Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Alonso five RBIs sets team record; Scherzer goes six against A’s in 13-4 laugher at the Coliseum

New York Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso makes his way around the bases after hitting a fourth inning home run at the Oakland Coliseum against the Oakland A’s on Sun Sep 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Pete Alonso set a team RBI mark which speaks to the success of New York Mets. Alonso homered, doubled and drove five runs to set a team record.

#2 Met’s pitcher Max Scherzer pitched six innings to hold down the Oakland A’s for the lopsided win at the Oakland Coliseum 13-4 as the Mets take two out of three from the A’s.

#3 With the win the Mets now are 1.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the NL East title.

#4 The Met’s are hot winning eight of their last ten games and in Sunday’s game it just seemed as soon as the Mets starting swinging the bats the A’s were in the rearview mirror.

#5 A’s open up a three game series with the Los Angeles Angels starting Tuesday night at the Big A in Anaheim. Starting for the A’s James Kaprielian (4-9, 4.43) he’ll be opposed by the Angels Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.01) first pitch at 6:38 pm PDT

Join Barbara for the A’s podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: A’s take over Mets deGrom in 10-4 win at Coliseum

The Oakland A’s Shea Langeliers swings for an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum Sat Sep 24, 2022 against the visiting New York Mets (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The New York Mets (96-57) started out Saturday’s contest scoring three runs in the top of the first inning going to the bottom of the first inning the Oakland A’s (56-96) knew they had a tough customer in Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.

#2 Bottom of the first the A’s came back to take the lead when Dermis Garcia hit for a two RBIs doubled in left, then Conner Capel who had four RBIs in the game grounded to second to score Seth Brown to tie up the game and Shea Langeliers hit a double to score Dermis Garcia for a 4-3 A’s lead.

#3 The Mets would get the tie again in the top of the second but the A’s would take the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning when Brown belted his 24th home run of the season to the deepest part of the ballpark at 414 feet for a 5-4 lead.

#4 The A’s chipped away at Mets pitching getting a run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings and picking two more in the bottom of the eighth inning to win a laugher 10-4.

#5 Game 3 of the series at the Coliseum on Sunday the Mets will send out their ace starting pitcher Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.15) he’ll face the A’s JP Sears (6-2, 3.58) a 1:07 pm PDT first pitch at the Coliseum.

Charlie O did the A’s podcasts Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com. Charlie will be back for the Sacramento Kings podcasts on Sundays after the conclusion of the A’s season.

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: A’s take over Mets deGrom in 10-4 win at Coliseum

The Oakland A’s Shea Langeliers swings for an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum Sat Sep 24, 2022 against the visiting New York Mets (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The New York Mets (96-57) started out Saturday’s contest scoring three runs in the top of the first inning going to the bottom of the first inning the Oakland A’s (56-96) knew they had a tough customer in Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.

#2 Bottom of the first the A’s came back to take the lead when Dermis Garcia hit for a two RBIs doubled in left, then Conner Capel who had four RBIs in the game grounded to second to score Seth Brown to tie up the game and Shea Langeliers hit a double to score Dermis Garcia for a 4-3 A’s lead.

#3 The Mets would get the tie again in the top of the second but the A’s would take the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning when Brown belted his 24th home run of the season to the deepest part of the ballpark at 414 feet for a 5-4 lead.

#4 The A’s chipped away at Mets pitching getting a run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings and picking two more in the bottom of the eighth inning to win a laugher 10-4.

#5 Game 3 of the series at the Coliseum on Sunday the Mets will send out their ace starting pitcher Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.15) he’ll face the A’s JP Sears (6-2, 3.58) a 1:07 pm PDT first pitch at the Coliseum.

Charlie O did the A’s podcasts Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com. Charlie will be back for the Sacramento Kings podcasts on Sundays after the conclusion of the A’s season.

A’s are all over Mets deGrom in 10-4 six run win at Coliseum

New York (NL) (96-57). 4. 9. 0

Oakland (56-96). 10 14. 0

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Oakland A’s Seth Brown rounds the bases after hitting a solo shot against New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom in the bottom of the third inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Sep 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Ken Waldichuk is not a household name. He came to the Athletics at this year’s trade along with Luis Medina, JP Sears, and Cooper Bowman in the deal that sent Frankie Montás and Lou Trivino to the Bronx.

