Well, it wouldn’t be the season blog without commenting on the losses too folks. The team played great tonight and got Joe “UK” a 4-1 lead in the middle innings and he promptly blew it. That’s not a surprise to this blogger and expect a full analysis of Joe’s starts in the next week or two.
We’ll let that go tonight though and focus on the positives. We’ve taken 2 of 3 from the M’s with Greg Smith facing R.A. Dickey tomorrow (make your own crude jokes in the comments section). I feel good about that one despite the A’s history in 4 game sets. We can’t lose this series, so that’s a bonus, but we can’t be losing 2 of 4 to the worst team in baseball either. A win tomorrow is big since we’re sitting four and half back of the Halos right now and have a 3 game set at home against them before the All-Star break.
The next week will really tell us where we stand in the AL West. Expect this period to lead management into the third quarter of the year as well. By that I mean if the A’s can take the last one against the M’s and 2 of 3 from the Angels and end up within 3 games of the division lead to start the second half there might be some backing by the front office. Lose 4 heading into the break and get down about 8 games and Billy may continue to fire sale with Duke and possibly shopping Joe B. to anyone who will take him (I’m guessing no one in their right mind at the moment).
Don’t get me wrong. This thing ain’t over. Take the last one in this set and 2 of 3 against the Angels and we’re sittin’ within 3 games at the break. I think that is definitely a possibilty. Then what does Billy do? I guess it depends on how Gallagher pitches on Friday (probably well with only 12,000 in attendance compared to what he’s used to) and how the lineup continues to produce. Don’t put it out of the question that the old GM makes another move or two down the stretch in this rebuilding year though. I think the A’s end up after the break playing strong as usual and don’t think they won’t make a run with young players who come into their own in August and September. Until then, enjoy the games, enjoy some brews, and if you know any NL teams shopping prospects for proven, injury prone starters, e-mail me pronto.