Kate & Casey: Established roles help relievers
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SEEN: Trash talking. It's started, or perhaps it never ended. As Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle took the mound today for their first bullpen sessions of the spring, Cook started egging on Doolittle.
"Ha, ha, ha," said Cook when we brought it up. "We're buddies that's what we do." He explained it's one of the secrets to their success and his set-up man agreed.
"Yeah, as soon as we were done, he told me, he was throwing harder than me," Doolittle said through laughter. He went on to explain that's what helps give these guys their competitive edge.
"You're either the zero or the hero," said Cook, who finished his thoughts by explaining the guys try to follow each other's strong performances on the mound, or they are there to pick each other up when it doesn't go well.
HEARD: Houston we have a problem -- and it's not the Astros. It's only Day 2 of workouts for the pitchers, but Bob Melvin explained he has a problem when it comes to the A's pitching talent and depth. A good problem that is, in that he's never been a part of team (as a player or manager) with this many strong arms.
"We're in an enviable position," he said. "We’re seven deep (with starters) and certainly [Travis] Blackley a guy, too. And then in the bullpen, I don't think I've ever had this much quality depth, you know righties and lefties, we’re going to have to make some decisions."