By Joe Stiglich
Monday, April 6th, 2009 at 10:13 pm in 2009 regular season.
I’m guessing that wasn’t what many of you expected from the A’s new and improved offense tonight, correct?. I wouldn’t read too much into things based on one game. But I was surprised at how few balls they hit hard off Joe Saunders.
Eric Chavez mentioned after the game how he thinks Opening Day gets blown out of proportion because it’s just one game. “It’s kind of a parade, hoopla-type thing. And that’s great for the fans, they get into it. But we know (the season) is a grind.”
All true, but remember, Chavez also told reporters Saturday it was important for the A’s to get out of the gate well, considering they play the Angels in the first four games.
As for Dallas Braden, he wasn’t terrible. But because he’s not overpowering, tonight showed how “on” he has to be with his control or he’ll get hurt. Bottom line, giving up three runs in six innings isn’t that bad.
Some of you may have been surprised that Travis Buck didn’t start considering the solid spring he had. Buck told me he felt fine physically before the game, though he was wearing a pretty big ice pack on his right leg after the game. I didn’t get to ask him about that, so don’t read too much into it yet.
That’s all for now, check back in before tomorrow’s game …
A couple things from tonight