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Beauty and the Beast

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Otherwise known as the A's pitching and the A's offense. Look, I know that we have a bargain bin offense, but the team has basically scored 14 runs in seven games (I'm subtracting the 9-0 whitewashing). That's a paltry two runs a game. And yes, I know they've faced some great pitching so far in Hernandez, Lackey, Escobar and Contreras, but they've also faced pitchers like Washburn and Saunders. And yes, I also know that pitching is almost always way ahead of the hitting at the beginning of the year and hitting heats up as the weather heats up, but it must feel like a wasted effort when our starters go out and pitch well.

It's been frustrating to say the least, especially because the A's have gotten really good pitching so far and from some unexpected sources like Gaudin and Kennedy.

But to be more positive for a second, the A's pitching has better than I'd think it would be. Marshall showed a few dents tonight, but you don't expect relievers to be perfect every time out and Chicago still has a pretty loaded lineup.

By the way, our two leadoff hitters have hit .156 and .182 out of the gate respectively. It's not hard to figure out why the team isn't really scoring bushels of runs. It's a tale as old as time.