A fifth round choice of the Yankees in the 2019 draft, he entered today’s matinee at 0-2, 7.13 in the bigs and was 6-4, 2.84 in his 2022 minor league appearances, all as a starter. Waldichuk is hoping to pitch well enough to ensure himself a permanent spot on the A’s 2023 roster.

The green and gold’s rookie left hander’s performance in the Athletics’ stunning 10-4 triumph over the visiting New York Mets wasn’t outstanding, but he stuck around long enough to earn the win hurling five frames and yielding four runs, all earned, on five hits, two of which went yard, and notching four Ks. He didn’t walk anyone but did hit two batters, which isn’t unusual for pitchers facing the Mets. His ERA crept up to 7.15.

Waldichuk’s mound opponent, Jacob DeGrom also is a candidate for a roster spot … in Cooperstown. DeGrom is primarily a fastball and slider pitcher who uses his change and curve effectively.

He brought a lifetime record of 82-55, 2.49 to the game today and was 5-2, 2.32 for the season. The 34 year old right hander had been on the injured list w for almost 13 months after damaging his elbow. He was reinstated to the active list on August 2.

DeGrom wasn’t in Hall of Fame form this afternoon, allowing the A’s to score early and often. He lasted only four innings but managed to throw 80 pitches in the short stint. 30 of them were balls. He gave up five runs, all earned, on six hits, including a home run.

DeGrom struck out five and walked four Athletics. He left trailing 5-4, and was tagged with the loss, giving him a season’s record of 5-3, 2.93.

Before the game began, Oakland made room for Ernie Clement, whom they acquired from Cleveland yesterday, by designating Sheldon Neuse for assignment.

The visitors went ahead in their first turn at bat, urged on by loud and frequent cheers of “Let’s Go, Mets,” and “Pete A-LON-SO!). James McNeil led off with a solid single to left and moved to third when Mark Canha dropped a single into center field.

Francisco Lindor sent a liner to Tony Kemp in left for the Mets’ first out but also their first tally, McNeill crossing the plate on the sacrifice.

Pete Alsono then whacked a 94 mph four seamer into the stairway above the 367 foot marker in left field for his 38th home run and 122nd, 123rd, and 124th RBI of the year.

That three run lead looked pretty formidable when the A’s came up in their half of the first and Tony Kemp grounded out to first. But Vimael Machín singled to left, and Seth Brown walked to load the bases.

Dermís García then sent a liner to left that looked like it would end up as a sacrifice fly until McNeil stumbled and it became a two run double that put the potential tying run on third. Conner Capel’s ground out to second brought that run in, and Shea Langeliers put the home team ahead 4-3 with a double to left.

One out into the second, Nick Vientos took advantage of the hot Coliseum air to tie the score at four with a 394 homer into the right field seats.

It looked as if DeGrom had found his groove after he set the top of the A’s lineup down in order inthe second, but Seth Brown sent his first offering of the home third just over the low center field fence to put Oakland ahead once more, this time 5-4.

The A’s threatened again in the fourth, putting runners on second and third on a walk to Machín and Murphy’s down the line double to left with two out. Brown hit a vicious liner to the right side that Alonso captured at first with an heroic dive to his right.

Trevor Williams replaced DeGrom to start the fifth and quickly surrendered Oakland’s sixth run on a one out solo round tripper to right by Capel, who made a magnificent catch of Alonso’s foul to right in the next inning. That was the inning in which Austin Pruitt took over from Waldichuk. It ended with a sterling grab of another foul on the opposite side of the diamond by Machín.

Joely Rodríguez replaced Wiliams to start the bottom of the sixth and left four batters later, having gotten two outs but also having surrendered a run on singles to Machín and Brown, interspersed by a ground out by Murphy that advanced Machín to second. Tyler McGill left the bullpen to get the final out with Oakland now ahead 7-4.

It was Adam Ottovino who tried to halt the A’s advance after the seventh inning stretch. He almost pulled it off. Capel led off with a dying quail that popped out of a diving Ruf’s glove when he jarred his arm against the outfield grass, resulting in a triple. Ottovino almost stranded Capel at third, but Allen smacked a single to right, and it was 8-4 Oakland.

It was time for the Athletics’ setup man, AJ Puk, to strut his stuff in the eighth. McNeil sent his first pitch into short center field, where Cristián Pache now was playing. He seemed to lose the ball in the sun, and it fell to earth for a single. In spite of another single, this one to Lindor, Puk and the A’s escaped from the inning unscathed.

