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51-53 The Mismatch 111

Blackburn v Valdez
The last of Frankie? v Javier
Irvin v Verlander

Hopefully the astros will think so little of this series they won’t show up. Because on paper…eesh

111 thoughts on “51-53 The Mismatch

  1. 5Aces May 30,2022 1:43 pm

    I love to see a new commercial between innings on MLB, but then I also get scared to know I will see it every half inning of every game for the next month or 2.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  2. Glorious Mundy May 30,2022 1:47 pm

    Andrus batting fifth. Yeesh.

    • Future Ed May 30,2022 1:49 pm || Up

      he has a ten game hit streak going*

      *last 10 v astros

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker May 30,2022 2:00 pm || Up

      At the moment #3 in the lineup in batting average (Pinder .262, Neuse .238). I said at the beginning, good chance of seeing a no-hitter in three games and right now I’m saying 20%.

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

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  3. 5Aces May 30,2022 1:57 pm

    Man, today might be the day.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed May 30,2022 2:10 pm || Up

      Over under on hits this series 3.5

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux May 30,2022 2:32 pm || Up

      Came here to say the same thing.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker May 30,2022 2:32 pm || Up

      Lots of empty seats around me in 115 if anyone wants to join me for this.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  4. Soaker May 30,2022 2:02 pm

    That ball was FKing launched.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker May 30,2022 2:25 pm || Up

      Altuve’s was not launched, it’s an out at night, but when Martin Maldonado is getting bloop RBI singles it’s not your day anyway.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  5. Future Ed May 30,2022 2:13 pm

    Any of you FKers want to be my seat partner tomorrow? My regular seat partner is out

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed May 31,2022 9:38 am || Up

      I easily found a date. No thanks to you guys

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 10:32 am || Up

        I’ll be in the seats tomorrow if you want to leave me a present.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed May 31,2022 12:23 pm || Up

          Bat girl tried that once and it was removed. I will try again

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
  6. Future Ed May 30,2022 2:24 pm

    Yeah, this seems right

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  7. andeux May 30,2022 2:39 pm

    I keep seeing stats saying Smith is an elite defensive 3B. Just don’t see that at all.
    (Doesn’t help that Bethancourt sucks at everything)

    TINSTAAFK
  8. andeux May 30,2022 2:45 pm

    Kevin Smith. Love that guy.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker May 30,2022 2:51 pm || Up

      Messed up the most interesting thing about this game and hurt himself doing it.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  9. FreeSeatUpgrade May 30,2022 2:48 pm

    1:1, A’s hits and game-ending injuries

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 30,2022 3:12 pm || Up

      Very nearly 2:2. We’ll see if Bethancourt makes it the full 9.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker May 30,2022 3:36 pm || Up

        Altuve didn’t.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  10. Soaker May 30,2022 3:00 pm

    Just in time for the 3 p.m. moment of silence too.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux May 30,2022 3:07 pm || Up

      The poppy patches look good, and are much better than camo (or GBA).

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 30,2022 3:17 pm || Up

        Yes the poppy is a classy way of showing remembrance. Not typically American, probably because we stole it from the Brits.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl May 30,2022 9:15 pm || Up

          Where its symbolism has long since been twisted to exactly the mindless militant patriotism it used to decry.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  11. Soaker May 30,2022 3:24 pm

    Only at the Coliseum: Dad brings 4yo girl into the men’s room for potty. She emerges from a stall, wants to wash her hands and makes a beeline for the troughs, to Dad’s considerable embarrassment.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  12. batgirl May 30,2022 3:38 pm

    Anyone have any thoughts on the non-Ahern Alameda County sheriff candidates? Also DA…?

    • andeux May 30,2022 3:44 pm || Up

      Our lefty neighbor was knocking on doors for Pamela Price for DA. I will probably vote for her.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 30,2022 5:59 pm || Up

        I’m not a big fan, though I’ve not chosen my candidate yet. I want a little more practicality, a little less ideology. I like restorative justice more than many but I also want a DA who will prosecute aggressively when called for, and I’m not sure Price is that person.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • batgirl May 31,2022 7:26 am || Up

          Good info–thank you. I’ll keep researching!

        • Future Ed Jun 1,2022 11:36 am || Up

          I don’t know anything about this race.

          I voted no on the Boudin recall. I expect I will be in the minority. My opinion of him and his tribe is that he does good work and the agenda should be continued. I also think he has terrible instincts and never expected the job so he has managed the press very very badly.

