Now that we're sprinkling in the second-teamers, I am feeling pretty good about our team. Now, every team will have things to improve on, and we're no different, but it's not like we got crushed and say, "WTF is wrong with us?" We did pretty well, and I am eager to see the weaknesses of today get improved on over the next couple of weeks going into Week 1 versus Green Bay.
Really too bad the ump broke up the perfecto with a horrible call. Yea it was the 5th inning, but that is still deep enough to start taking notice. It takes about 5 seconds to look at that replay and see he was out. I don't understand why people want to keep the "human error" of refs in sports. Let's get calls right.
Even with that mistake Anderson looked incredible. He works so fast and his command is unbelievable. The fact that he already has the stones to throw a 3-2 curveball in just his 2nd start in 14 months is just beautiful. Seeing him and Norris working that well together makes me incredibly hopeful.
Watching this A's team evolve from such low expectations in the beginning of the year to where they are now has been an absolute treat. Pretty sure they have already beaten, or are about to beat, the over/under that Vegas set for them at the beginning of the year. At this point the A's control their own destiny, and no matter what happens this has been one of the most enjoyable years of baseball I have ever watched.
I always enjoy seeing the Dodgers lose, but I haven't been this happy about it since fat boy was coaching them. Keep throwing $ at the problem L.A., it's not gonna fix that pitching staff!
According to Cot's Baseball they are sitting at close to $194 million in salary and bonus obligations for next year... and that is with Blanton, Victorino, and League as free agents (among others, and excluding a couple of arbitration eligible contracts). Potential to hit $225 mill overall assuming they bring everyone back at roughly 2012 prices.