 to fully weaponize it. But, now we have. And I cannot see a path back that doesn’t include crazy people stopping being crazy. If that’s the hope, though, things look damn bleak.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 11:33 am || Up

          Crazy people aren’t going to stop being crazy, but they can still be beaten and re-marginalized, even under our effed up constitution as currently misinterpreted. It will take time, and work, and political courage, and a lot more of this shit will happen in the interim, but I just don’t accept that we can’t diverge from this bad path

          • Soaker May 25,2022 12:13 pm || Up

            “Political courage” coming from where exactly?

            I think, and have for a while, that two countries with quite different constitutions is becoming much more plausible. There doesn’t have to be a civil war, it can be done peacefully and the resulting countries can maintain a strong defensive alliance. Significant progress toward this end seems plausible within my lifetime with realization in the second half of the century.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 12:31 pm || Up

              Not from the Republican party, that’s for sure.

              I do think elected Democrats are more united on this issue than ever before. That’s partly because of there being fewer elected Democrats, unfortunately. No point in trying to moderate on this stuff to win a senate seat in Arkansas. But there also aren’t that many Democrat electeds who have reason to be afraid of the NRA any more. The NRA is a republican operation now. And there are more Democrats for whom this is a top of mind issue, often sadly because of massacres in their communities (Chris Murphy, Beto O’Rourke). The courage will have to come in things like dumping the filibuster rule, which we are so close, but also so far, from achieving.

              • andeux May 25,2022 12:38 pm || Up

                The filibuster will be dead in a millisecond if Republicans win back the Senate and the presidency. Unfortunately that may be 2025. Which makes it all the more shameful that Democrats didn’t do it last year.

                The best hope seems to be demographic change flipping a state like Texas. Occasionally I hear someone claim that could happen sooner than most people think, but I don’t know if that’s actually realistic. Probably not.

                TINSTAAFK
                • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 12:46 pm || Up

                  The thing I try to keep in mind is that things don’t get continuously worse or continuously better politically. They go in waves of progress and backlash to that progress. Even in a time of great conservatism in this country like the 80s and early 90s, we passed important gun control legislation. Yes, the gun lobby and their associated nuts have gotten more extreme since then, but that also makes them more prone to being marginalized under the right conditions.

                  And as you allude to, our backward ass federal system with winner-take-all implications at the state level can alter courses significantly when tipping points are reached in key places.

                • nevermoor May 25,2022 1:17 pm || Up

                  The problem is that I think things have fundamentally changed, inasmuch as it is now routine to expect any bill without support of the majority of the house, 60% of the senate, and White House is DOA. And, for anything important, that only happens if one party has AT LEAST that much power. Which I don’t see the Democrats having any time soon, because of the disproportionate representation of sparsely-populated red states. (and yes, I know we had almost two years of that not so long ago, but that relied upon a number of flukes I don’t see repeating).

                  If we can’t legislate, some combination of the executive and judicial branches govern. The former is problematic as we now know the GOP couldn’t give a shit if that branch is populated with unqualified corruption magnates, which means that will periodically happen (in the best case). The judicial branch has become nakedly political on political cases, and is likely to further our problems.

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 1:32 pm || Up

                  I agree it’s quite bad. I just don’t agree that it will inevitably continue on that course. Killing the filibuster (which is not unthinkable, given its death on nominations and vocal support from most democratic senators) would solve the 60% in the senate problem instantly, for example.

                  The judicial situation is very bad. That takes a generational struggle to undo. The damage they have done on voting rights and gun laws alone in the last ~10 years is incalculable and will continue to be a problem.

                • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 12:49 pm || Up

                  Re the filibuster and Republicans, maybe, but maybe not. They didn’t do it with their narrow majority under Trump because McConnell and others recognized that w/r/t legislation, having it in place fundamentally helps conservatism. Removing it for the Supreme Court made a lot of sense, because it allowed them to lock in their radical majority for a generation. Removing it for legislation would just leave them powerless to block popular Democratic measures during their inevitable periods in the minority.

              • Soaker May 25,2022 12:52 pm || Up

                There is, however, a point in moderating to get re-elected to a Senate seat in Nevada. Catherine Cortez Masto has to tread very carefully on guns and has already “moderated” on Title 42.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
                • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 1:55 pm || Up

                  She can’t be as strident about it as a senator from Connecticut can, but at this point I doubt a vote for any reasonably likely gun-control measure would cost her much at all in terms of reelection chances. The issue is already so polarized that it’s baked into her prospects because of the D next to her name.

  17. Glorious Mundy May 24,2022 6:43 pm

    Streak maintainer already in the books. Phew.

  18. Soaker May 24,2022 7:05 pm

    That’s a better challenge than the net ball last night.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  19. Future Ed May 24,2022 7:08 pm

    Luis barerra is adopting the elvis waive to the opposing manager

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Future Ed May 24,2022 7:11 pm

    At least barerra got 6 pitches

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 7:45 pm

    I was remembering a stretch when the A’s absolutely owned the Mariners. 2004 through especially 2006. Man that was a long time ago. A lot of lousy years since.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux May 24,2022 7:54 pm || Up

      In the 2010s, the A’s finished ahead of the Mariners 7 out of the 10 years, including making the playoffs 5 times to Seattle’s 0. How were we 10 games worse head-to-head?
      Oh, right. Felix.