          It doesn’t help your question, but whatever happens, you likely won’t notice

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 11:39 am || Up

            I’m voting no too. I don’t really have much of an opinion of what he and his have been up to, but I don’t like the vibes from the recall proponents.

            • Glorious Mundy Jun 6,2022 6:08 pm || Up

              I even remembered to drop of my ballot. Yay.

              The US Senate ballot was truly absurd. I had to vote for Padilla twice? And in the first one I had to find his name buried in a list of freaks. There has to be a better way to do this.

              • Future Ed Jun 6,2022 6:41 pm || Up

                I was not ready for that

                I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2022 7:56 pm || Up

                  A stand-alone special election just for the unexpired Kamala term some time in the last three months would’ve been worse.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Future Ed Jun 6,2022 9:36 pm || Up

                  Absolutely. I have had so many elections this year. I think 4

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • andeux Jun 6,2022 9:54 pm || Up

                  That’s a lot for ED.

                  TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2022 11:29 am || Up

      For Sheriff anyone except the incumbent would be an improvement. I’m voting for Yesenia Sanchez based on more substantial experience than the other challenger Joann Walker. Sanchez is also the popular pick of people not backing Ahern so perhaps she has a chance.

      For DA I’ll vote for Seth Steward based on him being the least cop/prosecutor-adjacent of the three candidates who aren’t Pamela Price.

      Article from Berkeleyside today breaks down where the candidates are getting their funds.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 6,2022 5:21 pm || Up

      On another election note, on a ballot chock full of fringy offices that few can define and fewer still care about, I swear that the two candidates for Superintendant of Public Schools are the same person on different hair days (I’m voting for wavy).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  13. FreeSeatUpgrade May 30,2022 3:40 pm

    Domingo Tapia warming in the pen. That is one big fellow.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker May 30,2022 3:56 pm || Up

      The A’s know the glove color rule. Somebody should have said something before he got to the mound. I don’t think Dusty said anything, that came from the plate umpire.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  14. Soaker May 30,2022 4:09 pm

    Yay for complete games.

    About what I expected from three games in Oakland, one bad enough that it was good and two clunkers.

    Enjoy the summer in here, you FKers.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  15. nevermoor May 30,2022 7:51 pm

    So I’ve been informed that I’ll be at the Fathers Day game, inclusive of the post-game on-field catch with the kids. Anyone ever done that (if it is even a thing that historically existed)? Things I should know in advance?

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 6:49 pm || Up

      That’s very sweet, enjoy. Don’t hesitate to bean Bregman Fletcher if the situation presents itself.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 8:10 pm || Up

        Also in reminding myself who on the Angels roster should be beaned I now know they have a guy named Janson Junk.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  16. FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 6:47 pm

    Replay review because they lose track of the count in the first freaking inning. Pace of play indeed.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  17. 5Aces May 31,2022 7:04 pm

    And the beat goes on.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. 5Aces May 31,2022 7:54 pm

    Maldonado is their C with better hitting stats this year. That position for them is as bad as any we have, which is amazing.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. Glorious Mundy May 31,2022 8:20 pm

    Ed are you close enough to grab the hat

    • Future Ed May 31,2022 11:24 pm || Up

      Damn, yeah, kinda. I didn’t know though

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. 5Aces May 31,2022 8:23 pm

    Reggie looks weird with it until you go find the pics from his year with Baltimore.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 8:33 pm || Up

      That’s a good analogy, both looks so completely wrong for him.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 9:02 pm

    Great job Frankie. Maybe his best start of the year.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  22. FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 9:17 pm

    Ramon getting closely acquainted with the Astros bullpen. I’m hoping that foreshadows good things.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. 5Aces May 31,2022 9:30 pm

    This is my thanks for watching 7 solid innings of leaving runners all over the bases? Ugh.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  24. FreeSeatUpgrade May 31,2022 9:31 pm

    Oh, Zackson. We’ll always have April.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  25. 5Aces May 31,2022 9:40 pm

    Moll man was saying Boo-urns to the Astros.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  26. Future Ed May 31,2022 11:26 pm

    So, the seats are good. I have no complaint.

