Opening Series finale: A’s vs. Mariners
Situational hitting gave the A’s some trouble last night, as they went just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. It’s a facet of the game manager Bob Melvin is really stressing this year, especially given the makeup of the team and the overall lack of power, compared to other teams.
“It’s not like we played poorly,” he said. “We made some nice plays and, at times, I thought we had some nice at-bats. We hit some balls hard that could have ended the game, but it was frustrating in that we could have scored some more runs than we did. But you have to put that away and play for today.”
The A’s have lost eight straight season openers, but the good news is that they’ve followed five of the previous seven defeats with a win.
Today’s lineup is a bit different, with just two lefties in there against Seattle southpaw Jason Vargas. Take a look:
A’s: Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Crisp LF, Gomes DH, Suzuki C, Cespedes CF, Reddick RF, Donaldson 3B, Ka’aihue 1B (Colon SP)
And for Seattle: Figgins LF, Ackley 2B, Ichiro RF, Smoak 1B, Montero DH, Seager 3B, Olivo C, Saunders CF, Ryan SS (Vargas SP)
Melvin says the first-base job is still a three-man race between Ka’aihue, Brandon Allen and Daric Barton and, though he could potentially carry two first baseman, he noted Donaldson could also play first during the season. It’s not the easiest of decisions, especially since both Allen and Ka’aihue are out of options. He’s also been getting good reports on Barton from Arizona.