Comment of the Day: The A's are lost at the plate

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Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me:

This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit.

Last night it was a one hitter. Sunday was the Slowey no-hit through seven, But Saturday the game finished with the A’s having no hits through the last six innings. So for the last 24 innings they’ve had 4 hits.

It’s not just lack of talent. It’s not just quality opposing pitching (and defense). It’s also the league’s most passive approach at the plate. There is far too much of an A’s hitter off-balance on 0-2 counts because he took two strikes. It’s amazing how lately opposing pitchers just run to the mound, throw as many strikes as fast as they can, and leave undamaged.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but it’s amazing how much better the old Beane take-and-rake philosophy works when you have, you know, good hitters doing the taking and the raking.

Watch: George Springer robs Todd Frazier with an incredible catch at the wall

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Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.

According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.

It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.

The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.