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Near no-no and the Duch

I don’t understand baseball anymore.

It’s been that way for a while, I guess. I’m not a huge subscriber to the theories that on-base percentage is more telling than batting average, or that on-base percentage-plus- slugging is a better indicator than RBI. I realize how baseball business operates, and how the thinking of the game has changed, but in a sense, I’d argue it’s also like reinventing the wheel.

Which brings me to tonight. I covered Justin Duchscherer’s gem against the Red Sox, and to put it in the simplest terms, he was filthy. Perfect through five. A no-no through 6 1/3. And a one-hitter through eight innings.

And then a seat on the bench? 

As one of the pressbox cohorts said to me when I muttered that I don’t understand this game anymore, ”Talk to Huston Street’s agent.” Exactly. Money and Moneyball thinking rule the game. Nobody seems to manage with a feel for the game anymore. Time was, a starting pitcher would’ve fought to the death before giving up the ball with a one-hitter after eight.

Guess I’ll always long for those days.

rhurd

  • Asfan

    Duke & Ellis are favorites of mine. Part of the A’s “WEAR IT!” generation.
    Tough.
    I know what you mean about coming out of the game but believe getting shut down earlier in the season had some influence on how many pitches Duke should be throwing per game.

  • Steve Toomajian

    No doubt, Duke would have kept pitching if he still had a chance for a no-hitter. I was fine with the call to bring in Street for the ninth inning, and I would have been fine if Duke pitched the ninth. It was not that big of a deal. To me, Duke is in the same situation as Harden to prove he can avoid future injury.
    If you remember, Eveland was allowed to get a complete game when the A’s had a huge lead. This game against the Bosox was more tight and high pressure.

  • Steve Toomajian

    No doubt,Duke would have kept pitching if he still had a chance for a no-hitter. I was fine with the call to bring in Street for the ninth inning, and I would have been fine if Duke pitched the ninth. To me, Duke is in the same situation as Harden to prove he can avoid future injury.
    If you remember, Eveland was allowed to get a complete
    game when the A’s had a huge lead. This game against the Bosox was more tight and high pressure.

  • Bee

    I could have let Duchscherer go back out in the ninth. If he had gotten in trouble, Street could always come in and save it. But remember, Justin was on the DL for quite a while, is a converted relief pitcher used to pitching only a few innings, and it’s early in the season. If this had happened in August, he would have pitched the ninth. I think Bob Geren was taking care of his pitcher for the long haul.

    Bee