Trevor May ws the next Met on the mound, and he had a rough eighth inning. Machín drew a base on balls. After Murphy flew out, Brown lined a double to right, and García walked to load the bases. Capel lined a single to right to bring in two runs and put the Athletics´score into double digits. Ruf’s defense looked dicey on both of the balls hit to him.

Tyler Cyr sealed the Oakland victory with a scoreless ninth, in which he issued a pair of two out walks. A beautiful horizontal grab of Canha’s left field bound liner by shortstop Nick Allen ended the metropolitan threat.

Ironically, Tony Kemp, who had been among the A’s few bright spots at the plate, was the only starter not to get at least one hit, going 0-5. He more than made up for this with his outstanding defense work, most notably at second base, where he was moved in the top of the seventh after playing six frames in left.

Will another HOF candidate bite the dust tomorrow afternoon? We’ll see when, at 1:07, Matt Scherzer (10-4, 2.15) goes against another relative newcomer, JP Sears (6-2, 3.58)

Mets win over A’s 9-2, move up 2.5 games over Braves in NL East

Oakland Athletics right fielder Conner Capel tries to make a sliding catch as the New York Mets Mark Vientos ends up with an RBI single in the top of the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri Sep 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

New York (NL) (96-56). 9. 13. 0

Oakland (55-96). 2. 6. 0

Friday, September 23, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The playoff bound New York Mets, occupying first place in the NL-East, came into existence 60 years ago as a result of a successful franchise leaving town because its host city wouldn’t underwrite the demands of a rapacious owner for a new ball park.

Only two seasons had passed since the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series championship-and one season since they went seven games against the Yankees in the next Series that the borough’s belovèd Bums packed their duffle bags and moved to Los Angeles, cajoling the New York Giants, who had swept Cleveland in the 1954 October classic, to go west with them.

Big league baseball expanded for the first time in the 20th century when, fearing Branch Rickey’s threat to create a rival circuit, the Continental League, it admitted the New York Mets and Houston Colt 45s to the senior circuit.

The two new teams began playing in 1962, with the New York franchise being a laughing stock until the 1969 Miracle Mets defeated the Orioles 4-1 in the 1969 World Series.

That’s not the only thing about the Mets that will resonate among followers of east bay baseball. A quick glance at tonight’s New York’s lineup reveals Mark Canha and starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.

The visitors’ batting coach is Eric Chavez, who was welcomed to the Athletics Hall of Fame before the game. Starling Marte currently is on the Mets’ injured list. But that’s not all, folks. The Mets’ color commentator is Ron Darling.

The personnel of the visiting team wasn’t all that was familiar to the Oakland fans. Their team was massacred, 9-2, by the marauding Mets.

Earlier in the day, the A’s announced that they had claimed infielder Ernie Clement off the waiver wire from Cleveland and recalled reliever Sam Selman from Las Vegas. Concomitantly they placed Joel Payamps on the 15 day IL, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Bassitt went 30-24, 3.44 for the A’s over seven years starting in 2015. The Mets got him from Oakland this year in exchange for two other right handed pitchers JT Ginn and Adam Oller. The 33 year old Bassitt entered tonight’s contest sporting a record of 14-8, 3.32.

He was in fine fettle tonight, coasting through eight innings and allowing only two runs on six hits, one a round tripper, a walk, and a wild pitch. He struck out two batters and threw 91 pitches, 56 counting as strikes, on the way to his 15th win against eight defeats and lowering his ERA to 3.27.

Cole Irvin, the left hander who started for the A’s tonight had won his last two starts and was 9-11, 3.79 when he threw the game’s first pitch at 6:41.

His performance this evening consisted of 77 pitches, 54 of which counted as strikes, that he squeezed into 4-2/3 innings in which the Mets got to him for eight runs, all earned, on 11 hits, one a four run four bagger. Needless to say, he was the losing pitcher, falling to 9-12, 4.11.

The Coliseum was filled with chants of “Let’s Go, Mets” when they loaded the bases with one away in the top of the second on singles by Pete Alonso, ex-Giant Darin Ruf and Jeff McNeil.

DH Mark Vientos obliged the chanters by plopping a Texas League single to right that brought in Alonso, and Brandon Nimmo followed with a well hit single to center that plated Ruf and McNeil, putting the visitors up, 3-0.

Irvin kept the Mets in check through the fourth but Nimmo opened the fifth with a sharp single to right and Canha drove a two bagger off the center field wall at the 400 foot sign. After Francisco Lindor flew out to shallow right, the A’s southpaw granted Pete Alonso an intentional walk that clogged the basepaths.

