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A's Fuentes is making (losing) history

Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:34 pm
 
In 16-plus years as a Yankees reliever, Mariano Rivera only once lost as many as six games in a season -- and never more than six.

In 47 games with the A's, Brian Fuentes now has six losses.

According to baseball-reference.com, only one relief pitcher since 1919 has ever lost more games this early in a season. Gene Garber lost seven of the first 47 games with the 1979 Braves (who, not coincidentally, were 18-29 on the way to a 94-loss season). Before Fuentes, the only pitcher in the last 20 years to lose six of his team's first 47 games was Vic Darensbourg, who did it with the fire-sale Marlins of 1998.

Yes, I realize that wins and losses don't tell the full story for any pitcher. But when your closer keeps losing games (and Fuentes is the A's closer, with Andrew Bailey on the disabled list), you've got trouble.

Seven times this year, A's manager Bob Geren has put Fuentes in a tie game. He lost five of those games, an amazing (and devastating) stat for a pitcher who almost never works more than one inning. Fuentes' other loss came after one of his two blown saves.

If you're wondering how the A's could be below .500 this year despite a rotation that has by far the lowest ERA in baseball (2.67, which is 0.38 better than the second-best Mariners), obviously their weak lineup is part of the answer. But so is Fuentes.



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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:30 pm
 

A's Fuentes is making (losing) history

I notice that the A's are 12th in almost every important batting stat, except home runs where they are 13th(out of 14) I think that qualifies as a weak hitting team.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:23 pm
 

A's Fuentes is making (losing) history

I was never a big fan of Fuentes...not when he was with the Rockies or the Angels, but he is struggling this season because he has been overworked and he has no defense behind him. Errors will hurt a pitcher even if he is the great Mariano Rivera who could no wrong. Except that I remember an A's player taking him deep a few years ago.

I'm tired of hearing how the A's have a weak lineup. They don't. Why is it when the Yankees or Red Sox score only a few runs or only get a few hits it's because they ran into some great pitching and not that they have a "weak lineup"?


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