Bob Geren > Adam Berry
Adam Berry wrote in his MLB.com preview of tomorrow's A's-White Sox game:
A's fans may like to call Bob Geren "Bobo", but he gets the better of Berry here. How does it make any sense that Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, or Brandon McCarthy would have any additional pressure? They were starters before Braden went down and they're still starters now. They'll throw the same innings in the same games. The A's will win or lose in part based on how they pitch regardless of what happens in the fifth game that is now manned by Tyson Ross instead of Braden.
I suppose you could argue that the other four pitchers have to step up to raise their collective probability of victory to match the decline from Braden to Ross, but that's absurd. We're talking about fractions of odds here, and we're into the clutch argument besides, which assumes that players are holding something in reserve for "when it matters". I'm pretty sure Brett Anderson is going to try his hardest to throw a shutout every time out whether his teammates are four Felix Hernandezes or four Nelson Figueroas.
This is all aside from the fact that Berry calls Braden an "ace", which would be hilarious if it weren't so sad that Berry apparently thinks anyone good enough to crack a major league rotation counts as an ace.
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