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The A’s are the best team in baseball. No matter what metric you use, it seems to add up that way.
Last year the Red Sox were the World Champions. They sure don’t look like they are going to be repeating this October. Heck, they may not even be putting a winning product on the field when the season is over.
They sure are not now. And when Josh Donaldson homered in the first to make it a 3-0 A’s lead, there was a sense of inevitability about tonight.
Even when the Red Sox scored… even when the Red Sox tied the game… even when there was 2 outs in the 8th and the score was still even… you got the sense that Oakland was going to find a way to do it.
And they did, thanks for former Red Sox Coco Crisp and current friend of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Sean Doolittle.
Two teams are crossing each other… one on the rise and the other in the fall and will be playing in the fall.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Giants losing streak continues because of a few bad pitches by Tim Lincecum who allowed the Diamondbacks to chip away and win 4-1. TEETH GRINDER
30 Dodged Bullets 22 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 8
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Coco Crisp’s RBI single in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and the A’s won their second straight against the Red Sox, 4-3. DODGED BULLET
27 Dodged Bullets 23 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Red Sox overcame an early 3-0 hole, but would drop the game 4-3 after an 8th inning rally by the A’s. TEETH GRINDER
24 Dodged Bullets 30 Teeth Grinders
The Giants owe a thank you letter to the Padres for their comeback. The Red Sox can not count on others to dig themselves out of this hole.