After the long affair last night that ended in a 9-6 win, the A's will attempt to make it seven consecutive victories for the green and gold. If they succeed, it will be the first time either team has swept the interleague series, and a partial reversal of the A's terrible recent fortune at AT&T Park overall.
The A's are the hottest team in baseball currently. Jane Lee has the stats:
A's have won 6 straight and 11 of their last 12. They're 8 games over .500 for the first time since April 17.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 30, 2013
It's been the pitching that has been the key to the A's recent run of success, naturally. A.J. Griffin will be on the mound today to attempt to continue that run, facing the team he made his MLB debut against. He will be opposed by Barry Zito, the enigmatic left-hander, in a battle of Southern California beach bums. He started out the year great, but has tapered off over time. Here are the lineups for the 12:45 start time. I guess those 10 extra minutes are for the seagulls or something.
It's unclear who is available today out of the bullpen. Doolittle threw 24 pitches yesterday, so he may be out. Balfour has worked in three consecutive games, so in theory he'd be unavailable. Then again, he seems to have a rubber arm, so it wouldn't surprise me if he trotted out for the 9th if the A's have the lead.
If the A's don't win, I at least hope Griffin gets a hit. So, grab some
wine beer and sushi a burrito and enjoy lunchtime baseball. Let's go A's!