It's not like Joe Kennedy isn't pitching well enough to get wins, it's just that they're not coming.
Kennedy has made 10 starts this year, six of them have been quality starts and nine of them have seen him allow three runs or less.
He has just had some hard luck, and despite a 3.30 ERA, he has just a 1-4 record to show for it.
His last start was his finest one, going eight innings and allowing just one run on six hits against the Twins on Friday.
Kennedy has gone seven innings or more in four of his last six starts. If you ignore his May 26 start in Baltimore, where he gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, he has allowed nine earned runs in 36 innings in his last five starts other than that one.
OAK: LHP Joe Kennedy (1-4, 3.30 ERA)
Kennedy is 1-2 in his career against the Red Sox with a 3.86 ERA. His last start against them came on Sept. 16 of 2005, when he allowed one earned run in a six-inning no decision at Fenway Park.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (5-6, 4.24 ERA)
Wakefield's last start against Oakland came, coincidentally, against Kennedy. Wakefield went nine innings, allowed two runs and also did not factor into the decision as the Red Sox wound up winning in the bottom of the 10th inng.
Player to watch
A's second baseman Mark Ellis is really heating up since the birth of his son, smacking seven hits in his last three games. In his career against Wakefield, he is 6-for-11, good for a .545 batting average.
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KFRC 106.9, KYCY 1550
Thursday: Athletics (Joe Blanton, 5-3, 3.81) vs. Boston (Curt Schilling, 5-2, 3.91), 12:35 p.m. PT
Friday: Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 6-1, 2.41) at San Francisco (Tim Lincecum, 2-0, 4.05), 7:15 p.m. PT
Saturday: Athletics (Dan Haren, 6-2, 1.70) at San Francisco (TBD), 12:55 p.m. PT
Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.