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Oakland’s Dan Straily strikes out 11, wins and then gets demoted

Apr 6, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

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Dan Straily knew he was only a member of Oakland’s rotation because Bartolo Colon had a handful of games left on his 2012 PED suspension. So, it didn’t come as any surprise when he was optioned to Triple-A after striking out 11 Astros and picking up his third big-league victory Friday.

Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com has the story.

Straily allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in the victory. He became the third straight starter to reach double figures in strikeouts against the Astros after the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando did on Tuesday and Wednesday. Poor Matt Harrison managed only nine strikeouts against them on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Straily moved to 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA in eight big-league starts. However, he wasn’t able to beat out A.J. Griffin for the fifth spot in Oakland’s rotation this spring, meaning he was one-and-done this week.

Fortunately for Straily, these are the A’s. It’d be a minor miracle if they made it through the month of April without losing a starter due to injury. Straily is the clear No. 6 on the depth chart, and he’ll be recalled next time the A’s need a replacement. In the meantime, the team will go with Brett Anderson, Colon, Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker and Griffin in the rotation.

  1. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Wow, the Astros are HORRIBLE. Their poor fans.

  2. Sideline Mob - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Congrats to Straily on beating the Double-A Houston Astros. Now, on to Triple-A.

    • revansrevenant - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      So, the Marlins.

  3. mianfr - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    These “[Pitcher] was impressive against the Astros” stories for another three weeks before it turns into outrage over what the Astros are doing stories.

    • paperlions - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      What the Astros are doing is trying to clean up a horrible mess left them by the previous regime and ownership group….and they are trying to do it in a smart and sustainable fashion.

      • mianfr - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Everyone gets that. The problem is to just assume that you can’t just exogenously add fans to the games at the same rate… People fundamentally have difficulty seeing the overall picture, and I think it’s hard to think no one is going to have a series issue with a team essentially following a multiple-seasons-long tanking binge to try to get better draft picks.

        There’s also no guarantee that your team gets better because of this. The variance in draft pick production makes it no sure thing they turn into anything but, I don’t know, the 25th best team in the league.

      • paperlions - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Except they aren’t tanking. There is no difference between winning 75 games and 60 games….so there is no reason to try to win 75 games while rebuilding. If Houston continues to not spend money, that would be a problem….but there is really no reason to spend $50M on second class FAs to try to win a few more games…from an organizational perspective…that makes no sense. When they start winning, fans will come back.

      • mianfr - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        You couldn’t wring 75 wins from this team if you gave them Stephen Strasburg.

        This is why I think it will turn into a problem. They’re more likely to get 50 wins than 70, and it might be two years until you can change even that.

        A baseball team doesn’t just exist in a vacuum. They’re strategy makes sense from a purely baseball perspective, but there’s so much more to it than that. They’re really doing something unprecedented here and I think it might be too unsound in practice to follow through with.

      • paperlions - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        This isn’t unprecedented at all. Teams have had fire sales often, for decades and decades…the problem here is that they didn’t even have anything to sell off to begin with. The entire organization was a disaster when these guys took over. What do you think they should have done differently? Because they had not core to build around….it would have taken a $150M payroll via FA to build a .500 team.

      • stex52 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Here’s the problem. So you have to rebuild. How do you interest people in going to a game where a team full of guys who really belong in AA plays a major league team? And you can’t say “for the love of watching baseball” because it’s not good baseball. They have fielding errors, K’s, TOOTBLAN’s and exploding relievers right and left.

        So you build a strong minor league organization with nobody at the top who will make the final product. How many years of this should people plan to endure?

        Maybe it’s the only way, but other organizations have shied away from this complete a burndown for obvious reasons.

        How long will it take to re-establish the brand once they finish?

  4. aceinthehole12 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    I’m glad Colon is on the roster because it gives the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest, I hate it because Straily should be he fifth starter instead. Hopefully he comes back soon, regardless of who he faced tonight the kid can pitch.

  5. paperlions - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I realize it is good fun to act like the Astros so far have been some kind of horrible offensive team. Here is a list of teams that have scored as many or fewer runs that Houston through 4 games: Nats, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Marlins, Cubs, Pirates.

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