Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A's Future Told Tonight In Tampa

And It Ain't Bright For the Green & Gold

What a disaster tonight for the A's in Tampa. When you lose 14-6 to, by far, the worst team and organization in baseball, your tombstone for the season can begin to be etched. It goes farther than that, though.

Oakland's starter, the young and talented Joe Blanton continued his slide, possibly to the minors. Blanton surrendered 10 runs to the anemic Devil Rays in the first before being yanked with 1/3 of an innings work. He's now 0-5 and winless in his first nine Major League starts this season and contunues to look completely lost on the mound.

The pitcher called up today from AAA Sacramento, Britt Reames continued the bloodletting by giving up four runs in 4 2/3. The call up and crash and burn of Reames portends for the near future of the A's. Along with the recently promoted Tim Harikkala and Seth Etherton, Reames and every other journeyman 31 year old pitcher is likely to be tossing in the A's pitching carousel.

Worst of all the bad news is this: all this happened after the A's held a team-only meeting to air out their differences. Usually these rare meetings lead to a rousing performance, instead the A's turned in their worst performance of the season against the Devil Rays...the Devil Rays!

We'll have to keep an eye on where the rancor is emanating in the A's clubhouse. My gut feeling is the days are numbered for manager Ken Macha, pitching coach Curt Young or both. Most likely the unhappiness is coming from a few groups in the A's clubhouse because the team has no natural leader. Logic would point to either Barry Zito or Eric Chavez being the go-to guy, but Zito is too inward-thinking and shy while Chavez, unfortunately wants little attention and tends to uttered defeatist quotes to the Bay Area press corps.

Are you wondering who's pitching for the A's this weekend? He's probably getting bombed in a Houston, Cincinnati or Colorado uniform tonight waiting to be released and signed by the A's.

PS: The A's also can't hit a lick.


MrYosemite said...

Very well said, I'd also like to point out the fact that we're trying to compete with payroll's that more than quadruple our own. We've been fortunate to do so well over the past few years but our lack of $$$ is finally catching up with us.

wonderbread74 said...

Very true, sir, if only you truly believe that the A's were actually as poor as they said or chose to take advantage of the fact they could win just enough to make some money rather than spending a little extra for help in the postseason.

MrYosemite said...

When's the last time you went to an A's game? 6,000 fans on a weeknight? Most of which pay $8 for a 3rd level ticket? They simply don't have the same money coming in that the Giants have. Giants sell their tickets for twice as much and have 8 times the attendance. SHOW ME THE MONEY!

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