Well, what do you think will happen tonight? Losing streak is seven, and why, prey tell, is there any reason to think it won’t be eight?
Anyway, I was amazed at one of the stats that I read today, namely that the A’s have been held to a run or less in 29 games. That’s slightly less than one in every four. That puts a huge mental strain on a pitcher, and mental strain contributes to physical strain. Therefore, I’ll be curious to see how the A’s handle Greg Smith and Sean Gallagher the rest of the way, not to mention whether they’ll shut down Dana Eveland now that he’s in Sacramento. The A’s track record has shown that they can identify and develop young pitching talent, and everything we’ve seen from Smith, Eveland, and Gallagher suggests these guys are on the lower end of the tank.
On the other side of things, what else can you say? In July, the A’s scored their fewest amount of runs in a full month since 1979. That’s the team that lost 108 games. So I figured I’d put out their regular lineup against the one the A’s have been trotting out for most of the past two months. Who would you choose:
Position 2008 1979
C Kurt Suzuki Jeff Newman
1B Daric Barton Dave Revering
2B Mark Ellis Mike Edwards
SS Bobby Crosby Rob Picciolo
3B Jack Hannahan Wayne Gross
LF Emil Brown Rickey Henderson
CF Carlos Gonzalez Dwayne Murphy
RF Ryan Sweeney Tony Armas
DH Jack Cust Mitchell Page
Funny thing is, most of those names on the 1979 club were there when Billy Martin guided the A’s to 83 wins in 1980. Which inspires the question. Hypothetically, how would that Billy and the current Billy (Beane) co-exist?
Enjoy the game.