Yankee Series: After 3 games in Toronto, the A’s played a rain-shortened series in the new Yankee Stadium, losing both games to the Bronx Bombers. I won’t regurgitate the details of the games as they were painful enough the first time around. I will comment on Dan Giese, whom the A’s picked up on waivers a couple of weeks ago from those dreaded Yankees. He has the dubious distinction of giving up 2 walk-off homers to end extra-inning games in his first 2
appearances. He must be shell-shocked about pitching in extras by now. The sad thing about both outings was that he pitched 2 good innings before each walk-off, and the bullpen was depleted and Manager Bob Geren probably didn’t have a choice and had to leave him out there. Maybe he’s a 2-inning guy. We’ll see in the next month or so whether it was a good move to bring him over from the Yanks. The A’s will make up the rained-out game on July 23rd in New York.
10 MLB Teams Decline in Value: Forbes Magazine recently published an analysis of the value of the Major League Baseball Teams, and the results are interesting. The teams whose values declined the most are: the Nationals (down 12%), Braves (10%), and the Tigers and Mariners (9% each). You’ll be pleased to note that the A’s declined only 1%, while the Giants’ value is down 5%. In terms of dollars, the A’s are worth $319M and rank 27th in the majors. Only the Marlins, the Pirates and the Royals are worth less than the A’s.
At the top in terms of dollars is the Yankees ($1.5Billion! ), followed by the Mets ($912M), Red Sox ($833M), Dodgers ($722M) and the Cubs ($700M). The Yankees and Mets values were up significantly due to their new ballparks which opened this season. Interestingly, the average value of an MLB team rose 1% to $482M.
What’s really itelling is that the Yankees are currently in 3rd place in the AL East, and the Mets are in 4th place in the NL East, so value doesn’t necessarily translate into standing, at least not this early in the season. Also, the least-expensive Marlins ($277M) are leading the NL East.
Gallagher to Triple A: The A’s optioned Sean Gallagher to the River Cats to get him more pitching time. He has been the long man in the A’s bullpen and hasn’t pitched much this year.
I think the move was a good one for Sean, as he’ll join the rotation that includes Gio Gonzalez, Vin Mazzaro and James Simmons, all of who are doing well right now. Sean has talent and needs to use it regularly to hone his craft. Now he’ll get a chance to do that.
Coming Up: The A’s come home for a 3-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow night and then go on the road again (does anyone else hear a C+W song right now?) to Texas and Seattle. Oh, the vagaries of the MLB schedule and the short shrift that the West Coast teams seem to get. 3 days at home? Give me a break.
I spent last weekend in Phoenix and went to games on Friday, Saturday (in Maryvale) and Sunday. I met my friends Lisa and Louise from the Sacramento area who are River Cats season ticket holders. It was much too short a trip.
The A’s lost the first two games. Unfortunately, Friday night Trevor Cahill and the probable A’s opening-day starting lineup ran into a buzz saw, having to face the Padres’ Jake Peavy who was lights out. Didn’t resemble the same guy who looked bad in the World Baseball Classic. The only bright spots were back-to-back solo homes runs by Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust in the 8th inning, the A’s only runs. Final score: 5-2.
Saturday’s game was a little better: theA’s lost 4-2 to the Brewers in Maryvale. Dana Eveland gave up a run in the bottom of the 1st, after Jack Hannahan drove in a run in the top of the inning. In the 3rd, Eveland gave up a 3-run homer to the shortstop Hardy, putting the A’s in the hole 4-1. After that, Eveland settled down and pitched 4 scoreless innings. The other bright spot was Sean Doolittle’s ninth inning solo homer. The Brewer’s starter, Jeff Suppan pitched 7 innings and gave up 6 hits and 1 run.
Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies was better, even though Sean Gallagher gave up a run in the first inning. Former Athletic Greg Smith had a rough go of it against his former team, giving up 5 runs in the 2nd inning. The Rockies battled back and took the lead 6-5 in the 4th inning. Neither team scored until the bottom of the 9th inning, when Chris Denorfia hit a walk-off home run with Suzuki on board, pulling victory from the jaws of defeat. More about Sunday’s game tomorrow.
It was a quick trip but lots of fun and great weather in the high-60’s and low 70’s. Dinner at Houston’s and My Big Fat Greek Restaurant with my friends was great fun and VERY filling.
Tomorrow: Speed Guns, Testosterone and a Snafu