Yikes! This 2009 version of the Oakland Athletics is in a nosedive right now, and I’m not sure the pilot or co-pilot know what to do to straighten things out and get us flying again. Game after game, it’s miserable pounding after miserable pounding.
Where can we get some help?
Send Sean Gallagher down and bring Vin Mazzaro up. I wanted to believe all Gallagher needed was a rotation spot and a few starts to get it going. Well, it hasn’t been pretty. Then you have Mazarro in AAA who was recently named PCL Player of the Week after throwing a near no-hitter a week agao today. Get this guy in green and gold. It can’t be worse, and maybe after the 349th try, we’ll find something that clicks.
Send either Trevor Cahill or Brett Anderson down when Justin Duchscherer comes off the DL. Why not Josh Outman, you ask? He may not have nearly as high of a ceiling as the other two, but he’s at least pitching consistently and is somewhat convincing impersonating a major-leaguer. Anderson and Cahill have a lot to work to do and AAA is the place to do it.
Trade Matt Holliday for a major-leage ready third base prospect. Granted, this might not happen until clear in July, but I have to believe Billy Beane has been on the phone already to see who is interested. Mat Gamel of Milwaukee is the most obvious target, but the Brewers probably want him to replace Bill Hall sooner than later. And who is going to want to rent Matt Holliday for three months, and is he even going to bring top talent? The picture will be clearer in July. But with Jack Hannahan and and Bobby Crosby getting the bulk of playing time at the hot corner, and the writing on the wall that Eric Chavez’s carrer may be over, we have to get a third baseman in any Holliday deal.
Promote Sean Doolittle once he’s back from his DL stint and gets a couple good weeks in at AAA. No more of this Jason Giambi at first base nonsense. It’s time to find a young first baseman who can play solid defense and have an impact with the bat. Maybe Doolittle is that guy. It wouldn’t hurt to try it on and see if it fits. (Sorry, Daric Barton. You and your .205 batting average in AAA are off my radar.)
Fire Bob Geren. I’ve been hesitant to get on this bandwagon because he has crap to work with, but sometimes it’s just time for new blood. I’m sure Bob is a nice guy and he looked great in his tux at Billy Beane’s wedding. But he can’t possibly be doing anything to help this team. A lot of teams would’ve given their manager the hook by now in the same situation. It’s time for the A’s to get some cajones and say goodbye to Bob.
We’ll see if any of these things happen in the next two months. I’m waiting for a shake-up – any shake-up. Go A’s…