A's lineup: Opening Day order cloned

A's lineup: Opening Day order cloned
April 2, 2013, 2:15 pm
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics lineup card for Game Two of the regular season is out. It looks awfully familiar. A's manager Bob Melvin is going with the same exact lineup as Opening Day. On Monday, the A's were held scoreless by Felix Hernadez.

Oakland Athletics (0-1) lineup

Coco Crisp, CF
John Jaso, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jed Lowrie, SS
Brandon Moss, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Seth Smith, DH
Eric Sogard, 2B

Instant Analysis

The team remains committed to playing the match ups and loading the lineup with left-handed hitters against the Mariners' right-handed starter.

The A's face lefty Joe Saunders on Wednesday, that will likely be Chris Young's A's debut unless he pinch hits in this game.

Top of the Order

John Jaso was one of two A's players that collected a hit last night against Felix Hernadez. Melvin likes Jaso in the second spot in the order because he is a high on-base percentage guy that can take pitches and put the ball in play when he needs to.

Heart of the Order

Keep an eye on Yoenis Cespedes, who is 2 for 4 with a double and a home run in his career against Hisashi Iwakuma.

Last season pitchers tried to find ways to exploit Yoenis Cespedes. Each time they thought the book was out on him, he'd turn the page. Check out the adjustment he made on opposing pitcher's change ups.

                                                        

Bottom of the Order

On Monday, Brandon Moss said that if people expect him to keep up the pace he had last season, they will be "severely disappointed." Last year, Moss hit .291 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in just 84 games. While he acknowledged that pace is an unreal expectation from almost any hitter in baseball, he said he could see himself hitting 20-30 home runs or more.

One reason to believe Moss isn't a flash in the pan, is because he actually steadily improved last season. Typically the league would figure a player out and exploit their weaknesses. That didn't happen with Moss, who raised his average every single month.

                                                     

Seth Smith is an interesting option in the eight spot in the order. With his track record against righties, it wouldn't be a surprise if he batted higher in the order. He went 2 for 3 with a double against Hernandez on Opening Day.

Starting Pitchers

Jarrod Parker will take the mound for the A's. Parker, 24, is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against the Seattle Mariners.

He will be opposed by Iwakuma. The Japanese native is 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in two career games against the A's.

 

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