It’s been a tumultuous 24 hours for Oakland which fired manager Bob Geren in hopes of turning around a team that has slipped into last place in the American League West. The change had little effect though as Oakland dropped 9-4 decision to the White Sox.
Tonight, Melvin sends rookie Graham Godfrey to the hill against Edwin Jackson. Godfrey will be making his Major League start after going 7-1 in nine starts at Triple A-Sacramento.  Veteran Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.50 will go for the Pale Hose in the 8:10 PM ET contest at U.S. Cellular Field.  Jackson who will be making his sixth career start against Oakland opened in the baseball odds as a -140 favorite on the moneyline with the total stationary at -8.5.



Getting it Dunn

Adam Dunn returned to the Chicago lineup after taking a few mental health days. The White Sox slugger was benched after his average dipped to .176. The time off helped as he slugged a two-run homer his first since May 24. He was also hit be a pitch and scored two runs.

Adam Dunn Batter Chicago White SoxPaul Konerko also had a two-run homer, his 15th of the season helping winning pitcher Mark Buerhle notch his sixth win of the year. In MLB betting the White Sox rewarded those who laid on them with a -104 victory while the total of 7.5 was eclipsed in the top of the seventh inning. 

Hello, goodbye 

The big news on Thursday was Oakland’s firing of Bob Geren. The Tony La Russa protégé had a record of 334-376 record including 27-36 this season. And without boring you with the whole ‘Life’s not fair’ speech, it’s only right to point out that Geren could only do so much with the cards he was dealt. 

It appears A’s ownership set him up to fail. They signed a slew of washed up and over-the-hill veterans to fill-out the roster, the most notable being Hideki Matsui. The one-time Yankee star is hitting .215 with four homers and hasn’t become the offensive building block Oakland was looking for. There wasn’t much more the ex-skipper could do. The A’s are next to last in hitting in the American League (.238) and is dead last in runs scored (227), runs per game (3.55) and home runs (35). 

Bad Karma

You want more on the A’s 10-game slide?  Start with reliever Brian Fuentes (1-7, 4.88) who went public a few weeks ago complaining about the way he was being used. That was the beginning of the end for Geren and who knows maybe for Fuentes as well. The lefty showed the new manager his skills by giving up three runs in the ninth, two on a home run by Konerko. Welcome to the team.

The final word on the managerial change is this. Melvin is getting the same trey of leftovers that Geren had. Maybe he can rearrange the food on the dish but it won’t change the taste. 

Money Pit

Oakland’s slide has wreaked havoc on many an MLB handicappers bankroll. The A’s are in last-place in the majors having lost -1418 units on the money line and -734 on the run line. The White Sox have also been a poor financial risk especially at home where they’re -675 on the ML. 

Last thought betting the A’s: Many bettors will tell you that the best time to back a struggling team is right after a managerial change. That’s when there’s usually a short-lived honeymoon period. However if last night’s effort is any indication, the party is over before it got started.

Harvey’s take: Fade the A’s TFN. The White Sox are capable of reeling off a nice, long winning streak and that’s means there’s still some life left in Oakland’s losing streak. When the A’s lost Dallas Braden to a season-ending shoulder injury the other problems became more exacerbated. Now you’ve got Anderson and Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) on the D.L. and there’s still no offense. It’s shaping up as a long season by the Bay.