Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Do you hear that, friends? It’s the sound of a slow news day in baseball. Remember when these used to happen all the time?
Nobody ultra-famous died, no teams tested positive for coronavirus, no new natural disasters emerged except the ones we’re already dealing with, no new labor disputes arose, and so on. The sun came up, a bunch teams played baseball, you maybe didn’t even go to work/Zoom because it was Labor Day, and then the sun went down and we went to bed. It was glorious.
Of course, things happened, but they were within the range of normal everyday occurrences. The Oakland A’s beat the Houston Astros without needing late-inning heroics, to open their crucial five-game series. There were routine injury updates on Matt Chapman and A.J. Puk, for better or worse. Stephen Piscotty drove in a runner from scoring position. And so on.
Perhaps the most interesting item for A’s fans is that Astros star third baseman Alex Bregman is expected to be activated from the injured list today, after missing 17 games to a strained hammy, reports Jake Kaplan of The Athletic. Houston went 7-10 during that stretch, including being swept in four by the lowly Los Angeles Angels right before coming to Oakland.
Game day— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) September 8, 2020
The A’s and Astros are playing a doubleheader today, with start times scheduled at 3:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. — remember, each contest is only seven innings. It remains to be seen whether Bregman plays both games or just one, but for what it’s worth teams often don’t push players too hard upon their return from a pulled leg muscle. However much he plays, though, the 26-year-old is the reigning runner-up MVP finisher and his presence should be a big boost for the Astros — if you want an analogy, he’s basically their version of Chapman.
It’s a great day for a ball game, relative to the last two scorchers; let’s play two!
- Hickey: Time Off Has Worked Wonders for Athletics Olson’s Productivity
- Kawahara: A’s Bob Melvin: Replay review results ‘beyond frustrating’ ($)
- Coffey: To find the roots of A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt, turn to a basketball court in Genoa, Ohio ($$$)
- AN: MLB replay review is going to embarrass the sport in October if it’s not improved
- A’s injury updates: Matt Chapman day-to-day, A.J. Puk shut down again
- Game #38: A’s fire on all cylinders, shut out Astros 6-0 in series opener
MLB News & Interest
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- Simon: These postseason droughts might en
- Adler: The next great pitching star is in Miami
- Leitch: Every team’s biggest impending free agent
- Clair: The 10 best shoulder patch logos in baseball
- Today in Baseball History
Yesterday Game Highlights
Monday: Win! Against the Astros! Have a day, Sean Murphy (3 times on base, 3 RBI).
But the top highlight came from the star of the game, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.
Best of Twitter
Loving the Heim family more and more every day
This is my dad. He passed away 15yrs ago from cancer. He never got to see Jonah play pro ball till this year. Today is my parents 50th anniversary and Jonah sent this to my mom. He's such a great kid. @Catchersgrandma @Jonah_heim6 @Athletics #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/NRcbOfgl9R— James Heim (@13_heim) September 7, 2020
Laureano is much better in CF this season than he was last.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 8, 2020
Ramon got hit again last night, though this one was definitely not on purpose and he could have gotten out of the way if he’d wanted (and remember Canha stepped into his most recent one ... but still this stat is telling)
This list is getting out of hand pic.twitter.com/RBlp7gWbfn— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) September 8, 2020
Don’t worry, Ramon found a way to fight back (though remember Garneau is one of the good guys in the brawl story)
Ramón Laureano hits a foul tip and it gets Dustin Garneau .... the guy who tackled him in the big fight last time pic.twitter.com/B9fxQRreIr— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) September 8, 2020
Tell ‘em, Dallas!
That’s basically Melvin-speak for the f-word
Melvin calls replay “beyond frustrating.”— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 8, 2020
I present to you a thread (click through for the rest)
MLB replay review just upheld that Jorge Orta was safe at first base because they couldn't confirm Todd Worrell's foot was on the bag.— Alex Hall (@AlexHallAN) September 8, 2020
Profar knocks in Mateo for the walk-off. Oh, what could have been here in Oakland. (I mean, we turned out pretty OK too.)
Want to watch the Padres win via walk-off thanks to elite speed from Jorge Mateo?— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 8, 2020
Cool, me too.
30.8 ft/sec sprint speed scoring from 1st on Jurickson Profar's single
That's ELITE! (30 ft/sec elite; 27 ft/sec MLB avg) pic.twitter.com/JGPvDRvTVa
Thoughts and prayers to San Ramon