After the A’s broke their Opening Day losing streak, who believed the Athletics would be 13-23 and last in the AL West in the middle of May. It seems like when the A’s bats are on fire, their pitchers are ice-cold. Sonny Gray pitched one of his greatest games ever on May 13th, to bad the A’s went 0-13 with RISP. I am not sure if we can blame it on Bob Melvin, but something has to change. Do we need a new pitching coach? Batting Coach? Manager? I am not sure. Yes, we could blame all of this on Billy Beane, but he isn’t out there blowing leads.
At the trade deadline, I can see the A’s making some major trades. If it’s Scott Kazmir being traded, or maybe the A’s trade a guy like Josh Reddick. The A’s could use a lot of help, trades seem to be the best thing. Their AAA affiliate, Nashville Sounds, currently do not have any players that are worthy of being called up. Ryan Cook, currently has blown 2 saves, R.J. Alvarez and Brad Mills just are not ready to pitch in Oakland. You may say, “why not call up Barry Zito?”, Zito is currently not on the 40-man roster, so someone would have to be designated for assignment. Also Zito is currently 1-3 with a 4.70 ERA. So in my opinion he needs to improve.
Injuries have not seriously hurt they A’s, but some key players have landed on the disabled list. Sean Doolittle, is the closest to coming back, he pitched for the Stockton Ports on Thursday. Sean pitched one inning and allowed 2 home runs and struck out 2. Ben Zobrist is set to rehab on May 18th. A.J. Griffin has minor shoulder soreness, he was expected to start throwing on May 12th. The player that has the biggest set back is Jarrod Parker. Jarrod was pitching for AAA-Nashville, on his 86th pitch Parker threw a wild pitch and immediately fell to the ground in pain. He was diagnosed with a fractured medial epicondyle and was placed on the 60-Day DL.
The Athletics need to figure something out, they need to find a way to win! Three run leads are not safe anymore.