Jack Cust is back. After today’s game, Jack Cust is riding a seven game hit streak over which he has posted a .458 Avg, .552 OBP and .791 Slg, good for a 1.343 OPS. What’s more, over those seven games he’s only struck out five times. Incredible, just incredible. I think I have figured out what his problem was … he’s not used to playing baseball in March/April. His first PA in Japan was only his second ever in the early season. Not only that, but in that one at bat he struck out as a pinch hitter facing Ramiro Mendoza in a blowout loss to the Red Sox. Curiously, the player he replaced was none other than Larry Bigbie. April has been a traumatic month for Cust.
Bobby Crosby has a four game hitting streak of his own after doubling this afternoon against a righty starter. He’s batting .400 with 3 doubles and a pair of walks – good for a 1.071 OPS, raising his season’s OPS to .737. The kid is hot!
With the news that Fautino de los Santos is headed to the minor league DL with a sore elbow and a rough five games (5.87 era) to start the season, Ryan Sweeney batting under .200 with no extra base hits over the last 11 games and Gio Gonzalez off to a slow start (5.00 era and a k/9 of only 7.0 after posting an 11.1 last season) I think it is becoming clear that Kenny Williams swindled Billy Beane. In the history of A’s baseball, the Danny Haren trade will be remembered as Mark Mulder part two and times two, having returned twice the players and possibly twice the talent that Mark Mulder did, while our much beloved Nick Swisher will be remembered in the same breath as the bulldog, Tim Hudson. Is it a karma thing? Does Billy Beane not have the attention span to deal with two trades at once? Does his shit simply not work with fan favorites? I don’t know, but I think one thing is clear – devo felt like writing a silly article this Sunday afternoon.