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: