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Everything posted by Danchat

  1. This one felt like a loss, good job by Thielbar and Pagan to hold the Tigers off long enough for the offense to wake up again. Also, this post-game quote from Rocco was great:
  2. I never suspected Garlick would be hitting so well, and in the clutch... gotta give kudos to the front office for bringing up him rather than somebody else like Justin Upton. The dude's death to lefties.
  3. It's surprising they didn't demote Cano for a reliever earlier today, so now the bullpen is pretty used up...
  4. Luis can't get out, even after a pathetic groundball like that one! C'mon, Jorge!
  5. I had a feeling when Smith came into this inning that he'd give up his first earned run... Once Winder is healthy, Archer needs to go to the pen. He'll be better off as a 2-3 inning guy while we can hopefully take some load off of the bullpen.
  6. Oh brother, we got bad Jax today. Looks like we'll need to break out the high leverage guys. A few more runs would be nice.
  7. I am concerned with the amount of loud contact Archer is giving up...
  8. I don't know if he's really worth worrying about... maybe he moves to the bullpen and turns things around, but he's more valuable off the 40 man roster than on it.
  9. Taylor Motter... that's a name I thought would never resurface!
  10. Incredible, 3 strikes were called on balls out of the zone and Arraez was punished for having a good eye. Can't wait for the automated strike zone!
  11. I thought Cano looked good his first few outings, but yikes, this was a disaster.
  12. Interesting to see Gordon at SS and Miranda at 3B… but yeah, having both Buck and CC on the bench sounds like a bad idea. Hopefully they can get the ‘60 to 90 minute warm up required’ to pinch hit late (that’s a direct quote from Rocco).
  13. Garlick to 1B makes a ton of sense, with him handling lefties and Arraez taking on righties. I like that platoon.
  14. I originally thought the trade was a mixed bag - it was a fine return for Rogers (and Rooker, but he has zero value to me so it's really just Rogers), and it seemed like Paddack was going to rebound from his 2020 and 2021 seasons, and we definitely needed another starting pitcher. I didn't go into the positive range because it made our questionable bullpen even more shaky. And now it just looks like a bad trade. Getting so little out of Paddack in 2022 and 2023 irrevocably ruins the trade for me. We gave San Diego one year of one of the best relievers in baseball, and now all we've got is Pagan (whose peripherals suggest that he'll be sharply regressing sooner than later) and Brayan Medina, a 19 year old pitcher who is several years away from debuting, which I'd consider a lottery ticket. That's simply a bad trade for a team that is looking to be in playoff contention. All that being said, the bullpen has overachieved thus far, and it's absolutely possible to add help to the bullpen. Maybe Alcala will return and finally become the reliever we've hoped he could be. But we can't go into another playoff series with the pitching staff being duct taped together and having to convince ourselves that they have what it takes to go on a run when they never had a chance (looking at you, 2019 Twins). A single bad trade doesn't have to loom over the season if they don't let it.
  15. Not sure why Benintendi didn't swing at that one, seemed like a good pitch to hit... we escape again in the 9th inning alive from a Pagan encounter! We really shouldn't keep counting on that happening.
  16. I think we should officially call it the Emilio Pagan Experience (EPE).
  17. Wow, Polanco's making plays out there and Celestino makes a Gold Glove caliber putout! Gilberto is the real deal out there, great speed and great arm.
  18. Seeing Miranda in the lineup over Lewis, facing a lefty... ugh. Not putting our best lineup out there.
  19. Chad Pinder, who usually plays LF for the A's, was pitching and trying out some sort of breaking ball that he clearly hasn't tried throwing in years, and it harmlessly bounced off Miranda's leg. It was quite comical.
  20. Disagree, that's an extra hit that would have counted on the pitcher's stats. I prefer getting things right, even if the game is a blowout.
  21. Yep, Gordon just isn't very good and hopefully Larnach will be back quick... or else I'd rather see Lewis out there, even if LF is foreign to him. That hasn't stopped the Twins from using a whole bevy of players who didn't belong there in LF.
  22. Nice contact from Arraez, glad to see we're finally hitting up the A's.
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