The Monday Takeaway
The Oakland A’s have been good. Really good. Better than almost anyone anticipated. They’re really fun, too. You should be watching Oakland play baseball.
If you were doing that last night, you watched them get walloped.
You see, the Houston Astros are also pretty damn good. They won something called the World Series last year, apparently? That sounds like a good thing to win. Houston’s good, and although Oakland is giving them a run for their money, Houston looked like the team that just won a championship.
Oakland’s gotten by with a patchwork rotation. Edwin Jackson? Trevor Cahill? Brett Anderson? They’re all on the pitching staff of a team that’s got a really good chance at making the playoffs. The wheels sort of came off the Anderson portion of the experiment last night.
And then there was this:
Not a good look for a team that’s played really great defense all year. But sometimes, you just get trucked by a great offense. The Astros have a great offense:
This battle for the division is going to go down to the wire. The Astros were the better team last night. Oakland may yet prove the winners in the long run.
Quick Hits from Monday
What’s more impressive: Michael Conforto’s 472-foot bomb?
The game in Houston wasn’t the only wild one in the west. The Rockies and Angels went back and forth all night. DJ LeMahieu had just hit a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the 8th inning, but Los Angeles wasn’t done.
First, the video.
Then, the reasoning.
Wilson Ramos got thrown out trying to go from first to third. He has issues with both hamstrings.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 28, 2018
Why was Ramos trying to go first to third with bad hammies? That’s a good question. Did it make for some good entertainment? It sure did.
Defensive Play of the Day
That’s also a good pick at first base by Austin Slater, who apparently plays first base now.
What to Watch on Tuesday
The biggest attraction of the day comes at 7:05 p.m. when Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola lead their teams into battle in Philadelphia. That’s must-see television if you’re a pitching fan. Or an anything fan, really.
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