Remember when the A’s had the Big Three and the Anaheims had starters like Lackey, Washburn and Santana and a shutdown bullpen (except for the occasional sulk-off)? Man, have times changed at the Big A. Matt Harvey, an $11M band-aid for this season, has been horrible and after serving up 4 homers in 2-2/3 innings vs. the Twins the other day grabbed his back and went on the IL. The rest of the starting pitching has been as bad or worse.
Other high-paid players producing nothing include Justin Upton ($18M, IL all season with turf toe) and Zack Cozart ($12.666M for a can-this-be-right? .124/.178/.144; has to play a lot with Andrelton Simmons out). Albert Pujols gamely soldiers on but that’s $28M for a .721 OPS which is about as much as they can hope for anymore (still owed $59M for 2020 and 2021). Watch out for Jonathan Lucroy though (.617 OPS in 2018, .788 with 7 HR so far this year).
Today at 1:05: Chris Bassitt vs. Trevor Cahill (6.43 ERA, 14 HR in 49 IP)
Tuesday at 7:05: Frankie Montas vs. TBA (probably an “opener”) Edit: Cam Bedrosian as opener, then Nick Tropeano
Wednesday at 12:35: Liam Hendriks opening for Daniel Mengden vs. TBA (could be Griffin Canning, not Skaggs or Heaney) (it’s Canning)