The second series of the Oakland Athletics' season came and went this past weekend. The A’s introduced themselves to the Houston Astros—the new members of the American League West—or rather, got reacquainted with one another.
This trio of games was a reunion for several members of these two organizations. The A’s and Astros were involved in a five-player deal this past offseason, with Oakland sending three players, Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi to Houston in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez. Additionally, Houston obtained Travis Blackley from the A’s in a trade on April 4.
All in all, the series featured five former A’s (Blackley, Carter, Peacock, Carlos Pena and Brett Wallace) and two former Astros (Lowrie and Nate Frieman) on their new respective major league rosters.
Wow. Who would’ve thunk it? Nobody. No way. No how.
This isn’t exactly something we learned from the recent three-game set. However, it’s one lesson that is clearer when you see it face-to-face, being applied in real life. It’s one thing to watch the Astros perform terribly in a near-perfect game against the Texas Rangers. It’s another thing to actually dominate them yourselves, compiling 23 runs to their nine in a three-game trouncing.
"April is the cruelest month."
No kidding. The team (co-)leader in home runs is Coco Crisp. Yes, by hitting a home run in each of the three games against the Astros, the Athletics’ lithe, speedy leadoff man has shown he’s got some muscle to go with his quickness on the base paths.
Well, sort of.
After serving a 50-game suspension over two seasons, at age 39, Colon’s performance on Saturday(six innings pitched, eight hits allowed, three runs) is somewhat impressive, given the amount of rust that had to have accumulated on his aged body these past few months. The resulted quality start could have been better considering he served up a two-out, three-run home run that accounted for all the scoring he allowed. But what matters is the A’s won, 6-3, and he showed no signs of laboring through his outing, which at his age, and after that long layoff, is a wonderful outcome.