A’s spring training record as of March 10, 7-5-1
As Spring Training continues for the A’s, not much has changes in the way of competition. The fifth (and possibly fourth) starting position is still up in the air, nobody has claimed it, though at times many have pitched well. Let’s again look into those fighting for a spot in the A’s rotation taking into account only those who in reality have a shot out of camp plus a sleeper.
Non-roster invitee Edgar Gonzalez Innings pitched 6 ERA 3.00
Josh Outman: innings pitched 6 2/3 ERA 4.05
Gio Gonzalez: innings pitched 61/3 ERA 5.68
Jerome Williams: innings pitched 7 ERA 5.14
Vince Mazzaro: innings pitched 5 ERA 0.00
So is there anyone you would feel comfortable having in the five spot to start the season?
Hopefully things will clear up in terms of competition, but as it looks right now, Gio Gonzalez is out of the mix. He has looked good at times but once he faces the slightest but of adversity, he becomes “wild thing” again.
Jerome Williams seems to be a long shot at best to make the rotation although early on he was impressive so who knows, he might still be considered.
For the remaining three, Josh Outman, Edgar Gonzalez, and Vince Mazzaro. Of the three, Outman was considered as a top candidate for the position to start the spring, yet he has lacked consistency, but he’s my pick to win the spot. Not on impressiveness, rather the lack of consistency from the rest. Also I could see the A’s giving Edgar Gonzalez a chance as well because of big-league experience, and Mazzaro on the fact that he’s been pitching great all spring, and he’s a ground ball pitcher.
Let me know your opinions on the rotation.
Part 2 :outfield/reserve up next
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