2-0 bad guys.
Not a good showing for the opener this game.
I'm skeptical about openers, but I'm VERY skeptical about openers in a winner take all playoff game. Just seems like too high a risk that they'll run into multiple pitchers who "don't have it".
I once asked a statistician smarter than me if there's any weight to the multiple pitchers who "don't have it," theory and they said there was no evidence that it was worse to use more pitchers than fewer pitchers. Anecdotally, Severino was the starter last year against the Twins. He didn't have it, was pulled before the end of the 1st, and the Yanks effecitvely bullpenned the whole game.
That said, if I'm going to bullpen a loser-goes-home playoff game, I'm putting someone way better than Liam Hendriks in the 1st.
The A's have the most free agents and fewest "homegrown" players of any postseason team.
That was probably the final nail in Oakland's coffin
What an unlucky inning for Rodney so far. The foul ball that spun fair for a double. The centerfielder allowing an extra base. The passed ball.
If you're willing to use him with no outs in the sixth down 3 runs, I'll never understand why you weren't willing to use him no outs in the sixth down 2 runs.
Gameday has ball four to Stanton inside. Seems like Lucroy framed it poorly, moving too much to convince the ump.
The Twins got trounced last year but they at least scored.
The A's did end up scoring. The Twins at least made the Yankee fans a little nervous for about 5 seconds.
I couldn't get TBS to allow me to watch last night. Sounds like I should be happy about that.
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