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Monday, August 27, 2012

Brett Anderson solid in A’s win

The A’s just keep rolling along, and in two starts since Tommy John surgery, so does Brett Anderson. Oakland beat the Indians 3-0 on Monday and Anderson worked seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits - well, really, just one.

Reddick hit another bomb, appears ready to move back up in the order.
Brett Anderson has allowed one run in 14 innings pitched so far this year.

... and the Rays lost, so it’s the A’s and O’s tied for the AL wild-card lead.
Huzzah!

Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:36 AM (#4219791)
Go A's! This season has been awesome.
   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM (#4219795)
It'll be great if they get in. Cespedes is amazing.
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4219806)
Coco Crisp, since July 18 (returning from injury): .300 / .357 / .554, 12/14 SB

Josh Donaldson, since taking over 3b for the injured Inge: .386 / .438 / .591 (6 doubles in 12 games).

... and Jemile Weeks is 7 for 12 in Sacramento, 3 walks and a steal.......

DAMMIT YOU GUYS STOP GIVING ME HOPE

EDIT: OK, one more -
Thethpedeth, since July 13: .340 / .401 / .551, 7 homers and 6/7 SB.
   4. Danny Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM (#4219812)
Sean Doolittle, whose only pro pitching experience entering the season was a single inning in rookie ball last year: better FIP than Aroldis/Kimbrel.

Minors: 25 IP, 0 HR, 7 BB, 48 K (A+, AA, AAA)
Majors: 29 IP, 0 HR, 7 BB, 45 K
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM (#4219822)
You wonder why he even bothered with hitting. He's practically the best pitcher in baseball.
   6. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 28, 2012 at 03:26 AM (#4219839)
OK, yes it has been against two less than stellar offenses. But whatever, Anderson has been incredible, and to be so sharp so soon after coming back from his injury is just awesome. What a boost for the A's, at pretty much the perfect time.
   7. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: August 28, 2012 at 05:06 AM (#4219847)
That is pretty sweet for Anderson.

Could Doolittle still hit at all? Can he be the mythical ultimate moneyball two way player? Draws walks, doesn't give them out?
   8. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 28, 2012 at 06:53 AM (#4219862)
Anderson had electric stuff last night. He was really champing at the bit, too--get the ball back, throw the next pitch immediately.
   9. God Posted: August 28, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4219868)
Is Brett Anderson the only active player whose name is composed entirely of Hall of Fame surnames?
   10. God Posted: August 28, 2012 at 07:59 AM (#4219869)
Scratch that -- just thought of Ryan Roberts.
   11. God Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4219871)
Looks like Alexander Cobb of the Rays is another one. But not Alex Gordon, whose full first name is "Alex."
   12. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:14 AM (#4219873)
I can't believe you forgot about Yastrzemski Schoendienst.
   13. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4219876)
Is Rickey Henderson the only HOFer whose first name is also the last name of an HOFer?
   14. DKDC Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4219877)
Joss Hamilton
Williams Wagner
Carlton Crawford
Dandridge Johnson
   15. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:20 AM (#4219878)
Anyone else read it as "Brett Anderson soiled in A's win"?
   16. God Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:22 AM (#4219881)
13 - Carlton Fisk.

Edit: Also Lloyd Waner, Hoyt Wilhelm, Alexander Cartwright and Morgan Bulkeley.
   17. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4219885)
13 - Carlton Fisk.
Ah, right. I remember being in elementary school ~30 years ago and having a friend who was flabbergasted to learn that Steve Carlton and Carlton Fisk were two different people.

edit to add: This actually was a friend. It's not one of those situations in which you're embarrassed to admit it's you, so you pin it on "a friend".
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:45 AM (#4219896)
Don't forget Fingers Bottomley

   19. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4219923)
Is Rickey Henderson the only HOFer whose first name is also the last name of an HOFer?


You mean he's been talking about Branch Ricky in the third person all of these years?
   20. bob gee Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:26 AM (#4219935)
a's starting pitching staff much better now than beginning of the year. can't believe they let ross start another game...and when straily comes back (why'd he go down?) the rotation's really good. and the bullpen - with so many guys, don't pitch back to back games (ie. cook earlier this year)

i keep waiting for the o's to break down...

   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4219958)
Ah, right. I remember being in elementary school ~30 years ago and having a friend who was flabbergasted to learn that Steve Carlton and Carlton Fisk were two different people.

I would love to know who the people most frequently confused with each other are. As a kid it can happen with anyone. Someone tells you Chuck Norris and Jack Morris are the same person and you're just like "Wow! What a talented man."

I found out a few days ago that Bryan Cranston and Bradley Whitford are two different people. I guess I just didn't know who Bradley Whitford was, and saw him in "Cabin In The Woods" and thought he was Bryan Cranston.

