Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
Clean shaven and baby-faced, Frankie Montas and Sweet Lou Trivino are back in Oakland for the first time since being traded to the Yankees on August 1. Montas is not scheduled to appear in the four game series that began yesterday, but we should expect to see Trivino emerge from the bullpen at least once, as he has already appeared in 11 games for the Yankees.
Frankie was the A’s ace and he consistently pitched like one over the past couple of seasons in Oakland. He was the major piece in the deal with the Yankees. Trivino got in the sidecar to accompany Montas to New York, and many A’s fans weren’t exactly heartbroken to see him go as he has had his share of struggles in Green and Gold.
Somewhat surprisingly, however, Montas has struggled in pinstripes so far while Lou has looked more like he did in 2018. That was Trivino’s rookie season, through which he pitched 74 innings with a K/9 of 9.97 and an ERA of 2.92. But it does look as though he’s been a bit lucky since the trade given the five walks he’s issued in nine innings pitched.
- Montas, 2022 Yankees: 7.32 ERA, 19⅔ IP, 14 Ks, 7 BB, 2 HR, 4.55 FIP
- Trivino, 2022 Yankees: 1.00 ERA, 9 IP, 7 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HR, 3.57 FIP
Lou Trivino has allowed just one earned run in 9 innings over 11 outings since the Yankees traded for him pic.twitter.com/DTwgjvsPIe— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) August 21, 2022
Per Matt Kawahara at the San Francisco Chronicle, Frankie seems about equally as happy in the Yankees clubhouse as he was with the A’s.
“To be honest, the Yankees are pretty much the same. The guys are pretty cool. Everybody’s just chill, everybody knows how to go about their business. It’s the same with the A’s.”
This seems a bit tough to believe, but I’d want to get along with my new teammates, too. Welcome back to Oakland, Frankie and Lou! Let’s see if the A’s can put up a more respectable showing through the remainder of the series after last night’s debacle.
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Best of Twitter:
Let’s keep this guy in Oakland.
We'd like to give a huge shoutout to @Swirvin_irvin19 of the @Athletics, who dropped off supplies yesterday after pitching seven scoreless innings (and striking out 11 batters) against the Marlins!— Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (@ARFtweets) August 25, 2022
Our favorite baseball players are always the ones who love animals! #DrumTogether https://t.co/kCp52PyADf pic.twitter.com/F7EOqabRCz
MOVES: OF-1B Lawrence Butler & RHP Mason Miller off LAN IL, RHPs Micah Dallas & T.J. Czyz to LAN, OFs Denzel Clarke & Jonny Butler & RHP Shohei Tomioka on LAN COVID IL, LAN RHPs Joe DeMers & Daniel Martinez to temporary inactive list, Pruitt & Cyr to LV… https://t.co/joKXkzbDRy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) August 25, 2022
Waldichuk looking ready for the Coli.
Reba has her own personal dog park!
I'd like to introduce you to Reba! Reba belongs to A's head groundskeeper Clay Wood and she lives the good life. She also has an all-access pass here at the ballpark. #drumtogether #oaklandathletics #athletics pic.twitter.com/L9LSKglbMk— Jose Carlos Fajardo (@jcfphotog) August 25, 2022
OTD 2002: The A’s trailed 7-2 after 6 innings but came back to score once in the 7th, five times in the 8th, and twice in the 9th to extend their winning streak to 12 games with a 10-7 win @ DET. Mabry had a two-run double in the 8th for the lead.#2002StreakTeam | #DrumTogether pic.twitter.com/O7CT6kWh8W— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 25, 2022
Happy Birthday, Rollie!
Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers! What better way to celebrate #ThrowbackThursday than taking a look at the most famous handlebar mustache in #MLB #history on #BaseballAlmanac! [https://t.co/IRkCKugck2] ❤️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/IxEn21NiXp— Baseball Almanac (@BaseballAlmanac) August 25, 2022
I miss plays like this—though Nick Allen has made some pretty spectacular plays at shortstop lately.
Damn what a play Chapman pic.twitter.com/bhRqF7MSFP— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) August 25, 2022
A’s 7th in Net Bases Gained.
We do a lot of defensive stats here.— SIS_Baseball (@sis_baseball) August 25, 2022
But how about baserunning?
We have a stat that combines baserunning & base stealing- Net Bases Gained
Top teams in 2022
29. Blue Jays
30. Nationals pic.twitter.com/loFDdvwrDA
Quite a co-ink-a-dink, indeed.
That both Max Muncys share the same birthday will never not make this the greatest weird baseball thing ever. https://t.co/JEDbNHPHpg— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) August 25, 2022
SuSlu showing her good taste. I sure miss her on the A’s beat, though Kawahara is doing a great job in her stead.