When Josh Reddick doesn’t hit – and too often this year that’s been an ongoing story – there are questions that A’s manager Bob Melvin gets as to why Reddick is in the lineup.
Friday should have dispelled some of those questions. For the fifth time in his last eight games, the rifle-armed Reddick threw out a runner, this time preventing Detroit from scoring a fourth run and potentially blowing open Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
With slow-footed Victor Martinez on second base, Omar Infante sliced a single past first baseman Daric Barton. Martinez got a good jump, but as we say, isn’t fast. Still Reddick came up throwing to catcher Stephen Vogt to get the out and keep the A’s deficit at the time at 3-0.
I was standing in the A’s clubhouse Thursday when Bartolo Colon tapped me on the right shoulder, put his right index finger to his lips in the universal sign for “don’t make a sound,’’ then said quietly, “Watch this.’’
Colon moved toward a hard-foam black roller players use to stretch out their backs, a light but solid cylinder with a diameter of about 10 inches. It doesn’t weight much, but it is strong, and it’s one of Colon’s favorite pieces of mayhem.
He picked it up, pointed at Brandon Moss, sitting in a chair watching the Cardinals-Pirates game and flashed a grin of delight. He raised the roller above his head, then slammed it into the table in the center of the clubhouse. It sounded like a truck crashed through the wall.
Moss jumped about from here to Jupiter.
Brett Anderson took another step toward the Oakland starting rotation Wednesday by collecting his second career save.
Anderson threw the final three innings against the Rangers, allowing two runs while throwing 39 pitches.
The A’s have been trying to build up Anderson’s pitch count to be able to justify getting their opening day starter out of the bullpen and back into the rotation, and having him pitch three innings, which he’s done twice in his last three appearances, is one way to do it.
Maybe it’s that West Coast night games don’t get much play back East.
Maybe it’s that ESPN doesn’t show enough highlights of the Oakland A’s.
Maybe it’s that other teams have a couple of great players and the A’s only have a whole bunch of good players.
Whatever the reason, the American League All-Star team announced Saturday is a slap in the face. Not just to the A’s or to the East Bay. But it’s a slap in the face to putting winning teams on the field
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear.
It’s too early in the season to make a big deal about the Tigers and the A’s meeting this weekend in Oakland.
Yes, Detroit knocked Oakland out of the playoffs last October, and yes, the A’s will be facing the same three starting pitchers – Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez – they faced in the 2012 playoffs.