I announced my plan to finish ahead of Oakland yesterday, and right there today in the ESPN game story the same idea is mentioned. Hopefully it will catch on with the players, and they’ll keep going how they’re going. Today’s win was a good example of keeping going, with Tejeda seeming to give the lead back every time he got it, but the players battled until they could break out and win. Oakland did as much as they could to help us win, they’re in the situation we were in back in May, struggling in all facets of the game. They threw a couple of balls away that allowed us to get the offense going.
Tejeda didn’t actually pitch too badly, at least until he got in trouble and was pulled. For the first few innings he was scrapping, getting in trouble but getting out of it, and yes his pitch count was climbing quickly, but for him to go three innings without giving up a run was a positive sign, even if he did give up a bunch after that. Is he still in trouble, demotion-wise? Absolutely. I would almost expect to see him sent down any day, after any start, especially one like this. A little positive doesn’t outweigh the big negative. In fact, his performance did seem to back up what I’ve said for a while, that he’ll end up in the bullpen, perhaps as a setup or closer. After all, he went along okay for a short time today. Did you know he had a game score of 61 on May 18, and in ten starts since then his high has been 41? 41 is poor, so for it to be his best in two months just shows how bad he has been. Today he was a 39, and in fact his last start was the 41, so slight signs of improvement? I wouldn’t think it would be enough to keep him around though. And his fielding was atrocious, backing up home plate by standing beside it at one point, I’d be really mad at him for that if I was Ron Washington.
Tex rumors are jumping up again. Apparently yesterday everyone was saying he will be too expensive to trade for, but today there are half a dozen teams interested. Okay, someone’s got their wires crossed here (hey, I just realized how old-fashioned the term “wires crossed” sounds. A few more years and I bet there’ll be people saying “huh?” if you use that expression). Either way, since I’ve accepted that Tex will be gone, I just hope a bunch of teams get in the bidding. Of the teams that are reported to be interested, I would prefer the Braves, simply because they’re in the other league. I’d hate it to be the Yankees, in a rich-get-richer kind of way, or the Angels, because I don’t want to see him in their uniform 18 times a year (although he’ll only be there a year and a half, since he’ll probably head to Baltimore at the end of next year anyway). Although, come to think of it, does it really matter who he is playing for? What matters is what we get back in return. Memo to JD, ad nauseum: Pitching. Pitching. Pitching.
If Tex gets traded, will that work to get Jason Botts up? He can DH or play the outfield or even first base, as long as they don’t decide that Wilkerson’s the man there. Ahh, what the heck, just go ahead and dump Sosa and let Botts do the job.
Tomorrow’s a day game, so I won’t get to see it, but we’re heading to the Roughriders tomorrow night, so that should be fun. Josh hasn’t been back there since the time he talked to Frankie Francisco, so he probably doesn’t remember much about it at all. I’ll let you know how it goes, and who and what I see while I’m there.