Game Thread #107: A's vs. Blue Jays

Thearon W. Henderson

The Blue Jays invade the Coliseum for the second night in a row, looking to turn the tables and do the true north proud with a win against Oakland, and against America.

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It's time for the A's to get greedy. Being 20 games above .500, which is good for a .594 winning percentage and a six-game AL West lead over the Texas Rangers, doesn't mean that the A's should get complacent. To go for 21, Oakland turns to Dan Straily, who's 6-4 with a 4.43 ERA on the year, but has been absolutely dominant in several of his starts.

The visiting Blue Jays are going with the veteran southpaw Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.50 ERA). He's actually pitched pretty well against the A's over the course of his career, but doesn't have much to show for it record-wise — he's 6-13 with a 3.73 ERA all-time against Oakland.

Bob Melvin, in all of his platooning genius, is going with a lineup of almost exclusively right-handed batters, with Josh Reddick, getting the start tonight in right field, being the lone exception.

Yoenis Cespedes appears to finally be heating up. His batting average is still sitting at a pretty undesirable .232, but he's delivered three hits in each of Oakland's last two games, including a triple and a home run last night and a double on Sunday afternoon.

Let's see if the A's can make it five wins in a row, and depending on the result of the Rangers-Angels game in Arlington, if they can stretch the division lead to seven games. Also, happy Jewish Heritage Night. L'Chaim!

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