Owner of 1st place by 1/17th of an Altuve, the A's try to make it back-to-back wins against the loose, aggressive, and suddenly dangerous Astros. Dan Straily gets the call for Oakland against fellow "rise through the ranks and pass better known prospects" pitcher Brett Oberholtzer.
There are, of course, some differences between Straily and Oberholtzer. Oberholtzer is a LHP and he was an 8th round pick in 2008. Straily is a RHP and he was a 24th round pick in 2009. Also, there are no indications that Oberholtzer sports a mustache which has caused him to be banned from eight city parks and four school districts.
Today's lineup features a scheduled day off for Coco Crisp and some choice cuts in the #8 spot: