A couple quick takes on the A’s 1-0 loss to the Mariners, which had that all-too-familiar theme — outstanding pitching and not enough hitting.
–I’m noticing a different tone in manager Bob Geren’s voice after some of these early-season losses. Normally he’s one to put a positive spin on any sort of defeat, but he was very quiet and reserved tonight, clearly disheartened by his team’s lack of run production. And he’s had the same tone after other losses too. To state the obvious, the A’s can’t keep wasting pitching gems like the one they got from Brandon McCarthy tonight (four hits over eight innings).
“It’s frustrating to get that kind of performance and not win a game,” Geren said.
–Considering how much the A’s struggled offensively tonight, I can’t help but think Hideki Matsui should have found his way into the game at some point as a pinch hitter. The A’s were one swing of the bat away from changing the game. I realize Matsui is a bit of a liability running the bases in a close game, but he’s still got to make an appearance.
–I’m very interested to see how Tyson Ross fares in his first start of the season Friday night. And I’m just as curious to see Seattle starting pitcher Michael Pineda, a young stud who I’ve heard and read lots about. The A’s will have their work cut out again …