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Oakland A’s II: Meh

Posted By Cliff Corcoran On July 5, 2010 @ 8:52 pm In Cliff Corcoran,Series Preview | Comments Disabled

Trevor Cahill, the A’s lone All-Star this year and CC Sabathia’s opponent Tuesday night, was on the disabled list with a scapula problem when the Yankees took two of three from the A’s in Oakland in April. Since then, he’s gone 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA while three other members of the A’s rotation (Brett Anderson, Justin Duchscherer, and Dallas Braden) have landed on the DL. That leaves tonight’s starter, the brittle Ben Sheets, as the only member of the A’s intended Opening Day rotation not to hit the DL this year.

If that wasn’t troubling enough for the A’s, Sheets has been struggling through his worst major league season (3-7 with a career worst 4.98 ERA and 1.85 K/BB). Mind you, Sheets hasn’t been awful, he has just been consistently unimpressive. Out of his six June starts (1-4, 5.11 ERA), he lasted six innings in five (seven in the exception) and allowed four runs in five (five runs in the exception). When he faced the lowly Pirates, he struck out nine against no walks. Against everyone else he struck out 14 against 11 walks over five starts, and he has allowed a home run in each of his last seven outings.

Consistently unimpressive pretty much describes this A’s team as a whole. They’re scoring just 4.1 runs per game, but in this pitching-dominated year there are seven teams that score even less often, including the Yankees’ next opponent, the Mariners. The pitching has been solid when healthy, though even Cahill isn’t particularly threatening or exciting, their ballpark helps, and 31 of their games (37 percent of their schedule to this point) have come against the Mariners, Orioles, Indians, Cubs, and Pirates, five of the teams below them in runs per game.

The A’s enter this series hot because they just played three of those teams and went 7-2 against the Pirates (sweep), Orioles, and Indians (two of three, each). Tonight they face Javier Vazquez, who struck out eight Mariners in a futile quality start against Felix Hernandez his last time out. Javy posted a 3.23 ERA in June and his first win of the season came in Oakland back on April 20. With the Yankee bats having shown some life the last two days, the all signs point to a good series for the Yankees this week. If only they could bring that glaring summer afternoon Bronx sun with them to these three night games in Oakland.

With Jorge Posada day-to-day with a sprained left ring finger, Joe Girardi tries a new look lineup tonight. Brett Gardner leads off with Derek Jeter batting second and Nick Swisher hitting in Posada’s vacated sixth spot. I can dig it. Swish is the DH tonight, Colin Curtis plays right field and bats ninth behind Francisco Cervelli.

Oh, and it has nothing to do with the game, but Andy Pettitte is indeed going to the All-Star game, as Clay Buchholz’s injury replacement.

Oakland A’s

2010 Record: 41-42 (.494)
2010 Pythagorean Record: 41-42 (.494)

Manager: Bob Geren
General Manager: Billy Beane

Home Ballpark: Oakland Coliseum

Bill James Park Indexes (2007-2009):
LH Avg-94, LH HR-106
RH Avg-94, RH HR-77

Who’s has replaced whom:

  • Conor Jackson has replaced Travis Buck (DL)
  • Coco Crisp (DL) has replaced Eric Patterson
  • Jack Cust has replaced Eric Chavez (DL)
  • Landon Powell (minors) has replaced Jake Fox
  • Trevor Cahill (DL) has replaced Justin Duchscherer (DL)
  • Vin Mazzaro (minors) has replaced Brett Anderson (DL)
  • Clayton Mortensen (minors) has replaced Dallas Braden (DL)
  • Michael Wuertz (DL) has replaced Edwar Ramirez
  • Cedrick Bowers (minors) has replaced Chad Gaudin

25-man roster:

1B – Daric Barton (L)
2B – Mark Ellis (R)
SS – Cliff Pennington (S)
3B – Kevin Kouzmanoff (R)
C – Kurt Suzuki (R)
RF – Ryan Sweeney (L)
CF – Coco Crisp (S)
LF – Conor Jackson (R)
DH – Jack Cust (L)

Bench:

R – Rajai Davis (OF)
L – Gabe Gross (OF)
R – Adam Rosales (IF)
S – Landon Powell (C)

Rotation:

R- Ben Sheets
R – Trevor Cahill
L – Gio Gonzalez
R – Clayton Mortensen
R – Vin Mazzaro

Bullpen:

R – Andrew Bailey
R – Brad Ziegler
R – Michael Wuertz
L – Craig Breslow
L – Jerry Blevins
R – Tyson Ross
L – Cedrick Bowers

15-day DL:

LHP – Brett Anderson (left elbow tendonitis)
LHP – Dallas Braden (left eblow stiffness)
OF – Travis Buck (strained right oblique)
DH – Eric Chavez (neck spasms)

60-day DL:

RHP – Justin Duchscherer (left hip inflammation)
LHP – Josh Outman (Tommy John surgery)
RHP – Joey Devine (Tommy John surgery)
RHP – Jon Meloan (elbow ligament tear)

Typical Lineup:

S – Coco Crisp (CF)
L – Daric Barton (1B)
R – Conor Jackson (LF)
R – Kurt Suzuki (C)
L – Ryan Sweeney (RF)
R – Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B)
L – Jack Cust (DH)
R – Mark Ellis (2B)
S – Cliff Pennington (SS)


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