Carl Steward, filling in for Joe Stiglich tonight …
Since Joe gave the early report on KTRB, here’s an update. Talked to A’s VP Ken Pries as well as KTRB sports director Ken Dito and I filed a report in the A’s notebook basically stating that nothing much will change with A’s broadcasts through the end of the season, and that includes pre- and post-game shows. The financially troubled station was placed in receivership Friday, but Comerica Bank, which is now in control the station, plans to keep things up and running for now, even though there were some personnel casualties. Dito, however, has been retained.
It could be the toughest ballot among postseason award voters: the AL Cy Young. CC Sabathia has to be the favorite at this point with 19 wins, but he only has three more wins than Cahill playing for the best team in the league, while Cahill is 10 games over .500 for a team that’s 70-70. Opposing hitters are batting just .200 against him, which is the lowest among qualifying starters in the AL. And let’s not forget, Cahill didn’t make his first start until April 30. Imagine if he’d pitched the first month. He still has four more starts. He could actually get 20 wins, which would be quite a feat for a 22-year-old guy in just his second season. He moved past Clay Buchholz Friday night. But the votes are going to be all over the place. Tampa Bay’s David Price will get some. Jon Lester, too.
Cahill has a chance if you look at last year. Zack Greinke won it a 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA. Cahill’s not far off what Greinke did.
Coco Crisp’s first-inning catch to rob Boston’s Ryan Kalish of a home run is the best outfield catch I’ve seen in a long time. He not only went up above but over the wall to catch the ball, and his arm was extended at least two feet above the top of the fence and behind it a bit. Coco said afterward that to make a catch like that, it’s best not to get to close to the wall before the leap because you can’t get as high. Great night for Coco all around, reaching base four times with three steals. Rickey Henderson was on the bench Friday night, and Coco admitted he might have been putting on a bit of a show for his idol. Crisp has 19 steals in a row without being caught, the most since Rickey had 17 straight in 1998. Don Baylor, of all people, holds the club record with 25 straight in 1976. I know, because I was there the night he got No. 25 covering the game.
Yeah, I’m an old-timer. That’s why I’m turning it back to Joe post-haste. I gotta go take a nap.