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Sean Manaea settles for paper trident after his shutout in Seattle

So, I guess you can’t bring a full trident on an airplane.

During the A’s last homestand, starters Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea busted out a heavy, seven-foot golden trident to be bestowed upon the “Rider of the Wave” — or a clubhouse MVP for the day’s victory.

Manaea earned the trident after his suffocating four-hit shutout in Wednesday’s 6-0 victory over the Mariners, but the three-pronged weapon didn’t make the trip to Seattle. After the game, Manaea smiled as he showed off a paper cutout of a golden trident.

Pretty hilarious considering Manaea is the one who shelled out a few hundred bucks for the real deal off Amazon.

“I don’t think it’s the same one,” Manaea said. “But it’s close enough.”

Back in spring training, A’s manager Bob Melvin said Manaea put on some weight and that it looked like his fastball velocity was higher.

It’s June and Chonky Manaea is still bringing the heat. According to Matt Kawahara of the SF Chronicle, Manaea’s 95.8 mph cheddar in the third inning was his fastest pitch in four years. His average fastball this year is 91.3 mph this season, according to Fangraphs, up from 89.8 mph in 2019.

He tossed 111 pitches and got helped out by his defense, which turned three double plays on the night. Manaea could be heard by the field microphones after the final 5-4-3 which secured his first shutout since his no-hitter on April 21, 2018.

Manaea lowered his ERA to 3.36, which is the best on the starting staff. In the American League, no group of starters has thrown more innings than Oakland (315 1/3). Only the Los Angeles Dodgers (317 1/3) have received more innings pitched from their starters.

Renaissance might be too strong of a word, but Manaea looks like he’s back at the same level pre-2019 shoulder surgery. 

He entered the season telling himself and reporters that he’s nasty, and the throwin Samoan’ has proved it so far this season. Manaea has 70 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings this year, and his 9.0 K/9 rate would be the highest of his career for any season where he’s tossed at least 30 innings.

Now they just need to get FAA approval to carry that outrageous trident so he can celly on the road.