Good morning! Are we all present and accounted for? Here we are, a few hours removed from yesterday's debacle, and I'm feeling a little bit better. The post-game thread talked me off the ledge.
- As Nico said, we should be 1-1 in this series, and so we are. A tad unconventionally, but that's baseball.
- As Rob said, sometimes it just happens and we just need to move on. So true. The Giants are of no real consequence to the A's; they are just another series to win.
- As my brain says, you have an 162 game season; it's not about long winning streaks--winning eight, nine, ten in a row--it's about winning two out of every three games. The best thing the A's can do is move on, win the series, and go on to the next one.
Good news: We have a chance to take the series with a win today.
Bad news: Unfortunately, the rubber game of this series depends on Esteban Loaiza.
Worse news: He's being opposed by Matt Cain, who has been lights-out.
Interesting News: Ryan Quinn from MLB.com sounds just about as confident in today's start as we feel:
Good news: Our bullpen is slowly regaining its members.
Bad news: Most of them worked yesterday and I think that Saarloos is dead.
No news: No one seems to know yet if Jay Payton is in trouble and if so, how deep.
I am pretty surprised to see Payton in there after yesterday. Hopefully he'll have a stellar day and it will calm him down somewhat. How about 5-5 with 2 homers? And poor Chavvy is missing. At least we don't have to worry about him running the bases.