    But the coolest part was riding bart home and chatting with hal

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 8:51 am || Up

      Free Kraut seems just too serendipitous for him to not come by. We’d be happy to critique his econ thesis.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Jun 1,2022 11:38 am || Up

        upon sober reflection, the seats are fine, but not having an aisle is really cramped. Even for a little fella like me.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Jun 1,2022 5:04 pm || Up

        there is a start. he follows the twitter now

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  27. Soaker Jun 1,2022 10:05 am

    Way to nail the thread title, Ed. It is far too nice a day to suffer Verlander vs. Irvin.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 10:13 am || Up

      Perhaps, but it’s a midweek day game, that deliciously indulgent luxury, clear skies, mid 70’s, perfect for carefree basking. I won’t let Mr. Upton trouble me one whit.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Jun 1,2022 11:31 am || Up

      The 8th inning last night was really testing my resolve. And seeing lou getting ready for the 9th was even tougher. I almost walked out when I saw Moll come back out knowing that Bob III was about to execute a mid inning pitching change to get to him.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  28. Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 11:47 am

    The ESPN and 538 models have the Celtics at 86% and 80%, respectively, to win the title. The nerds who coded those things should probably get some money down in Vegas, where the Warriors are -160.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 12:07 pm || Up

      Ex-Deadspin guy Tom Socca has been relentlessly mocking Nare Silver all season about his widely varying and capricious NBA model, and Silver’s ongoing refusal to explain/stand behind it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor Jun 1,2022 3:30 pm || Up

      I think the basic issue is they have Klay as dead/useless/washed. And one of their bench guys as a top-5 player in the series. If those two things were true, we probably would be screwed.

      Basically, basketball just has a lot fewer players, and even fewer that matter, so individual projection issues get hugely magnified.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  29. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 12:50 pm

    Sunlight and tiny crowd give this game a small town feel. High School band on the anthem

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 2:49 pm || Up

      Years later 50,000 people will claim to have seen Christian Bethancourt’s homer in person.

  30. 5Aces Jun 1,2022 2:02 pm

    It would be fitting for it to be Verlander.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 2:33 pm || Up

      It’s honestly perfect. I won’t even be mad.

  31. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 2:08 pm

    Not often the must-score innings start with the 4th but here we are

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 2:12 pm

    His name won’t appear till paragraph 4 of the game wrap but Irv8n is throwing great.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  33. Future Ed Jun 1,2022 2:16 pm

    This is a lot like I expected

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  34. Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 2:42 pm

    Streak not breaking on Elvis’ watch!

  35. Future Ed Jun 1,2022 2:43 pm

    Now who loves Andrus?

    Everyone love Andrus

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. 5Aces Jun 1,2022 2:45 pm

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Jun 2,2022 10:00 am || Up

      Needs to average 3.459 PA (377 PA total) in the A’s remaining 109 games for $15M option for 2023 to become player’s option.

      Has averaged 3.264 PA in the A’s first 53 games.

      Has started 46 of the 53 games (45 SS, 1 DH) and has 171 PA in those 46, an average of 3.717 PA. Average will rise a little if he keeps batting 5th (he’s been 6th or lower in 36 of the 46 starts). But taking 3.717 as average per start, he would reach 550 PA if he starts 102 of the remaining 109 games.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Jun 2,2022 10:07 am || Up

        Setting up nicely for a union grievance when the FO and Fisher finally wake up to this in late September.

        • andeux Jun 2,2022 10:16 am || Up

          It looks like just the opposite to me; it would take both extraordinary health and a marked increase in playing time for him to get there.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Jun 2,2022 10:29 am || Up

            An improvement in the team’s #30 .278 OBP would help some, but I agree, I can’t see him making it even with full health, just based on normal “scheduled rest” games for a 14th-year middle infielder.

            What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
            • Glorious Mundy Jun 2,2022 11:34 am || Up

              That OBP number is utterly disgusting. Dear god.

              • Soaker Jun 2,2022 7:09 pm || Up

                Matt Chapman’s current .295 isn’t anything to get excited about, but Kevin Smith is at .227.

                What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
                • Glorious Mundy Jun 3,2022 7:59 am || Up

                  Too soon to write Chappy off, but the theory that his bat would bounce back after enough time post-surgery is looking iffy. Good thing the Jays only gave up two mediocre-at-best prospects, a bad reliever, and a guy who hasn’t pitched a professional inning yet.

  37. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 2:48 pm

    That all happened so nicely!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  38. 5Aces Jun 1,2022 2:53 pm

    What was New Bob tossed for?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Jun 1,2022 3:47 pm || Up

      He knew what was coming and didn’t want to see it.

