I expect a Cinco De Mayo celebration in Oakland this afternoon!

I’m serious, A’s fans… I want to see some embracing of this team.

They are playing the Rangers this afternoon. Do you know what happens if the A’s win?

If Trevor Cahill and his sparkling 10.80 ERA beat the Rangers, Oakland would be one game over .500.

And they would also be in first place all by themselves.
They could look at Cinco De Mayo as the day they moved in all by their lonesome. Yeah, they got off to a fast start in April… but this is first place in May.

And the Angels are scuffling… and the Mariners can’t hit… and once it heats up the Rangers won’t be able to pitch.

Suddenly the A.L. West is potentially winnable for a young and too dumb to know differently team like the A’s!

Maybe my enthusiastic A’s prediction was a year early!

I am not expecting a big crowd in Oakland tomorrow… just a festive one. I want good solid A’s fans who want to celebrate their team possibly moving into first place by themselves. And if the A’s do win, I want the fans to look around and take stock at which of their fellow A’s devotees were there on Cinco De Mayo… before the playoff bandwagon got crowded.

Follow sullybaseball on Twitter

PIG PEN

When I wrote this Sunday about how the Giants should go for it in 2010 and get a needed bat and bullpen help, I got some resistance from some Giants fans.

Everyone agreed the Giants need another bat, but my call for bullpen reinforcements was not commonly held by the Hum Baby fans.

Do you know who I bet agrees with me? Tim Lincecum!

Last Wednesday he pitched 8 1/3 innings, was charged with 2 runs, struckout 11 and walked 1 and was in line for the win.

Today he pitched 7 innings, let up 3 runs, struck out 13 and walked one and was in line for the win.

That’s 5 runs in 15 1/3 innings (a 2.93 ERA) and 24 strikeouts over that span against 2 walks.

And how does that reflect in his record?

GOTCH! 0-0! Two No Decisions! Brian Wilson blew the game last week… Sergio Romo wet the bed tonight.

I’m telling you, the Giants need some help in the pen, and the Freak would agree with me.

Follow sullybaseball on Twitter