Oakland Athletics: 3 Lessons Learned After 1st 10 Games
Cespedes Can Crush a Lot
Let's get the obvious one out of the way first.
Yoenis Cespedes is a far-from-finished product who strikes out at an alarming rate (15 already), but when he hits the ball, it goes far. Really far. With three home runs in 10 games, he is on pace for a total of 49 on the season—enough to tie Mark McGwire's rookie record set in 1987. Cespedes is growing more and more patient at the plate and has a cannon for an arm out in center field.
Most importantly, Cespedes is making the team watchable—something that has been hard to say the last few years.
Jemile Weeks Is Immune to the "Sophomore Slump"
The sophomore slump, a common condition in second-year pros, will not befall this uncommon player.
Sure, he's off to a slow start (.214 batting average) and has yet to run wild on the bases, but he has added some pop from both sides of the plate and hit safely in eight of the 10 games.
So don't worry, A's fans, your sophomore star is just fine; the multiple-hit games are soon to come which will bump up his average to where it belongs.
How many home runs will Cespedes hit his rookie season?
Tommy Milone Is the Real Deal
It's become an annual tradition. The A's develop a young pitcher, he becomes an All-Star and is then traded away for younger prospects. One of those prospects emerges, becomes an All-Star and is then, you guessed it, traded away. Repeat and repeat...
Milone appears to be the next to hop on the ride. Part of the deal that sent Gio Gonzales to the Nationals, Milone quickly stepped into the starting rotation and has stepped up when on the mound. He is 1-1 in his first two starts with a 2.57 ERA.
His stuff may not be overpowering, but he throws strikes and gets plenty of outs while limiting the pitch count. If he keeps it up, he will make a lot of A's fans forget about the losses of Gonzales and Trevor Cahill.
That is, until the next trade happens.
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