Well, the time has come where the A's have to take on the Yankees. This match up never turns out well, and the last series was no exception. The A's were swept, and, as an encore, the went on to lose the next seven games. Does this series look andy better?
Our strength is pitching, so I'll just be looking at the pitching match ups (it's not like I'll compare the offenses).
Game 1: Cahill vs Hughes
Trevor Cahill started the season with a 6-0 record and some pretty awesome starts. Since then he's gone 2-8, but hasn't been all that bad. Certainly not as bad as his record suggests. In his last outing, he was inconsistent (3 ER in 7 IP, 5 BB), but received kind of tough loss because of..... well, guess.
Hughes only recently came back from injury, and struggled at first. Last time out, he turned in his first quality outing, which means we can safely spume he'll do it again against the less-then-potent Oakland lineup. He has an ugly 8.44 ERA, but has pitched well against the A's.
Game 2: TBA vs Burnett
We can safely assume that the TBA will be Harden. Unless, of course he injures himself. In his last outing, he pitched fairly well, receiving a no-decision against LA. He's been OK since he came off the DL: 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA, but 17 strikeouts in 18 innings. We can only hope.
Sadly, Burnett isn't as bad this year as he was in June and July last season. He's 8-7 with a 4.19 ERA, and comes off a mediocre start, were he pitched 5.1 innings and gave up four runs. Over the last ten years, he's 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA against the A's.
Game 3: TBA vs Colon
I assume Gio will be pitching in this one, so I'm hopeful (heck, maybe even a bit confident!). He has been great this year, and was just as good in his last start, shutting out the Halos over seven great innings. He's 9-6 so far this season.
Bartolo Colon is one of my least favorite players. I recall an incident where he started a fight with Jason Kendall. Anyway, he had a good start last time, pitching into the seventh with 9 K's. He's 6-6, but has a low ERA, and has done well against Oakland during his career.
Well, that's it. Let's hope Oakland can salvage something out of this series!