Saturday, April 19, 2008

Double nickels on the dime

The winning pitcher in last night's A's game was Chad Gaudin, so they've won ten games this year with ten different winning pitchers. The 2008 Athletics are now tied for an obscure Major League record with the 1973 Cubs and 1992 Angels.

The A's will break the record if their next win is by Santiago Casilla, Keith Foulke, Andrew Brown, Kirk Saarloos, or Huston Street. This isn't as big as their 20-game winning streak in 2002, but it shows that their pitching staff has a lot of depth. It probably doesn't bode well for their long-term success this year -- the 1973 Cubs and 1992 Angels both finished in fifth place. I don't think the A's will be that bad this year, and they won't finish fifth because there are only four teams in the AL West, but they don't have any dominant hitters or pitchers, so I'm not sure how they've been able to do so well.

Meanwhile their former shortstop just became two years older overnight. If he keeps this up, by the end of the baseball season, he'll be older than John McCain.

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