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Open Thread: Game 126 - A's at Detroit

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The A's and Barry Zito with an 11-10 record and a 3.60 ERA take on the Tigers and Mike Maroth with an 11-11 record and a 4.64 ERA.

Two lefthanded starters, one with an ERA over 1.00 less than the other and the only thing separating their won-loss record is one less loss for Barry Zito. If you need any proof as to why the won-loss record means nothing, this is it.

The A's come off a convincing victory last night, beating Jeremy Bonderman. Is the offense really back? It'll take a few more games like last night to convince me that it is.

The A's go with the following lineup (WARNING: the following lineup will make many of you a little sick to your stomach considering Mark Ellis' performance in the leadoff spot last night. If you are a sensitive soul, do NOT read on. You've been warned.):

Kendall
Kotsay
Crosby
Chavez
Kielty
Johnson
Payton
Swisher
Ellis

The Tigers counter with the following lineup:

Polanco
Inge
Shelton
Ordonez
Young
Monroe
Pena
Infante
Wilson

Fearless In The Zone might need too be temporarily changed to Fearless Out of The Zone for one game. The Tigers are as free-swinging a team as you will find. It's the one team where you might consider throwing a few pitches out of the zone. If you pound the zone with the Tigers, you're likely to get pounded.

LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!!