I continue to be more and more impressed with left-hander Greg Smith. He lost last night to Joe Saunders and the Angels, but he’ll win most of the time if he pitches the way he did. I’m not sure he throws any two pitches the exact same speed, and he mixes his stuff like he’s been doing this for years.
Talked to A’s manager Bob Geren during the last homestand about Smith, and the word that kept coming up was poise. This kid does not seem the least bit in awe of where he is. That’s a rarity in this game, and when a team finds it, they better hold onto it.
Anyway, relatively important games for the A’s over the next two days. Important in the sense that a series win over the Angels would seem to announce that the A’s plan to be a thorn in the Angels’ side this summer. Even a split would send a good message.
Incidentally, I’m curious what A’s fans have to think not only about Greg Smith, but about the collapse of Barry Zito with the Giants? Give me your thoughts.