DLD 8-22-2013: Need a Catcher Edition

Gold shoes are unlucky. Or something. - Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh links. Stale coffee.

First, recapping some of the mess of last night.

Melvin is not happy:

"Regardless, everything that we did today is what's wrong with us," said Melvin, his voice getting louder with each sentence. "We didn't add on early. We didn't make big pitches when we had to. We didn't come through in situational at-bats.

"Ugly, ugly game for us, and it's been going on for a while."

Neither are we, Bob!

Derek Norris is leading the A's in grit.  And beard plushness:

Norris said he'll do whatever's possible to remain on the roster.

"Hopefully by Friday, I'll be able to strap on a pair of spikes and play," Norris said. "I'm going to be as optimistic as possible. It's just a matter of how much the swelling and pain goes down in the next 48 hours."

A.J. Griffin is a walkin' machine:

Starter A.J. Griffin went six innings this time, allowing four runs on five hits, two of them homers to Michael Morse and Brad Miller, and four walks with seven strikeouts. Two of the walks resulted in runs.

Griffin's 30 home runs allowed lead the Majors, and the walks are suddenly piling up, too, with 15 issued in his last three starts.

"Trying to be more careful, not give into guys as much," said Griffin. "That's where the walks are coming from."

Next, there is a cool new feature on the MLB.com standings page.  It looks like they paired up with Baseball Prospectus to show us BP's postseason odds.  Based on this link, today, the A's are at 43.0% chance of making the wild card, and 67.1% chance of making the postseason overall.

Bill Petti on Fangraphs shows that Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily, among others, has diminished velocity since the beginning of the year and compared to last year.

Giants cutting bait on Zito

Finally, damn you Friedman.  David DeJesus was claimed by the Rays:

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