The A's look for a 2-0 series lead today after the HUGE win yesterday. They send Esteban Loaiza to the mound. Loaiza finished the season with an 11-9 record and a 4.89 ERA. The Twins counter with Boof Bonser who finished the year with a 7-6 record and a 4.22 ERA.
Don't think that Bonser is a guy who will just roll over for the A's. He finished the year going 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA. This isn't going to be as much of a pushover as many have predicted.
The A's lineup is unchanged:
Get used to seeing it because I imagine that it will be like this for the rest of the Twins series.
The Twins lineup looks like this:
We'll see if Loaiza can capture some of that August magic. Maybe he can take advantage of the Twins aggressive nature like Zito did yesterday.
We shall see. I don't want to call this game critical, but it would be really nice to be coming back to Oakland with a 2-0 lead and Haren and Harden as the next two pitchers going against Radke and Garza.
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!!!!!!!