And a happy Friday the 13th to you! With a day-and-a-half at home to rest, relax, and rejuvenate, the A's hope to shed some hitting slumps as they open a 3-game series, and 10-game homestand, against the.
Among the A's hitters hope to bust out of recent slumps, Jed Lowrie is 1 for his last 23, Brandon Moss has struck out in 14 of his last 24 at bats, and even John Jaso has recently tried to fit in by going 0 for his last 14. And I feel like I'm forgetting someone else... (see "fun fact" below)
The A's enter play 3½ games up on the Jered Weaver for the second time in just over a week. Meanwhile, the Yankees are coming off of their first 3-game series sweep of the season, a sweep of Seattle that has gotten the Yankees to ... 3 games over .500., thanks to their ability to salvage the final game of the series by beating up on
Tonight's matchup is Sonny Gray vs. David Phelps. In his career, Phelps (1-4, 4.88 ERA) has pitched 5 IP against Oakland and allowed just 1 hit and 0 ER, all in relief. Gray (6-2, 2.83 ERA) has never faced the Yankees.
Tonight's starting lineups aren't especially typical for the A's against a RHP. Partly this is because Oakland is still without Josh Reddick and partly it is because Alberto Callaspo is on paternity leave for this series. In any event, the 7-8-9 is comprised of players who often sit against RHP: Derek Norris, Nick Punto, and Kyle Blanks. The lineups:
|NEW YORK YANKEES||OAKLAND A'S|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Coco Crisp - CF|
|Derek Jeter - SS||John Jaso - DH|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Brandon Moss - RF|
|Brian McCann - C||Yoenis Cespedes - LF|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Derek Norris - C|
|Brian Roberts - 2B||Nick Punto - 2B|
|Kelly Johnson - 3B||Kyle Blanks - 1B|