By John Hickey
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 at 12:41 pm in 2013 regular season.
With Sunday’s game in Seattle, the A’s stretch of playing 30 games in 31 days comes to an end.
And probably not a moment too soon, because the A’s are starting to show some fatigue, particularly in the last week.
Are the four losses in the first six games of this road trip an indication of fatigue? It’s not out of the question. Oakland started this streak with 16 wins in the first 20 games, then lost two of three at home to the Mariners, followed by dropping three of four to the Rangers in Texas before splitting the first two games of the series in Seattle.
“It’s difficult, they’re right to be a little tired,’’ A’s manager Bob Melvin said, going on to say that it might have been a factor in the recent skid.
“It might be, look at the results,’’ he said. “It culminated in four hot days in Texas. Even when (relievers) aren’t in the game, they might get up and get hot.’’
Melvin pointed to the Friday A’s win in Seattle. Bartolo Colon went eight innings and Grant Balfour one, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Jerry Blevins was up (throwing) in two innings,’’ the manager said. “Cook was up once.’’
And Cook had pitched the day before, one inning in Texas, and the run he allowed tied the game in an eventual one-run loss.
Those two relievers both pitched Saturday, Blevins giving up a three-run homer to tie the game seventh, and Cook was charged with two runs and the loss an inning later.
Looking ahead, the A’s have three days off in the next week – Monday, Thursday and next Monday.
For the moment, the A’s don’t have any plans to skip any of their starting pitchers so as to keep the others on a regular every-five-day rotation, but that could change, Melvin said. He and pitching coach Curt Young will talk Monday about how to handle the rotation going forward.
“We’ll look at it on the off-day,’’ the manager said.