A week away from games that count, the A's wake up this morning on a
winning non-losing streak, as they send Brett Anderson to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix. Just three games left in the desert before the team heads home for the Bay Bridge Series (Thursday-Saturday).
Anderson is looking to make the Under-25 club, also known as Oakland's starting rotation. His 2.25 ERA in six outings this spring has earned the 21-year old high praise from some kind of important people on the A's payroll:
"He's really poised out there," said Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki. "You never know how young guys are going to respond to certain situations, especially when things go bad, but Brett's super-calm out there."
Adds manager Bob Geren:
"He seems to know he belongs here."
And thanks to waxman for this link on the "The Second Coming", which puts a different kind of value on Anderson (for those seeking baseball card bargains):
Brett Anderson may be the best deal of the three. You can get his '07 Bowman Chrome anywhere from $1.00 to $350.00 depending on your color preference, and his '07 Donruss Elite EE autographed parallel can run you $25.00 to $125.00 depending on the type of numbered parallel.
Meanwhile, Slusser weighs in on Powell, Sweeney, and Gio Gonzalez.
Also scheduled to pitch for the A's today: Jerry Blevins, Joey Devine, Russ Springer, and Brad Ziegler.
Lastly, this Sunday is Fan Appreciation Workout Day at the Coliseum. The event runs from 11am-3pm.
Furcal, SS (booooooo)
Ramirez, M, LF