AP Photo – Winslow Townson
Are you tired of the “A’s are losing because they traded way Yoenis Cespedes” narrative?
I know I am. That line of thinking discounts 7 strong Jon Lester starts and a slumping Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir.
BUT a night like tonight isn’t going to make it go away. In fact it will strengthen the resolve of those who stand by it.
The A’s had a super frustrating night that included a bases loaded and nobody out scenario that yielded exactly zero runs. Then Chris Carter hit what felt like his 39th homer against the A’s this year and boom! A’s fall to the Astros, 4-3.
(Interim Houston manager Tom Lawless is 3-0. Maybe he is on to something.)
The A’s needed a big hit from a big run producer. Like… maybe… CESPEDES!
In a weird wild back and forth game, the Red Sox erased several Toronto leads including a 2 run hole in the 10th. Leading the charge? That would be Cespedes. He got 4 hits, driving in 2 including the walk off single in the bottom of the 10th to cap the comeback.
Could the A’s have used that? Would the A’s be in worse shape without Lester?
We won’t know, but we will hear the A’s fans lamenting the loss of Cespedes for at lest another game!
I guess I should 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
52 Dodged Bullets 48 Teeth Grinders
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The A’s slide continued as they wasted a bases loaded and nobody out scenario and surrendered a 2 run go ahead homer by Chris Carter, sealing Houston’s 4-3 victory. TEETH GRINDER
49 Dodged Bullets 48 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Red Sox trailed 2-0, then 6-3 and then 8-6 in the bottom of the 10th. Each time they fought back. Xander Bogaerts helped send the game to extra innings with his 2 run double in the 8th. Yoenis Cespedes made it a 9-8 walk off win against Toronto in the 10th. DODGED BULLER
Dodged Bullets 60 Teeth Grinders 72
This tally includes Koji Uehara letting up those homer against the Yankees. Forgive me that I didn’t want to write about that!