Catcher John Jaso is back in the lineup tonight despite being drilled in the left forearm by a pitch from Max Scherzer. Continue Reading
On Monday, the following was written on the white board next to where the A’s lineup is posted daily in their clubhouse.
Slow torture vs. Instant kill
Slow torture is a team approach.
Instant kill is an individual approach.
Home runs end rallies, not start them.
Keep pitchers in the stretch and trust your teammates.
Pass the torch if necessary….
There’s only so much Sean Doolittle to go around. Manager Bob Melvin has to pick his spot, depending upon the situation. On Wednesday, Doolittle was targeted to pitch the ninth inning for the A’s. Continue Reading
The A’s are in the midst of a season-high six-game win streak and hold a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Continue Reading
There are times when it just doesn’t seem to matter who A’s manager Bob Melvin throws out on the mound as his starting pitcher. Continue Reading
Center fielder Coco Crisp wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday for the sixth consecutive game. He still is recovering from whiplash-like symptoms after crashing into the outfield wall last Wednesday. Continue Reading
A’s manager Bob Melvin remains undecided whether to use left-hander Drew Pomeranz or right-hander Arnold Leon as the starting pitcher for the second game of his team’s upcoming doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners. Continue Reading
The whole “baseball is a game of inches” is about as old a cliché as there is in baseball. There’s probably a good reason why.
In a matter of four batters on Monday night at the Coliseum, there were three plays that were decided by a few inches that dramatically altered the game. Michael Saunders led off with a sharp liner that deflected off the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson. Then Stefen Romero singled on a grounder that went off the glove of pitcher Scott Kazmir.
Two batters later, Corey Hart delivered a seeing-eyed single and the Mariners had a 1-0 lead. A second run scored on an RBI groundout, Seattle was up 2-0 early and those two runs were the difference in a 4-2 win.
Josh Reddick has a T-shirt he likes to wear from time to time.
It says simply, “Don’t Run on Reddick.’’
It may be time to break that one out again after the otherworldly throw that Reddick unleashed Saturday night, a bullet from deep right to third base on the fly, enabling third baseman Josh Donaldson to slap a tag on the suitable surprised base runner, George Springer.
In case you were wondering, yes, Jim Johnson was going to get the save opportunity in the ninth inning Friday.
For that to happen, Oakland would have had to score one, two or three runs. Instead they scored seven runs and Johnson wound up not pitching at all.
But the one-time closer would have gotten the call, manager Bob Melvin said.
“It was set up for Johnson tonight,’’ Melvin said. “It was his game to close.’’