Here’s the lineups as the A’s go for a sweep of Seattle …
A’s: Weeks 2B, Pennington SS, Matsui LF, Willingham DH, DeJesus RF, Allen 1B, Sweeney CF, Suzuki C, Sizemore 3B; Cahill RHP.
Mariners: Ichiro RF, Gutierrez CF, Ackley 2B, Carp DH, Smoak 1B, Olivo C, Seager 3B, Wells LF, Rodriguez SS; Beavan RHP.
You’ll notice no Michael Taylor in the lineup for the A’s. Manager Bob Melvin mentioned Friday that Taylor would start in right field today, but said this morning he had a change of heart. “I put my foot in my mouth on that one,” Melvin said with a smile. “I’ll ease him in against left-handers. He’ll get to play some. I jumped the gun on that one. There’s a chance he could get in there (Monday). He’s not here to sit, that’s for sure.” Melvin added that it’s not a situation where the right-handed hitting Taylor will play ONLY against lefties.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Melvin handles Taylor’s playing time through the end of the season. In my book, if you bring a guy like that up in early September, he should be playing regularly. This guy is a big-time prospect, and the A’s need to find out what they have in him. But there’s logic to choosing the spots for a young guy, playing him when you think he’s got the best chance to succeed and build his confidence. Then again, the A’s know what they have in David DeJesus at this point. They’re less certain about Taylor, which is why I think he needs to play – often.
–Coco Crisp, who fouled a ball off his foot Saturday, is out of the lineup as expected. Melvin said Crisp is doing a little better but that the team is being cautious with him.
–A couple interesting stats from yesterday: Brandon McCarthy became the first A’s pitcher to throw a shutout with double-digit strikeouts since Barry Zito struck out 11 in blanking Cleveland on Aug. 20, 2001, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
And this from A’s stats guru David Feldman: McCarthy is just the fourth pitcher in Oakland history to throw back-to-back complete games with 10 or more strikeouts. He’s the first to do it since Vida Blue in 1971.