Despite no longer being the hottest team in baseball (that honor is shared between the Padres and Blue Jays), the humble A's train keeps on chugging. Now sitting at 3 games ahead of the second-place Rangers, they will attempt to widen it to 4 tonight. This would not only secure at least a series tie, but also secure a three-game advantage when the team leaves town on Thursday afternoon.
Tommy Milone takes the hill tonight to attempt to do this. You know what's funny? Milone currently leads all A's starters in K% at 19.6 (if you exclude Brett Anderson). Were it not for Bartolo Colon's run of success this year, Milone would be hands down the A's most consistent starter. Not bad for a guy who was thought to be just a soft-tossing lefty and not the gem in the Gio Gonzalez trade. BTW, Milone is killing Gio in K/BB this year.
Here are the lineups. Cespedes is again at DH, with Crisp sitting this one out:
4 game series vs Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
WP: Neal Cotts (3 - 1)
SV: Joe Nathan
LP: Jesse Chavez (1 - 1)
|7 - 8 loss|
WP: Jarrod Parker (6 - 6)
LP: Yu Darvish (7 - 3)
|6 - 2 win|
|Thu 06/20||11:05 AM PDT|