That’s the good news. As any parent can tell you, once you have rug rats running around, six weeks goes by in what seems like six minutes, so the A’s misery will be over before we know it.
What do you want to see over the season’s final weeks?
I want to see the A’s ease the reigns on the pitching staff a bit. Watched quite a bit of Greg Smith’s start on Saturday, and he had all the looks of a guy who’s having to reach deep. He was effective, but every inning was a struggle. The last couple of starts, he’s needed almost 20 pitchers per inning, and that’s just too much when it happens all the time. This kid is going to be a good pitcher in the major leagues, as long as he stays healthy.
Speaking of which, that to me is the biggest issue with this franchise. The number of times they’ve had to utilize the disabled list is simply too much, and it’s happened two straight years. Whatever the A’s did last winter to improve things must be evaluated again, because it clearly hasn’t worked. Maybe getting younger will help in that area, but so far it hasn’t. This gets back to having young pitchers such as Smith ease up a bit. This team is going nowhere, so make sure you start playing for a healthy 2009 right now.
I’ll talk more about the future of the franchise as the season winds down. For now, I’m interested in your thoughts. You’re the GM, and your under the constraints of the Lew Wolff ownership (Walter Haas is not walking through that door, people). What are your top priorities?