In the meantime, Moneyball is on TV to help kill the hours until gametime. I'm sure most of us own the DVD, but it's nice not to have to pull it out.
What is it about this movie that keeps me fighting back tears the entire time? The orgy of green and gold, the sound of Bill King's voice, the emergence of Chad Bradford, the rags-to-riches story of Scott Hatteberg, the STREAK, the dynamic between Billy and his daughter....
I'm not even a big movie guy, but literally every single thing about this movie is awesome.
"Today's one of those days, where the white shoes look a little shinier and feel a little better." --Bob Melvin
Not an overreaction....Angels can hit...much better lineup...difficult to pitch to....who scares you in the A's lineup? LAA pitching can be suspect but they are starting to put it together...and over the rest of the season they will continue to pit up runs when most games for the A's its a struggle.
Take away his excellent game vs. the feckless Giants, and Chavez has been extremely hittable the past several starts. 9 hits and 2 walks so far tonight (5 innings), 8 hits and 4 walks in Detroit (5 innings), 6 hits and 3 walks in Miami (5 innings). He's not getting very deep in games....but his struggles are mainly on the road.
On a positive note, Pomeranz with a nice start tonight in SAC, limited to 4 innings, but only gave up one hit (a HR) and struck out 7. He should be ready after the ASB. Tommy Milone ready now.
The A's are still a team with 58 wins and a +146 run differential. They do have the second-best team in the league behind them, but this chicken-little crap after a 1 1/2 games is premature. Let's see what happens after the All-Star break. I do hope the FO is quick to juggle the top two Sacto starters with Hammel & Chavez if the latter two have one or two more lackluster starts...assuming at least one of them isn't traded by the end of the month.