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This recipe for kitty litter cake is the most disgusting thing I've seen in a long time. Aside from the A's offense, of course.
The A's got shut out through 5 2/3 innings by Chris Young tonight. That's inexcusable. Not that Young can't have a good day every now and then, but tonight wasn't it. He wasn't painting the corners. He was constantly falling behind in the count. He was throwing 3-1, 87mph hit-me pitches down the middle of the plate, and the A's were fouling them off or popping them up. There are plenty of AA and AAA teams that wouldn't have been shut out by Chris Young tonight.
Shutting down the A's offense right now is incredibly simple: just throw the ball over the plate. Don't walk anybody, and chances are, the A's won't hurt you.
The A's were hitting like this in 2002, and in the middle of May, Billy Beane shook things up: he traded Jeremy Giambi, he demoted Carlos Pena and then traded him, too. They went on to win the division.
I'm sure Billy Beane is working the phones right now, seeing what his options are, so that perhaps in a week or three, he can do some shaking. Or perhaps, the A's will wake up and start hitting by then, so a shakeup won't be needed.
But a wakeup or a shakeup better come soon. I don't want to spend the next five months watching hitting like this. Frankly, I'd rather eat kitty litter.
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