Thursday postgame notes

Manager Bob Geren described left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez as “unhittable” during the first three innings of Thursday’s game against the visiting D-backs, who drew a sold-out crowd of over 9,000. (Despite announced attendance, that’s more than the A’s get at some regular-season home games in Oakland.) Anyway, Gonzalez all but fell apart in the fourth frame, surrendering three of his four walks in that inning while appearing more than a little frustrated. After exiting with one on and two out in that inning, he talked with reporters and — without coming out and saying it directly — expressed discontentment with what he called “a touchy subject” on some of the calls he was getting. However, Geren said that happens sometimes and doesn’t excuse his mound composure. “I agree (with the calls), but that’s part of the game,” Geren said. “There were a couple close calls I told Curt (Young), but you need to shake that off.” Aside from that inning, Gonzalez said he was pleased with the way his changeup is coming along, noting that it got him plenty swings and misses, along with ground balls.

After Brad Ziegler induced a groundout to end the semi-ugly fourth frame, Tyson Ross came in and quietly tossed three solid innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven. “He’s really come a long way in the past 10 months,” Geren said. “Today he showed just how dangerous his slider and sinker can be.”

This morning, Geren confirmed what Coco Crisp told me yesterday: The A’s center fielder could be back in the lineup by weekend’s end. You can read the full story from Wednesday here.

Also of note: Adam Rosales continues to get a good amount of playing time and productive at-bats, making it harder to imagine him not being on the 25-man roster come Opening Night. He was 2-for-3 in the win and has now reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games. So I’m wondering: How many of you genuinely see Rosales making a true competition out of the starting shortstop job? Cliff Pennington is 3-for-7 over his last three games and still seems to have the vote for the starting job from A’s management, but Rosales’ consistent play this spring is hard to ignore. At the same time, Rosales is not out of options. Eric Patterson is, but will that even factor into Oakland’s roster decisions in less than two weeks? Let me know what you think.

   

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thanks for the autograph today~
would like to see Patterson make the roster, and Rosales has been on fire the 2 games I’ve seen.

Wow! Great tinkihng! JK

I’d put both Rosales and Pennington on the roster and keep 11 pitchers. Bench of Powell, Chavez, Fox, Pennington, Gross.

Patterson should be dealt by the end of the spring, barring an injury opening up a spot for him. He leads the team in at bats this spring, yet continues to post a meager line. .226/.294/.323 is not going to cut it.

I don’t think Geren’s considering Rosales to start at short during the Spring. His consistent play solidifies him as the utility guy. I saw Pennington on Wed and he made nice plays in the field and with the bat. He’s the starter opening day. But wait til the season starts. Cliff’s another singles guy in the lineup and if he slumps early in the season, that’s when the competition with Rosales will heat up.

I think fans often put too much emphasis on a player’s most recent performance, whether impressive or disappointing. Sure spring training numbers matter, but only to the point of providing a reassurance or breaking a tie.
Patterson, for example, does lead the team in at bats…with 31. His numbers are lackluster, but the sample size spans a period of roughly a week and a half of regular season at bats, hardly sufficient to fairly judge a player’s worth. That being said, Patterson began the spring “on the bubble” for a roster spot and has yet to strengthen his position.
Rosales, meanwhile, began the spring in a similar position to Patterson and has thrived thus far. This does not mean Rosales is now, miraculously, going to win the batting title.
Sheets has a spring ERA that would illicit insults from the likes of Fausto Carmona, yet Sheets will be the one with the ball on opening day.
The big decision upcoming for the A’s is whether they risk losing players they see as having a future with the organization, or send players down to the minors that have rightfully earned a job in the majors. There are essentially three spots (after Powell) and four players who would have to pass waivers before accepting a position in AAA: Chavez, Fox, Gross, Patterson. Then there is still Buck and Rosales to consider. Short of using the DL or sending a deserved starter like Barton or Pennington back to the minors, the only way to keep all four is to add another position spot by dropping a bullpen spot. Rather than continuing to review the myriad possibilities, I will just give my OD roster prediction:
Starting Fielders-Suzuki, Barton, Ellis, Kouz, Pennington, Davis, Crisp, Sweeney, Cust.
Starting Pitchers-Sheets, Braden, Anderson, Duke, Gio.
Bullpen-Bailey, Wuertz, Ziegler, Breslow, H Rodriguez, Jennings.
Reserves-Powell, Chavez, Fox, Gross, Rosales.

I have it on good authority that Devine is experiencing a fair amount of pain and will most likely start the season on the DL. The A’s will give Fox a couple more weeks to prove himself before submitting him to waivers and bringing Devine back. Rolling injuries throughout the starting corps will give Cahill and Mazzaro a good chunk of innings this year.

I think fans often put too much emphasis on a player’s most recent performance, whether impressive or disappointing. Sure spring training numbers matter, but only to the point of providing a reassurance or breaking a tie.
Patterson, for example, does lead the team in at bats…with 31. His numbers are lackluster, but the sample size spans a period of roughly a week and a half of regular season at bats, hardly sufficient to fairly judge a player’s worth. That being said, Patterson began the spring “on the bubble” for a roster spot and has yet to strengthen his position.
Rosales, meanwhile, began the spring in a similar position to Patterson and has thrived thus far. This does not mean Rosales is now, miraculously, going to win the batting title.
Sheets has a spring ERA that would illicit insults from the likes of Fausto Carmona, yet Sheets will be the one with the ball on opening day.
The big decision upcoming for the A’s is whether they risk losing players they see as having a future with the organization, or send players down to the minors that have rightfully earned a job in the majors. There are essentially three spots (after Powell) and four players who would have to pass waivers before accepting a position in AAA: Chavez, Fox, Gross, Patterson. Then there is still Buck and Rosales to consider. Short of using the DL or sending a deserved starter like Barton or Pennington back to the minors, the only way to keep all four is to add another position spot by dropping a bullpen spot. Rather than continuing to review the myriad possibilities, I will just give my OD roster prediction:
Starting Fielders-Suzuki, Barton, Ellis, Kouz, Pennington, Davis, Crisp, Sweeney, Cust.
Starting Pitchers-Sheets, Braden, Anderson, Duke, Gio.
Bullpen-Bailey, Wuertz, Ziegler, Breslow, H Rodriguez, Jennings.
Reserves-Powell, Chavez, Fox, Gross, Rosales.

I have it on good authority that Devine is experiencing a fair amount of pain and will most likely start the season on the DL. The A’s will give Fox a couple more weeks to prove himself before submitting him to waivers and bringing Devine back. Rolling injuries throughout the starting corps will give Cahill and Mazzaro a good chunk of innings this year.

chrisatsac

Agreed about sample size, but if someone is competing for a job in camp, that’s what you have to go on. If you’d like to expand the sample size, Patterson’s career major league line of .233/.320/.310 is not far off from his spring line. Unfortunately due to the roster, Patterson’s lack of options and defensive ability, the A’s don’t have the luxury of waiting around to see if his minor league line translates to the bigs.

As far as Rosales, no one is expecting a batting title… but the starting SS position is a possibility. If the coaches have opened up the competition for the spring between Pennington and Rosales, it’s anyone’s game. It’s offense vs defense here though so I think they’ll both see some significant time there both in the season and now.

I almost completely agree with your roster prediction. One place we differ is with Gio/Cahill. I see Cahill earning the spot. Meloan’s injury opens up the spot on the 40 man for Jennings to be added.

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