A’s-Dodgers rained out — will Brett Anderson take ball opening night?

An afternoon update from soggy Phoenix, where rain fell hard earlier this afternoon and the A’s-Dodgers game was postponed …

The cancellation means that Brett Anderson, scheduled to throw today, will instead pitch Tuesday and Gio Gonzalez will get bumped back to Wednesday, manager Bob Geren confirmed. Note that with an extra day of rest, Anderson is now lined up to be the opening night starter if he stays on his normal five-day cycle. Geren has been tight-lipped with his plans for the opener but said this morning that he might make an announcement Thursday or Friday. It’s very interesting to ponder because you could make a strong case for either Gonzalez (based on his spring performance) or Anderson (based on his shut-down potential). And Dallas Braden, who started the 2009 opener, is a candidate if the A’s manipulate their days off to give him extra rest. Of the A’s top four pitchers, Trevor Cahill — the 18-game winner from last season — is the one who’s not an option based on the current rotation.

After Wednesday, if Anderson and Gonzalez remain on their normal days’ rest, Anderson would pitch the opener and Gonzalez would have the second game. That would surprise me only because Geren has liked to stagger his starters in the past so two pitchers with similar styles don’t pitch back-to-back. And Anderson and Gonzalez are both hard-throwing lefties. We’ll see how this plays out …

–Talked to Joey Devine this morning after his minor league intrasquad game at Papago Park. He threw 23 pitches and surrendered a home run during the outing. Devine said his arm felt good but that his mechanics still require some fine-tuning. “I’ve still got some work to do.” Judging from the conversation, it’s sounding unlikely to me that he’ll begin the season in the big league bullpen. Devine might be in a similar place as Josh Outman — after a long layoff from elbow surgery, he might just need a lot of innings to right the ship.

That’s all for now …

Joe Stiglich

  • I realize you can ask the 1993 Giants the importance of one game. But does it really matter who our opening day starter is? The rotations become jumbled so quickly because of different teams having different off days that quick you get 1’s vs. 5’s or 2’s vs 4’s etc. I think too much emphasis is put onto the opening day starter. I mean if it is that important who do you think can beat Felix Hernandez, and then just make a decision. I don’t see the value of him holding onto this secret. It seems sort of like he is trying to drum up intrigue where there isn’t intrigue.

  • Jeremy

    Was it determined if Devine has an option left or not? I know there was some confusion last year…

    Does he need to be DL’d in order to keep him off the major league roster and not waive him? Or can they send him to Sac again?

  • Joe Stiglich

    He’s got options left Jeremy. Nobody on the roster who’s a candidate for Triple-A is out of options. So no Jake Fox or Eric Patterson situations this season.