Nothing like a lazy Saturday and some spring baseball to help unwind after a long week! I know I sure need it, and perhaps our boys in the Green & Gold could use a little R&R as well as they enter the final week before Opening Day (unless you're in Australia, where apparently the time difference is alot greater than we thought).
Today, the A's look to bounce back from last night's loss to the Giants (insert obligatory "F**k the Giants!" cry here) against a split-squad Mariners team sans Robinson Cano, the $240 million man at 2B and supposed savior of Seattle baseball. Now to be frank, I don't closely follow teams outside of the A's, so I can't really speak much on how "good" the Mariners are poised to be this year. But I do find it interesting how quick the experts and pundits were to apply the "contender" label to Seattle in the race for the AL West. I guess that remains to be seen. Although we won't get to see Cano in action today, rest assured there will be plenty of opportunities to get familiar with him in 2014.
Scott Kazmir makes his return to the mound after being scratched from his last start with "minor triceps tightness", which may have given A's fans already on edge after the loss of Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin a bit of a scare, to put it lightly (Just remember, we're all going to die!). Needless to say, we'll will be watching him with bated breath, though we can take some comfort in knowing the southpaw has put up some decent numbers (a combined seven scoreless innings with five Ks and one walk) in his just two ST appearances, SSS be damned.
Finally, some notes and tidbits courtesy of our cast of beat writers:
- Frustration with Yoenis Cespedes this spring is real, not only with us here on AN, but with the big man himself...
Athletics&src=hash">#Athletics Yoenis Cespedes, struggling all spring and with 3 Ks Friday, has asked to get ABs in a minor league games today, and will.— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 22, 2014
#Athletics mgr Bob Melvin says LF Yoenis Cespedes "is frustrated between working on his swing and (not) getting the results (he wants)."— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 22, 2014
- The injury bug has plagued more than just our starting rotation this spring, unfortunately...
- The A's have just four games remaining, including today's, at Phoenix Muni before saying goodbye to the old spring girl. As you may know, they'll be moving to their quasi-new digs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa next year. We can speculate how much this move will affect the fan experience, but the real question is, What's going to happen to the cat?
And here's the lineups:
|Seattle Mariners|||||Oakland Athletics|
|1. Endy Chavez CF|||||1. Billy Burns LF|
|2. Nick Franklin SS|||||2. Daric Barton 1B|
|3. Stefen Romero LF|||||3. Josh Reddick RF|
|4. Logan Morrison 1B|||||4. Derek Norris C|
|5. Michael Saunders RF|||||5. Alberto Callaspo 3B|
|6. D.J. Peterson 3B|||||6. Stephen Vogt DH|
|7. Austin Wilson DH|||||7. Sam Fuld CF|
|8. Willie Bloomquist 2B|||||8. Jake Elmore SS|
|9. John Buck C|||||9. Eric Sogard 2B|
|P. Scott Baker (R)|||||P. Scott Kazmir (L)|
You can catch the game on 95.7 The Game, and of course follow along with us here in the game thread.
Enjoy the game, and LET'S GO OAKLAND!