Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea (left) and A’s catcher Jonah Heim head off the field after the third out in the fifth inning in Tue Aug 25th’s game against the Texas Rangers (AP News photo)
Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:
#1 It’s good to be home and after plenty of rest the Oakland A’s have had seven days out of eight off and the one day they played was a doubleheader last Saturday in Houston which they got swept.
#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin said that stopping at anytime is not good for a team whose timing and momentum is crucial. The A’s inspite of the time off hold a 2 1/2 game first place lead on the Astros.
#3 Jerry during this lull the trade deadline takes center stage as the A’s traded for Mike Minor for two players to be named later with the Rangers and they got Tommy LaStella from the LA Angels for Franklin Barretto both Minor and LaStella will be at the park for the first time for the A’s on Friday night.
#4 Regarding A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano who lead MLB in hit by pitches with eight and the A’s as a team have been beaned 25 time out of the first 34 ball games. Is it deliberate or are pitchers not having the kind of control they used to?
#5 The A’s have rescheduled the following games and dates for doubleheaders as make up games Sep 9th Astros, Sat Sep 12th @ Texas, Mon Sep 14 @ Seattle, Sat Sep 26th Seattle.
Jerry does the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com