Recap: A’s @ Rangers Game 77
What an infuriating game to watch, first of all it takes forever (three hours, fifty-four minutes), of course the A’s lose, and as with any start featuring Tyson Ross these days it seems, you got the pleasure of watching bad to worse pitching. A’s fall 7-6 so their record slips to 37-40 while Texas’ improves to 48-29 on this nearly half way done year.
- Ross had yet another miserable start and I have to think he is short on time in the rotation. Four innings, five runs (all earned), on eight hits, with a walk and three strikeouts somehow managing to keep all eight hits in the yard. Ross’ ERA has swelled to 6.35, his FIP is ugly at 5.09, he has just 5.1 K/9 with a high 4.3 BB/9 and a still high given he gets the pleasure of playing in Oakland so often 1.0 HR/9. He has been hit hard (solid vs. weak contact people here you go) with an astounding .344 BABIP, and if you watch him you too become a believer in solid contact as he has been hit mercilessly hard. His 62 1/3 innings on the mound have been for the most part tough to stomach for the Oakland faithful. That said, he is someone who I feel has a future to a degree with this team. I am not entirely sure that future lies in the starting rotation, but I am absolutely certain that future is not now regardless of what the A’s intentions may be for this year or beyond, Ross does not belong on an MLB roster.
- Another bad outing was had in this one by Jim Miller. The A’s actually had the lead but two runners on when Miller entered the game. MLB.com noted that he entered with the American League’s eighth best ERA (1.48, though I am mystified as to how given I would have thought his 24 1/3 innings would have been insufficient for inclusion on such a leaderboard) but he quickly made sure it’d jump a little as he allowed both inherited runners to score, and in his two thirds innings allowed an earned run of his own, a hit and three walks (he did manage one strikeout) to ice the defeat.
- Yoenis Cespedes was the star yet again for Oakland with a 3-for-4 night with a walk, driving in two runs. He didn’t have any home runs in his bat today but Josh Reddick did tagging Rangers starter Scott Feldman for his eighteenth home run of the year, while Derek Norris and Cliff Pennington both also added back-to-back blasts against Feldman as well.
- While the A’s ultimately came up short you can’t really fault the offense in this one, going 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, managing two two-out runs batted in and also tagging Rangers pitching for twelve hits. This loss is purely on the pitching, an uncommon position for these A’s to be in.