Game Thread #120: A's vs. Astros

Don't let your hat float away, Sonny! - Brad White

If you thought the A's would be trying to avoid a sweep this afternoon at this time last week.... you're a liar. They will attempt to do exactly that today against the Astros.

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To put it flatly, the A's really need this game. After two of the unluckiest and gut-wrenching losses they've had all season, the A's will attempt to salvage this series against Erik Bedard and the Astros. Regression is a bitch, ain't it?

It'll be Sonny Gray making his home debut today. After a decent outing his last time out against the Blue Jays, Gray will face another hack-happy lineup this afternoon. After a ridiculously bad April and May, Bedard has been quietly decent since. At the risk of further angering the SSS gods, his FIP by month follows:

June: 3.30

July: 3.93

Aug: 2.95

An audition to come to the A's perhaps? I wouldn't mind him slotting in the bullpen for now, then making a few starts down the stretch if he continues pitching the way he has for the last two-plus months. If nothing else, it'll give some of the other starters a rest. He also comes cheap at $1.15M, pro-rated. Plus, morbidly, I want to see the Astros have no one making significantly over the league minimum, and I'll get my wish if he does get traded.

Lineups. Over/under on bunt attempts is set at 3.5:

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