Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s rebound take 2 out of 3 from White Sox 3-1; Manaea strikes out 9

Oakland A’s closer Andrew Chafin (left) shakes hands with catcher Sean Murphy (right) at the conclusion of Thu Sep 9, 2021 game at the Oakland Coliseum with a win over the Chicago White Sox (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry, after getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays the Oakland A’s (76-64) turned around and took two out of three from the Chicago White Sox (80-60) winning Thursday afternoon 3-1.

#2 The A’s got great pitching out of starter Sean Manaea went seven innings, five hits, one earned run, a walk, nine strike outs.

#3 Jerry, Manaea had all his pitches working for him on Thursday getting nine strikeouts against a line up as good as the Sox and as good as team like the White Sox that has some pretty smart pitching.

#4 The A’s Josh Harrison got picked off second base in the bottom of the first inning 1-4-5 put out. It’s not often you see a leadoff hitter like Harrison like that.

#5 Jerry, the Texas Rangers might be 30 games out and in last place in the AL West but they are never giving up club they’re won seven out their last ten and have won four straight games going into Friday’s series against the A’s.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s hope to chase down Astros as they open 10 game roadie tonight in Seattle

Oakland A’s third baseman Jacob Wilson gets his first big league hit at age 31 on Tue Jul 20, 2021 against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Wilson and his teammates hope to get more hits on Thu Jul 22, 2021 in Seattle at T Mobile Field (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Oakland A’s start out this road trip in Seattle tonight at T Mobile Field in Seattle the first of ten road games and the first of a four game series.

#2 This is a crucial series the A’s need to gain ground on first place Houston as their 3.5 games back and are hoping to do a little better than .500 on the trip.

#3 The A’s and Mariners have both won their last two games and have won six of their last ten games

#4 Jerry talk a little bit about A’s pitcher James Kaprielian who had thrown six shutout innings giving up only five hits against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday afternoon. Kaprielian pitched well enough to complete the game if it wasn’t for the pitch count he threw 100 pitches.

#5 The A’s will send lefty Sean Manaea to the hill Thursday night. Manaea is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.28. Righty Chris Flexon, 9-3 ERA 3.35, will go for Seattle.

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Astros and A’s open three game series Tuesday night; Rivalry baseball at it’s best at the Coliseum

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea gets the call on Tue May 18, 2021 against the Houston Astros who will try to rebound after his last rough outing against the Boston Red Sox (AP File Photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The Oakland A’s returned home to the Bay Area after finishing a six-game road trip to Boston and Minnesota. The A’s won four and lost two on the trip. The A’s are in first place in the AL West with a record of 25-17. Their opponent for the next three games will be the Houston Astros (24-17) starting Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Astros trail the A’s by 1/2 game in the race for the division crown. The Astros and A’s have met seven times so far in 2021. The Astros won the first five games between the two teams, but the A’s won the last two.

The Astros have a lineup loaded with power hitters. As a team, the Astros have sent 48 balls out of the park in their first 41 games. The A’s are no slouch hitting balls into the stratosphere either. The A’s have played 42 games, and they have hit 53 round-trippers.

The Astros are 8-2 in their last ten games. The lineup features second baseman Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Yuli Guriel, Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, and Kyle Turner. Jason Castro and Martin Maldonado share the catching chores. The Astros went to the World Series in 2017 and 2019. They won the championship in 2017. They eliminated the A’s in the 2020 AL Divison Series. A’s manager Bob Melvin has to figure out a way to beat these guys.

Here is a look at the starting pitchers for the series starting Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Lefty Sean Manaea will go for Oakland. Manaea had a rough outing in Boston last week. The Red Sox roughed him up for seven runs and ten hits in two-plus innings of work.

Manaea will be looking to get back on track against the Astros’ big boppers. Manaea’s last against Houston was on April 9th. He went six innings and allowed one run. Righty Cristian Javier goes for Houston. Javier is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.08.

However, his performances in May have not been that great. In his three starts this month, he has allowed 11 runs in 17 and 1.3rd innings of work for an ERA of 5.71. In his last outing against the Texas Rangers, Javier went seven innings and allowed three runs.

On Wednesday, the veteran righty, Zack Greinke, will face the A’s. Greinke is 3-1 with an ERA of 4.18. In his last start, Greinke went seven innings and allowed three runs. In his three previous starts, the Astros limited him to four innings of work.

The A’s will counter with Frankie Montas. Frankie is 5-2 for the year and has an ERA of 4.93. However, in his last three starts, Montas is 3-0, and his ERA is a respectable 3.12. Frankie beat the Astros in Houston on April 10th. In that game, he went six innings and allowed one run.

