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.):
The Tigers counter with the following lineup:
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!!!!!!!