The A's and Rich Harden with a 1-0 record and a 0.68 ERA goes against the Mariners and Ryan Franklin with a 1-1 record and a 2.18 ERA.
Jeff Sullivan over at LookoutLanding.com gives the following scouting report of Franklin (to read my report on Harden, go check it out on Jeff's site):
Unlike a Zito or a Pineiro, you can't judge Franklin by how he does in the first inning, because he has a tendency to come and go. So it is with pitchers who put the ball in play. If he makes it through seven innings, it's because Oakland hitters haven't figured out how to time his pitches, something that drives opposing fans crazy. Franklin's equally likely to go five and give up six runs, though. Look for Chavez and Durazo to get some good hacks and, if nothing else, real solid contact.
The A's lineup looks like this:
The M's lineup looks like this:
Harden looks to be the team's Martin Brodeur (stopper for those who aren't hockeyphiles) once again.
LET'S GO A'S!!!