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Open Thread: Game 15 - A's vs. Tigers

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Kevin Kouzmanoff and his arch nemesis, the <a href="http://mlb.sbnation.com/2011/4/14/2111053/your-week-2-fan-confidence-booms-and-busts" target="new">Bitey Parrot</a>. (hat tip to Big Tuna for the image)
Kevin Kouzmanoff and his arch nemesis, the Bitey Parrot. (hat tip to Big Tuna for the image)

Third Time's a charm, right?

After performing masterfully in three previous extra inning games (winning two, losing the middle game), perhaps it was bound to happen that the next would would blow up in our faces. But with so many managerial mistakes and lack of moves being made both last night and in the last week or so, one has to wonder exactly how damming the pictures that Bob Geren is holding over Billy Beane's head are, and if perhaps he has some of Wolff and Fischer as well.

Today we have another Fox-induced Saturday Night Game, and things are looking a bit down for the A's. We face a great starting pitcher today after facing two not-so-great pitchers and coming up empty. But even now, there are bright lights in the sky over Athletics Nation.

  • Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey are progressing nicely, and should be pitching soon. Wuertz has been cleared to throw in a game at Stockton, and should be back with the A's shortly if things go well.
  • A's hitting prospects are... hitting! Many of the guys whom we relied on to become top hitting prospects last year are now hitting this year (with the exception of Chris Carter and Rashun Dixon). Adrian Cardenas has an OPS over 1.000 in Sacramento, as does Stephen Parker in MIdland. Weeks and Choice are hitting and healthy, and Max Stassi has an OBP over .400. Now if Taylor, Krol and company would get out of extended spring training....
  • The A's now have their own sports radio rival to Krumblearrr, with Z 95.7 becoming an all sports station, with ownership willing to compete with KNBR, AND extended CT Time!
  • Um... Portal 2 is going to be released soon?

The A's try to take on the Tigers and Justin Verlander

W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
SEASON 1 1 3.13 3 3 1 0 0 0 23.0 13 8 8 2 0 7 0 21 .165 0.87 0.77
CAREER 84 53 3.79 168 168 11 3 0 0 1087.1 1000 490 458 96 52 360 17 986 .243 1.25 0.87

While throwing a certain Perfecto Braden against them

W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
SEASON 0 1 4.15 2 2 0 0 0 0 13.0 15 6 6 2 0 3 0 10 .300 1.38 0.67
CAREER 25 36 4.20 93 78 5 2 0 0 486.1 507 247 227 45 11 139 5 300 .270 1.33 0.87


Current Series

Tigers lead the series 2-0

Thu 04/14 WP: Phil Coke (1 - 2)
SV: Jose Valverde
LP: Tyson Ross (1 - 1)
0 - 3 loss
Fri 04/15 WP: Brayan Villarreal (1 - 0)
LP: Brian Fuentes (0 - 2)
4 - 8 loss

Detroit Tigers
@ Oakland Athletics

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011, 6:05 PM PDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Justin Verlander vs Dallas Braden

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .

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Sun 04/17 1:05 PM PDT

Poll

What kind of fowl things will happen in tonight's game?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    A black cat will run onto the field chasing a pigeon that looks suspiciously like a miniature Bob Geren.
    (19 votes)
  • 8%
    The umpire will call Justin Verlander out for putting foreign substances on balls, only to find out that a bird 'dropped' something on the ball mid-motion.
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Ryan Sweeney's homerun dreams will be dashed when the white thing flying at him that he hit over the fence wasn't actually the ball after all.
    (10 votes)
  • 52%
    With no balls hit into the outfield all game, Austin Jackson will achieve his life long dream of becoming a bird statue.
    (39 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now