Ruff hit a fly to medium deep right; Nimmo started for home, but Conner Capel’s strong throw stopped him in his tracks. Irvin’s first pitch to Edouardo Esobar was a hanging curve that ended up 379 feet from home, a grand slam to left field that gave the Mets a 7-0 cushion that they padded after McNeil’s single to left when Mark Vientos cleared the air with a double to right center that drove in McNeil with New York’s eighth tally.

That was the end of the line for Irvin. Collin Wiles came in to quell the uprising by whiffing McCann on three pitches.

Wiles pitched a perfect sixth but faltered in the seventh. The Mets had been hit by a record setting 108 pitches this year. Wiles made that 109 by plunking Ruf with one down.

Escobar forced Ruf out at second and then scored the boys from Queens ninth run on McNeill’s double to left center. (As you might expect, Canha, the human dartboard, leads the team in being hit; his total is 24).

Oakland finally put a run on the board after the 18,107 fans in attendance had raised their voices to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Sean Murphy sent a leadoff double to left, and Seth Brown gained a pyrrhic victory over The Curse by driving him home.

Dermís García got under Bassitt’s skin and over the left field wall, driving an 89mph sinker 426 feet from home for Oakland’s second run and fifth hit. It was García’s fifth dinger and 18th RBI in 82 at bats.

Drew Smith executed the formality of retiring the A’s in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.13) will go against Jacob deGrom (5-2, 2.32) at 1:07 tomorrow afternoon. That’s a scary proposition for both hurlers because Angel Hernández is scheduled to be the home plate umpire. The batters won’t be that happy with the situation, either.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s just miss sweeping M’s; Kemp has been doing a lot of different things to help A’s

Oakland A’s runner Tony Kemp (5) steals second base underneath Houston Astros shortstop David Hensley (17) during Sat Sep 17, 2022 game at Minute Maid Field in Houston. Kemp who won the Roberto Clemente Award on Tue Sep 20, 2022 and got the game winning hits on Tuesday and Wed Sep 21, 2022 against the Seattle Mariners (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, the A’s narrowly missed getting a sweep over the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon but saw their 5-3 go down and lost the contest 9-5.

#2 In the series the A’s got some good pitching on Tuesday night JP Sears pitched a one hitter to down the M’s 4-1 and on Wednesday night the A’s James Kaprielian pitched past the sixth inning for the first time in 34 starts for the win 2-1.

#3 Tony Kemp in each of the first two games of the series got game winning hits a home run on Tuesday night and a game winning RBI single on Wednesday night. Kemp was even named the Roberto Clemente Award winner this week.

#4 Kemp who played outfield in the first two games has had some handiwork when playing second base not committing an error in 57 consecutive games.

#5 The A’s host the New York Mets and former teammate Chris Bassitt (14-8, 3.32). Going for Oakland Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.79) a 6:40 pm first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

Join Jeremiah for the A’s podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Mariners beat A’s 9-5 to win finale of three-game series; Met’s and Chris Bassitt face A’s Friday night at Coliseum

Chris Bassitt pitcher of the New York Mets faces his old teammates the Oakland A’s Fri Sep 23, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum for game one of a three game series. Here Bassitt pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sat Sep 17, 2022 at Citi Field in New York. (AP file photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Seattle Mariners salvaged the third game of the three-game series Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. The Oakland A’s pitching had kept the M’s offense in check on Tuesday and Wednesday. The M’s knew they needed to win. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

The A’s plated five runs in the third to go ahead 5-3. The M’s refused to wilt. The M’s scored one in the fourth, three in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth to win the game 9-5. Neither starter figured in the decision. The difference was the bullpen. The A’s bullpen gave up four runs, and the M’s bullpen stopped the A’s cold.

The Mariners, down in the dumps after losing the first two games of the three-game series, put together four hits, including two doubles and two walks, to grab an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The M’s Rookie of the Year candidate, Julio Rodriguez, doubled to get things going for Seattle. Mitch Haniger singled to drive in Rodriguez with the M’s first run. Martinez struck out Carlos Santana for the first out. Ty France singled, sending Haniger to second.

M’s catcher Cal Raleigh doubled to drive in Haniger, and Ty France stopped at third. Martinez walked Travis Kelenic to load the bases. France scored the M’s third run when Martinez walked Jessie Winker. The inning ended when Dylan Moore hit into a 5-4-3 double play. The M’s lead 3-0 midway through the first.

