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Old 05-15-2014, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Decided we needed one. Sonny on the mound tomorrow. With the pitching we have and even Pomeranz reborn, I think our team can take on anyone. Best run differential in all of MLB, and it's not close.

Plus, Norris and Jaso remind me of the Ramon Hernandez days. Dare I say they are surpassing him.. small sample size, yes, but I'm happy ! Even picked up a Derek Norris blue refractor the other day for a cool $10 (no Chrome autos for him). He's only 25, unlike Donaldson (28).
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Where are all the A's fans at?? Such a great start to the season and absolutely no one talking about it, but I guess that's how we prefer it. We need to start making some noise in the postseason but until then, it's a long season and hopefully they can keep it up.
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Where are all the A's fans at?? Such a great start to the season and absolutely no one talking about it, but I guess that's how we prefer it. We need to start making some noise in the postseason but until then, it's a long season and hopefully they can keep it up.
I feel like it's definitely sustainable. Close to our entire lineup can hit HRs on any given at-bat.. that's huge. Plus, nothing needs be said about our pitching (what happened to Jim Johnson, though...). I just wish they'd bring up a healed Addison Russell fast, switch Lowry with Sogard and reduce Sogard to a utility player role. I like Eric's defense, but Addison could easily out-hit him already.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A's fan here.

Love this team.

I like to keep my emotions / excitement in check until the playoffs.

This franchise has burned me three too many times with dominant seasons only to wash out early in the playoffs.
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A's fan here.

Love this team.

I like to keep my emotions / excitement in check until the playoffs.

This franchise has burned me three too many times with dominant seasons only to wash out early in the playoffs.
I know what you mean. I think this time Sonny's ready to beat Verlander 2 out of 2.
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I agree. As A's fans, you have to enjoy the regular season success with caution. Doesn't take away from how Beane has put the teams together but the ultimate goal is to still win a title, and we haven't sniffed one in a really long time.
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I agree. As A's fans, you have to enjoy the regular season success with caution. Doesn't take away from how Beane has put the teams together but the ultimate goal is to still win a title, and we haven't sniffed one in a really long time.
Ayup. What's different this time is we have so many weapons, and they're all more consistent and developed. Something is different about the A's this year.. best run differential by far in the MLB proves it.
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Ayup. What's different this time is we have so many weapons, and they're all more consistent and developed. Something is different about the A's this year.. best run differential by far in the MLB proves it.
Our offense looks to be more of a weapon on a consistent basis. The last few years you could count on an explosion of runs by HR's followed by 2-1/3-2 wins and losses, but this year it looks like they are developing runs without being so dependent on the long ball. 11 runs last night and no HRs (forget if it was last night or the night before).
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Our offense looks to be more of a weapon on a consistent basis. The last few years you could count on an explosion of runs by HR's followed by 2-1/3-2 wins and losses, but this year it looks like they are developing runs without being so dependent on the long ball. 11 runs last night and no HRs (forget if it was last night or the night before).
Bingo. Even if they don't win it all this year (although I have a hunch.. who knows), they will just get better and better through the next two to three for those same reasons. If it were one or two huge power bats, skills could degrade or injuries could knock us out, but that's not the case here.
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This is definitely the best and most complete team of the last three. Plus they now have playoff experience, a chip on their shoulder from losing to the same team in the same way two years in a row.

If I had to nitpick anything about the team, I would have two concerns.

Bullpen needs to be as good as it was supposed to be. I have no idea why. There's some good pitchers down there. Hopefully it comes together as the season progresses.

Eric Sogard is not a Major League-caliber hitter. He just isn't. He can field and nerdpower is great and all, but I would like to see a better bat at 2nd. If only Addison Russell was ready this year.

Then again, since the rest of the offense is so good, maybe having a plus glove at 2nd over a strong bat is for the best. They can (and do) always pinch hit for him late if necessary.

Either way. Should be a fun rest of the season. Looking forward to the ride.
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Where are all the A's fans at?? Such a great start to the season and absolutely no one talking about it, but I guess that's how we prefer it. We need to start making some noise in the postseason but until then, it's a long season and hopefully they can keep it up.

