Forgive the diary on such an obvious topic, but in the unlikely event that Chavvy or somebody else in the infield can't play in the post-season, the A's simply can't play Antonio Perez.
Don't get me wrong. I like Antonio Perez. He seems like a nice fellow, and he never complains (does he?) about his infrequent use this year, or the fact that he has struggled the way that he has.
But with the possible exceptions of Mario Mendoza and Charles Thomas (remember him?), Perez has the worst swing I've ever seen. And it's like he was born with an 0-2 count. To look at the box score and say, "Gee, Perez went 0 for 3 today..." is to totally miss the point. The reality is that Perez could have had 20 at bats today, and could have been given 5 strikes in each one of them, and the likelihood that he would have put a reasonably well hit ball into fair play was precisely zero.