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Open Thread: Game 131 - A's at Garden Grove Angels of LaVerne

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The A's and Barry Zito with a 12-10 record and a 3.49 ERA take on the Angels and Shrek with a 17-6 record and a 3.34 ERA.

Shrek has been lights out since the All Star break and Barry Zito has been nearly the same. So we'll probably end up with an 8-6 game.

The A's are 6-1 on their road trip and seem to have fixed their offensive woes, but it's a different story when you do it against Tigers and Orioles pitching.

The good news is that Crosby is back and in the starting lineup:

Kendall
Ellis
Crosby
Chavez
Johnson
Hatteberg
Payton
Swisher
Kielty

Interesting that the A's are going with three right-handed bats at the top of the lineup. Colon is a fly ball pitcher against lefties and a ground ball pitcher against righties (.69 ground out to fly out ratio against lefties and 1.32 against righties), although righties have a .257 batting average against Shrek and lefties have a .244 average. Then again, Mark Ellis is so hot right now, you have to leave him near the top of the order.

The Angels counter with this lineup:

Figgins
Cabrera
Anderson
Guerrero
Molina
Erstad
Rivera
Quinlan
Kennedy

Interestingly, the Angels have shuffled their lineup accordingly. Bengie Molina has pounded Zito this season, especially in an earlier game in Anaheim when he went 3-3 with a double. The A's pitched around Guerrero in the last series and that move is designed to prevent that. We'll see if it works.

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