      TINSTAAFK
      • nevermoor May 25,2022 8:48 am || Up

        Yep. That special rule that he got to start 1-2 games every effing series against us.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  22. andeux May 24,2022 7:47 pm

    Second call this game that shouldn’t have even needed a challenge.

    TINSTAAFK
  23. FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 7:48 pm

    Two overturns go our way, drink!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  24. Future Ed May 24,2022 8:16 pm

    this kid is at 90 pitches

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. 5Aces May 24,2022 8:24 pm

    Just got back and love to see Kap the 4 inning wonder

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed May 24,2022 8:26 pm || Up

      The first two hits could have been outs and the first one really should have been

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  26. 5Aces May 24,2022 8:31 pm

    Asking for 6 runs feels like a bit.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker May 24,2022 8:51 pm || Up

      This looks like the series of 7-6, 8-7 and 9-8 losses. (In a series like that the final game is usually 9-1 rather than 9-8 though.)

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  27. FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 8:31 pm

    Jed and Elvis homer in the same game, drink!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  28. 5Aces May 24,2022 8:32 pm

    Aces Reverse Psychology FTW!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  29. 5Aces May 24,2022 8:58 pm

    Sam Moll, man.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  30. Future Ed May 24,2022 9:32 pm

    no way romo works out two days in a row

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. Soaker May 24,2022 10:08 pm

    The Victory Cabbage is most delicious tonight.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  32. 5Aces May 24,2022 10:10 pm

    We may never lose again!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • andeux May 24,2022 10:11 pm || Up

      What are the odds of 29 specific planes crashing?

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 24,2022 10:15 pm || Up

        Might need Nashville and Rochester to go down too.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. Soaker May 25,2022 1:00 pm

    Laureano was in the original lineup today but he’s out now, leaving the A’s with this potent 4-5-6 part of the lineup:

    4. Bethancourt C
    5. aaarrgghh Elvis SS
    6. Brown vs. a lefty 1B

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 1:10 pm || Up

      Andrus has been probably the fourth best hitter on the team (Lowrie, Pinder, Neuse) of anyone with at least 100 plate appearances. How sad is that.

      • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 2:45 pm || Up

        How great does it feel though?!

        • Soaker May 25,2022 2:48 pm || Up

          One thing for sure, his trade value will never be higher less low than it is at this moment.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • Future Ed May 25,2022 2:49 pm || Up

            heh

            I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 2:49 pm || Up

            Might have to send only one of our top prospects to get rid of him.

            • Soaker May 25,2022 2:57 pm || Up

              Would be so Fisher. “You’ll take on Andrus’ entire salary if we give you Langeliers?!”

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker May 25,2022 1:20 pm || Up

      Nobody in that group was going to break up the no-hitter, but fortunately Jed took care of that right away.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 25,2022 2:09 pm || Up

      excellent reverse psychology

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Soaker May 25,2022 2:10 pm || Up

        Seth has seen two pitches vs. Ray and has creamed both of them.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  34. Soaker May 25,2022 1:42 pm

    2nd and 3rd no outs, and no runs with Pache and Barrera both pathetically striking out on fastballs down the middle.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Future Ed May 25,2022 1:58 pm || Up

      Yes the end was predictable, but both laying off close pitches was nice

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  35. Soaker May 25,2022 2:05 pm

    I can’t see ever really believing in Blackburn, but he’s been a good soldier in the organization for quite a while and if the smoke and mirrors keep working for about 6 or 7 more starts to get him on to the All Star team, good for him.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  36. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 2:30 pm

    Oh, Sheldon. Gotta put that one in play.

    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 2:32 pm || Up

      Jed. That was not good.

      • Soaker May 25,2022 2:35 pm || Up

        Hitting with RISP is not looking like the A’s thing today (I have 0-for-7 with one “productive out” from Barrera that resulted in another zero).

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  37. Future Ed May 25,2022 2:43 pm

    Whoever is chris townsend today is confusing me. His voice sounds like a corporate video voice over.

    Still better

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:21 pm || Up

      Townsend is in the TV studio today. That’s a *click* for me as soon as this ends.

      • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 4:30 pm || Up

        Glad I didn’t click right away, so I heard Stew say he used to call the 7-8-9 hitters “piss ants.”

  38. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 2:47 pm

    I don’t why it still catches me off guard how little Robbie Ray’s trousers leave to the imagination.

    • Future Ed May 25,2022 2:49 pm || Up

      We can only imagine him getting a vaccine

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  39. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:00 pm

    A lot of walks today by Blackburn. But he got royally screwed on that one to Winker leading off the sixth. Had him struck out on a perfect 1-2 pitch called a ball.

    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:36 pm || Up

      And now Winker complains after taking a clear strike three from Puk. Count your blessings, dude.

  40. Soaker May 25,2022 3:02 pm

    Huh, Vince is doing some television PxP tomorrow and maybe over the weekend. I don’t recall him ever doing that with the A’s. Glen has a child graduating.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:10 pm || Up

      The reality is, I bet he’s pretty good at it.

