Bob Geren's Questionable Tactics Continue

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IMay 5, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 10:   Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after giving up five runs in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners during Opening Day at a Major League Baseball game on April 10, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Can Bob Geren ever actually make a good move? The answer is: only once in a blue moon, and tonight's game was another example of how his moves rarely work to better the Oakland A's.

First of all Kurt Suzuki should have never been batting lead off. He has been the A's best hitter and has driven in 10 runs in the past 10 games as mentioned by Ray Fosse in the broadcast.

Suzuki should have been batting fifth or even in the cleanup position. This leads to the next point: the second hottest hitter on the team is Ryan Sweeney, who's also been playing stellar defense, so there was no reason to keep him out of the lineup even if he was a little sore from yesterday's marathon.

Instead of having Sweeney on the bench, Matt Holliday needs a day off. He went 0-7 against the Mariners on Sunday. He needed the day off and tonight he went 0-4. So in the last two games Holliday has gone 0-11.

He does not look like a comfortable hitter at the plate. Although, it was encouraging to see that he hit a home run against the Rangers and then the Mariners in back-to-back games, but he has continued to struggle.

So far the trade for Holliday hasn't worked out at all for the A's. If Holliday continues to struggle, the A's are not going to get anything in return if they are out of the playoff picture, which they will be with Geren in charge of the club.

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Lastly, Brett Anderson shouldn't have started this game. It was clear the blister was bothering him as he was biting at it. He did look good at times, but the other times he just kept on giving the Angels pitches to hit.

By the time Anderson's night was over he had given up five runs and needed Sean Gallagher to relieve him to get him out of another jam. Just maybe, Geren could have had Gallagher start the game instead.

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