Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Retard's Dozen

Who'd have ever thunk that seven bullpen arms wouldn't be enough? Sounds like a plethora of pitchers. But when you're forced to rely on Chad Gaudin in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game with the top of the Ranger lineup coming to the plate, you know 12 pitchers just isn't enough.

But I guess it doesn't how matter how many pitchers to give Macha. He just can't manage a bullpen.

What could have possibly made him think that putting in Gaudin would put us in the best position possible to win? It was a stupid move.

Why does Ken Macha continue to hate on Kiko Calero and his 0.00 ERA? Kiko had pitched just once in the previous three days. A good manager would have used him with Mathews, Young, Teixeira and possibly Nevin coming up in the bottom of the 9th. Not our Macha. He figured having a guy make his first appearance of the year in this situation was the best move.

Gotta throw him in the water. See if he can swim.

Calero would have given us the best chance to extend the game. I know he had worked just one night before, but Gaudin hadn't been in a game in eight days. And Calero's pitched in back-to-back games 11 times since he's been an A. His ERA in the second game is 2.70. You gotta take your chances with the proven veteran there.

If pressed, Macha could have used Gaudin against the likes of Barajas and Jimenez. Not against Young, Teixeira, Nevin and Blalock. It was just a dumb thing to do.

What makes Macha's decision even worse is that Texas had already used all of their good relivers. Alfonseca and his 1.69 ERA were done. Otsuka and his 2.70 ERA were done. They only had guys like Ron Mahay, Fabio Castro and CJ Wilson left in the bullpen. When things got dicey in the 9th for Francisco Cordero, Rick Bauer started warming up in the bullpen.

Rick. Bauer.

The same Rick Bauer that has given up 14 hits in 11.2 innings this season.

Because Mahay, Castro and Wilson are all left-handed, Buck surely would have gone with Bauer in the 10th with three righties (Kendall, Ellis and Payton) due up.

Bauer's BAA this season versus righties is .357.

I guess maybe he would have stuck with Cordero. But he wasn't exactly in top form either.

Why is Macha so retarded that he couldn't see that their bullpen was vulnerable? Wilson and Mahay had worked the night before. And they suck.

Extend the game, make them exhaust their bullpen and put yourself in a better position to win today's AND tomorrow's game. It's basic strategy.

Alfonseca and Otsuka have now pitched two days in a row. After last night's the blowup, Cordero will most likely be unavailable too. But Macha let Showalter rest the rest of their relievers. They may be crappy. But they'd be even crappier if they had to work two days in a row. So not only did Macha fuck us last night, he's already fucked us today too.

Amazing.

5 Comments:

Blogger ruben398 said...

You know, Im glad the Sharks were on last night to give me a respite from my anger of seeing yet another blown win for the A's. I might have slammed my head so hard against the wall that I would have forgotten Im an A's fan...and possibly awoken from my amnesia at around the Macha is fired/demoted/burned at the stake by the EiO readers... hmm...*bang*bang*bang*

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I might have slammed my head so hard against the wall that I would have forgotten Im an A's fan...


Wouldn't that be a good thing?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't understand how Macha has a job

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger Roman said...

Alfonseca and Otsuka have now pitched two days in a row. After last night's the blowup, Cordero will most likely be unavailable too.

Luckily for us, Buck pulled a Macha.

I wonder if Cordero strained a muscle too.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger The Anti-Blez said...

If you throw Macha into the water, he'll melt.

Just like that witch in The Wizard of Oz.

The Anti-Blez has spoken!
http://www.patheticsnation.com

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:38:00 PM  

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