A’s 9, Rangers 4

Pretty good day for the A’s offense obviously, and boy, was it needed.

After shaking up the top of the order today and scoring nine runs, I don’t see why Bob Geren would change things tomorrow. Sure, Orlando Cabrera went 0-for-5 hitting leadoff, but Kurt Suzuki had three hits in the No. 2 spot and help set the table for the heart of the lineup.

But the way I see it, the A’s can tinker w/the top of the lineup all they want. It’s the guys anchoring the middle — Jason Giambi, Matt Holliday and Jack Cust — who have to produce. They did that today, and you saw the results.

–Putting just a tiny damper on the victory was Brad Ziegler’s shaky ninth inning. He entered with a 9-1 lead and left with it 9-4 after getting just one out. Andrew Bailey came in to slam the door. In Ziegler’s defense, an error by Cabrera opened the door to the rally.

But it makes you wonder if Bailey will start getting some of the save opportunities over Ziegler. Geren has dropped hints that Bailey could be in line for some closer’s duty. I don’t think Ziegler’s done enough to lose his handle on the job, but Bailey definitely has more of the classic closer-like stuff, a little like Joey Devine.

–Toronto rolls into town for three games this weekend, followed by Kansas City for two. To the A’s benefit, they’ll avoid seeing both Roy Halladay and Zack Greinke.

Check in w/you tomorrow …

Joe Stiglich

  • Oakland Sí

    agree with you on the middle of the order and also about Bailey