Don't forget Fingers Bottomley

Bench Plank, Dickey Bender, Slaughter Foxx, Rice Wheat, Lemon Tinker, Young Youngs, and Frick Flick say hi.
   22. God Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM (#4219962)
No matter how long they pitch and how hard I try, I will never be able to distinguish Brandon League from Brandon Morrow.
   23. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4219964)
I always think Fausto Carmona and Roberto Hernandez are the same guy.
   24. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM (#4219970)
I can never remember which one is Miguel Batista and which one is Javier Vazquez. Which means that for both of those guys I have a mental image of them pitching for about 16 different teams.
   25. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4219979)
Anderson had electric stuff last night. He was really champing at the bit, too--get the ball back, throw the next pitch immediately.

I noticed Anderson's pace in his first game back. Doesn't he always work very quickly?
   26. SoSH U at work Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM (#4219989)
I found out a few days ago that Bryan Cranston and Bradley Whitford are two different people.


I hope Jane Kaczmarek never made that mistake.
   27. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM (#4219991)
Kelly Johnson is another one, although some people don't consider High Pockets a real HOF.
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: August 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4220003)
Kelly Johnson is another one, although some people don't consider High Pockets a real HOF.


But they say no such thing about King.

   29. Danny Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4220139)
I noticed Anderson's pace in his first game back. Doesn't he always work very quickly?

Yep, one of the quickest. And he's gotten a bit quicker each year.
   30. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4220146)
I can never remember which one is Miguel Batista and which one is Javier Vazquez

I always had the same problem with Candy Maldonado and Carmello Martinez
   31. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4220147)
Yep, one of the quickest. And he's gotten a bit quicker each year.

All the more reason to love him. I actually got to bed at 10 pm last night! Now, if he could only get to first base to cover the bag half as fast as he pitches...
   32. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4220164)
I can never remember which one is Miguel Batista and which one is Javier Vazquez. Which means that for both of those guys I have a mental image of them pitching for about 16 different teams.


That's easy, Miguel Batista is the novelist, Javier Vazquez isn't.
   33. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4220179)
Don't forget Fingers Bottomley

Real shame to see Mike Piazza caught up in the same business as Leo Nuñez/Fausto Carmona.
   34. PreservedFish Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4220191)
That's easy, Miguel Batista is the novelist...


I love the top review from that page:

Speculation that I contributed in any way to Miguel Batista's, "Avenger of Blood"are untrue. I had nothing to do with the development or concept of this book. This book is entirely the work of Miguel Batista.
It is true that I did at one time date Miguel. We parted amicably and I wish him well.
I am quite impressed with this work,and will look forward to reading his next Novel.
Elizabeth Estacea
Real name: Elizabeth McGraw
   35. SoSH U at work Posted: August 28, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4220207)
I love the top review from that page:


I'd rather see the review from Miss Iowa.

   36. Danny Posted: August 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM (#4220829)
Longest A's streak of consecutive starts with 5+ IP and fewer than 2 walks (1918 to present):

Rk                  Strk Start        End Games   IP  R ER BB SO  ERA
1      Tommy Milone 2012
-06-20 2012-08-22    12 79.0 32 26  8 68 2.96                                                                     
2       Joe Blanton 2007
-06-13 2007-07-30    10 70.1 34 32  6 35 4.09                                                                     
3         Dan Haren 2005
-09-17 2006-05-03     9 62.0 29 29  7 48 4.21
4       Gil Heredia 1999
-06-26 1999-08-11     9 59.1 30 29  6 36 4.40                                                                     
5    Esteban Loaiza 2006
-08-18 2006-09-25     8 55.2 20 18  5 42 2.91                                                                    
6     Bartolo Colon 2012
-07-03 2012-08-07     7 49.0 12 10  5 31 1.84
7       Joe Blanton 2007
-08-15 2007-09-15     7 48.0 14 14  5 32 2.63
8      Bill Fischer 1962
-07-14 1962-08-17     7 58.1 16 16  3 16 2.47
9        Jack Quinn 1928
-08-10 1928-09-20     7 56.1 17 12  2  7 1.92
10        Bob Hasty 1922
-09-17 1923-05-10     7 53.0 25 17  7  8 2.89
11     Eddie Rommel 1922
-08-19 1922-09-16     7 65.2 20 16  4 10 2.19 

   37. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM (#4220850)
Kelly Johnson is another one, although some people don't consider High Pockets a real HOF.


Kelly Johnson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
   38. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: August 29, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4221327)
As a kid it can happen with anyone. Someone tells you Chuck Norris and Jack Morris are the same person and you're just like "Wow! What a talented man."

Roger Craig. It's really pretty unfair, if you think about it, as a kid growing up in the Bay Area in the 80's - Roger Craig was a somewhat well-known former pitcher who managed the Giants from 1985-'92, and Roger Craig was a very successful running back for the 49ers from '83-'90.

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