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My Conversation with Geoff Lepper (Oak Trib)

For those who read the local newspaper, Geoff Lepper is the beat writer who covers the A's in the Oakland Tribune. We both play the historical baseball simulation Simnasium, so often we have exchanges on the board regarding the A's. Below is our exchange today.

Are we at house cleaning time? Aside from the top five in the order, everyone is putting together HIDEOUS ABs. Thomas has been on a tear and they are about to stand 1-7 over that stretch. Horrible Ab by Chavez tonight, even the foul ball made it evident he was not cognitive about the DP ball. Ellis had four horrible ABs, it's like he's waving at the ball. Johnson needs to be sent down, no signs of life in 2 months. I know Barton is hurt, but still play Swish at 1B. Incredibly frustrated....don't get me started on Crosby...

Just read this morning that Melhuse is working out at 1B, that can't be a bad thing. If that means Jeremy Brown getting called up and Dan Johnson down, I am all for it. As for the Crosby comment, he's easily the overrated player in baseball, he puts together reckless at bats, has the durability of paper mache, and is somehow treated like a .300 hitter when he has hit .240 and .270 respectively....

Joe

Wow, nothing like an angry cuppa Joe in the morning.

First off, no question, Dan Johnson has absolutely got to go. He's beyond terrible right now.

Secondly, though you don't mention it, Joe Blanton needs to clear his head. Skipping a start did wonders for Matt Cain; I don't know if Blanton has an easy mechanical fix like Cain did, but it's worth a shot.

Thirdly, Frank's still no great shakes. I mean, how can you be swinging for the fences with two down and a runner on second in the bottom of the seventh? You're down 5-3, and the Royals bullpen is pure gasoline. Just get the freaking run home with a single and watch these guys implode.

Fourthly, for Barry: Payton is barely a couple of ticks below what you should be expecting from him, offensively. Ellis, on the other hand -- .105/.128/.105 over the A's last 10 games -- is a black hole right now.

And lastly, just to make Joe's head explode, here's a Macha quote from last night: "You can't sit there and keep getting guys on base and not bringing them in. The last couple of days, I've really liked Bobby Crosby's approach, hitting the ball the other way. That should have been our approach tonight."

-- Geoff

Regarding a few of those issues:

Blanton since coming up has never missed bats, I wonder if this is merely the league getting reports on him or not.

In terms of Frank, the count was 1-2, I would hardly call flying out to center on a fastball away swinging for the fences.

Ellis agreed, looks more and more like last year's second half was the aborration not the surrounding career.

I saw the Macha quote this morning in the paper, and it is what spurred my Crosby outrage. What's interesting is that half of those 8 ABs with runners in scoring position were good ABs.

Thomas hit his on the nose, Kotsay twice did. The only real garbage ABs I recall with RISP were the Payton-Johnson ones with 1st and 2nd.

Joe

Joe: His first-inning at-bat was a hard hit grounder, I'll give you that, but Frank admitted to me and John Shea of the Chronicle that he was "trying to go deep instead of getting a base hit" in the seventh. So I would call it swinging for the fences, since he himself said it.

-- Geoff

Yeah, I'd say that's a reliable source...haha.

Joe

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