The A’s sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the third. They put together a rally that featured five runs, five hits, and three walks. Vimael Machin started the rally with a double. Sean Murphy singled, sending Machin to third.

Mariners’ starter, George Kirby, walked Seth Brown to load the bases. Stephen Vogt’s line drive went into the corner in right-field that cleared the bases. Kirby retired Jordan Diaz for the first out. Conner Capel walked.

Shea Langeliers followed with a double to drive in Vogt. Capel stopped at third. Nick Allen walked to load the bases. Tony Kemp singled to drive in Capel with the fifth run of the innings. The A’s led 5-3 after three.

The Mariners put their fourth game run on the board at the top of the fourth. M’s centerfielder, Jarred Kelenic, led off the inning with his fifth home run to make it a 5-4 game. 

In the top of the sixth, Seattle scored three times to retake the lead 7-5. Ty France started the rally with a triple. A’s manager Mark Kotsay replaced Martinez with lefty Kirby Snead. Jarred Kelenic doubled to drive in France with the tying run.

Kelenic went to third on a wild pitch. With two out, the A’s gave Dylan Moore an intentional walk. The strategy backfired as the left-handed hitting Dylan Moore doubled to drive in two runs to put the Mariners ahead 7-5. 

The M’s added another run in the seventh. Mitch Haniger singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Carlos Santana grounded out 4-2, and Haniger went to third on the play. Ty France plated Haniger with a sacrifice fly to left to increase the M’s lead to 8-5.

The M’s scored an unearned run in the eighth. With two out, Dylan Moore singled. Moore went to third on Shea Langaliers’ throwing error. Adam Frazier singled to drive in Moore. The M’s lead 9-5.

The A’s failed to score in the eighth and ninth. The M’s win 9-5.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 55-95. Oakland has 12 games left to play. The M’s improved to 82-67.

The line score for Oakland was five runs, nine hits, and one error. Seattle’s line was nine runs, eleven hits, and no errors.

Mariners’ manager Scott Servais had to be pleased with the M’s bullpen. The M’s relievers kept the A’s off the scoreboard for the last six innings of the game.

A’s starter Adrian Martinez went five-plus innings. His line was five runs, six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Martinez gave up the home run to Jarred Kelenic in the fourth.

The M’s Julio Rodriguez left the game in the bottom of the first with lower back tightness.

A’s veteran catcher Stephen Vogt announced his retirement at the end of the season.

The A’s will host the New York Mets for three games starting Friday night. Former A’s starter, Chris Bassitt, will be on the mound for New York. Bassitt is having a good year with a record of 14-8 and an ERA of 3.32. Bassitt would love nothing better than beating his old mates. The A’s will counter with lefty Cole Irvin. Irvin is 9-11 and has an ERA of 3.79. The game will start at 6:40 pm. 

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s Blackburn says he’s a loss for words on All Star selection; Met’s Alonso says he’s the best hitter on the planet for home run derby; plus more

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn is jubilant in this Apr 27, 2022 game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Blackburn who started in this 1-0 shutout had five relievers follow him to keep the shutout going. Blackburn will be the A’s lone representative for the mid summer classic this year at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Tue Jul 19, 2022. (mercurynews.com file photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 The Oakland A’s lone representative pitcher Paul Blackburn is honored to be representing the A’s for the 2022 All Star Game in Los Angeles on July 19th. Blackburn said that he was a loss for words upon learning last Sunday he would get the honor.

#2 Blackburn 28 was 6-2 and currently is 6-4 has pitched in a number of games where he’s gone seven innings or more but in some of his loses he didn’t get much run support and got the loss.

#3 Amaury, Blackburn mentioned that he’s really looking forward to seeing and talking with Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani and other American League players. For Blackburn it’s an experience he soon won’t forget.

#4 The home run derby is one of the most anticipated events at the All Star Game and all attention most likely will be on the New York Mets Pete Alonso who won two home run derbies and winning the $1 million prize each time.

#5 Alonso didn’t hold back after winning in the 2021 All Star Game’s home run derby in Denver last season saying that he’s the best power hitter on the planet.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The best division in baseball plus

Copy of the New York Daily News announcing the New York Mets and New York Yankees in the Subway World Series in 2000 edition could the two cross city rivals meet again in this year’s fall classic? (photo by wikipedia)

The Best Division in Baseball, Plus

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–For the first time this 2022 season there will be a third wild card team on each league. No division in baseball is better than the American League East, with the New York Yankees walking-away with the best record in baseball and Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston poised for a tremendous race.

