Dan Straily is really putting forth a strong argument to keep his spot in the Oakland Athletics‘ rotation solidified.
On Saturday, Straily had his third consecutive solid game, tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched well enough to win, and deserved to, but was ultimately given a no-decision in a game that the A’s eventually won 4-3 in 10 innings.
Straily’s spot in the rotation was in jeopardy as he was a a candidate for replacement a feew weeks back (by someone such as Sonny Gray, currently dominating for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats). Since that discussion, however, Straily has shown the kind of promise that helped him catapult to the major leagues in 2012.
Straily’s recent success comes at a time when the A’s are enjoying consistent quality starting pitching, which has helped them win eight of the last nine games and, on a larger scale, 13 of the last 15. Saturday’s win lifted them to 33-24, two games behind the first-place Rangers.
On Sunday, Oakland will go for the sweep behind Jarrod Parker, who’s also fared well over the past month, but it’ll be a tough battle considering the White Sox are countering with dominating lefty Chris Sale.
With Straily, Bartolo Colon and Parker pitching well for most of May, the A’s are currently enjoying the fruits of such success. With Brett Anderson expected back sometime relatively soon, things are looking up for the team’s pitching staff.