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Makeshift Rotation Has Lost Its Wheels

The scrubs looked good for awhile: Joe Kennedy and Lenny DiNardo put up some solid starts here and there, but the end is near for both of them as major league starters. They just suck.

The A's scored two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 lead, and DiNardo demonstrated why he stinks: in the top of the third, he promptly let six baserunners in a row reach safely as the Blue Jays scored six runs and basically ended the game right there.

In an 11-7 loss, it was 100% DiNardo's fault. Despite his 3.04 ERA (including this game), he is not MLB-starter material. His career 4.54 ERA says more about him, as does his career OBA of .300 -- anytime you're letting the other team hit .300 off you, the days are short for your MLB career.

Yes, DiNardo's been a little better this year than that number (.300) would suggest, but the law of averages will get him in the end. He's just not that good. One of my firm beliefs in defining quality starters is the "shutdown" inning. When your team scores (and takes a lead), you MUST shutdown the opponent in their next at-bat. Otherwise, you're killing your teammates' spirit and will to win.

No issues with the offense in this game, of course. Seven runs should win you the contest every time. But the A's have to do something soon about their rotation, because two-FIFTHS of it is absolutely terrible.

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