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The 2022 Ray Fosse Memorial Series continues and concludes with four games in beautiful downtown Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The Indi Guardians swept three at the Coliseum at the end of April, so the A’s must reciprocate with a sweep of their own to take home the Fosse Cup, which is of course one of Ray’s cups from his catching days.

Checking the Cleveland weather…eh, OK I guess. A nice temperature range between about 65°F and 75°F during all of the games but chances of rain showers for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games, though nothing that looks heavy enough to result in worse than a delay.

In now-regretted selections made around the start of the season, two of the four games are on national television outlets. Jerry Blevins joins Vince on radio for the series. I do hope Jerry has done more preparation than Coco Crisp ever did when he sat in that chair.

Thursday at 4:10: Kaprielian vs. LHP Konnor Pilkington
Friday at 4:10: Blackburn vs. RHP Triston McKenzie
Saturday at 1:10: Montas if he’s still on the team vs. RHP Zach Plesac (NBCS-CA/FS1 coexist)
Sunday at 8:35 a.m.: Irvin vs. RHP Cal Quantrill (Peacock streaming exclusive)

A little break for the A’s as they miss ace Shane Bieber, who started Wednesday night’s game. They do not miss early season MVP candidate Jose Ramirez, who has posted .285/.388/.611 with 14 HR and 54 RBI.

113 thoughts on “59-62 Looking for a Ray of hope

  1. andeux Jun 9,2022 4:14 pm

    Not Karl Pilkington?

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 9,2022 5:07 pm || Up

      An Idiot Amound.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Jun 9,2022 5:11 pm || Up

      Bethancourt was meaner to him than Gervais and Merchant combined.

  2. Soaker Jun 9,2022 4:19 pm

    Outfielders, be on your toes. The dreaded no-range Elvis/Jed middle infield combination presents itself.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  3. 5Aces Jun 9,2022 4:30 pm

    Hit and runs!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  4. mikeA Jun 9,2022 5:27 pm

    Blevins doing a great job!

    • Future Ed Jun 9,2022 6:23 pm || Up

      He is really great

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 9,2022 8:23 pm || Up

        Agreed. Knowledge and affable. I like ex-pitchers in the booth. Would pair great with Ken when Vince moves to TV.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Jun 9,2022 9:40 pm || Up

          He was great as an analyst, but I don’t think he did PXP, I was in and out of the radio today.

          SO far he is my fav in that roll, but I think Alex Jensen is the best of the pxp/color. Roxy is good, but I think he is a little too , something. Polished? I like jensen.

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • 5Aces Jun 10,2022 6:53 am || Up

            3 man both with Roxy doing PxP with Ken and then maybe taking an inning or 2 of color for Jer Bear? I mean I know it is insane to think any additional expenses…

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  5. 5Aces Jun 9,2022 5:51 pm

    Wait..we are allowed to run around the bases in multiple innings?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Jun 9,2022 6:06 pm || Up

      It’s unusual but OK as long as they give the runs back, preferably in the bottom of the same inning.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • 5Aces Jun 9,2022 6:07 pm || Up

        In the most idiotic and useless ways possible.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  6. Future Ed Jun 9,2022 6:29 pm

    turned back into zach jackson

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  7. Future Ed Jun 9,2022 6:32 pm

    I get it, the A’s need every platoon advantage possible, but I hate Bob III’s 3 pitcher innings. I think that should be banned.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  8. 5Aces Jun 9,2022 6:33 pm

    Ed-Im guessing if they would get people out we wouldn’t have this.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  9. Soaker Jun 9,2022 6:50 pm

    It would be something if Bethancourt pitched one day and hit for the cycle the next day…

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  10. andeux Jun 9,2022 7:00 pm

    Lou really is cursed.

    TINSTAAFK
  11. Soaker Jun 9,2022 7:04 pm

    Yay for “showing some fight” though.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  12. Soaker Jun 9,2022 7:10 pm

    And it’s time to go over to Angels hate-watching.

    What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
    • Soaker Jun 9,2022 9:52 pm || Up

      Dammit, Scioscia wins a game in June before Bob does.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  13. Glorious Mundy Jun 9,2022 7:12 pm

    Oh, Lou…

  14. Future Ed Jun 9,2022 7:58 pm

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  15. Future Ed Jun 10,2022 4:31 pm

    Our Ohtani is having a good week

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux Jun 10,2022 4:33 pm || Up

      I was just starting to wonder if I needed to stop making fun of him.

