It was fine day at the ballpark today, if you are an A's fan. All this week, the Bay Area baseball talk has been focused on the A's losing streak at AT&T Park. It was 9 straight victories by the Giants at AT&T going into Friday, and the A's play Friday and Saturday didn't do much to dispel the thought that the A's can't hold their own there. Friday was an 8-6 debacle, with Parker and a cavalcade of relievers combining for 9 walks, with the extra indignity of walking Barry Zito twice. Trust me, the final score belies how lopsided of a game it was. Saturday was no better, as the A's were shutout by Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants bullpen, managing only one pathetic hit.
Now, for the rant of the game, brought to you by me. First, let's get one thing straight: NL baseball sucks. I don't care that they've won the World Series two consecutive years; no league can be called superior when they have pitchers hitting. Yeah, there's the handful pitchers who hit well (Micah Owings, Carlos Zambrano, Stephen Strasburg), but every other pitcher today looks miserable out there. It's especially noticeable when AL pitchers have their obligatory in-an-NL-park 6 ABs per year. Take Bartolo Colon today. He wanted no part of the baseball, and when he did make contact, he nearly injured himself hauling his pitcher's body down the line. While he made it out of the inning intact, what would have happened had he indeed pulled a hamstring? The A's would be out another pitcher (after having lost one to the DL earlier in the day), all because the senior circuit doesn't know what everyone else in the world does: pitchers can't hit. The sad part is, that the motivation to change to DH rule to include the NL just isn't there: NL baseball fans resist the change, and NL owners don't necessarily want to add a full-time DH salary to their payroll. So, pitcher hitting will likely continue for the foreseeable future.
Join the A's Monday as they take on the Angels at home at 7:05. With dwishinsky and I successfully pulling off a double switch, you can catch me for a morning article on Tuesday and the recap that evening. He'll have the game threads for the day. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!