By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, June 14th, 2009 at 8:07 pm in 2009 regular season.
I’d imagine the above blog heading sums up the state of mind of many A’s fans right now. It also happens to be the title of one of my favorite Van Halen songs, so I had to go w/it. Since winning seven games in a row, the A’s have lost five of six.
After today’s game, they gave lots of credit to the Giants’ starting pitchers — Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson and Matt Cain — for setting the tempo in S.F.’s three-game sweep. “We’ve had some success over the years coming (to AT&T Park), but we ran into three good guys,” right fielder Jack Cust said. “When I saw we drew those guys a few weeks ago, it’s not something you’re licking your chops about.”
Manager Bob Geren also gave praise to the Giants staff. “Are our guys struggling, or are those well-pitched games (by the Giants)?” he asked rhetorically.
Sometimes you do have to tip your cap, and I know it’s standard to do such a thing. I think the A’s get too sucked into that trap sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with someone coming out and saying, “You know what, we need to be a lot better.” Nobody can debate that the A’s aren’t swinging the bats real well, no matter who’s on the mound.
It will be interesting to see if Geren sticks w/the re-tooled batting order he tried today. Cust, batting second, homered and doubled in his first two at-bats. Geren said he thought Cust might see more hittable pitches in the No. 2 spot.
The A’s need Jason Giambi to heat up no matter where he’s batting. He’s 2-for-20 over his past eight games and went 0-for-4 today, striking out twice on three pitches.
What did you think of today’s batting order? Would you like to see it again? Any more tinkering you’d want?