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Just now, fathom said:

That goal is to do it so you get the platoon advantage later in the game. I don’t trust Ricky and Coop to plan that out.

Isnt the other advantage that the A's have to spend time looking into pitchers that they may not even face. 

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1 minute ago, Capn12 said:

Eloy’s inability to stay healthy is becoming a frustrating situation. It’s really hurting us in this series, even as DH, it would have been huge.

I do wonder if Vaughn is better in LF than Eloy is?  

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30 minutes ago, JuliusO1274 said:

Do people really think this is the way the world works? It would have been a completely different game without those Madrigal plays, it could have turned out better for the Sox or even worse.

Yes, and it would be a completely different game if Madrigal consistent fuckups on the base paths and in the field did not occur. Then you get him running through stop signs and getting injured. Never having a fucking clue out there. It is regular and expected at this point.

The game plays out much differently if close, Sox could have won easy. You can’t give outs and games away.
 

How exactly would the game turned out “better” if the Sox escape the first scoreless, and Madrigal scores from third, versus sitting at second?

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Just now, fathom said:

I do wonder if Vaughn is better in LF than Eloy is?  

from what I understand about his ability to run, I can't imagine it's any better for a guy who's never done it at a high level. 

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1 minute ago, BigHurt3515 said:

Start Dunning and get their lefties in the lineup then bring in Crochet the 2nd time through the lineup

One could argue that there are 6 better options that could pitch you would rather see than Dunning though.  To me, that’s pitching him just because he’s supposed to be a starter.

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Wouldn't it be nice to not be talking about a bullpen game in game 3 of a playoff series?

Go get Bauer in the offseason!!

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12 minutes ago, BigHurt3515 said:

Start Dunning and get their lefties in the lineup then bring in Crochet the 2nd time through the lineup

There you go. 

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1 minute ago, Balta1701 said:

There you go. 

Problem is Dunning isn’t good against lefties.  Rather see Foster get the start.

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1 minute ago, fathom said:

Problem is Dunning isn’t good against lefties.  Rather see Foster get the start.

It's not great, but a .254 average/.760 OPS against lefties is that big of a concern for you?

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Foster 

Bummer 

Crochet 

Hueur 

Marshall 

Colome

These should be the pitchers tommorow in no particular order.

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3 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

It's not great, but a .254 average/.760 OPS against lefties is that big of a concern for you?

Not ideal when you can put Foster and his lefty dominance in same spot 

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24 minutes ago, Soxbadger said:

Not sure the rules, but there is really no reason to tell the other team until the last possible moment who the starter is. 

Yeah, there can’t be a rule against waiting until the last minute, is there? If so, it would be too easy to get around. Just announce Keuchel as the starter and then change your mind last minute. 

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6 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

It's not great, but a .254 average/.760 OPS against lefties is that big of a concern for you?

Its also the first time they would see him. No matter he has a short leash but I would rather see if Melvin pitch hits and takes the lefties out half way through the game. 

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19 minutes ago, South Side Hit Men said:

Yes, and it would be a completely different game if Madrigal consistent fuckups on the base paths and in the field did not occur. Then you get him running through stop signs and getting injured. Never having a fucking clue out there. It is regular and expected at this point.

The game plays out much differently if close, Sox could have won easy. You can’t give outs and games away.
 

How exactly would the game turned out “better” if the Sox escape the first scoreless, and Madrigal scores from third, versus sitting at second?

Butterfly effect. The entire game happens differently which could have resulted in the A's scoring even more than 5 runs. 

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8 minutes ago, HoosierSox said:

Foster 

Bummer 

Crochet 

Hueur 

Marshall 

Colome

These should be the pitchers tommorow in no particular order.

6 pitchers to get 9 innings might be tough. Would rather 6 pitchers get 7 innings. If Dunning struggles right away take him out for Foster

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42 minutes ago, EloyJenkins said:

When will we get announcement of starter? I need to know when to start drinking tomorrow...

Barring anything unexpected it has to be Dunning.

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Just now, Sockin said:

There’s no way EE is in the lineup tomorrow, right?

Don’t underestimate our boy RR

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1 minute ago, Sockin said:

There’s no way EE is in the lineup tomorrow, right?

You just can't.  He is an automatic out.  However, since RR said in the post game that he put in Collins because he could run into one, I could see him use that same logic for Edwin.  I hope not.  McCann will give you a much better at bat.

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I don't like relying on 7 or 8 guys to be on.  We saw what happened with Hendricks today.  I start Rodon then go to Dunning or vice versa to get through 5. 

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i think I like Foster to start it off tomorrow.

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I am sure there hasn't been a whole lot of optimism tonight, but hopefully after toasting their pen in game one, and beating up their closer today, their pen should be in really bad shape for this tomorrow.  The Sox pen is largely fresh and ready to go.  I don't know if it will be Dunning or an opener, but the Sox are ready with their best relief pitching in a prime spot tomorrow.

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