Lots of A’s regulars in Wednesday’s lineup; no final cuts announcement yet

Not a whole lot to report leading into the Bay Bridge Series finale, since the A’s aren’t announcing their final cuts until after the game. The only regulars not in the lineup are first baseman Daric Barton and right fielder David DeJesus.

I don’t see much drama with the roster decisions. I’ll be very surprised if Eric Sogard doesn’t win the backup infielder spot, although neither he nor Andy LaRoche looked great defensively Tuesday night. I have Tyson Ross as the favorite over left-hander Bobby Cramer for the final bullpen spot. Ross has big league relief experience from last season, and I don’t see the A’s carrying four lefty relievers (that’s assuming Jerry Blevins is kept, in which case he’d join southpaws Brian Fuentes and Craig Breslow).

The lineups:

A’s: Crisp CF, Ellis 2B, Willingham LF, Jackson 1B, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, Kouzmanoff 3B, Sweeney RF, Pennington SS; Braden LHP.

Giants: Fontenot SS, Whiteside C, DeRosa 3B, Rowand CF, Schierholtz RF, Rohlinger 2B, Ishikawa 1B, Graham LF, Bumgarner LHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Joe –

    Why on earth did they cut bait so quickly with Yadel Marti and Fernando Cabrera, because four southpaws (even three) seems like too many for the bullpen.