For the first time ever, a division could have three wild card teams going into the postseason and a total of four of the five teams in this division playing in October.

The American League East is the only division in baseball with four teams playing over .500. In the AL West, there is only one team to beat, Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros, they are the best team and will stay in first place.

The LA Angels are sputtering again, after a very nice start, they went into a funk lost 14 in a row, from May 25 to June 8,and Joe Maddon (one of the best managers in baseball) was sent packing.

Next managerial change could come from Seattle, where expectations were high for this team to win this year. Manager Scott Servais and General Manager Jerry DiPoto are in the hot seat. The Texas Rangers spend a fortune (close to half billion dollars) signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, they are both starting to play the way everybody expected, but I do not believe they have the pitching to overtake their State rivals Houston Astros.

The Oakland A’s are what they are. All the other teams have more established talent, they are trying to compete with rookie manager Mark Kotsay, a good baseball man, but the best jockey in the world cannot win the race if the horse is limping.

In the Central Division, considered the weakest in all the major leagues, supposed to be an easy one for the Chicago White Sox, but the great Tony LaRussa is not having much fun so far, star closer Liam Hendriks just placed into the IL.

The Minnesota Twins will be in the playoffs, as of today leading that division and the Cleveland Guardians are playing good baseball, leading the way at third-base, José Ramirez an early candidate for MVP. Watch out for the Indians, sorry, the Guardians, they have a good team and a terrific manager in Terry Francona.

There are some 100 games left for each team this season. While in New York they are talking about a Subway Series, Mets vs Yankees. Most recently, in 2000 the New York teams faced each other with the Yankees winning in five games, a memorable series, which I happened to worked for the Latino Baseball Network.

In other cities there is lots of disappointment. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers, whose manager, Dave Roberts predicted a 2022 World Series win during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said “We will win the World Series in 2022. We will win the World Series this year.”

The Dodgers have pitching problems, ace Walker Buehler recently went into the IL, Julio Urias is not going to win 20 games again this season (he was the only to win 20 last season) plus mixed with an inconsistent offense, the Dodgers have stuff to “figure out”, they do have the talent.

The San Diego Padres, at this time, even with the delayed return of superstar Fernando Tatis Jr, looks like the team that could win this division. Bob Melvin is doing a great job, which is nothing new for the three-time Manager of the Year.

The San Francisco Giants, while they are not going to win 107 games again, they find a way to win series, starter Jacob Junis went into the IL, veterans like Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt, can’t seem to stay healthy.

Giants lost some pieces in the off-season, perhaps the biggest one, starter Kevin Gausman who had his best year ever in 2021 with a 14-6 record, and 2.81 ERA, he left for a very lucrative contract in Toronto. Nobody expected the Giants to have a similar season as 2021, which was a dream season, when every player at the same time, had great years.

Trades: The new deadline this year is set for August 2. There will be many trades, some earlier than others, but the greatest commodities are starting pitchers. they are in high demand. Many of the teams with hopes of postseason play will reinforce themselves. In today’s game the old saying “you never have enough pitching” is new again.

Happy Fathers Day weekend.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for all the play by play of Oakland A’s baseball on the A’s Spanish radio network and on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Giants Yastrzemski and Longoria hitting for the long ball; Giants open three game series in Cincinnati tonight

Wilmer Flores (left) and Mike Yastrzemski (center) are excited for Evan Longoria (right) of the San Francisco Giants who just hit a three run home run against the New York Mets on Wed May 26, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, quite a turn around for the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and Monday they were whipped by the San Diego Padres 10-1 and New York Mets 13-3 but on Tuesday and Wednesday they beat the Mets by scores of 13-12 and 9-3.

#2 One of the key things for the Giants Evan Longoria had a break out game on Wednesday with his two home runs in building the nine run total for the Giants.

#3 Also Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run to contribute to the cause it was hit fourth homer for the 2022 season.

#4 The Giants Joc Pederson has his groove he hit his fourth home run in two games Tuesday and Wednesday at Oracle Park. Giants manager Gabe Kapler is happy to see Pederson making good contact.

#5  The Giants open a three game series in Cincinnati (14-30) tonight. The Giants will start Carlos Rodon (4-3, 3.43) and the Reds have not announced a starter yet. First pitch is 3:40 pm PDT at Great American Park in Cincinnati.

Join Daniel Mondays for the Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com