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Twitter apoplectic over Jim Johnson's latest meltdown

Our third attempt to predict Jim Johnson's demise.

The disasters just sort of blur together now.
The disasters just sort of blur together now.
Duane Burleson

While this website has now twice predicted Jim Johnson's demise, Wednesday night's performance, conceding four runs, three earned, to the Houston Astros in the eighth inning, completely took the cake. This is the first time that Jim Johnson has been handed a lead of any kind since June 15, where, given a 7-run lead in the ninth against the New York Yankees, he gave up two runs and could not finish the inning, leaving two on and two out after giving up two hits and two walks, including a home run.

Bob Melvin said after the game he hoped to use Johnson for two innings, or at worst bring in Eric O'Flaherty for the ninth, the other reliever not used in Tuesday's extra-inning loss. Instead, the A's used three relievers they did not want to use in Dan Otero, Luke Gregerson, and Sean Doolittle. That the go-ahead run came to the plate in the eighth inning was completely ridiculous.

The scene of Bob Melvin regretfully coming to the mound to take out Jim Johnson when he just wanted Johnson to eat innings has played out too many times. The people are speaking:

The post-inning people tuning back into the game:


Hot take

Both the A's and the Miami Marlins are traveling to Texas for road trips starting on Friday. If Jim Johnson is on the team plane to Dallas, it's only to save money for the A's to fly him to Houston to meet up with the Marlins.