There’s a little different look to the A’s lineup, with Jake Fox serving as DH in place of Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis batting second and Daric Barton dropping down to sixth. Yes, it’s early for Chavez to be getting a day off. He told me before the game he feels good physically, and manager Bob Geren said the decision wasn’t due to Chavez’s health. Chavez had one sharp single last night, but he’s 1-for-9 overall and hasn’t looked in sync at the plate.
I think Geren likes getting the right-handed hitting Fox in there against Seattle lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith. And you’d think there’s a chance Fox might catch tomorrow (day game after a night game), so it might make sense to get him some at-bats tonight. But it’s going to be interesting to see how much Chavez plays if he stays cold at the plate. On one hand, you need to play the guys that are hot. On the other hand, the A’s DFA’ed Jack Cust in order to make Chavez the regular DH. And if he’s going to shake off rust from hardly playing the past three seasons, the only way to do that is to play …
Geren downplayed the swap w/Ellis and Barton in the order. He thinks both have taken good at-bats, but likes Ellis hitting higher against the lefty Rowland-Smith.
Here’s the A’s lineup:
Davis CF; Ellis 2B; Sweeney RF; Kouzmanoff 3B; Suzuki C; Barton 1B; Fox DH; Buck LF; Pennington SS; Duchscherer RHP.
Ichrio RF; Figgins 2B; Kotchman 1B; Bradley LF; Griffey Jr. DH; Lopez 3B; Gutierrez CF; Johnson C; Wilson SS; Rowland-Smith LHP.