The good news is the A’s finally held onto a win to beat the Diamondbacks 6-2, the bad news is manager Bob Geren is still making random moves with his pitching staff. Back to this issue in a minute.

Josh Outman was fantastic once again, lasting 7 2/3 innings while allowing only four hits. Outman (2-0) walked five and didn’t strike out a batter. His ERA on the season now stands at 3.12, best among A’s starters. Outman lasted just long enough for his offense to come around as the A’s were being shut out up until the sixth when they struck for three to take the lead. Landon Powell hit his first ever Major League home run and almost failed to get around the bases, and Jason Giambi hit another home run, his fifth on the season.

Back to Geren.

Two things that surely tell us that Geren has screwed up lately were his decisions with his starting pitcher, and bullpen usage.

First: Starter Josh Outman was already over the 100-pitch mark after the seventh but Geren chose to leave him into the eight, should he have done this a little earlier in the season the A’s might have not lost some of those heart-break games.

Second: The bullpen needed some rest of course, and thankfully Outman was allowed to surpass the 85- pitch mark, but the question here is why Ziegler came into close tonight and not last night? Last night he came into the game in the seventh, today the ninth? I’ve never seen this before, not even with a closer by committee based bullpen.

Anything to add guys?


Post info: By KFinkas on May 24th, 2009
Comments: 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Geren, you’re still fired!”

  1. BIGSTAN Says:

    Outman has looked ok for a guy that never pitched at a high level before a little last season and this. Cardenas and Spencer or tearing up the lower minors so maybe that Blanton deal will work out…..

  2. Jerry Says:

    I agree that Geren finally got the message by leaving Outman in — had he done so a few weeks ago, we might have won several more games due to Outman’s good pitching in those games and by saving the bullpen, which got tired out and blew some games. Regarding the closer, Geren said he likes having 2 or even 3 different closers — the problem is that guys don’t get adjusted to their roles and may not be ready to close on a given night if they were used in other than a closer role the days before. Bullpen by committee should be a last choice only when there is no one good closer. We have Bailey, so he should get that job consistently unless/until he proves he can’t do it.

  3. Jerry Says:

    I meant closer by committee.

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