Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Jinx Ain't Just A Cat
In the interests of trying to invert Murphy: they might have just won their last game for the year. Not that I necessarily think this, but baseball's a funny game, and hey, anything could happen.
Meantime: the Angels will put up John Lackey, 2.70 in his last three and clearly on a streak, vs. 6-6 4.75 ERA Chris Young, who shut out the Halos at home the last time we saw him. And we have to face him minus Garret Anderson, who left today's game early due to a sore knee.
So I'd say the odds tomorrow are pretty even. But losing first place might be the tonic to jolt the A's into action tomorrow. A one game lead is nothing. Like Mike said, we can celebrate -- maybe -- on Sunday.
The Rangers are hopeless. You've got their number. Their only chance is Scioscia's four-man rotation gambit, which may leave Lackey vulnerable.
Anything is possible, and I'd love to be wrong, but the A's have been fading away all month, clinging to first place like a talisman even as the pitching and hitting continued to fail. Harden is our best pitcher, and now even he's been beaten. Meanwhile, the Angels are scratching and clawing and coming away with victories.
And we have Mark Mulder, who shouldn't be starting any more, to look forward to on Friday night. The race may end that evening.
If the A's win now, it will be an extraordinary comeback.
bear88 from the Athletics Nation blog (I like baseballgirl's 'tude, though)