The A’s keep losing, and what can I say about it? They keep struggling to score runs. Their bullpen – besides Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow – is awful. Their starting pitching has been only OK of late, and they need to be great for this putrid offense to squeak across a run or two to win. None of this is new. It’s been going on for weeks now.
And you have to know that Bob Geren is feeling the heat. The Marlins fired manager Freddi Gonzalez this week, and they aren’t as bad as the A’s are. And even if Geren’s job is safe – and Billy Beane says it is – he is certainly not a popular guy right now from the fans’ and media’s perspective.
I think he wanted to get thrown out of yesterday’s game on that non-infield fly rule call. He wanted his players and everyone else to see him fighting for the team, and get out the frustration of constantly losing. A bases loaded, nobody out situation in which you hit into a double play because a guy intentionally let a ball drop and the umps didn’t call infield fly? That is the height of frustration and Bob let it all out.
So where do we go from here? We’ve got the Pirates and the Orioles next – do we get swept by them too? It’s a long season, and sometime, somehow, the losing has to stop. Let’s just hope it starts Friday, because I don’t know if I can deal with losing to Bobby Crosby and the Pirates.