Game Thread #31: A's at Yankees

Eat 'em up, Bart. - Thearon W. Henderson

So this is what 10am on Saturday looks like.

Loading Scores

Good moooooooooooooorning Athletics Nation! It's time for some AM baseball.

The A's made short work of the Fake Yankees yesterday (c'mon, that's not a real New York Yankees lineup), as A.J. Griffin shut down a group of hitters who would have been fairly intimidating in 2005. With C.C. Sabathia out of the way, Oakland faces Phil Hughes, who is off to a pretty good start this year (8.3 K/9, 5.00 K:BB) if you don't count home runs (5 in 27 innings). Hughes just shut down the Rays and Jays in his last two starts, but it turns out that neither of those feats are very impressive in 2013. In Hughes' only start against Oakland last year, he posted a quality start (7.2 innings, 2 runs) in a July game which the A's won 2-1.

Oakland counters with Bartolo Colon, and the A's are yet to lose a game with Big Bart on the mound. He got a bit roughed up in his last start against the Orioles, but he's still sporting a ridiculous 20:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 32 innings this year. Colon faced the Yankees twice last year, failing to post a quality start either time, but this will be a very different lineup than the one he faced in 2012. To illustrate my point:

That lineup looks promising until you get to the #3 spot. Ichirold is hitting 5th. The #6 hitter (Nelson) has played in parts of four seasons for Colorado (2010-2013) and both Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs agree that he's been below replacement level in each individual season (for a WAR total of -2.2 and -1.7 in 212 games, respectively). Chris Stewart has a 64 OPS+ for his career.

Meanwhile, Oakland gives Lowrie a half-day off as the DH, and Adam Rosales keeps his hot bat in the lineup.

Final note:

Let's Go Oakland!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Join Athletics Nation

You must be a member of Athletics Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Athletics Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker