Coming into this season, the General Manger tabbed as a ‘genius’, Billy Beane, attempted to stack his lineup with veteran hitters and opted to go with a pitching rotation who’s senior member was 26 year old, Dallas Braden.
Well the planned failed.
The Oakland Athletics season is unraveling on a nightly basis.
On Sunday, the team wasted a first inning, 5-0 lead, and eventually fell to the Tigers 11-7.
Then on Monday evening, the A’s were thoroughly thrashed by a suddenly hot Tampa Bay Rays team, 13-4. A game which saw the Rays throw up 9 runs in the first 3 innings.
The young pitchers have had brief moments of effectiveness, but too often do they get pulled with in the first few innings of the game, leaving their bullpen to throw entirely too many innings.
The Athletics, who’s strength coming into the ’09 campaign, was suppose to be hitting this season, have watched several of the key off-season acquisitions they made sputter the first six weeks of the season.
Jason Giambi is now hitting .200
Matt Holliday is now hitting .261
Orlando Cabrera is now hitting .233
Personally, I think Billy Beane became to smart for his own good. His plan of going with the young pitchers (not just young, but guys with ZERO MLB experience) was doomed from the start. And now, he has to sit through games where his team gives up six-runs an inning.
Fire up the Matt Holliday sweepstakes now, while you can still get him for more than 1/2 the season.