Friday Podcast and Links: In Moss We Trust

Mike Gallego aggressively sends Brandon Moss home on an extra-base hit. - Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show to talk A's baseball.

Good morning, Athletics Nation! It turns out that the A's are indeed a good team, and that their recent slump was probably just a slump rather than a return to their true (lack of) talent. However, a successful series against the Tigers has Oakland feeling confident heading into a huge homestand which will feature three games each against Wild Card leader Tampa Bay and AL West frontrunner Texas. Sure, this'll be a tough test, but it'll also be the opportunity of the season for Oakland to make a move in the playoff picture. Can they capitalize on it?

On today's Phil Naessens Show, we discuss the Tigers series, Brandon Moss, the returns of Brett Anderson and Kurt Suzuki and more! Listen to the show right here by using the media player embedded below; my segment starts at 43:10 and goes for about 16 minutes.

Give it a listen and leave your feedback in the comments.

Torrey's Taco Stand:

There are some recent waiver-wire moves, including John Axford heading to the Cardinals and Jason Kubel to Cleveland.

Cleveland may have an even easier schedule than the A's to close out the season.

Carig Calcaterra has some interesting thoughts on Torii Hunter.

Jeff Sullivan checks in with an excellent piece today regarding the value of getting ahead in the count.

Touted prospect Taijuan Walker will make his big-league debut tonight for the Mariners.  Remember, the A's close out the season with a three-game set at Safeco Field, so they could see Walker down the road.  Check out some GIFs of his stuff, including a nasty fastball-curveball mix that can keep batters on their toes.

So when will the Astros start spending on players?  Not in the near future, it appears.

David Laurila asked twelve big-league hitters, ranging from Hank Conger to Joey Votto, which offensive stat is the most important.  While he didn't ask any members of the A's, he did ask four players who previously wore the white cleats.

This is way too good.

Chad Dotson breaks down the career of one of our own, Bartolo Colon.  He had a walk rate of 4.69 in 2000!

Around the minor leagues, the River Cats will open up a four-game set to close the season at Tacoma.  They currently trail Las Vegas by two games for the division lead.  The Ports will take the field tonight at Modesto, and Murphy Smith will toe the rubber for the RockHounds.

On this day a year ago, the A's offense erupted to back a less-than-stellar Jarrod Parker en route to a 12-7 win to finish a four-game sweep at Cleveland.

Tonight's starting lineup is posted.  Brandon Moss is the lone lefty.  Alberto Callaspo is a career 6-for-15 against Rays starter David Price.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker