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I’ve forgotten the last time I put the A’s game on. Maybe 2015. Unless it was vs the Giants.
A’s vs Seattle today? right there with watching paint dry. Yep,pull up a big chair and watch paint dry.
I used to complain they never broadcast A’s day games on Comcast. Now,I don’t care if they even broadcast evening or weekend A’s games.
If the Giants are in the thick of things? Th A’s are in contrast in the vacuum of waaay outer space…
2014 similarities end with the wild card game being on the road. Should the Giants advance, the Cubs are a much better team, with a much better manager, than the Nationals were. But on the other hand, you know the Cubs would rather play the Mets than the Giants. No one wants to play the Giants.
The Giants finally woke up and started playing baseball the last week plus of the season. With everything on the line they went 5-1 and easily could have won all 6 games.
The Giants were the one team that nobody else in the playoffs wanted to see make the tournament. This organization is built for the playoffs and though not without its flaws, this team might be the best yet from a roster standpoint headed into the post season. Here is why:
1. Starting rotation. Yes, in 2010 you had Cain, Timmy and Bum, but Bum was an unknown commodity for the most part. 2012 it was Cain, Bum and who, Zito? Yes, Barry stepped up big when he had too but not as strong with Timmy relegated to the bullpen. 2014 it was Bum and we just hoped to get enough quality innings from what seemed to be a gassed remaining starting corps of Hudson and Peavy. Instead, this team trots out Bum, Cueto, Samardja and Moore. As good a rotation as any in the field.
2. Position players in their positions. Seems simply, right? But recall 2014 when your left fielder was a amalgamation of Brandon Belt, Travis Ishikawa and anyone else they could get out there as needed. This year they have legitimate outfielders at all three spots in Pagan, Span, Pence and in my opinion Gorkys Hernandez. The 5th outfielder will be the tough choice between Blanco and Parker, but my bet is Blanco with his experience. On the infield, you have Belt, Panik, Crawford and a hot Gillespie at the moment. Hopefully Nunez can get the rest and heal quickly enough and then how can you overlook a very clutch Kelby Tomlinson?
3. Posey. You can almost just drop the mic and walk away after stating that. He is in my opinion the best game caller and defensive catcher in the game. He has all the tools, both physical and intangible. Add in his ability to hit, which seems to be returning at just the right time. Nobody, and I repeat nobody, manages a game better than Posey.
The wild card here is the bullpen. So many crushing defeats over the second half of the season when during the first half, the bullpen more than held its own. With Romo seemingly taking the closers role back over it is going to be vitally important for the starters to go as far as they can in games, allowing Bochy, ever the post season magician with bullpen matchups, to cobble together getting to Romo.
The 1 game playoff is a crapshoot and basically like going straight to a game 7 (as Hunter Pence stated post game yesterday) but this team finally looks ready for post season 2016.
Let’s just hope it is a good long ride.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.