For much of the year, Craig Breslow was the only lefty in the Oakland A's bullpen. He got some company when Jay Marshall was added to the 'pen in August and now he will find plenty of comrades with the arrival of three new lefties to Oakland's bullpen: Jerry Blevins, Dana Eveland and Brad Kilby.
Both Blevins and Eveland were on the A's Opening Day roster, but both struggled early in the season and were sent down to Triple-A Sacramento. Blevins has been one of the River Cats' most reliable relievers since being sent down. In 63.1 innings, he has posted a 3.84 ERA with 62 strike-outs and only 18 walks. Blevins spent the bulk of last season as the A's primary left-handed reliever.
Eveland's time in Sacramento has been more of a mixed bag. He has an 8-6 record with a 4.94 ERA and 92 strike-outs against 51 walks in 124 innings for Sacramento. Eveland has made 21 starts for the River Cats. Over his last 10 starts, he has struck-out 50 in 59.1 innings, but he has a 6.37 ERA. It isn't immediately clear whether Eveland will get any starts with the A's in September or if he will be a long reliever. The A's are moving to a six-man starting rotation starting on Tuesday.
Kilby will be making his major league debut and has been added to the A's 40-man roster for the first time in his career. Oakland's 29th round pick in 2005 out of San Jose State, Kilby has been a top reliever in the A's system since the start of his pro career. He has a 2.13 ERA and 77 strike-outs in 63.1 innings for Sacramento this season and a career ERA of 2.52 in five minor league seasons.
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The A's are expected to recall more position players once the minor league playoff schedule is concluded. The A's Triple-A club has already clinched a spot in the post-season and Oakland's Double-A affiliate has a two-game lead for a playoff spot with less than a week to play.