A’s Roundup: Enter The Dallas Braden Era

  • Dan Haren (and his league-leading 1.41 ERA) tossed another gem for the A’s en route to a 6-5 victory over the Orioles. Last night marked the 17th game in a row that an Oakland starter gave up three runs or fewer. It was also the sixth time in the past seven games that an Oakland starter has given up no more than one run. [SFGate]
  • Even though the starters have been perfect, the relief pitchers have been rocky. Cause for concern or just ironing out kinks? [Athletics Nation]
  • Rich Harden: closer? It’s been discussed throughout his career. If he does make the move to the bullpen, he immediately becomes one of the game’s top closers. [A’s Notebook]
  • The upshot from sending Harden to the DL is that the A’s called up a youngster by the name of Dallas Braden. Braden is a left-handed screwball pitcher. He’s starting tonight. Here’s the scouting report from Baseball Prospectus, via one of our favorite blogs: “Set your way-back machine to 1981 and Fernando-mania, because Braden’s best pitch is a screwball that minor league hitters have NO CLUE how to hit. Braden is certainly no Fernando because he lacks the velo to back it up, and I think big league hitters will be able to either read or lay off the pitch. I’m not overly optimistic about him, but as a 24th round pick, he’s already well-exceeded expectations.” Be excited! Be-be excited! [Catfish Stew]
  • At the end of last week, the A’s quietly filed an “application to negotiate a development agreement” in Fremont. Interesting that no media picked up on this. [A’s New Ballpark]

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