Fresh from the mouth of Ernesto Frieri and passed on to us by Pedro Moura of the now T.J. Simers-less OC Register:
“We’re going to beat them,” Frieri said. “Get ready to write that. I hate to say this, but they have a little bit extra luck. If you pay attention every play, it’s stupid how the game goes their way.”
Something is definitely stupid, Ernesto, and I don’t think it is the A’s. Confidence is great and all, but let’s not go and unnecessarily give the division rival bulletin board material. And homer-prone closers, in particular, should be careful of tempting the baseball gods to smite said closer with a heavy dose of karma to make sure the prediction goes tragically wrong.