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Avoiding the slippery slope

It goes without saying the A’s badly need a victory after losing four straight. But regardless of today’s result, this series obviously has dealt a serious blow to their long-term prospects for the rest of 2009. They’re 11 games under .500, and 11 games back in the AL West. The way I see it, this team can go one of two ways at this point. They can stick together and start playing better from a pure pride standpoint, or they can start drifting off mentally, and then things tailspin in a hurry. I think it’s a big test for Bob Geren to see whether he can keep this team from checking out psychologically. There’s a lot of baseball left to play …

–As for today’s news, Jack Cust is in the lineup at DH and Jack Hannahan is slated to play third base. It’s best to write this in pencil, as we’ve learned the past couple of days. Both players are battling lower back spasms, but apparently they’re good enough to give it a go today.

A’s full lineup:
Cabrera SS
Kennedy 2B
Cust DH
Holliday LF
Giambi 1B
Suzuki C
Sweeney CF
Cunningham RF
Hannahan 3B

Braden P

Rangers:
Kinsler 2B
Young 3B
Jones DH
Cruz RF
Blalock 1B
Byrd CF
Murphy LF
Saltalamacchia C
Andrus SS

Millwood P

Joe Stiglich

  • A’sGirl

    Geren is not the man for this job. He never was. If it is up to him to keep the players into the game, then we are in A LOT of trouble.

    This weekend was hugely disappointing to watch, I can’t imagine being a player on that team. It must be killing guys that are used to being contenders, though it isn’t even about contending anymore, it is about not embarrassing themselves every time they step on to the field.