When Jed Lowrie was traded from the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics this off-season, he knew that he was going to a team loaded with talent. Not only was the team loaded with talent, so were all of the positions that Lowrie plays. There was basically no way that he was going to expect to walk onto the field and be able to just choose where he played. This was going to be a fight for a starting job from the very beginning of the spring season.
As far as the fight for a starting job goes, Lowrie proved up to the task. He has had a great spring and finds himself now in the opening day line-up just before Josh Reddick. That is a good place to be if you want to score runs. There is no way to know now exactly how much playing time Lowrie will receive on the talent laden roster of the Athletics, but when he is in the game you can bet he will be doing everything he can to help the team win. That is the kind of player he is.
It is nothing against anyone else but I think Lowrie will eventually earn the majority of the playing time at second base for the A’s. He is just the right kind of player to keep things moving in the batting order and to make all of the plays in the field. I’m sure he won’t play in every single game but then again he never has. Honestly, I think Lowrie has an even better chance with the Athletics to play in almost every game than he did in Houston or certainly with the Red Sox. I think it would be great if he got 162 starts in this season. Make it happen Athletics; you won’t be sorry.