Originally written April 10, 2013 on Seed Spitters:
Coco has every right to lean like Bernie. The first week of the Athletics 2013 campaign has seen the team realize the potential fans hoped for. New additions Jed Lowrie and Chris Young, who were to be considered mid-level offseason acquisitions in the MLB, have shown they were undervalued on the trade market. Young has displayed power in the early going. He has hit two homeruns with four RBI with an average just now dipping below .300. With a crowded outfield, Young has made the most of his limited at bats. Lowrie has proven to be one the two biggest surprises for the Athletics. During the Astros series, Lowrie hit .471 with two jacks and three RBI. Lowrie leads the team in batting average and has six runs driven in, which is also a team best. Lowrie does have an error on the season, but he has still shown to be a solid defensive shortstop. It has been 10 years since the A’s have had a legitimate everyday shortstop that is affective on defense and offense.  Lowrie does not quite have the “juice” to put up Miguel Tejada type numbers, but he secured a spot that has been inconsistent for the team since 2004. Nobody can argue Coco Crisp is not the week one MVP. Crisp has a Major League leading five doubles and he is second in extra-base hits with nine. The 33-year-old leadoff man has flashed some power for the A’s with three homeruns in the series at Houston and one last night in Anaheim. The tremendous play of Crisp and the A’s ability to win has overshadowed the poor performances of last season’s leaders. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick have only combined for seven hits. Both players are hitting well below the Mendoza line. Reddick, who won the Gold Glove in 2012, is out of action with a wrist injury after crashing into the outfield trying to make a signature hustle play. The play in which Reddick was injured appeared more violent initially, but reports have him listed with a sprained wrist and he is day-to-day. The pitching staff has been solid thus far. Brett Anderson took a loss in his opening start after giving up two earned runs against Seattle, but he came back stronger in his second outing at Houston as he threw six innings of shutout baseball with 10 strikeouts. One head scratcher from the pitching staff is the Dan Straily triple-A designation. The second-year man was coming off a career-best 11-strikeout performance before he was sent down to join the Sacramento River Cats to make room for Bartolo Colon who was fulfilling the remainder of his 50-game suspension for violating the PED policy. The A’s had an easy open to the season against two teams that are not picked to finish high in the standings. The second week will be much more of a test as the competition level is increased. The A’s headed to Anaheim to take on the Angels tonight, winning 9-5. The other LA team has notched only two wins, but the team has the firepower that could explode offensively anytime. The second game of the series begins at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday.
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