The Icing on the Cake Bob Geren Is Done in Oakland

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJuly 11, 2009

BOSTON - JULY 06:  Starting pitcher Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Kurt Suzuki #8 after his shutout against the Boston Red Sox on July 6, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Athletics defeated the Red Sox 6-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Oakland A's had a chance to build some momentum going into the all-star break. Specifically after Brett Anderson pitched a two-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox.

In that game Anderson looked unhittable and in fact it was the first complete game by an A's pitcher in 151 games. Most of that has been due to the inexperience of the starting pitchers the A's have had take the mound.

Yet, you could make the argument a 6-0 shutout and a two-hitter would be an immediate momentum shift for the young A's, but it was not.

The A's are now on a three game losing streak after tonight's lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa.

It just goes to show that Bob Geren needs to be fired during the all-star break. Instead of playing like a team on a mission or at least trying to inch their way to a .500 record, the A's have continued to be disappointments.

Geren again showed just how clueless he is with the announcement on Tuesday that Dana Eveland would be starting against the Boston Red Sox. A team that Eveland has struggled tremendously against.

The A's had other options to pitch in place of Dallas Braden who had left the team to attend to a family matter.

Unfortunately for A's fans the young team was not able to build any kind of momentum after the shutout. Eveland got rocked and the A's lost 5-2. The next game the A's had plenty of scoring opportunties, but were not able to capitalize. Eventually the A's made a game off it, but by then it was too late losing 5-4 on Wednesday. Thursday the A's had the day off.

Tonight's game against the Rays didn't get off to a good start either. In the bottom of the first on a popup in the infield that should have been caught by Jason Giambi or Vin Mazzaro, was allowed to fall in but luckily it bounced foul, but it might have been better if it had remained fair because BJ Upton the man at the plate hit a double.

One of the more disappointing players the A's have picked up this year Orlando Cabrera made a boneheaded blunder. Mazzaro had Upton picked off at second base all Cabrera had to do was catch the ball and apply the tag. The problem was Cabrera never caught the ball.

Luckily Mazzaro was able to get out of the inning with only giving up one run.

Yet, since the A's win against the Red Sox on Monday the A's have been outscored 16-6. The A's continue to play with no heart and constantly look like they are going through the motions.

Jason Giambi looks pathetic, Matt Holliday hasn't hit a home run in more than a month, Jack Cust hasn't been as patient as he was last year, which means striking out a little bit less, but walking a lot less, and even though he's been more aggressive it hasn't benefited him.

It is time to say goodbye to Geren during the all-star break. A new manager would breathe new life into the team and maybe just maybe the team will actually play with heart.


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