The A's and Danny Haren with a 1-3 record and a 5.27 ERA take on the new look Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Towers with an 0-6 record and a 10.59 ERA.
Even though it seems like Josh Towers pitched well against the A's in his career (or maybe that's just in my mind), he actually is 5-3 with a 5.04 ERA against the A's and went 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA last year. Keep your eye on Eric Chavez as he is 11-21 (.524) with two doubles and three home runs. Mark Ellis is probably batting so low in the order because he is 0-6 in his career against Towers.
The A's lineup is as follows:
Before you go crazy yelling about Crosby hitting third, he is hitting .500 against Towers in his young career. Dan Johnson is also good protection for Big Hurt, going 3-4 against Towers in his one game against him. Macha loves matchups if nothing more.
The revamped and scary Jays lineup (if you ever have a chance to watch Glaus during batting practice, do it - the guy launches absolute bombs) looks like this:
The Jays are for real. Hopefully the A's offense can get to Towers early and often.
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!!!!!!