  39. Soaker Jun 1,2022 3:56 pm

    The A’s 7-20 (.259) record at the Coliseum is worse than any team’s road record.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • nevermoor Jun 1,2022 4:08 pm || Up

      Makes sense. We suck.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 1,2022 4:33 pm || Up

      Wow that’s atrocious. What’s the worst home winning % of the last 50 years? Can’t be much worse than that.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Jun 1,2022 4:49 pm || Up

        Checking a couple of the most obvious suspects:

        2003 Tigers: 43-119 (.265) overall, 23-58 (.284) at home
        2018 Orioles: 47-115 (.290) overall, 28-53 (.346) at home

        Was thinking somebody like a really bad Diamondbacks team might not have any home-field advantage, but:
        2004 Diamondbacks: 51-111 (.315) overall, 29-52 (.358) at home

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
        • Future Ed Jun 1,2022 4:52 pm || Up

          Wait till frankie is sold off

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Soaker Jun 1,2022 10:10 pm || Up

          I forgot a more recent awful Tigers team. It looks like the fewest home wins in a full 162-game season is 22, done twice.

          2019 Tigers: 47-114 (.292) overall, 22-59 (.272) at home
          And of course:
          1962 Mets: 40-120 (.250) overall, 22-58 (.275) at home

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
          • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 2,2022 12:32 pm || Up

            Within reach!

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Jun 5,2022 8:06 pm || Up

              What’s more than within reach: The A’s worst at the Coliseum is 31-50 (.383) in 1979, when the team went 54-108 overall. After 30 home games that team was 11-19 vs. this year’s 7-23. The 2022 A’s have to go 24-26 or better in the remaining home schedule to beat the ’79 team.

              What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • andeux Jun 1,2022 5:09 pm || Up

      I’m surprised I haven’t heard any “they’re losing at home because fans aren’t showing up” takes yet.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Jun 1,2022 9:32 pm || Up

        I don’t think it would come from anybody in uniform. I’d guess Kotsay has had that meeting, “Don’t complain about the empty stands, it would just sound like whining and excuse-making. If anybody asks say something like ‘We appreciate all the fans who come out and we play hard whether there are 3,000 or 30,000.'”

        Incidentally I double-checked the game in Detroit where they batted last and that is in the records as a road game, so they will play 80 home and 82 road this year barring any other schedule changes.

        What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  40. Future Ed Jun 1,2022 4:51 pm

    This team is truly awful. But if they did nothing in the off season. Just resigned and kept who they had. It would be Good.

    Mind-blowing.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. Soaker Jun 2,2022 10:24 am

    Red Sox games now available unbundled in the New England market.

    NESN will charge $29.99 a month for streaming access to its network’s programming, which includes live games featuring MLB’s Red Sox and the Bruins of the NHL. The first month will cost $1 as a promotional price. An annual subscription costs $329.99 and includes eight tickets to any Red Sox game in 2022.

    As implied at the bottom of the article NESN would be able to and might choose to drop that price when their current agreements with cable and satellite providers expire.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  42. Future Ed Jun 2,2022 12:28 pm

    I know kids do it, and most of these guys have been two way players at least through high school, but it has to be tough to stay focused on the game that he is still batting in for shohei ohtani after getting beat up. Especially after last year where he was only good.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  43. sslinger Jun 2,2022 6:32 pm

    Nice to see Steph start out hot!

    • nevermoor Jun 3,2022 8:23 am || Up

      Sagh.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Glorious Mundy Jun 3,2022 9:13 am || Up

        That fourth quarter was a real slap in the face.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 3,2022 11:48 am || Up

          Definitely a tables turned, shoe-other-foot, goose/gander night. I’m buying what Draymond said though, W’s outplayed them for three quarters then got blitzed by that 17-0 run which is unlikely to be duplicated. I like W’s a lot in Game 2 and the series. Clearly though the Celtics are more formidable than anyoen they’ve seen.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • nevermoor Jun 3,2022 3:47 pm || Up

            I’m not. We crumpled, and can’t seem to guard the 3 point line. Even when Curry was unstoppable we only won the quarter by a few points.

            I’m feeling pretty darn low about it.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 3,2022 3:53 pm || Up

              We’ll see, the Celts certainly are tough. Their three not-primary scorers hit 65% of their 3s. Hard to see that being repeated.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Soaker Jun 3,2022 8:44 am

    Apparently the end of a long play-by-play career, at age 83. He still has his hand in his gambling shows.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 3,2022 11:39 am || Up

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Soaker Jun 3,2022 9:10 am

    Also in the June 3 retirement class, one of the great players of the Tedford Era.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • nevermoor Jun 3,2022 3:48 pm || Up

      This is… not good (though not surprising) for the niners. Bad centers really hurt.

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

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