Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson came to the defense of A’s pitcher Jesús Luzardo once before this season, and now, Luzardo is returning the favor
It’s surprising, however, that anyone has to defend Olson in 2021. He’s having a career year, which is saying a lot considering his success in the big leagues thus far.
The two-time Gold Glove player has a batting average hovering around .300, and as of Monday, he’s racked up 20 home runs and 53 runs batted in. But he’s not a finalist for the MLB All-Star game at first base, as voted on by baseball fans.
Luzardo thinks that’s out of whack, and he let the world know via Twitter.
Earlier in the season, when Luzardo injured his hand while playing video games (yes, that’s true), Olson came to Luzardo’s defense, telling the media that though Luzardo would be on the injured list for a bit, the young left-hander would be back for the playoffs.
Of course, that statement also showed how confident the A’s are about their chances this year. The team has slipped two games behind the Astros in the American League West, but they’re right in the thick of the AL pennant hunt, clearly. And that will still be the case if Olson isn’t a starter in the All-Star game.
Also, look for Olson to make the trip to Denver for the midseason classic as a reserve. He’s without a doubt one of the stars of Major League Baseball this season. That’s yet another reason — and the main reason — for Luzardo to stick up for his teammate.