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  1. I appreciate this piece Jack, but really, what are you doing writing about the A’s in the preeminent online baseball publication? I guess you didn’t get the memo.

    Comment by buck turgidson — May 24, 2010 @ 10:53 am

  2. What’s wrong with the A’s? Even they could contend in the weak AL West if they add a bat (not that they will).

    The starting pitching is solid as is the bullpen. It’s not a World Series team by any stretch of the imagination, but it could be a playoff team.

    Are we only allowed to write about the Yankees and the Red Sox?

    Comment by JoeC — May 24, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  3. “Even they could contend in the weak AL West if they add a bat (not that they will).”

    They’re already contending. PECOTA had them winning the division, and still have them in second at 82-80. They may have one of the best starting staffs and bullpens in the AL. Nobody is running away with the West.

    Comment by Mo — May 24, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  4. They can add a bat w/o trading in Chris Carter, just need a place for him.

    Comment by Reuben — May 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  5. The Mariners are running away FROM the West.

    Comment by Reuben — May 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  6. Perhaps we should merge the NL West and the AL West and create the Mediocre League.

    Comment by joser — May 24, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  7. Oakland pitched well, but not ‘that’ well. The sheer ineptitude of the Giants offense is sort of mind boggling, and it was on full display this series. Hacking at first pitches, whiffing at pitches bouncing in the dirt, hitting almost nothing hard – weak grounders and pop ups galore.

    Sure, I’ll give the A’s credit, but… more than anything, the Giants lost those games (at least the last two), rather than the A’s won.

    Comment by Voxx — May 24, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  8. It wasn’t wildness that did Sanchez in on Sunday so much as it was Bochy’s unwillingness to go to his bullpen until after he’d faced one man in the eighth. Sanchez outpitched Sheets for six innings (I was there), but Geren had the luxury of removing Ben after six because he can trust Wuertz with the seventh and Blevins and Ziegler with the eighth and Bochy doesn’t have a reliable bridge to Wilson.

    Comment by baycommuter — May 25, 2010 @ 1:28 am

  9. @joser the National League already exists.

    Comment by Matt — May 25, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

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