I'm normally an A's pessimist, but I still think the A's have a good shot at winning this Series. Personally, I would prefer to see Haren and not Harden in Game 3, but whatever. Obviously, if the A's lost Game 3, they're probably gone, which is why I wouldn't risk Harden in there, even if his up side versus Haren is certainly higher. But if the A's win Game 3, then they have to just split the next two in Detroit.
Then they come home and play 6 and 7, needing, big deal, a two game winning streak at home with Zito and Loaiza going. It's so much less stressful in a 7-game series.
Of course then there's that issue of actually winning the games. Game 2 was what it was and it doesn't hurt that bad. But boy was Game 1 a complete stinker. It looked life the first half A's, with the relentless string of automatic outs with RISP, guys taking pitches right down the guy while swinging at pitches 18 inches out of the strike zone - not to mention very makable plays by Chavvy and Jimenez that cost the A's 3 runs. It hurts to think about playing that bad in an ALCS game.
Nonehteless, cheer up, AN. This thing is totally do-able. Not to say it will be done, but being down 2-0 to Detroit with Harden and Haren throwing next ain't so bad.
Of course, if the A's can't figure out a way to get that damn Polanco out, and if they can't figure out a way to beat Kenny Rogers ... but if they can't do that, then there's no use worrying about losing a series they would then deserve to lose.