Its spring training all over again, as the A's set of bench players finally saw the playing field (something that took Macha getting out of the driving seat to happen, having Bob Geren take over the game), in the A's 10 inning, 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners. As Jeff said, it is kind of sad now that the A's can beat the Mariners with out even trying, but maybe better luck next year for the M's.
The A's take on the Anaheim Angels for a four game set starting today. Barry Zito takes on John Lackey.
AN'ers will be at the game, so look for them en mass.
Meanwhile, Rob Neyer has praise for the A's.
Eric (Millbury, Massachusetts: Hey Rob, I took a poll earlier on ESPN.COM which stated: "Which team would the Yankees least like to face come playoff time." I picked the Twins but Im not convinced ANY time can beat the powerful Yankees this postseason. In your best judgement pick the team YOU believe can beat the Yankees this postseason and why?
Rob Neyer: (1:10 PM ET ) The A's, I think. Zito-Haren-Harden gives them a 1-2-3 that's probably most capable of limiting the Yankees to four or five runs per game.
Barry Zito is the Game 1 starter, that much has been obvious for weeks. Though Esteban Loaiza is not currently scheduled to go Friday at Anaheim, he is almost assuredly the Game 2 starter. Game 3 could go to either Harden, who would be working on four days' rest after starting Sunday against the Angels, or Dan Haren, who is scheduled to pitch Saturday at Anaheim. The A's could switch those two depending on their results this weekend, depending on the playoff matchup or even the situation the team is facing at that point.
And Playoff Tickets are about sold out, but Standing Room Only tickets are supposed to be available soon (maybe even now!). Unfortunetly, if you've waited too long, you might be relegated to scrounging on Ebay or hoping that AN'ers have spares to sell.