      TINSTAAFK
  16. andeux Jun 10,2022 4:45 pm

    Fourth straight game with a 2-0 lead.

    TINSTAAFK
  17. Future Ed Jun 10,2022 5:46 pm

    Let’s remember some guys with vince, to Jerry: “Do you remember Craig Italiano?” Jerry “yes.” vince “he went to flower mounder high school”

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux Jun 10,2022 5:52 pm || Up

      That was the year we shifted strategies and took 3 high school pitchers in the 2nd and 3rd rounds (Italiano, Lansford, Mazzaro). Only Mazzaro ever reached the majors (-0.5 WAR).

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces Jun 10,2022 5:55 pm || Up

        Vin to win!

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Future Ed Jun 10,2022 5:59 pm || Up

        I have already forgotten how Mazzaro was pronounced and how it was supposed to be pronounced.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  18. 5Aces Jun 10,2022 5:56 pm

    Pretty sure Pauley B just said something was hit like a trUCK.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  19. Future Ed Jun 10,2022 6:24 pm

    Bob III playing press you luck

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 10,2022 6:25 pm

    Blackburn flinging in the dead of night.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. Future Ed Jun 10,2022 6:27 pm

    No Vince, it’s not trust in the starter from the manager

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  22. andeux Jun 10,2022 6:51 pm

    Chapman woulda had that.

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Jun 10,2022 6:52 pm || Up

      yeah, we get a lot of that

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • andeux Jun 10,2022 6:54 pm || Up

        The stats all love Smith at 3b. I don’t really see it.

        TINSTAAFK
  23. Future Ed Jun 10,2022 6:54 pm

    Yeah, you know, it sucks. But they scored 2 runs

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  24. 5Aces Jun 10,2022 6:55 pm

    Call it now for rain. Pull those runs off the board and send everyone home with no fireworks.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. Glorious Mundy Jun 10,2022 7:04 pm

    How does anyone ever lose to this team?

  26. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 10,2022 7:07 pm

    Well that felt grimly preordained

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. 5Aces Jun 10,2022 7:26 pm

    We may never win again.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Jun 10,2022 8:15 pm || Up

      20 games under .500 is one of the first big mileposts you pass in a truly godawful season.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • nevermoor Jun 12,2022 5:04 pm || Up

        To be 20-40 puts the ordinary rule that every team loses 1/3 and wins 1/3 in dire straits.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  28. 5Aces Jun 10,2022 7:27 pm

    The pitchers in the SD-Col game have a tic-rac-toe game on the mound.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Jun 10,2022 8:12 pm || Up

      I really love stuff like this

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. Future Ed Jun 11,2022 11:58 am

    I know its the whole point, but twitters “things you might like” feature is solely things that piss me off

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. Future Ed Jun 11,2022 2:25 pm

    uh oh, this bunt is gonna make vince call for it more

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  31. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 2:49 pm

    It’s Belmont Stakes Day! Third leg of the triple crown, going 1.5 miles around Big Sandy. Between getting two kids home from college then dispatching Nurse and Primera to SFO to fly to Europe and become dual citizens of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (really) I have not had much handicapping time.

    I’m going with Mo Donegal ($5 to Win #6), to finish ahead of We The People or Nest ($5 Exacta 6/1,3 = $10), then a handful other chances to round out the board ($0.50 Trifecta 6/1,3/1,3,2,4,5,8 = $5). I think Mo Donegal will like the distance, will rebound strong off five weeks race since his Derby run (better than it looked), he’s won on this track, and I like Irad Ortiz to work out the right trip.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 3:54 pm || Up

      Ch-ching!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 4:11 pm || Up

      Win, exacta, and trifecta = +$160.75.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 3:25 pm

    Hell yeah Seth! Snap that 0-10 bags juiced with the Salami!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Jun 11,2022 3:27 pm || Up

      woohoo!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 3:28 pm || Up

      Great at bat. Really saw the pitches well, first pitch big swing/miss, few good eye takes, work to 3-2, gets the high heater he missed first pitch and crushes it.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • nevermoor Jun 12,2022 5:06 pm || Up

        How did that pitcher throw so many 93 mph dead-center fastballs past us, though?

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  33. 5Aces Jun 11,2022 4:20 pm

    Great..now I have to go car shopping EVERY day.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  34. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 11,2022 4:23 pm

    10 days of fermentation should make the victory cabbage taste extra sweet.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. Future Ed Jun 11,2022 4:51 pm

    Ramon got kicked out for a much more pedestrian reason

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  36. Future Ed Jun 12,2022 8:24 am

    it’s peacock premium. I got peacock to watch rutherfird falls but they onlt gave a few episodes for free. I am not paying for more.

