A trend has developed in the season series between the A's and Angels, and its not good for the A's. They just cannot score against the Angels starting pitching. One run this series on a home run, and one run last series on a home run. I like how the A's handle the Angels bullpen, but getting there seems to be problematic.
A possible theory (and not just "that's baseball") that the Angels starters don't walk very many. I would accept that to a degree. However, I think it has more to do with the A's inability to adjust during a game to what the pitcher is doing. Too many of the A's hitters seem to be guess hitters; an example being Chavez's last at-bat last night. Sits on a fastball and starts his swing, it seems, before the ball has left Rodriguez's hand.
Anyway, I'm interested in any other thoughts on the struggles against the Angels staff. I realize that they're starters are third in the AL in ERA, however, as much as the A's see them and still get consistenly shut out by the starters seems a little extreme.
Oh, I don't think I can post anything without saying something about Kielty. Not catching that ball tonight is inexcusable, and then he follows that up by going backwards. I realize he won the first game, but he gave this one away.