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Monday, September 01, 2014

Bob Melvin calls Athletics ‘pathetic’ after Angels sweep four-game set

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Manager Bob Melvin verbally unloaded on his team Sunday — at least for Bob Melvin, it was unloading — after the Oakland Athletics were swept in a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics fell 8-1 in the series finale, putting them five games back of the Angels in the American League West. Oakland didn’t score in 29 straight innings over the course of four games, from the sixth inning Thursday until the eighth inning Sunday, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle...

What can you say? It was embarrassing. Pathetic. We don’t play like that. The last three games here are the worst I’ve seen this team play in… I can’t remember how long. I feel bad for our fans to have to watch that.

Melvin conducted a closed-door team meeting after the game, giving the players a more emotional version of what he told the media. Usually mild mannered, Melvin also was ejected in the second inning by umpire Gerry Davis. The A’s already had been at odds with Davis, who earlier in the series reportedly made a “crying baby gesture” to the A’s when they complained about another call or calls…

It was just frustrating. We can’t play like that. We’re not going to be able to play like that. The reason I’m upset is because that’s not who we are. That’s not who we’ve been for three years. And for the last… I don’t know how long, it’s mounted. It’s been frustrating. But that last three games for us is just not who we are. At all. And it’s embarrassing. They all should be embarrassed.

I’m done. Thank you.

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 01:23 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, athletics, bob melvin

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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 01, 2014 at 02:09 AM (#4783031)
The Oakland-Detroit ALDS: Part III we were all talking about on July 31 is looking to be a one-and-out game to determine who will play a team that was good enough to win its own division.
   2. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:53 AM (#4783036)
Feuding with umps, closed door meetings, calling guys out in the press...good thing chemistry doesn't matter or this thing could snowball on them. No matter, Adam Dunn will surely pull them out of it.

I guess Scioscia hasn't lost his fastball quite yet.
   3. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: September 01, 2014 at 06:24 AM (#4783042)
Re 1: Considering the Tigers are now even with KC in the win column, I think it's a little premature to count them out of the division race...
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 08:33 AM (#4783051)

Re 1: Considering the Tigers are now even with KC in the win column, I think it's a little premature to count them out of the division race...

WRONG! Royals game suspended! KC still in first place by half a game! The division is practically clinched!
   5. void*** (SC) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 08:50 AM (#4783052)
! KC still in first place by half a game!

What is their win probability in that game? I think their lead is more like 0.05 games.
   6. BDC Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4783079)
I don't know about the suspended game, but the Royals' win expectation for three at home against Texas has to be pretty high :)
   7. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4783081)
It's clear that if Cespedes looked like let's say David Eckstein, that a whole narrative about team chemistry being destroyed after his departure would dominate the reporting. As it is, there's much more a tendency to overrate his offense because his leaving has coincided with their hitting going to crap.
   8. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4783088)
I'm not saying the division is locked up for the Royals. It's just that things are looking ugly for the Tigers down the stretch. Sanchez doesn't seem close to returning, which has really put a strain on the rotation. Cabrera is hurt again and it sounds like it's a similar situation to last year where rest isn't going to fix it. He's not hitting for any power, either.
   9. Bote Man Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4783092)
I have lost count of how many radio and TV commentators of various stripes over the last few days have decried the Cespedes trade, saying it is the very reason for the fall of the Athletics.
   10. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4783098)
Losing Lowrie and (thought I'd never say this) Punto have been bigger factors since it's forced Sogard to play out of position at SS and Callaspo has played too much at 2nd...he's a friggin' statue out there. Callaspo in particular has been useless - there were a couple of balls hit his way this weekend that a reasonable 2nd baseman would have gotten to and could have prevented runs from eventually being scored. I'd rather see Andy Parrino (like Callaspo, a switch hitter) out there every day for now at SS; at least he has positive defensive value and Sogard would be at his natural position.

It's like the Giants of late June through mid-August have inhabited the bodies of the A's.
   11. theboyqueen Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:18 PM (#4783102)
I think Lowrie and Parrino are probably the best combo but honestly, the offense in the first half was driven by guys like Moss and Norris who not only have come back to earth, they have been nonexistent. Moss in particular looks horrific. I have no idea what's wrong with him.

And when you are counting on guys like Adam Dunn to turn things around for you, I think it's fair to be critical about trading Cespedes. For whatever reason, the offense has always looked horrible without him in the lineup.
   12. theboyqueen Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:25 PM (#4783107)
Moss August: .169/.340/.208
Cespedes August: .276/.297/.457

Moss is also a crappy defensive player.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4783115)
Not sure what this is supposed to mean:
A's pitcher Scott Kazmir says [umpire Gerry] Davis was reprimanded by Major League Baseball for being unprofessional during Oakland's loss Saturday night to the Los Angeles Angels, the third leg of a four-game series sweep... the Associated Press reports MLB won't comment on the issue
   14. Justin T seeks a heterospecific consortship Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4783123)
   15. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:59 PM (#4783128)
I agree with you about Moss and Norris - I think Norris is getting a little worn down - they may have all these catchers, but Vogt can't catch right now because of his foot, Jaso is out and Soto just joined the team so Norris has been catching more lately. And god knows what's wrong with Moss.

I still think they needed to do something like the Lester deal - Kazmir hasn't been as sharp lately, Chavez was wearing down; Milone has never pitched well in the 2nd half...not sure they wouldn't be in the same position today without Lester and Shark, except they'd be giving up runs as well as not scoring them. And they really haven't been at full strength since they picked up Lester; Crisp and Gentry were out, then they come back and Punto, Lowrie and Jaso go down. Maybe in a week when most everyone is back we'll see what we've really got.

   16. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: September 01, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4783141)
Moss since 5/21, when his OPS was a season-high .988: .214/.312/.378 - .279 BABIP - 11.3% BB - 30.5% K
Norris since 5/12, when his OPS was a season-high 1.038: .238/.333/.370 - .292 BABIP - 15.1$ BB - 27.1% K

It seems like Norris is wearing down and also regressing toward his true talent level. Moss looks like he's in a massive slump.

There are too many games where the A's lineup has their middle infielders and two of their light-hitting outfielders batting consecutively.
   17. DKDC Posted: September 01, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4783184)
edit:wrong thread
   18. Traderdave Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4783212)
2 run bomb in his first PA!
   19. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4783214)
And he rounded the bases like Gibson in the '88 Series. Poor guy.
   20. Cargo Cultist Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4783224)
In the man's defense, Oakland was truly pathetic in the series.
   21. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4783232)
Moss August: .169/.340/.208
Cespedes August: .276/.297/.457

Luckily, Brandon Moss is not the guy who has been getting Cespedes' at bats. He's played exactly as much since the trade as before.

As has been true all month, the loss of Yoenis Cespedes is not the reason for the A's offensive woes, and his presence in the lineup wouldn't have solved anything.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: September 01, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4783308)
Norris since 5/12, when his OPS was a season-high 1.038: .238/.333/.370

In this day and age, in that park, that's a fine line for a C. That comes out to about a 100 OPS+.

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