Games like Tuesday’s show why it doesn’t pay for A’s fans to get overly excited about this team at this point. The A’s were held to one hit for the second time in four games, losing 5-0 to the Los Angeles Angels. Forget for a moment that the A’s lineup was missing Josh Reddick, Jemile Weeks and Kurt Suzuki, who all had the night off. We’ve seen that this is a very flawed team offensively, even with all the regulars in there.
On Monday, Tommy Milone’s sterling effort on the mound made it easy to overlook that the A’s mustered just six hits in a 2-1 victory. They’re a team that is capable of being shut down on any given night, and that puts a lot of pressure on a pitching staff. It’s also why I believe Manny Ramirez will indeed join the team May 30 and see time at DH, even if he doesn’t hit the cover off the ball for Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s need an injection of life at the plate. Yoenis Cespedes can provide that when he comes back from his hand injury. Brandon Inge should also help out when he returns from his groin injury. But the A’s also have to see what Ramirez can bring to the table.
–Will Graham Godfrey get another start in the rotation? Part of that depends on how his finger injury heals. Godfrey hurt the middle finger on his throwing hand while warming up in the bullpen Tuesday, and he said that greatly affected his ability to throw his secondary pitches. He was definitely off, that much was clear. Brandon McCarthy will be on the DL for at least one more start, perhaps more if his shoulder doesn’t recover as fast as he hopes. What other option do the A’s have besides Godfrey? Young right-hander Brad Peacock pitched Tuesday, so he’s on the same turn as Godfrey. But Peacock was roughed up for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento. How about long reliever Travis Blackley? He was very sharp in relief of Godfrey. I wouldn’t say the Australian is out of the question for a potential start at some point.
That’s all for now …