    I don’t think this content model is going to work

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  37. Future Ed Jun 12,2022 8:24 am

    it’s peacock premium. I got peacock to watch rutherfird falls but they onlt gave a few episodes for free. I am not paying for more.

    I don’t think this content model is going to work

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 8:44 am || Up

      I get Peacock as part of my cable subscription, but I’d never pay for it a la carte, it’s hard to imagine the case for a cord cutter including it instead of a bunch of other choices.

      I will say so far I am liking their production style, and the three man booth with an analyst from each team (Dallas for us, Rick Manning for them, who struggls to not say Indians).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • batgirl Jun 14,2022 12:15 pm || Up

        I paid for it for the Olypmics and it was mostly a disaster. Terrible interface.

        I liked Rutherford falls when I got Peacock with comcast before cutting the cord.

        • Glorious Mundy Jun 14,2022 12:23 pm || Up

          The app has gotten a little better recently, at least on Apple TV. I watched Top Chef on it and was pretty impressed.

          Most of their original content looks absolutely horrible, but I did enjoy the murder-mystery-on-a-British-nuclear-submarine show “Vigil”.

          • batgirl Jun 15,2022 4:46 pm || Up

            I think the interface issue was with the olympics specifically. They had a very confusing way of organizing things and every time I’d try to find a specific event it would take a good 10-15 minutes to get even close.

        • Future Ed Jun 14,2022 12:27 pm || Up

          I wanted to see more. Just not $6 a month wanted

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • colin Jun 15,2022 7:39 am || Up

          We got Peacock because my wife wanted the figure skating coverage (Olympics and otherwise). Hanging on to it for now because there are a couple of shows she is interested in, but hoping to drop it soon.

  38. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 8:41 am

    Ramon! Stay angry buddy!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Future Ed Jun 12,2022 8:42 am || Up

      He knows it’s his ticket out

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  39. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 8:43 am

    Anger: the best PED of all

  40. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 8:45 am

    I don’t mind a game at this hour. I can half pay attention while cooking pancakes, like if it was Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers or something.

  41. ptbnl Jun 12,2022 8:49 am

    Getting the run, hit, and error, in early today

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  42. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 8:53 am

    The rare pre-9 am *click* may be in order here.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 8:55 am || Up

      Sweden v Norway looking more appealing.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 9:05 am || Up

        All important UEFA Nations League B, Group 4 clash. I’m in.

  43. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 8:54 am

    Ramon might need to yell at the hitters every inning to keep us in this game.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 9:47 am

    Quantrill and Irvin pitching to avoid having to feed their parking meters.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  45. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 9:48 am

    Loving the playful banter with Vince on the bird app.

    • Future Ed Jun 12,2022 10:08 am || Up

      Is vince better, or did I just get used to him?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 10:14 am || Up

        Been wondering this too. I really enjoy listening to him now. Wasn’t always the case.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 12,2022 10:10 am || Up

      In early October 2012, two days before the playoffs, I was in the waiting room for an MRI and Jerry Blevins walked out, worrying me greatly. I nodded and he smiled. As it turned out he pitched great in that ALDS.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. Future Ed Jun 12,2022 11:12 am

    Bullpen meltdowns and no hitting is a problem, but it wasn’t totally embarrassing. Not watchable, but not embarrassing.

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  47. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 12:08 pm

    Nice to get the loss in before lunch. Cross that off the day’s to-do list.

  48. Glorious Mundy Jun 12,2022 7:33 pm

    This has to be the low point of position player pitching. No effort at all.

    • nevermoor Jun 12,2022 8:21 pm || Up

      ) and absolute bottom. So all that remains is to define a scale.

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Future Ed Jun 12,2022 8:46 pm || Up

      please tell me the A’s already played the yankees

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  49. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 13,2022 12:19 pm

    Baseball offerings for this A’s off day include two NCAA elimination games on ESPN2. UConn at Stanford’s famed “sunken diamond” at 1pm, and Auburn (pitching coach Tim Hudson has not aged a day since last in MLB) in Corvallis at 4:30pm vs the Oregon State Beavers.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 13,2022 4:59 pm || Up

      Furd gave up three runs in the top of the first then stopped the bleeding, goes on to win 10-5 and advance to the College World Series,

      Underway in Corvallis with Roxy Bernstein on the call.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  50. Glorious Mundy Jun 13,2022 4:54 pm

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  52. Glorious Mundy Jun 13,2022 9:33 pm

    I love this man.

