Oakland A’s: Three takeaways from Opening Week

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 02: Ramon Laureano #22 celebrates with Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on August 02, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 02: Ramon Laureano #22 celebrates with Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics after hitting a three run home run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on August 02, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Time for Jesus Luzardo to show what he can do

Oakland A’s fans have been waiting to see Jesus Luzardo in the rotation. His performance in the first week only served to whet the appetite.

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Serving as a long reliever, Luzardo pitched well in his two outings. Over the course of his 6.2 innings, he has allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks, striking out seven. Even more importantly, he built himself up to 67 pitches in his most recent outing, showing that he is ready for this upcoming start.

It is remarkable how quickly Luzardo was able to get ready to return to the rotation. Despite missing most of summer camp due to COVID-19 protocols, he was able to ramp up quickly. With manager Bob Melvin using him on a schedule that would mirror his turn in the rotation, Luzardo should be close to not having any restrictions.

This is also a chance for the A’s to potentially find their ace. Frankie Montas, the nominal ace of the rotation, has not replicated his success from 2019. Sean Manaea has struggled to go deep into games. There is an opening, and one that Luzardo could be the perfect fit for.

Next. Time to put an APB on the A's offense. dark

But it has to start somewhere. For the Oakland A’s and Jesus Luzardo, that time is Tuesday. By the looks of everything, he will be ready.

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