Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics

Confession time: I don’t watch all the baseball games. I watch many, many baseball games in a given day or week, but I am somehow not capable of watching them all. This isn’t a bad thing, I assure you.

When I awoke, with an assist to my infant daughter, very early this morning, it was much to my surprise when I saw a baseball game had ended mere moments before. The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim decided to play NINETEEN innings on a Monday night in April, a game which featured 156 plate appearances, 597 pitches and 18 runs. A game the A’s won 10-8 on a walkoff home run by Brandon Moss.

Call me crazy but that looks like one of the most subdued walkoff celebrations I can remember. Must be the marathon game which quite obviously sucked their collective wills to live.

As the game chart shows, this was a true white knuckle ride, as the A’s came from five runs back by scoring four runs in the 8th and pushing across the tying run in the 9th. The Angels eventually went ahead in the 15th inning, only to see Oakland tie the game, prolonging the agony.

Source: FanGraphs

Speaking of agony, poor Chris Ianetta caught all 19 innings for the Angels last night. Going to go ahead an pencil Hank Conger in for the start tonight. Speaking of further agony, the Angels pitching staff isn’t exactly so “robust” as to feature the kind of depth required to absorb pitching two full games in one night and still be ready to fire tonight. At least they send Garrett Richards to the hill tonight, he of three consecutive decent starts.

Speaking of agony of the soul, this game wasn’t the only noteworthy baseball activity last night. Two of the biggest stars in the National League both suffered injury, which is not good in any way.

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters that Stephen Strasburg was suffering from forearm tightness during his start last night. Though it sounds innocent enough (he was treated with “medication“), it is always noteworthy when the great but brittle (narratively speaking) Strasburg suffers an arm injury.

MEANWHILE, in Miami, the Mets and Marlins decided to play themselves a marathon game, going 15 innings at Marlins Park, all but ensuring an empty stadium by the time the final pitch was thrown. What started as Matt Harvey versus Jose Fernandez ended with Shaun Marcum getting lit up in relief as Jon Rauch went three innings for the win. Of course.

The Mets squandered another strong Harvey start, albeit an inefficient one in which he threw 121 pitches in just 5.1 innings, striking out seven and coaxing 14 swinging strikes. Jose Fernandez last just four innings, walking three and surrendering a home run to John Buck because that’s just what John Buck does now – hit home runs off premium pitching.

The real story from this game was the injury suffered by Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins slugger finally got his bat going this weekend only to pull up lame running out a swinging bunt in the tenth inning. The Marlins placed Stanton on the disabled list last night, which is pretty much the worst sentence I’ve written in 2013.

And the rest

Nolan Arenado got his big league career off to a hot start, picking up three hits in a big Rockies win, including the first home run of his career. [Denver Post]

The Blue Jays season is kinda sorta maybe over? [DJF]

In more positive injured pitcher news, Dylan Bundy doesn’t need Tommy John. [SI's Strike Zone]

Glen Perkins, hero. [Big League Stew]

More debate over the quality/efficacy of WAR. Weee. [Fangraphs]

The annual Cardinals bullpen debacle is well under way. The Cards send down Marc Rzepczynski because they need to add degrees of difficulty to everything they do. [STL Dispatch]

Comments (5)

  1. Fell asleep sometime between the 13th and 14th. I woke up to the Thanks For Watching message.

  2. Although I understand a team’s reluctance to trade a Stanton in the midst of a complete rebuild – “He’s still cheap, and we need to give the fans something to wat…oh, wait…” – I just don’t see the risk/reward ever being in their favor.

    Sure, there’s the chance that Stanton takes the leap this year to Aaron territory, thereby mitigating the loss in value of a cheap, controllable year, but is that not a marginal gain? Just how much more value could that have been?

    I’ll agree that the loss in value in the event of a down year will also be curbed due to the talent, but why take that chance? Hell, even Altuve could be had for the right price (speaking of which…second base you say…?)

    • Barring a season ending injury you would think that Stanton’s value is pretty assured and could possibly rise if he has a huge season.

      I’m more confused by the bringing up Jose Fernandez. His stuff looks awesome and he has a great backstroy (He saved his mother from drowning on his fourth escape attempt from Cuba, kids a gamer) but the problems he had last night with fastball control could presumably be fixed in the minors without the worry of service time.

  3. I’d like to thank MLB’s blackout policy from preventing me from watching the A’s/Angels’ game on my laptop while in bed. Instead of staying awake until 2 am, I fell asleep at 11 and am now functional to go to work today.

    Good job, MLB! Way to save me from myself!

  4. With the WP charts, I wonder if there is a visual correlation with heart attack/blood pressure charts. If I was watching the game, it would seem that way to me.

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