The A's and Danny Haren with a 6-7 record and a 3.89 ERA take on the Mariners and Gil "The Accountant" Meche (his name sounds like an accountant to me - my accountant Gil Meche told me that I better claim "0" on my taxes in order to avoid underpaying) with an 8-4 record and a 4.79 ERA.
The A's look for the sweep and seven wins in a row. Haren, like Blanton, has been working deep into games. He has won five of his last six starts (the other was a no decision) and gone 9.0, 7.0, 6.2, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 innings in those starts.
The A's lineup looks like this:
Kendall gets a day off, Ellis and Melhuse get a rare day on and Hatteberg appears to have gotten over the flu.
The Mariners counter with this lineup:
It'd be beautiful to sweep this and go into the White Sox series. The AN Billy Beane midseason interview, Part II will be posted after the game.
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!!!!!!