Now, let's fast forward to last night's Athletics-Angels game. Athletics manager Bob Geren did not start Matt Holliday because of an illness, which left him no choice but to go with the Giambi-Garciaparra-Chavez middle of the order! Even if it's 10 years later, this trio did quite well together last night as the A's beat the Angels.
|J Giambi DH||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.375|
|N Garciaparra 1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||4||.222|
|E Chavez 3B||5||0||1||1||0||1||4||.250|
Obviously, the A's will need the following if they are going to compete: lots of production from Giambi and healthy seasons from both Chavez and Garciaparra. These three veterans will play a large role in determining how far the Athletics go this season, especially if the young Athletics starting pitching struggles. Giambi and Chavez are especially important as they provide protection for the always dangerous Matt Holliday. As for Nomar, I cannot wait to see how Geren works him into the lineup. Nomar can still hit, that we all know, but it will come down to his health and the health of those around him (Giambi and Chavez!)