New A's Insider Casey Pratt on Chronicle Live
CSNCalifornia.com's new A's Insider Casey Pratt joins Jim Kozimor to break down the A's 39 games into the 2012 season.
And by my side the newest member of the inside the team -- season Bay Area dot com Casey Pratt is the new athletics insider welcome to the team welcome to joke. You're geared up and ready to roll. Absolutely security up and running and others already budget stuff on the website and one of them is five things we know about the athletics in what we look. Through the first six weeks or more of the Major League season. Let's talk a little bit about that what do we know. -- -- team but we know BAC is a little bit surprising being one game over 500. The pitching has been somewhat successful their third in the American League in starting pitching ERA. Their offense has been all right -- once again the a's are dealing with the disabled list issue key position players going down yet again. And this team to show little resiliency with that is this a big surprise that they're -- 500 here they are going in interleague play so it became over 500 maybe the question is it. Isn't a surprise how surprising is it that the city where they are. I'd say it's a little bit surprising with two mile weeks the table setter struggling you have the injury to yell and assessment is he should be the best player on the team. And basically they don't even have the addition Manny Ramirez he's coming soon Brandon Inge comes in he's incredible in -- goes down itself. Mean the -- have to be resilient and they have to -- rely on their minor league system to carry the team in these troubles that should be a pivotal series for the athletics if you look at from their standpoint. They're over 500 -- taken on would seen as the big team in town in the San Francisco Giants and at the plan right with a record wise. And they come in to a place that has in the particularly confident is that right playing here at AT&T and yet it isn't lost the last nine games here AT&T. Coincidentally they've won the last six against the Giants and Oakland. I talked -- weeks in calling cal you'll just moments ago about that is what is it is the bridge curse is there something on your gut. Yeah I think it's a coincidence but Jamaal really played up the home factor in this series. You know you have the the American League is coming you're losing their designated hitter that hurts them. The Giants come over obviously not a team known for their offense they pick up the DH and it ends up the line a little bit so. I think the home factories the big deal and that's why you see this weird. You know a season sweep in -- opposing ballpark PA take a look at the starting pitcher for the Giants tonight -- fans remember root for this guy very well and I know Barry Zito is name always gets thrown around for the longest time of the Giants it was a massive failure. He continues to pitch well this year which is a good sign for him personally. But how does he do against his old team the opening slowly a's haven't had any problem kinda keeping him down kick him when he's down so to speak for -- actually has the highest ERA vs the games as oppose any other team needs space out. Barry Zito struggled heavily against the a's but. He has been different as of lately he's kind of picked it up this season self. It might be interesting to see how the a's do against this redefine Barry Zito as you see the number understanding days. Rusty GoDaddy he's done very well against a guy that -- might not know as much anymore I mean Barry Zito is a different pitcher now but in the past Zito was certainly struggled against this club. The -- off the bat for the Oakland Athletics club. New new face in town it's really swinging it well is Josh Redick helped productive his seat for the Atlantic Josh Redick is extremely productive in fact he has ten home runs already hit the double digits. Last night in Arlington that's more home runs then. Posey but gone and Cabrera combine that the Giants three that's healthy hitters right now so. -- critics really swinging and defensively he's been great five outfield -- that ties him for the lead. League the league lead in outfield assists. And I'm talking this morning easy you wrestling -- looking forward to pay per view on Sunday there you -- so let's have a big money and sent it AT&T park and go home and enjoy a little paper view action. -- against swinging like a Big Easy heal or is -- -- pace. He's big triple aged guys who can go either direction really glad that he if you order today Ric Flair of for Dustin Pedroia had Japanese in Boston. He said him and Barton catch us a pay -- -- together so we'll see how that goes on Sunday I could see that -- of the season Bay Area that come at some point no question about it all right -- Parker. Another young arm that this east team is thrown together and Tommy Malone has been very good. How good is your partner -- Parker has been extremely successful one thing he's done a lot of though he's he's put a lot of runners on base self. You have to hope. For his sake he he can keep those runners from scoring the Giants if they can get a lot of base runners might be the first team to strike him in that regard. You look at Parker though it's kind of amazing to think that. Trevor Cahill what it is also their pitchers traded me out season -- Jared Parker who's actually out pitching occasional right now and then -- got Ryan Cook too. Mean Ryan Cook is a guy that started nineteen point two scoreless innings to start the season which is actually an Oakland record. That's not a bad way to deal with to make a trade if you're gonna make a -- get the veteran of India a salmon that. Circumstance or -- they are over 500 right now. And yet they don't have -- assessment is in the lineup Manny Ramirez not a lineup right now inched -- a lineup right now. What's it gonna be like when Manny Ramirez is up and get a chance to write his name is some of these other guys in every day will by may thirtieth Manny Ramirez is suppose its start date. They could easily have two mile weeks Coco Crisp back batting second. Josh Redick third sense that it could return by then batting fourth Manny batting fifth Inge could be that batting sixth -- you look at what -- -- lineup could host. With the addition Manny Ramirez and a veteran presence they had he's obviously not allowed to be around the team right now. But you saw him immediately click with says that as it's going to be interesting to see what kind of impact Manny hasn't says that is the other rays hitters -- before you run -- you -- get over the -- -- for us -- what kind of stuff we gonna see CSN Bay Area dot com in the eighth insiders like. I wanna write a lot but I really wanted interactive as they told you I talk to Josh Redick about the WW -- on it being the doing creative and different features I think we're gonna see a lot of that. And I like to work itself a work really hard for you.