Mar 12, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Fans watch from under umbrellas in left field during the fifth inning of a spring training game between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The A's won a split-squad thriller (well, as thrilling as March baseball can get) on Tuesday, and with just two more weeks until BASEBALL GAMES THAT MATTER, Melvin and Beane have some decisions to make soon.
Can we also take a quick second to note how silly it is that the A's will play two games in Japan, then get seven(!) days off before playing another meaningful game? If the A's or Mariners were good, that could potentially be a not insignificant competitive advantage, as they'd be able to pitch their best two pitchers in the first four games of the season. Of course, they'd face good pitchers more times too. Probably not a big deal, just weird to me.
Here's a lineup and some guys who might pitch:
3B I Don't Kn...whoops wrong game
2B Jemile Weeks
SS Cliff Pennington
RF Seth Smith
CF Yoenis Cespedes
LF Jonny Gomes
1B Kila Ka'aihue
DH Daric Barton
SP Brad Peacock
Knock yourselves out.