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ALCS Game 3 (Glass half empty)

So,what kind of alternative plans do you have for the World Series? I mean, not to dump dirt on the A’s prematurely, but Detroit’s 2-0 lead halfway through Game 3 seems like a 20-0 lead, the way Kenny Rogers is dealing. The Gambler has retired 10 of the last 11 he’s faced, and the lone exception, Marco Scutaro, was retired on the front end of a double play to end the fifth.

Rich Harden is out to start the fifth, and he’s hung in there since his bad opening inning. He can’t retire Placido Polanco _ he’s 2-for-2 _ but then again, who on the A’s staff can. Polanco is now 6-for-10 in the series.

The A’s may not win this series, but at least the nation has received a glimpse of Mark Kotsay’s brilliance in center field. Kotsay single-handedly bailed Harden out of a potentially rough fourth inning, first by making a sliding catch of Ramon Santiago’s sinking soft looper to center field, then by sprinting a good 30-40 yards to run down Curtis Granderson’s drive to right-center field. Both plays occurred with one out and a runner on second base.

Meantime, some quick housekeeping. Mentioned in an earlier blog that Ramon Santiago was the DH. He’s actually the DH, with Omar Infante in the DH slot.

Oh, and it’s up to 45 degrees outside. Nice and balmy.

Joe Stiglich