There were lots of questions thrown at Bob Melvin in his pregame media chat, and they covered a variety of items: What was going on with the defense last night? How can the offense get going? How is Coco Crisp doing? What does he think of Jarrod Parker, who starts Wednesday afternoon?
It’s clear that Melvin is much more concerned about his team’s weak offense than the occasional defensive problems, which were apparent last night. The A’s held a hitters’ meeting before batting practice today, which is unusual for the second game of a three-game series. I’m guessing the theme was that each guy can’t go up to the plate trying to shake the team out of its slump by himself. “It’s human nature to wanna be the guy to get your team to break out of it, get that big hit, hit that big home run,” Melvin said. “At times maybe we’re trying to do a little too much.” Another interesting quote: “What are we, two games under .500?,” Melvin said. “The way we’ve been offensively, we’re probably lucky to be two games under .500. The pitching has been terrific. At times the defense has been terrific. We just haven’t hit our stride offensively.”
–Crisp is out of the lineup for the sixth time in seven games. Melvin said he started feeling dizziness from playing last night, presumably from the inner-ear infection that’s bothered him.
It’s almost game time, so here’s the lineups:
A’s — Weeks 2B, Sogard SS, Reddick RF, Cespedes CF, Smith DH, Gomes LF, Barton 1B, Hughes 3B, Recker C; Milone LHP.
White Sox — De Aza CF, Lillibridge 1B, Rios RF, Konerko DH, RAmirez SS, Viciedo LF, Flowers C, Morel 3B, Beckham 2B; Floyd RHP.