  53. Glorious Mundy Jun 14,2022 9:38 am

    MLS is giving up on regional sports channels altogether and putting everything other than a few national ESPN/Univision broadcasts exclusively on Apple.

    Apple TV+ matches will not be shown on local television networks, meaning MLS fans will need to subscribe to the streaming service in order to watch their teams on a weekly basis. MLS games will live within a specific app in Apple TV+; MLS full-season ticket holders will be able to access the app at no additional charge.

    Apple will also air a number of regular season matches with special branding akin to the treatment the company is giving its “Friday Night Baseball” MLB games. Thus far, those MLB games have been available to watch without the need for an Apple TV+ subscription. MLS announced that a limited number of matches will be available at no additional cost to Apple TV+ subscribers.

    The sources added that MLS will produce and pay production costs for matches shown on Apple TV+. The sources said that there is a chance that the league will only staff one set of commentators for Apple TV+ matches, which would be a departure from each club having their own commentary team for all locally-televised matches in the current deal. The Apple TV+ broadcasts will also include pregame, halftime and postgame shows, as well as a significant amount of non-gameday programming.

    • Future Ed Jun 14,2022 11:57 am || Up

      Apple is really hoping the ted lasso audience will cross over to actual soccer

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Soaker Jun 14,2022 6:22 pm || Up

      Baseball could go that route, either going in-house with MLB.tv or partnering with Amazon Prime, Apple+, Youtube etc. It would first make sense for teams that don’t get huge revenue from their RSN deal, such as the A’s, don’t have an equity stake in the RSN, such as the A’s, and can easily extricate themselves from their current TV contract, as the A’s can with their opt-out after next season.

      What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
      • Glorious Mundy Jun 14,2022 6:33 pm || Up

        The trouble with the A’s going that route is they would actually have to put out a product more than a few people would be interested in paying for.

        • Soaker Jun 14,2022 6:54 pm || Up

          I’m hopeful hoping the A’s won’t be this unwatchable in 2024. They would be a candidate for guinea pig for the MLB.tv in-house plan. Guarantee Fisher more money than he would get from Comcast-NBC for the remainder of that contract, which runs through 2029 without the opt-out, and play around with pricing plans to see how to maximize revenue (obviously charge more for a by-the-game Yankees game than a Royals game, but how much more?). RSNs as they exist now look mostly dead by 2029 anyway so MLB would have some valuable data as it rolls out the option in more cities.

          What I discovered Blew. My. Mind. -- Pat Boone
  54. Glorious Mundy Jun 14,2022 11:18 am

    Lightning Avalanche sounds dangerous.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 14,2022 3:02 pm || Up

      A thunder+snow storm is a neat weather experience. Muffled quiet like a regular snow storm, but with thunder and lightning.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 14,2022 4:17 pm

    Vince’s broadcast partner today is some guy named Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, late of the Lansing Lugnuts

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux Jun 14,2022 4:19 pm || Up

      I’m wondering if they’re auditioning these minor league guys with an eye toward an expected job opening.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 14,2022 5:02 pm || Up

        Came across this article when wondering who JGS was. Apparently it was Vince’s idea.

        “Cotroneo pitched the idea of minor league broadcasters filling in while Korach was away, which gave Goldberg-Strassler and others a chance to spend some time in the bigs.”

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 14,2022 5:16 pm || Up

      I like him! He has excellent timing, each comment ends before the next pitch, properly secondary when Vince has the call, enthusiasm with proper restraint during his own innings. Strong vocabulary. Not the classic announcer baritone but that’s ok. Call him up.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Jun 14,2022 7:06 pm || Up

        I didn’t get enough to know. the little I did hear was cool. Seemed very prepared. I still like alex jensen best, but I didn’t give today much time

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  56. andeux Jun 14,2022 5:08 pm

    Jonah Bride literally wears his religion on his sleeve.

    TINSTAAFK
  57. Glorious Mundy Jun 14,2022 6:31 pm

    • FreeSeatUpgrade Jun 14,2022 6:51 pm || Up

      No one gnaws on their bitterness quite like Boston fans.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • nevermoor Jun 14,2022 7:48 pm || Up

      Wonder if they’ll start chanting it at Red Sox / Yankees games too, just as an expression of inchoate generalized rage.

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

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