NOPE! Still not updating the Red Sox tally

The Red Sox swept the Twins.
I’m happy about that.

The won a shaky and back and forth game. Aceves struck out Dernard Span with the bases loaded to end the game.

That’s terrific.
But I stand by a previous post.

I am NOT going to do my “Teeth Grinder/Dodged Bullet” tally.

Sweeping a potential 90 loss team (with Clay Buchholz showing that his days of being a ‘budding ace’ are all but over) does not make this team bogged with holes a contender.

I am rooting for the Red Sox. I always root for the Red Sox. But the fact of the matter is they are NOT a very good team. And the sooner Sox fans come to grips with that, the more fun they will have this summer.

Tonight was a fun win.
Nothing more.

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How do you know things are going well for the Nationals?

At 14-4, the Nationals are currently the best team in the National League. Who knows how long this hot streak will last but when things are going well, strange things happen.

The pitching staff’s 26 inning scoreless streak was snapped by the Padres who managed to post 2 runs on the board.

So what did the pitching staff do to even that out?
They drove in 2 runs on their own.

Starter Jordan Zimmerman drove in a run with a second inning single.
Not to be outdone, reliever Tom Gorzelanny logged one of my favorite kind of saves (the 3 inning mop up save) and smacked an RBI single of his own in the 8th.

The Nationals are 10 games over .500.
Oh that will end eventually but man, watch them now while the getting is good.

When RELIEVERS are driving in runs, you know it is a good stretch!

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It’s pronounced Sess Peh Des… I think

Yoenis Cespedes hit a 14th inning game tying home run in Oakland today. I think more people are reading this post than there were people in O.Co Coliseum today.

I hope people start calling him El Talento, his nickname, because Yoenis just isn’t cutting it as a cool name.

That being said, the A’s won a thriller today. And Oakland is an even 10-10 after 20 games. Not great, but they are holding their own this month.

But most interestingly for me is some of the contributors to the A’s wins.

Cespedes has shown some great power and a flair for the dramatic.
Today’s starter, Jarrod Parker, made his A’s debut today and pitched into the 7th letting up only one run.
Kila Ka’aihue had the walk off hit today.
Tommy Milone, who already has 3 wins, pitched 8 shutout innings yesterday for the win.
Ryan Cook has given the A’s 9 shutout innings from the bullpen.

What do they all have in common? They were all off season pick ups by Billy Beane.

Parker and Cook came over in the Trevor Cahill trade that everyone screamed about.
Milone was part of the Gio Gonzalez haul that everyone thought was bad for baseball.
Ka’aihue was picked up just as last season ended from the Royals.
And of course Cespedes was a Cuban national star who stunned everyone by coming to the East Bay.

Maybe something positive happened for Beane this winter other than Moneyball being nominated for Best Picture.

Now I’m not getting carried away (like I did in 2009 when I picked the A’s to win the World Series.) But if the idea was to get talented players while slashing the payroll, one month in it kinda sorta looks like they are doing that.

Maybe by the time they have an actual stadium to play in, the A’s might actually be a cool fun team.

Maybe by then, the sequel to Moneyball will be in production.

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