Well, the A's ace takes the mound tonight, trying to break his own three game losing streak while attempting to help the A's sweep the Mariners.
Not that a Cy Haren would have made much of a difference in the second half, but Haren's lackluster performances over his last handful of starts is disappointing at best, and concerning at worse. Maybe he's tired from innings pitched; maybe he's over the season like most of the rest of the team; maybe he doesn't want to show up the rest of the staff.
But he basically single-handedly put himself out of Cy contention with his last few starts; granted, it would have taken a minor miracle to win as a member of the A's this year, but he definitely had a chance.
His season is still something to feel good about, but I'd feel better if he would finish strong. Safeco seems to be the place for a Haren recovery; he is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA here.
On the hill for Seattle will be Miguel Batista, and the A's have hit him well.
Can the A's get Danny Haren a late-season win? Can Daric Barton show off a little in the 2-spot? Can the A's take the next step to get back to .500? All these questions...and more...answered in about forty minutes.
Suzuki (the old one)
Suzuki, C (the new one!)
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!