OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: What's with Cust?
Thank goodness for Jack Cust.
He has 2 more homeruns tonight for 20 on the year.
Sorry for the double post but forgot to mention:
2 HRs and 3 RBIs tonight.
Since July 29th, the start of this hot streak..
His stroke is amazing. He hits them so high, you think they can't go out, but they do!
You never know what you're gonna get from Jack-I'm glad we went last night!
For those who don't take SI. They put the story on Cust online. Well worth the read if you've not seen it yet.
If only he could play the OF.
Sometimes Cust can be CUSTER...
Cust should never attempt catching a fly ball (can of corn) with fewer than two hands. That is the 2nd ball (other was in left field) he has dropped in that manner, when all he needed to do was bring his right up to the glove to make sure it didn't hit the heel and bounce off. Sometimes one handed catches are necessary, but on routine fly balls, just irritates the heck out of me when the guys try to be non-chalant about any play. Also, it looks to me like Cust uses a glove hardly bigger than 2nd baseman's glove, in comparison to other outfielders. That is no excuse though; not using two hands isn't either.
Cust should go right from the A's in October to the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AFL and play outfield every day to hone his ...uh...skills(?).
How is it that the A's cannot win a game against the Royals???
Sad, isn't it? And just when they had started playing well and some of us had started getting excited just to see them play good ball with the new, young players.
I went to the game Saturday. It wasn't pretty...and I missed Scutaro!
Well he played today and went 4 for 4, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBI with a HR. Of course, the A'S will win the game. Their is no excuse not to play him every day; at least until he cools down.
Nice to see DJ get a HR as well. DiNardo looked great. Well-played game all around!
Was listening to the A's postgame show and some caller said he doesn't want Cust to be a starter next year, even said he wanted Piazza over Cust as the starting DH in 08?
Both yesterday and today, Buan had some discussion of RH FA bats the A's might be able to pick up in the offseason. He mentioned Brad Wilkerson and, interstingly, Jose Guillen.
Cust is doing exactly what one would like to see from a DH. So what if he K's a lot? He refuses to swing at a pitch he doesn't think is a strike. He's walked like 75 times. He is hitting .269, 2nd only to Stewart with a large number of ABs. Piazza is hitting .289 with much fewer ABs. Also, his obp is .315 compared to Cust's .408. Piazza is slugging at a .453 clip; Cust at .541 with ops of 1.000. And of course, there is a difference of 17 HRs. I know Piazza was on the DL for some time, but, frankly, I think for $8mil this year, his offensive #s have been a huge disappointment, which, fortunately, have flown under the radar because of what Cust has done, mostly in Piazza's stead.
Wilkenson is a LH hitter, how he is put in the discussion of a FA RH stick, I don't know? Guillen is the type of bat we need as a RH stick in FA, not a type A FA, maybe not even a Type B FA...but I doubt he'll be brought back the second time, if he never was on the A's, yeah, I'd think there's a chance but not now.
Thanks for the list, but how accurate do you think that is?
If you're talking about Jose Guillen, I keep hearing he is likely to get an extension with the M's. And, no, I doubt "Mr. B" (how Hannahan refers to him) will bring Guillen back.
Marty Lurie would like to see the A's get Mike Lowell. He's RH, can play 1B, 3B and DH. Of course, he's probably not in our budget.
Lurie has been throwing names around the past few months. A while ago it was Bay from PIT, now it's Lowell probably for the remainder of this season.
Lowell has played himself out of our budget this year.
Sweeney would fit Beane's past MO
Looks as Cust is in one of his funks in SEP. He's 1/17 so far this month after maybe his best month of his career in AUG.
"Lowell has played himself out of our budget this year." Really. You know when Boston is saying the same with re to re-signing him, the A's can't even dream of making an offer. He's going to be a nice pick up for some team, but it sure won't be ours.
why dont we give chavez another chance after he gets healthy, how quickly we forget he has had a great career before injuries.
you're right, sacto, he was pretty good. we can't ignore that the guy can hit the ball well (and field even better) when he's healthy.
Well typical of a Cust night tonight against CLE.
and they were all called strike 3. Even nice guy Ray Fosse was critical of the last one, with the tying run on base.
Barton had two 2Bs I meant to type in my last post.
sactofan said a few months ago that the A's players go to the plate looking for a walk. Last night was a perfect example. At least go down swinging at a close pitch. Sheesh.
Once again, Cust looks like a total jackass up there AB.
another reason to sign bonds Cust could be a 1 yr wonder
I don't think so, he just needs to make more contact and be more agressive although especially in two strike counts.
otf, did you post that before Cust hit that monster shot? He did look bad on that looking K.
Yeah I did.
And for those thinking the A's ought to consider signing Bonds, well Cust has only 3 fewer HRs than Bonds and the season was a month old before joing the team. He may K a lot, which beats GIDPs, anyday. He is also only one walk short of 100.
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