We had our first warm weather of the year this week in the Bay Area, but I missed it. I was spending my days in front of the computer, getting this site off the ground.
My lawn, however, did take in the sunny weather. I looked out my window yesterday and my lawn was suddenly two inches higher than I remembered it. Man, I gotta get out of the house.
So what a better thing to do than spend Saturday afternoon outside, doing yardwork while listening to the A's-White Sox game?
Some clippings from the mower:
Rich Harden started the game, and was awesome. Struck out the side in the first. Gave up a solo homer to Carl Everett in the fourth, but that the only trouble he had.
I think Harden's ready to have a big year. He seems to be improving as a pitcher every time I see him. For some reason, PECOTA does not agree with me. PECOTA predicts a 4.46 ERA for Harden this year, a regression to the same ERA he had as a rookie. The other projection systems: Marcel predicts 4.02, while ZiPS is the only one that actually predicts Harden to improve over last year's 3.99 ERA, at 3.89. I'll take the under on all of them.
Eric Chavez launched his first homer of the spring, a three-run shot off Jose Contreras. He's also leading the cactus league in walks, after leading the AL in walks last year despite missing six weeks with a broke hand.
Octavio Dotel had a bad outing. Ray Fosse said his slider looked flat.
Daric Barton, in first spring training AB after having his appendix removed, worked a walk. Did you expect anything else? He ended up scoring the winning run.
Kurt Suzuki has impressed behind the plate. He's thrown out four runners trying to steal this spring.
Keiichi Yabu, 1-2-3 inning in the eighth, then allowed just a single in the ninth to close out a 7-6 A's win.