In the series finale on Thursday, Luis Garcia will be on the mound for Houston. Garcia had his first career win last week when he beat the Texas Rangers. Garcia is 1-3 for the year and has an ERA of 3.34. The A’s will send lefty Cole Irvin to handle the pitching chores. Irvin is 3-4 for the year and has an ERA of 3.02. In his last start against the Twins last week, Irvin went 6.2/3 innings and allowed one run. His ERA over the last six starts is 1.89.

The series will be a battle for first place in the Western division. The Astros know they will hear many boos from the A’s fans for being caught stealing signs. The Astros complained about the fans being too rough on them. That’s the price they have to pay for cheating.

The A’s pitchers have to be on top of their game to hold down the Houston hitters. The Astros do not have an easy out in the lineup. The A’s have to put runs on the board if they hope to beat the Astros. The A’s have been very successful in winning games by one or two runs. The A’s as a team are hitting about .222. Their hitters can put the ball out of the park, but it would be nice to see them get more hits. The three-game set should be fun.

The teams have finished the first quarter of the season. The Astros and A’s appear to be in the race for the division crown. The Seattle Mariners have rebuilt their team and are not too far behind the A’s and the Astros. The Angels and Rangers have been struggling so far this year. The A’s haven’t played them yet, but they will be seeing them soon.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: What happens if A’s win World Series?; Will that save the team from leaving Oakland?

Former Oakland A’s owner Charlie O Finley who moved the club from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and won three World Series in a row. If the 2021 Oakland A’s can win the World Series this year will it help save the team? (Mercury News file photo)

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 What will it take to convince the Oakland City Council to realize that the Oakland A’s are a viable asset to the city? Will it take the A’s going all the way this season and winning the World Series or still that wouldn’t be good enough to save the team?

#2 A’s team president David Kaval says the A’s are committed to staying in Oakland but MLB is giving the instruction to the team to make preparations to look at other markets to possibly move to we didn’t get a chance to ask you Jerry if this is more of a pressure move by MLB or they really want the A’s to consider looking elsewhere?

#3 The A’s have been having much success they’ve won seven of their last 11 games, on the field none of the talk about them having to get a new ballpark built or they will have to move has distracted them whatsoever.

#4 Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis weighed in and said that the Raiders would welcome the A’s to Las Vegas. Davis said the Oakland City Council is not capable of getting anything done from his experience with them trying to keep the Raiders in Oakland and he wouldn’t be surprised if the A’s will join the Raiders in Vegas.

#5 The A’s have had a successful series against the Boston Red Sox the will conclude the three game series tonight as A’s starter Sean Manaea who took a no hitter into the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing (3-1 ERA 3.07) will start against the Boston Red Sox Garrett Richards (2-2 ERA 4.54) a 4:10pm first pitch.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s hoping to take series/ Jays hoping for a split today

Oakland A’s starter Mike Fiers who took a loss in this last start will try for his first win of the season today at the Oakland Coliseum against the Toronto Blue Jays as the four game series concludes this afternoon. (Athletics Nation photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Oakland A’s pitcher Lou Trivino who pitched one third in relief on Wednesday night got tattooed by the Toronto Blue Jays at the Oakland Coliseum giving up three runs and five hits in relief.

#2 The relief core surrendered five runs in the top of the eighth inning to the Jays and the A’s wound up losing by as many runs 9-4.

#3 Reliever Adam Kolarek came in to relieve Trivino and threw a wild pitch to move runners to second and third and was lifted for Jordan Weems who wound up giving up a hit and two runs for the five run eighth and the damage was done for a 7-4 lead.

#4 The Jays added two more runs in the ninth inning for a nine run evening tally. The key thing for A’s victories has been the bullpen to hold them for wins but on Wednesday night the pen struggle to keep runners off the bases.

#5 The Jays and A’s conclude this four game series at 12:37pm this afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. Starting pitchers for this afternoon for the Blue Jays Hyun Jin Ryu (1-2 ERA 2.60) and for the A’s Mike Fiers (0-1 ERA 4.60) struggled in his first outing for a loss.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Romo and Bum share a laugh when meeting; Puk starts a good game against KC

A’s pitcher AJ Puk goes two innings on against the Kansas City Royals and is expected to be a big part of the A’s starting rotation (Oakland A’s file photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Oakland A’s releiver Sergio Romo stepped off the pitchers mound on Tuesday afternoon to smile a bit before facing his longtime friend and former teammate the Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner. The two played together on the San Francisco Giants and won three World Series titles together.

