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The problem with the 'Moneyball' A's, according to Buck Martinez

I had to listen to this exchange a dozen times to make sure I transcribed it correctly. I am now much, much dumber. My hope is that you, too, will be much, much dumber after reading it.

Don Orsillo: Buck, are you surprised that they sort of skipped their Game 1 starter, Bartolo Colon, for tonight's Game 5?

Buck Martinez: Not at all. Given what Sonny Gray did in Game 2, matching up against Verlander, I think this is the one piece that's been missing in the A's postseason game -- an impact arm like Sonny Gray. And Bob Melvin wasn't going to waste that opportunity to pitch him in this game.

You know, a lot of people criticizing Moneyball philosophy of Oakland, saying they're built for the regular season. They haven't had an impact starter like Sonny Gray for a while.

The Moneyball A's couldn't hack it in the playoffs because they didn't have any impact arms. That's ... not how I remember it. The whole story of Moneyball was centered around guys like Tim Hudson ...

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... and Mark Mulder.

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It's pretty crazy to ignore their contributions to the movie, book, and philosophy. For shame, Buck Martinez.

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