Going into this most recent road trip, the A's were 3-17 since May 1 this year in games in which the opposing team's starting pitcher got the decision and when that same opposing pitcher went into the game against the A's with ...
A. a winning record; and
B. an ERA under 5.
When the A's crushed Beckett in Boston, it was a rare win against a pitcher that, per the above criteria, might be regarded as "above average." That raised the A's record in such games to 4-17. They then lost to Schilling and Birkins, beat Benson, then lost to Verlander and Robertson.
So now they are 5-21 in games against these pichers with this measure of success, for a winning percentage of .192.
6 of their next 7 games are against pitchers with winning records, though 2 of these 6 have ERAs above 5, so only 4 of the 7 fit. Still, it should be interesting.