Bay Area Buzz 8/29: Giants Beat Themselves, Melvin the Mastermind, Tough Decision for Allen

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford heads to the dugout after being stranded during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Giants Beat Themselves Again

What happens when you field two double-play grounders and record one out between them?

A lost night. A lost season. That’s what.

Jhoulys Chacin took a no-hit bid deeper than any Rockies pitcher ever had at Coors Field Wednesday night, getting within seven outs of one before Brandon Crawford lined a clean single to center field.

- Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area

Melvin the Mastermind Behind A’s Success

Major League Baseball began handing out the Manager of the Year award in 1983, and Bobby Cox of the 2004-05 Atlanta Braves is the only man to win it in consecutive seasons. If the lineup the Oakland Athletics fielded Wednesday night is a snapshot of the tools at Bob Melvin’s disposal, he should be a strong candidate to replicate that feat.

Yes, John Farrell has changed the mindset in Boston a year after that 69-win Bobby Valentine-led debacle. Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays deserves to win the award every year, and Terry Francona has done a wonderful job keeping the Cleveland Indians in postseason contention despite the team’s flaws. But has any of them done a noticeably better job than Melvin, who has taken a star-free team with the 26th highest payroll in baseball and put it in the mix for a wild card spot and possibly a second straight American League West title?

- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN

Tough Decision for Dennis Allen

This one is mostly on Allen, and I think he’ll do a good job of it, if the pick is Pryor. But we shall see.

The most important thing an NFL head coach can do is figure out what QB to play, how to play around him, and how to handle dips and emotion-swings at the position.

This is not a perfect moment for Allen, because he’d have his QB picked long before now if it was. But it’s an interesting moment. Maybe the most interesting one of his Raiders career.

- Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News

Topics: Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants

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