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   1. Bored Posted: September 05, 2005 at 05:11 PM (#1598252)
Poor Joe Blanton. If got any run support this year he'd be making a run at ROY. Now today he has to watch his team flail away at King Felix.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 05, 2005 at 07:04 PM (#1598588)
Yes, the A's suck when Blanton pitches. Today won't be any different.
   3. Greg Franklin Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:04 PM (#1598759)
Les lineups:

1 Ichiro SuzukiRF        Mark Ellis2B 
2 Jeremy Reed
CF          Jason Kendall
3 Raul Ibanez
LF          Eric Chavez3B 
4 Richie Sexson
1B        Scott HattebergDH 
5 Adrian Beltre
3B        Jay PaytonCF 
6 Greg Dobbs
DH           Dan Johnson1B 
7 Jose Lopez
2B           Marco ScutaroSS 
8 Yuniesky Betancourt
SS  Nick SwisherRF 
9 Yorvit Torrealba
C      Matt WatsonLF 


Felix must be old news....
   4. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:06 PM (#1598761)
Is this an embarrassing attendance for Oakland at this point in the season?

When's the last time two guys named, "Yuniesky" and "Yorvit" batted back-to-back? Has it happened on this team this year?
   5. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:09 PM (#1598766)
Athletics 6
Mariners  
   6. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:30 PM (#1598791)
Just
End
The
Season

A's are cooked. It's been a good run.

Felix is sooooo good.
   7. Bob T Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:47 PM (#1598810)
Oakland fans don't seem to an overly optimistic bunch.
   8. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:52 PM (#1598816)
I've about had enough of it. We are not Angels fans.
   9. Bored Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:53 PM (#1598821)
When your center fielder, shortstop, #1 starter, and now possibly #2 starter are all hurt it is hard to stay up beat.
   10. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:55 PM (#1598826)
The Angels suck, boys. I think you guys could win the division with a .500 record the rest of the way.
   11. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 08:56 PM (#1598827)
The bottom four of Seattle's lineup is amazing.

And not in a good way.
   12. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:07 PM (#1598853)
When your center fielder, shortstop, #1 starter, and now possibly #2 starter are all hurt it is hard to stay up beat.

Dude, you were calling them a million-to-one shot two weeks ago.
   13. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:09 PM (#1598854)
The combination of Oakland's offense and Hernandez equals little offense. The combination of Seattle's offense and a bipedal human pitcher equals little offense.
   14. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:20 PM (#1598867)
Good AB by Torrealba. Made Blanton work. Even if he did end up striking out.
   15. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:24 PM (#1598875)
rLr, why are so down on Anaheim, they aren't the '98 Yankees or anything but you seem downer on them than anyone else I've heard
   16. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:26 PM (#1598878)
Because I hate them and because they cannot hit at all. At all. Seriously. I would intentionally walk Guerrero every time he came up with at least one out because they second best hitter they have is Bengie Molina. They should probably average 3 runs a game.
   17. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:31 PM (#1598883)
Against the Yankees, their second-best hitter is the Chonester. Maybe their first-best hitter.
   18. Bob T Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:36 PM (#1598887)
Figgins had an OPS of 1125 against the Yankees this year.
   19. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:37 PM (#1598888)
Anaheim is 8th in AL EqA and 19th overall, I'm shocked it is that bad. Rooting for Seattle here anyway
   20. Tiboreau Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:37 PM (#1598890)
A team is finally able to put some runs on the board. Could very well be enough to take the ballgame.
   21. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:40 PM (#1598892)
I think Oakland has lost.
   22. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:41 PM (#1598895)
The Beltre scarifice fly was damaging. Giving up the hit to Dobbs was the nail in the coffin. You can't let Greg Dobbs get you. That's terrible.
   23. Tiboreau Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:41 PM (#1598896)
Amazing catch by Yuniesky Betancourt. That dude has been the shiznit defensively.
   24. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:45 PM (#1598903)
Everything's coming up Yuniesky!!!
   25. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:47 PM (#1598906)
A triple, eh? Good for him
   26. Tiboreau Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:53 PM (#1598910)
That sucked.
   27. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:56 PM (#1598915)
That's the second time today I've seen a lead-off triple stranded
   28. MLB Posted: September 05, 2005 at 09:56 PM (#1598917)
ESPN now declares that this game is in the bottom of the 50th. Is that close to the record?
   29. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:01 PM (#1598920)
ESPN now declares that this game is in the bottom of the 50th. Is that close to the record?

When does Ron Darling get into the game?
   30. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:05 PM (#1598924)
This is Oakland's only chance. They'd better take it.
   31. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:10 PM (#1598927)
Oops, Oakland needed some runs then
   32. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:12 PM (#1598929)
I don't think Seattle's bullpen is so bad that they'll blow this. You had your opportunity, Oakland.
   33. Tiboreau Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:12 PM (#1598930)
It rare, but nice, when you can still feel secure when the opposing team has the bases loaded.
   34. Greg Franklin Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:15 PM (#1598932)
Congratulations to Felix for doing his best Aaron Small impersonation vs. the Oakland offense. Agree with the previous posts that this game is virtually over.

He had ~106 pitches through 7 innings. The PCMafia will get a little het up, but not issue any job orders AFAICT.
   35. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:18 PM (#1598933)
He had ~106 pitches through 7 innings. The PCMafia will get a little het up, but not issue any job orders AFAICT.

I have no evidence to back up my opinion (not that anybody does), but I don't even start to worry until I see 115 pitches.
   36. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:20 PM (#1598934)
The Chan Ho Park of third basemen.
   37. Tiboreau Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:25 PM (#1598939)
The Chan Ho Park of third basemen.

Beltre? He hasn't been that bad.
   38. Bob T Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:27 PM (#1598940)
I think it will be time for Kendall's first home run of the season.

If I say it often enough, it will be true once won't it?
   39. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:35 PM (#1598945)
It was more that he an Park left the Dodgers and signed 5-year, $65 million contracts and thoroughly underperformed expectations.
   40. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:38 PM (#1598950)
One does wonder if Hernandez is going to improve much. It's almost impossible. Of course, if he never gets the least bit better, he's still amazingly great.
   41. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:43 PM (#1598955)
Guardado is quietly having another really good season. Shame his team is lousy.
   42. Greg Franklin Posted: September 05, 2005 at 10:50 PM (#1598962)
Ballgame, domination complete.

For Beltre to go CHP, he would've needed to become an iron glove and go .210 with 7 HRs. And get injured a lot. If "expectations" were 50 HR a year and .320, his previous track record indicates those expectations were way overblown.

I don't have Beltre's VORP but he's gotta be in the positive range by now. Another advantage over Chan Ho.
   43. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: September 05, 2005 at 11:02 PM (#1598980)
If “expectations” were 50 HR a year and .320, his previous track record indicates those expectations were way overblown.

Well, sure. But I don't think expecting an OPS over .750 would have been too terribly unrealistic.

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