Just wondering after yet another ninth-inning meltdown where you all stand on the subject of Huston Street closing. Personally, I think it’s time for Bob Geren to try something else (or, to be more specific, time for sombody in the front office to “suggest” something else).
Street has blown three of his past four save tries, and he’s also mixed in a loss a week ago after entering a tie game against Kansas City. You have to wonder if this is health-related. Street’s ERA was 3.16 and he was 13-for-15 in saves after polishing off the Giants on June 15. Shortly after that, he reported that his groin was bothering him slightly. Street has a football mentality, so I could see him trying to pitch through it without letting anybody know how badly it’s bothering him, and maybe that’s taken a toll on the quality of his pitches.
Either way, wouldn’t you all rather see Jerry Blevins get a chance in the ninth. Or how bout Brad Ziegler? Ziggy’s 34-inning scoreless streak is A-MAZ-ING, start of the career or not. And what about Joey Devine? Didn’t the A’s get him to close games. Why not give him a peak. This team isn’t going anywhere.
One last thing: Street will get the lion’s share for this latest loss, but the offense contributed mightily again. You gotta score when you have the bases loaded and no outs, and the A’s failed in that situation in the eighth. Tony La Russa said it. You get what you deserve in this game, and that’s exactly what’s happening with the A’s right now.