Bob Geren and the Oakland Athletics Bullpen

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The Oakland A’s are 23-26, losers of 6 of their last 7 and in last place in the AL West. On top of all of that, there is turmoil in the bullpen. Recent comments by closer (at least while Andrew Bailey is hurt) Brian Fuentes strongly criticized Manager Bob Geren for his handling of the relief corps.

Fuentes complained about being brought into a game in the 8th inning and being summoned for an extra inning appearance in a tie game on the road.

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Oakland fading out of the AL West picture

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The Oakland Athletics started this month right near the top of the AL West race. It was thought that the “Moneyball” franchise could actually be adding pieces as the trading deadline approached in 2010. But instead, they now find themselves in free-fall. The A’s lost for the tenth time in 12 games Wednesday night, and fell to a season-low six games under .500. They now trail the first-place Texas Rangers by 10 1/2 games. If they don’t turn it around soon, the A’s could be sellers once again at the deadline. And any team in need of a left-handed stick will take a long hard look at Jack Cust. (Unless of course the newly activated Coco Crisp can save them.)

Recently, I asked Athletics manager Bob Geren why his team was so good in one run games; they’re currently tied with division rival Los Angeles for the second best record in baseball at 12-7.

By Paul M. Banks

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