That's how I prefer it. I don't get the team threads talking about the games. Guess what if most are big fans they probably were watching the game too and know what happens without going on here to find out. Just kind of like the play by play announcer on TV. "Adrian Peterson takes the ball and runs it up the middle for a 6 yard gain"....yeah, I know, I see it happen before you can finish your sentence
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That's how I prefer it. I don't get the team threads talking about the games. Guess what if most are big fans they probably were watching the game too and know what happens without going on here to find out. Just kind of like the play by play announcer on TV. "Adrian Peterson takes the ball and runs it up the middle for a 6 yard gain"....yeah, I know, I see it happen before you can finish your sentence
Word. LET'S GO OAKLAND !

Just got an Addison Russell BC refractor auto in the mail today. Of A's prospects, I've got a little each of Russell (also a blue auto), Olson, Nunez (gold auto only), Robertson, and Kohler (blue auto only) in my collection. Spreading the love.
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Love love love my A's. Anybody else hear the rumor, that the Sac RiverCats will become a Giants affiliate next year? I feel like they are one of the reasons for the success recently. Pure money grab IMO. Very sad if it happens.
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Love love love my A's. Anybody else hear the rumor, that the Sac RiverCats will become a Giants affiliate next year? I feel like they are one of the reasons for the success recently. Pure money grab IMO. Very sad if it happens.
I read about it.. in that case, we'd get the Fresno Grizzlies. Sad, but oh wells, since we get to keep our players.
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Pomeranz is dealing. Even Sogard got a H and a R. LET's GO OAKLAND.

Would've been sweet if Sonny could have gone up against Price (both Vandy, and close).
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A's are going through some trying times.. LET'S GO OAKLAND
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Why hasn't Mouschi commented on this yet?
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Kazmir seems to be having a comeback from his comeback, nice pick-up for the A's this year.

I like the team threads … I usually listen to the radio call and surf when I can.

The A's players sneak up on people with their low averages from hitting at home - how are Norris' splits? He must love to hit at home?
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Team of serious comebackers, Kaz and Pomeranz, too... Norris used to hit everywhere but he's going through a cold spell.

Nathan vs. Donaldson, bottom of 9th, my knuckles are white. Can't take these 1-0 games any more $@%q@%@@% haha..
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WALKOFF HR DONALDSON !!!!! PAYPACK IS A B*TCH DETROIT !!!!!!!

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Whoa.......
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Why hasn't Mouschi commented on this yet?
I was just asking myself the same thing. Last night, I was laying in bed contemplating checking the last bit of the game. Bottom of the 9th, A's down, 1-0. Runners at the corners ... Donaldson up to bat.

Things ALWAYS seem to be interesting (for better or worse) for the A's in the 9th this year. Just like that ... WHAMMO. 3-1 ... walk-off for Donaldson. And to think all this excitement was brought to you by the little live tracker thingy on mlb.com.

My wife mentioned that I was watching the game in a similar fashion to how they did 100 years ago, where people would gather in front of a place that would have a light up board that showed the outs, strikes, etc.
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I was just asking myself the same thing. Last night, I was laying in bed contemplating checking the last bit of the game. Bottom of the 9th, A's down, 1-0. Runners at the corners ... Donaldson up to bat.

Things ALWAYS seem to be interesting (for better or worse) for the A's in the 9th this year. Just like that ... WHAMMO. 3-1 ... walk-off for Donaldson. And to think all this excitement was brought to you by the little live tracker thingy on mlb.com.

My wife mentioned that I was watching the game in a similar fashion to how they did 100 years ago, where people would gather in front of a place that would have a light up board that showed the outs, strikes, etc.
YES YES YES I didnt even see that he had a walkoff yay for my fantasy no loss for Scott Kazmir!

But as a Seattle Fan I wish you all the best of luck
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There is just something reassuring about our players this year. Norris inspires more confidence in me than even Ramon Hernandez did, Donaldson over Chavez, Crisp Jaso Moss Cespedes Lowry. They dig in and pack a punch.

Heck even Sogard doubled off of Sanchez yesterday.
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Hopefully all the arms will hold up throughout the season. Everything seems like it's working thus far but as A's fans we definitely have to temper our expectations. Hopefully they can get into the playoffs healthy and the bats stay hot. I still have the memory of the A's striking out left and right last year.
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