i will not stand for the defense of bowden.
pitching does win. the athletics have not recently won a championship, but they win. they contend. that's all, as a fan, i've ever asked from my team. just contend. just make it interesting.
bowden loves outfielders. he confesses to obsessing over them. he once said that wily mo pena was his most important signing, and wasted a roster spot on him (he was out of options) for half of this season...reggie taylor, ruben mateo, the list is long and tedious.
offense is fine, and you need it, certainly. if the athletics had a trace of it, they would dominate. they might still if tejada, durazo and chavez pull it out.
the fact is, bowden has maintained an unbalanced attack since his advent. it is this three-legged horse that has awkwardly dragged cincinnati through all these embarrassing years. hopefully, the new guy will step into the office and get it on.
i can only hope, because i live where i do, and i root for my home team.