By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 6:17 pm in Uncategorized.
It’s back to the usual weather you expect here in Anaheim. Last night it was unusually humid, almost like it was going to rain. Playing conditions are perfect tonight as A.J. Griffin puts his 5-0 record on the line against Ervin Santana.
A’s — Crisp CF, Smith LF, Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Moss 1B, Donaldson 3B, Drew SS, Norris C, Pennington; Griffin RHP.
Angels — Trout CF, Hunter RF, Pujols DH, Morales 1B, Kendrick 2B, Aybar SS, Wells LF, Callaspo 3B, Iannetta C; Santana RHP.
Josh Reddick remains in the ’3′ hole and says he isn’t getting down on himself during his current slump. “I feel great up there, that’s the worst part about it,” Reddick said. “I feel great. Stuff just isn’t happening. It’s just gotten to the point where it’s getting embarrassing, what I’ve not been able to do. But on a positive note, the team’s winning so I’m not gonna be the negative guy in the clubhouse.”
Manager Bob Melvin said Reddick took extra batting practice Tuesday night, working on staying back on the ball and keeping balanced. “Sometimes it’s OK to get jammed,” Melvin said. “His first time up he got jammed. We haven’t seen that in a while because he’s been trying to get the bat head out probably a little quick. Subtle things you see that you think a guy’s coming out of it, and I think he is.”
Melvin continued to talk up Reddick’s defense. Coaches and managers have already conducted Gold Glove voting, and Melvin said it’s his understanding that Reddick got good support in the voting. I’ll be interested to see those results after the season.
–Yoenis Cespedes gets a second straight game in the DH spot. Melvin has been trying to rest him, and being DH is at least a half-day off. Maybe with Cespedes homering last night, Melvin decided another half-day wasn’t a bad idea …