Game Eight Recap
One of the great things about baseball is how different each game can be. Even with historical averages giving us a reasonable expectation of what might occur over long periods of time, on any given night, anything can happen. Good players can perform poorly while scrubs play the role of hero. Each game offers the promise of uniqueness.
This is part of why this first week (plus) has been so lame. There’s nothing interesting about this offense not scoring runs. 1-2-3 innings, lots of weak contact, and DHs stranding runners… we’ve seen all this far too frequently. It’s not new or different. It’s the same, and it sucks.
This isn’t to encourage you to freak out or throw in the towel. In the end, it’s still just eight games, and these guys are going to hit eventually. But until they do, the games are boring, and these recaps aren’t going to be all that interesting either. You don’t need me to tell you why the M’s lost tonight.
As for Hyphen, he had a bit of a strange night. Threw strikes for the first three innings, letting the A’s make easy outs, and then lost his command to start the 4th, walking three straight batters. But, then, as quickly as it left, he got it back, and got out of the inning with minimal effort. He ran into some more command problems in the 7th, but again, it came right back, and he managed to go fairly deep in the game despite a highly abnormal five walks. Generally, when you see five BBs in the box score, a guy was really struggling the whole night, but that wasn’t the case tonight.
I’ll probably talk about this more in the next day or two, but I’m officially ready to be done with the Bradley-as-LF experiment. He’s not running around with a piano on his back like Raul was, but he’s not exactly fast, he doesn’t take great routes, and the effort level leaves too much to be desired. You could probably live with the miscues if the M’s had a lumbering slugger at DH, but they don’t – they have the worst DH combination in baseball. At this point, the logical move is to move Milton to DH full time and find a new left fielder, as there’s no point in having a left fielder who can’t field and a designated hitter who can’t hit. The longer the team stalls on making that decision, the fewer games they’ll win this season.
Jack Wilson – you’re a nice fielder and all, but you kind of suck at hitting. Stop swinging at the first pitch all the time. You’re just giving the pitchers quicker outs. Take some pitches. It won’t kill you.
Felix Day on Friday. Can’t get here fast enough.