Sometimes I wonder if I live in the best of all possible baseball worlds. Today Harden came off the DL and fanned 7 in 3 innings. If you look at the math, he faced 12 guys, got 9 of them out, walked one, 2 got hits. One of the hits was a homer, so he gave up a run. But more than half of them STRUCK OUT! 55 pitches and he was out of there. I would be in favor of keeping that pitch count down for the rest of the season and the playoffs, because it is clear that a little Rich Harden is much better than no Rich Harden. Injuries totally suck, and I would like our personal K-machine to be used in doses small enough to let him last for years and years, at least until we are all spraying ourselves with Champaigne.
Chavvy is hurting right now, and unlike Scutaro at short, Perez is not a viable replacement at 3rd. I read the ARod story at CNNSI.com and it scared me a little how bad the Yankees seems to dislike Arod. Arod even complained within the article: "Eric Chavez hits .235 and they don't boo him." Damn straight. That's because we know Chavvy and we love Chavvy and if he doesn't perform we know he is working his ass off to fix it, and he cares about his team. Kotsay is hurting too. Probably half the A's have some sort of nagging problem we never even hear about.
The magic number is 4 with 10 to go, and it IS the best of all possible worlds to be an A's fan. And this really is the year. This team is better than it has ever been. The bullpen is full of awesome choices for Macha, the bench is full of guys who can come up in a big AB and clobber a ball. Frank Thomas seems to get the clutch hit every night lately. In the last 3 games against the Indians the A's were behind, and they shrugged it off like it was nothing. It wasn't if they were coming back, it was when. When I saw Lew Wolff tuesday night, the thing I was going to ask him was, "Are you reading to get sprayed with Champaigne?" Get ready Lew, this is the year. This is really it. A bunch of A's jumping around on the mound in October. The vision isn't too far fetched. I can see it clearly from here. Those achy bodies in the 3b dugout have just a little more work to do. Our job is just to cheer them on, shower them with the adoration they so clearly deserve.