Bring out yer dead
With news recently coming out that Rich Harden has been placed on the DL, you astute fans out there can probably figure out that this will be one of Rich's two annual six week DL stints. Yeah, the A's said it was a minor injury. They also said Street's was minor, and he's been out about two weeks. Bobby Crosby can't make it until noon without hurting himself, and Milton Bradley is now injured, as well.
But hey, there's good news: Esteban Loazia is expected to make his next start. Oh wait, did I say good news? Yeah, I meant more bad news. Loaiza will never get injured, he'll just always suck. Ditto Jason Kendall.
So what does this all mean for the A's? It means that once again the Ken Macha apologists have a ready-made excuse for when the 2006 season plays itself out exactly like 2005 did, and 2004 before that. "But everybody was injured," they'll cry. "Macha was managing a morgue, not a baseball team." And such and such.
And that's complete and total rubbish.
Ken Macha has already cost the A's three games by being a complete fuck-vagina. It doesn't matter who is pitching if Macha is going to leave him out there too long. It doesn't matter who's on the field if Macha won't pinch hit for Kendall when the A's absolutely have to have a quality at-bat. Last year when Harden was on the DL, we sat through a Ryan Glynn start when Macha sat on his fat ass (as usual) and watched Glynn, who had not had any command all game long, walk the bases loaded in the 4th before a hard hit groundball ended the inning. Any idiot in their right mind would have taken him out, but not 'ol Zen Master Ken. No, Ken was content to sit back and watch Glynn give up basehits to the first three batters of the 5th inning, included among them Jose Reyes and Kaz Matsui. He left Glynn in to face Carlos Beltran, who promptly homered off him.
When all was said and done, a 3-1 A's lead had turned into a 5-3 deficit. Game over, A's lose.
So what does this mean for the A's?
It means that Ken Macha's a fucking idiot, that's what.
What difference does it make who starts if Macha isn't going to know when to pull him? There is going to come a point when either Saarloos or Gaudin or Halsey need to come out of the game. Ken Macha is going to leave them in too long, and the A's are going to lose. The Ryan Glynn example from above hardly sits on its own island of stupid Macha decisions. We've already seen it happen two times this year, and we'll likely see it about a dozen more. And when it does, all the idiots will stand up and proclaim, "Well what was Macha supposed to do? Rich Harden was on the DL!"
And that's exactly my point. If you don't understand, you probably never will.