      • Soaker May 25,2022 3:38 pm || Up

        I have always thought that was Vince’s true destiny. It does depend on how well he interacts with Braden.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed May 25,2022 3:44 pm || Up

          That was always my hope

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade May 25,2022 6:04 pm || Up

          Kuiper has been horrible this year, not just guy-I-never-liked bad, but poor calls, misunderstood rulings, and seeming to just plain not see the ball well. I know it’s been a tough few years for the Kuiper family, I hope he’s OK.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  41. 5Aces May 25,2022 3:04 pm

    Lou for Rodriguez..just how we would write it up?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:10 pm || Up

      That was old school nasty Lou on the put away pitch.

      • 5Aces May 25,2022 3:13 pm || Up

        It was. I miss Sweet Lou.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  42. andeux May 25,2022 3:11 pm

    The radio crew noted that the last time Elvis hit homers in back-to-back games was against Oakland in 2019.

    Also, previewing the upcoming Rangers series, Ken referred to their offense as “foundering.”

    TINSTAAFK
  43. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:18 pm

    That’s a bad luck TOOTBLAN. But add it to the list anyway.

  44. Future Ed May 25,2022 3:45 pm

    6 outs seems like a lot

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. Future Ed May 25,2022 3:51 pm

    uhg

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • 5Aces May 25,2022 3:54 pm || Up

      Cant have nice things like a multi run lead.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  46. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:51 pm

    Bethancourt sucks, man.

  47. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 3:54 pm

    Suarez’s hair is next level bad.

    • Soaker May 25,2022 4:04 pm || Up

      Well, being old I have learned to shut my mouth about what I might possibly perceive as cringeworthy hair styles/colors, piercings, tattoos etc.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  48. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 4:08 pm

    Barrera is not bad.

    • Future Ed May 25,2022 4:10 pm || Up

      No complaints

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 25,2022 4:13 pm || Up

      So much better to have him around rather than FKing Bolt.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces May 25,2022 4:14 pm || Up

        I get worried every week when I hear Bolt nearing rehab assignment.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Soaker May 25,2022 4:42 pm || Up

          Both are out of options and I’d certainly think and hope Bolt is the one who gets DFA’d after his rehab.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • 5Aces May 25,2022 4:45 pm || Up

            Agreed but they seem to have an irrational love for him. Related-saw Billy Mac has hit a couple of HRs for Vegas, so Im sure that dream isnt dead..

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • andeux May 25,2022 4:46 pm || Up

            Starting next week there will be a limit of 13 pitchers, so we will have room for one extra position player.
            Of course, I would rather that be Nick Allen, or Langeliers, or really just about anyone else.

            TINSTAAFK
            • andeux May 26,2022 12:36 pm || Up

              Apparently they are still making this shit up as they go

              TINSTAAFK
              • Soaker May 26,2022 12:45 pm || Up

                With the three-batter rule I don’t think the number of pitchers on the roster matters.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
                • Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 12:50 pm || Up

                  An extra pitcher makes it easier to get away with the way they are babying Puk.

  49. andeux May 25,2022 4:21 pm

    Fourth place!

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed May 25,2022 4:23 pm || Up

      unbelievable.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 4:25 pm || Up

        Amazing things are possible with a stringbean closer

  50. Glorious Mundy May 25,2022 6:02 pm

    LOL

  51. Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 10:33 am

    • Soaker May 26,2022 11:05 am || Up

      The earliest comments about Doolittle on FK appear to be debating the merits of him vs. Barton as the A’s first baseman of the future. I think I’ll take mikeA up on his offer.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 8:40 pm || Up

        • nevermoor May 27,2022 8:25 am || Up

          Security must have maxed out their minutes on the team cell plan.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  52. Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 4:48 pm

    Backpack full of kraut!

    • Future Ed May 26,2022 8:48 pm || Up

      he lives 3 blocks from bart, where is he biking?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 26,2022 8:55 pm || Up

        It’s like a half mile each way from BART plaza to Championgship Plaza.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  53. Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 4:50 pm

    Jordan Poole looks great tonight

    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 26,2022 5:34 pm || Up

      Not sure if tonight is a curb stomp W’s win or a string-us-along then win by 6 W’s win. But I feel great about the win part.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy May 26,2022 6:51 pm || Up

        So far so good

        • FreeSeatUpgrade May 26,2022 8:06 pm || Up

          The Warriors just keep sending waves, Looney and Wiggins and Poole and Klay, even Moody or Kuminga. Bjelica would be a top rotation guy for Dallas or most others. Doesn’t even matter if Steph isn’t scoring. Incredibly demoralizing for an opponent, I have to imagine.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • nevermoor May 27,2022 8:27 am || Up

            Yep. If Klay is on, we are unstoppable. If Curry is on, we are unstoppable. If they are both off, AND you can shut down Looney’s OREBS, you have a shot. If you can do that, and keep Wiggins under 17, you win by 55.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • nevermoor May 27,2022 8:25 am || Up

      He’s gonna be CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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