#2 Bumgarner during the at bat was smiling the who time he was in the batters box facing Romo, It was the first time Romo saw Bumgarner smile on a baseball field in the whole time they played with and against each other.

#3 Bumgarner struck out on a looking fast ball third strike turned and said a word to plate umpire Adrian Johnson before walking back to the dugout. Romo had struckout his old teammate.

#4 Matt Olson seeing the ball well got a home run on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals pitcher Jake Newberry. After the rake on Jake, Newberry got angry and struck out the next three hitters.

#4 In his start against the Royals A’s pitcher AJ Puk threw for two innings, two hits, two earned runs, one walk and four strike outs.

#5 Jerry everybody has been waiting to see how A’s pitcher Trevor Rosenthal and how he will perform he relieved Puk going one inning, two hits, one earned run, one walk, and one strike out. The A’s are expecting big things from Rosenthal this season.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Series all even between two first place teams A’s and Dodgers

The Oakland A’s turned the tables on the Los Angeles Dodgers after losing on Tuesday the A’s pick up a win in game two of the series here the A’s Tommy LaStella (3) scores and gets congratulations from Jack Lamb (4) in the first inning at Dodgers Stadium on Wednesday night (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The A’s evened the series with the Dodgers on Thursday night this series is a good test for both teams with both being first place teams it’s a good look at both their strengths.

#2 The Dodgers used two relievers in the first two innings starting with Joe Kelly who allowed two hits from the first two hitters he faced including the A’s Tommy LaStella who doubled to rightfield.

#3 Robbie Grossman hit a double to get the A’s on the scoreboard and the A’s were in business later the A’s got another run Mark Canha drove home Grossman. The A’s would start the game off scoring three runs in the first inning.

#4 With the game tied 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning the A’s Ramon Laureano hit a two run homer to give the A’s the eventual win 6-4.

#5 Starting pitchers for tonight’s final and third game at Dodgers Stadium for the A’s Mike Fiers (6-2 ERA 4.67) and for the Dodgers Walker Buhler (1-0 ERA 3.86)

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Good pitching is beating good hitting for A’s

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) is part of a successful A’s pitching staff of starters and relievers. Bassitt will be the starting pitcher Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum versus the San Francisco (file photo from Athletics Nation)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry we’ll be taking a look at the Oakland A’s pitching staff and to the whys of their success this season. The pitching makes all the difference for a big league’s club success and the A’s this season hasn’t been an exception.

#2 The A’s are coming off a split in Colorado losing on Tuesday but on Wednesday afternoon they got some traction from starter Mike Fiers who pitched six innings and the bullpen came in and closed the game for the 3-1 win.

#3 Lets take a look at last Monday’s game in Seattle under 200 plus air quality conditions and A’s starting pitcher Mike Minor on the mound in the second game of the doubleheader making his first start for Oakland going the distance pitching seven innings for a two hit shutout.

#4 Sean Manaea did lose Tuesday’s game in Colorado 4-3 but previous to that he’s had some great starts including the outing he had when he pitched against the Houston Astros last week on Thu 10th going seven innings, surrendering two hits, one run for a 3-1 win.

#5 The A’s host the San Francisco Giants Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Giants had struggled against the San Diego Padres in San Diego last weekend had to fly to Seattle on Sunday night for a Monday doubleheader which was canceled because of bad Seattle air quality and then moved the two game series to San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday. The Giants have not announced a starting pitcher yet for Friday night and the A’s will start Chris Bassitt whose had a great last outing now 4-2 ERA 2.92.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s feeling confident in series with Astros; Five game series concludes today

The Oakland A’s Tommy LaStella goes air borne to catch a liner hit by Houston Astro Kyle Tucker in the second inning of the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader (photo from sfgate.com)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry talk a little bit about the A’s and Astros series where they have played five games against each other this week.

#2 The A’s and Astros had a doubleheader on Tuesday night in the middle of the series and they both split. In the first game A’s Khris Davis hit his second home run of the season in the 4-2 win and lost the second game 5-4 when the bullpen couldn’t hold up.

#3 The A’s have had much success in staying ahead of the Astros, the Astros did suffer some starting pitching injuries and had lost eight of their last 11 games.

#4 Although the A’s hold a 5 1/2 game lead on the Astros like manager Bob Melvin says about Houston their not a team that you could let up on.

#5 The A’s have three more doubleheaders left in Texas on Sep 12th, Sep 14 in Seattle and Sep 26th versus Seattle in Oakland.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s pick up where they left off with Padres Friday night

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.

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