Two teams enter, one team leaves. It’s Thunderdome, baby. Baseball-style.
Ivan Nova takes on Doug Fister. Which is totally what we expected in Game 5. Actually, I would have sooner expected Andy Hawkins and Dan Petry. Maybe even preferred it. Oh well, you can’t always get what you want. This will be good enough for our purposes.
Chat will get going at around 8pm:
The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment.
Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really, as he’s posted a 7.36 ERA over 13 appearances.
Hendriks, who appeared in 70 games last season, signed a one-year deal last winter to avoid arbitration. The deal is for $1.9 million, so anyone claiming him off of waivers or trading for him will owe him a bit over half of that. Given the durability the eight-year veteran has shown in previous seasons that’s not out of the question, but his ineffectiveness this year, combined with a groin problem that caused him to miss some time, may give suitors pause.