Hey folks, sorry for disappearing again for a bit this week, I just had to take some time off to study for finals and finish up my last week of school. I really can’t believe I’ve been at San Jose State for a year now, and I’m only a year away from getting my bachelor’s degree. It’s a great feeling to say the least.
My last entry was about the A’s getting one hit by Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants last Saturday. Thankfully for us A’s fans, the bats came alive on Sunday to avoid getting swept at AT&T Park, breaking an 11-game losing streak at the stadium and sparing us the indignity of being taunted by tool bags in panda hats.
After a weekend in the world’s most overrated city, the A’s were back at .500 (again!) and came across the water to take on the Los Angeles Angels. After winning 2-1 in Monday’s series opener on the strength of Tommy Milone’s seven innings of work in which he allowed just one run, the A’s offense completely vanished on Tuesday and Wednesday, generating just four hits and one run (a solo shot by Seth Smith on Wednesday) in 20 innings. The A’s are currently batting a Major League-low .210 (yikes!!!!).
Now a game under .500, the A’s look to get back to the even mark for the 13th time this season as the New York Yankees roll into town. The Yanks come in with a 23-21 record after taking two of three from the Royals in the Bronx and have won their last six games at the Coliseum.
New York has seemingly corrected its own offensive ineptitude, as games against the Royals usually have a way of doing. The Yanks had scored just 15 runs in losing six of seven before winning the final two games against the Royals.
On the mound, New York’s Ivan Nova (4-2, 5.69 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) opposes Tyson Ross (2-4, 5.73, 1.70 WHIP). Both pitchers have struggled so far this season, but Ross has looked better as of late, giving up two runs over 12 innings in his last two starts after going 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his first five. Nova, a 16-game winner last season, has yielded five or more runs in four of his last five starts.
In other news, Yoenis Cespedes will have a new grip on the bat when he returns from the disabled list. Although I’m a bit nervous about asking him to switch up something he’s done his whole career and has been successful with, but after reading that Pablo Sandoval has the same grip and has broken the hamate bone in each hand, I’m definitely thinking that this is for the best. There’s still no timetable on his return, but my money is on the first week of June. Meanwhile, Brandon Inge is confident that he’ll be able to return on Monday.
Speaking of adding players to the roster, Bob Melvin said on Wednesday that there is no guarantee that Manny Ramirez will be called up to the big leagues when he becomes eligible on May 30th. The team wants to see him get around 40 at-bats before bringing him up. Manny is 4-for-16 with two walks and five strikeouts in five games with the River Cats.
Last, but certainly not least, Section 149 just keeps on making news. On Wednesday, our Balfour Ragefest routine was featured in the intro clip on a Wednesday broadcast of Sportscenter.
And yesterday, a writer with Athletics Nation made a post that gave us props for being passionate, hardcore fans. Thanks dude!