Recap: Rangers @ A’s Game 90
Bartolo Colon has been talked about recently as the A’s are surprising potential contenders in the wild card picture in the American League. The A’s, who have a surplus of pitching, may be able to get the most in return for Colon – a contention I have difficulty with but let’s go with it for a minute here. Today, he took the mound against the AL West division leading Rangers and the A’s would end up falling 6-1. It was sort of a bad day for all the A’s, Colon included.
- Colon pitched seven innings of four earned run and eight hit (including an Adrian Beltre home run) baseball with just one walk and five strikeouts continuing the streak of mediocrity he has displayed all year. On the season now Colon sits with a 3.88 ERA, 3.99 FIP and a middling 5.4 K/9, to go with what is fairly a very good 1.5 BB/9. I just haven’t been impressed by Colon and I can’t imagine rival executives are all that enamored with him to give away much of anything of value for him at the deadline but who knows, stranger things have happened. I just don’t see his value to this franchise that the front office seems to.
- Jim Miller was activated off of the paternity list yesterday with Pedro Figueroa being demoted to Sacramento. Figueroa did not pitch at all in Minnesota, and when Miller was placed on the paternity list I questioned whether he was even worthy of being returned to the team at all upon his return. Today he made that argument a little easier for me going one inning allowing one earned run, on no hits but two walks while striking out one. Miller has just had his control go to crap lately and has a 5.8 BB/9 this year. Not something you look for in a relief pitcher.
- As is often the case with this Athletics team, the offense was few and far between with the only run coming on a solo home run by Josh Reddick (number 21 on the year) off of Rangers starter Roy Oswalt. It was Reddick’s lone hit of the night, one of five by A’s hitters with Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-4 with 2 K’s), Brandon Moss (1-for-3, 1 K) and Seth Smith (1-for-4, 2 K’s) accounting for the other four.
- The left side of the infield woes continued as Brandon Inge went 0-for-4 with a K to fall to .199/.263/.345 on the year while Cliff Pennington went 0-for-3 with a K to tank at .201/.263/.287.