1. Well how nice was that? A sweep of the Tigers as we go into a weekend series with the Angels. The A’s are flying high in June, undefeated so far and look to continue it against the AL West rivals.
The A’s didn’t break yesterday’s game wide open until the 7th inning but it was still enough to get the starting pitcher a win for the first time in over a week.
Travis Buck had the big day of the afternoon. Since coming back to the A’s, he is 6-for-25 (.240) with two home runs. Doesn’t sound exciting, but he is improving – he was batting .154 overall when he was sent down and now he’s hitting .178!
Daric Barton is also steadily improving with another multi-hit game yesterday. He’s up to .230 now after entering the Detroit series at .213.
2. The MLB Amateur Draft is today and the A’s are picking 12th overall! We haven’t had this high of a pick in years (well, ’99 to be exact, when the A’s picked Barry Zito). Let’s hope it’s a good one, because we don’t pick against until 58th (no sandwich round picks for Mike Piazza, who retired, and Shannon Stewart, who signed a minor league contract but is now playing in the majors – damn loophole-getter-arounder).
It’s actually on TV for the first time this year, and I may try to have it on at work – ESPN2 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.
Right now MLB.com’s mock draft has the A’s taking Rickie Weeks’ little brother, second baseman Jemile Weeks, with the 12th overall pick. Middle infield help would be nice, but I don’t think anyone is going to predict what Billy and friends are going to do.
3. Looking forward to seeing the A’s take on one of our favorite foes in John Lackey tomorrow night. He was on DL the last time the A’s faced the Halos so this is the first time they’ll see him this year. Too bad Jason Kendall isn’t around to stick that thing out there anymore.