By Joe Stiglich
Friday, August 8th, 2008 at 8:48 am in Uncategorized.
I’m on board a train right now heading from Toronto to the Detroit area and thought I’d check in. I’ve never taken a train on a long trip before. No sign of Robert Redford or The Whammer on my car. Anyone seen “The Natural?” If so, you got that last reference. …
In today’s stories, I failed to mention that Brad Ziegler threw another shutout inning last night, running his record scoreless streak to start his career to 35. That leaves him two short of Oakland’s overall record for consecutive scoreless innings. Mike Torres had 37 straight in 1976. Ziegler is an amazing story. But it gets me to thinking about the A’s bullpen as a whole. It’s a little strange that when the ninth inning rolls around, we have no idea who might be coming out to save a game. Bob Geren mentioned Ziegler and Jerry Blevins as possible options to close. You can probably throw Joey Devine in there too. And let’s remember, Huston Street is still an option. I have no idea what to make of his situation right now.
Something tells me most A’s fans would probably prefer to see Ziegler pitching the ninth right now. I can see why. But because a guy has success in the earlier innings doesn’t mean that will automatically translate to the ninth. Ziegler still has very few big league innings under his belt. And Blevins’ meltdown last night is a reminder that the A’s are relying on some very inexperienced guys down there. Looking ahead to next season, who knows what the A’s might do with the closer spot? Should they give Street some more shots this season and determine whether he gets first crack in ’09? Will one of his ‘pen mates be ready for the role? Do they look toward free agency? How would you like to see the A’s set things up for next season?