Yes, Oakland Athletics starter Trevor Cahill is just 3-13 now since his 6-0 start earlier this year.
The righty has certainly reverted back to the mean after a surprising 2010 campaign and a nice start to this 2011 season.
But the A’s offense?
Is downright disgraceful sometimes.
And in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Oakland hitters once again proved they’re too often easy fodder for the worst of pitchers.
Take Jeanmar Gomez, the Cleveland starter last night, as a case in point here:
- Gomez has thrown 29 2/3 innings this year in the major leagues in his six starts;
- Against the A’s in two starts now, he’s delivered 11 1/3 innings while giving up one earned run (0.79);
- In the other 18 1/3 innings (four starts) Gomez has given Cleveland this season, he’s surrendered 14 earned runs (6.87).
And if you’re a loyal A’s fan, you know he’s not the only example of mediocrity on the mound that has befuddled the Oakland lineup in recent years.
This kind of strangeness happens all the time now.
Explain again why Billy Beane had a Hollywood movie made about his general-manager abilities, please.
Because while Beane has resided rather silently over five seasons now of train-wreck baseball and owner Lew Wolff criticizes another owner for ineptitude, the A’s still really stink.
Yes, Cahill was bad last night to the tune of five runs in less than six innings, and his 9-13 record on the year — along with a 4.26 ERA — doesn’t justify the huge contract extension Oakland gave him earlier this year. He’ll need to rebound significantly going forward for the A’s not to regret that financial deal.
The offense went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and three hitters had 75% of the team’s hits — thus making it difficult to string together enough successful at-bats to score runs against a pretty bad pitcher.
And so the losing continues on a long road trip that saw the A’s win three of the first four games against New York and Boston — and after losing four straight now, Oakland’s 60-75 record is a steep regression from last year’s .500 finish.
Throw in stinkers like this one against Cleveland, and you can see again why a 25-45 road record has sunk this team in 2011.
But certainly Beane and Wolff know how to run a successful organization — or so we’ve been told.