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Schedule ready to do an about-face for A’s

This weekend brings to a close a streak of 30 games in 31 days played by the A’s.

They get a day off Monday. Then after two games against the Reds in the Coliseum they get another day off Thursday.

Then after a weekend series at home against the Cardinals, another day off Monday.

That’s basically insane, loading up that many off days after forcing a team to grind it out day after day for almost five weeks.

Welcome to the wonder world of Major League Baseball schedules. There’s nothing that can be done, so the A’s basically just have to deal with it.

Manager Bob Melvin said that his current plan is to have his starting pitchers continue in their regular rotation.

    “Basically I like giving (starting pitchers) a day off,’’ Melvin said. “There’s no one struggling where we feel (the need to have a starter skip a spot).’’

The problem is that by having a stretch of three days off in eight days, if the A’s don’t skip a start, their current ace, Bartolo Colon will have six days off before his next start and five days off before the one after that.

When you have a starting pitcher who is 6-0 when starting every fifth day the last month or so, you don’t really want to mess with that.

And yet, that’s the way the A’s are heading, like it or not.

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.