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Closing thoughts of Cleveland’s destruction of Bay area team

The Oakland Athletics are a terrible, no good, rotten baseball team. They are making a run at being the absolute worst baseball team in MLB in 2017 with their sites perhaps set on being one of the worst teams assembled in recent history. It is quite the accomplishment to see them on the field of play. The most brutal aspect of watching them play is not their free swinging, poor contact skills of the hitters that led them to 59 strikeouts in a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians (just a shade under 15 strikeouts per game). The most wretched portion is watching their defense. Perhaps it should be called -efense as there is certainly no “D” being played. The 2015 first half Cleveland Indians defense would be embarrassed for them. In fact, most observers begin to feel pity for both the pitchers and fans of the team despite the efforts of the fielders directly benefiting their rooting interests. Tom Hamilton said it best as manager Bob Melvin continued to go to the mound when he said “The pitchers are saying ‘Can’t we stay in here and change out the defenders?'”

Let’s walk through some of the ummm…. highlights?

OK, sure. Jrahel Cotton threw a bad pitch into the opposite batter’s box. But, Josh Phegley got in front of the ball in time. He just did not position his body to insulate the bounce to keep the pitch in front of him. It was a tough play, but a MLB catcher has to block it.

Cotton sure was not helping himself. Walking home a run is the second most exciting play in baseball!

Looked like the pitching could use some help this inning. So, when Carlos Santana sends a nice high fly ball into left field, maybe catch it? The ball hung up for six seconds, which was enough time for the shortstop or left fielder to make a play on it. Instead, the ball drops, everyone is safe, and the Indians score. Again.

Weirdest ever non-double play turned RBI single for Bradley Zimmer (also Indians almost became the first team to ever have all three outs recorded at home plate in an inning)

Hey, an out! The double play almost happened- but didn’t. Probably would have made sense for Yonder Alonso to confirm with the first base umpire rather than walking off to the dugout. An alert Santana hustling home was finally picked up, but the throw was late and- after a review- both Zimmer and Santana are called safe. Interestingly, despite (or because of) the drama, the A`s almost recorded all three outs of the inning at home plate, which I have not been able to find another instance of such occurring in the history of MLB.

OK, where’d the ball go? Is it in my glove? Nope. Ummm…. oh here it is. Everyone is already on base? Shucks. Another run-scoring play.

Hey, a real hit for a RBI. Thanks Frankie.

A tough play at shortstop, but that isn’t embarrassing enough so the left fielder is going to have to Little League the ball to the fence. That’s more like it.

  • jpftribe

    Phegley is not very good at the beisbol. You left off his “throw” to second on a steal.

    And to be fair to the guy that was masquerading as a left fielder yesterday, on the Santana play they had all the OF at the track and the infield in. The dude masquerading as a shortstop took a rather circuitous route.

    I’m sure I have, but can’t recall seeing the little league to the fence play recently. And the “let’s fake getting HBP” was innovation at it’s best. Unfortunately, replay has made it obsolete before it could become a thing.

    On the flipside, the strike ’em out throw ’em out DP was a thing of beauty. I think it was the only call all day they got from the 3rd base ump.

  • mgbode

    I’m sort of embarrassed we only took 3 of 4 games.

  • jpftribe

    Manaea pitched great and Clev had a pretty good outing, much like the Berrios matchup with the Twins. Losing that way doesn’t bother me.

  • Chris

    You mean, all we had to do was put the ball in play?
    https://media0.giphy.com/media/K3h5jDmhdtt3a/giphy.gif

  • mgbode

    Seemed more like we caused our own issues too. LHP confounds us. Manages is better than he has shown in other games this year though, yeah. And, it’s baseball.

  • RGB

    I think Durant just slam dunked on the Cavs again…

  • mgbode

    another A`s defender mis-played a batted ball

  • jpftribe
  • RGB

    BROWNZ. NEED MOAR BROWNZ!

  • RGB

    Coleman injured.
    Again.

  • mgbode

    I don’t believe Draymond has kneed anyone in the groin. I think he prefers his foot or fist.

  • mgbode

    Hamstrings are no fun

  • mgbode

    The infield dirt is a pleasant shade of Brown

  • chrisdottcomm

    It represents the hardworking, industrial, not afraid of a little “dirt” people in this fair city.

  • RGB

    Injury prone…

  • mgbode

    so far that is an accurate statement

  • Garry_Owen

    Coincidence that the colors of these teams are the same as those of the Globetrotters and Generals?

  • Chris

    They didn’t even have to be “batted” to be misplayed.

  • Chris
  • mgbode

    there are no coincidences for #TeamConspiracy

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