So far this year, the A's have won exactly one game started by Dan Straily. Tommy Milone is jealous. Though Milone has actually pitched very well in most of his starts Oakland is 0-5 behind Milone, who will pitching today. On the road. During the day. At Fenway Park. Against Jon Lester. Eek.
Despite their 7-1 loss last night, the A's still enter play with a league best win total of 18. In fact, no other AL team has won more than 15 thanks in part to the fact that the Detroit Tigers rarely play. (Cue Ray Fosse: "How insane is it that after 5 weeks, the Tigers have played 5 fewer games than the A's?")
Because Alex Hall neglected to start a "Free Brandon Moss" campaign, Derek Norris is in the lineup but Moss isn't. For what it's worth, Lester's L/R splits for his career are negligible: .243/.300/.346 against LHs and .253/.326/.343 against RHs. The slugging percentages against Lester are noticeably low, especially for a guy who has made half his starts at Fenway Park.