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Comment of the Day: The A's are lost at the plate

Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me:

This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit.

Last night it was a one hitter. Sunday was the Slowey no-hit through seven, But Saturday the game finished with the A’s having no hits through the last six innings. So for the last 24 innings they’ve had 4 hits.

It’s not just lack of talent. It’s not just quality opposing pitching (and defense). It’s also the league’s most passive approach at the plate. There is far too much of an A’s hitter off-balance on 0-2 counts because he took two strikes. It’s amazing how lately opposing pitchers just run to the mound, throw as many strikes as fast as they can, and leave undamaged.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this, but it’s amazing how much better the old Beane take-and-rake philosophy works when you have, you know, good hitters doing the taking and the raking.

  1. JK - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Good hitters or juiced hitters? (Chavez post “testing” = injured ALL the time, Giambi, Tejada? Or am I just stating the obvious?)

  2. RichardInBigD - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    It doesn’t matter any more for this year, any way. The AL West is over…

  3. Proudly Canadian - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    As a Jays fan, all I want is for the Oakland hitters to continue to sleep during the next two games. I wonder if Morrow can get his no-no tonight?

  4. Kung - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I think the A’s were the team that Scherzer struck out 14 in 5 innings in his MLB return, so I could see a big game for Morrow – if they don’t try to baby him after his Rays game.

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