[Smells Like Mascot] had a great new comic to celebrate [Gordon Beckham’s] debut on the South Side. To my shock and horror, Beckham did not go 4 for 4 with 8 RBI for the day. Send him back to Charlotte, I say! But seriously, did anyone expect Beckham to start hitting like he’s Paul Konerko (the only example I can think of at the moment of someone who is doing his job on this team) on day one? I mean, he’s “special,” but I never expect him to be that that special, that he’d be as good at hitting Major League pitching as he was at hitting the likes of Ehren Wasserman and whoever else you’d find in a place like the Minor Leagues. And especially not on a day when no one was doing much of anything. So, we can’t really pass judgment on Beckham as a hitter until some time passes, he gets into a groove, etc.
As a fielder, there is something I can say. First of all, I don’t expect him to have as much range on third base as Joe Crede, and probably not even Josh Fields for awhile. His natural position is short stop, so he’ll have to work on fielding if he wants to stay at third- or rather, if the organization wants to see him at third.
As for the rest of the game… Well, it wasn’t a good day for Buehrle, and the A’s walked away with their 3rd straight win. The A’s were 20-30 or something along those lines before they met the Sox. Their AVG as a team was in the .240s. To put it simply, the A’s were garbage. And here they were, playing the Sox, shutting them out with rookie pitchers, and making the Sox lose on their own turf as if the A’s were the Red Sox playing a women’s softball league.
I guess we can blame it on the chilly weather for now, but what excuse will they have in July?