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Open Thread: Game 117 - A's vs. Devil Rays

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Fine. I'll admit it. I'm jealous that the Dodgers are hotter than the A's right now. I'm used to the A's being the hottest team of August, and although we're certainly doing our part this year, we're being upstaged. That being said, as long as we remain ahead of the other team that claims Los Angeles, I think I'll live.

The 2006 Oakland Athletics have played some maddening, frustrating, want-to-kick-a-baby-seal type of baseball this year, but how in the heck do you get mad at a team that is winning nearly every game it plays? The answer is simple: You don't. Just sit back, and enjoy the ride, because it's a good one.

A's go for the sweep today, with their best pitcher on the mound vs. the Devil Rays.

Wait...what's that? How do you spell that? L-O-A-I-Z-A? Oh.

I kid, I kid.

E-Lo has looked infinitely better lately, and the way the A's have been playing, if he can pitch six strong innings and allow three runs or less, the A's bullpen and offense should take it the rest of the way. Of course, the runs will be scored via the base on balls, possibly with an error thrown in the mix; there could be a balk, and almost certainly a double-play-run-scoring opportunity, but five runs should be scored anyway. That's my plan. Let's see how it plays.

Lineups

TB

Upton
Hollins
Crawford
Norton
Gomes
Branyan
Paul
Perez
Zobrist

They've decided to scramble the alphabet a bit.

OAK

Kendall
Swisher
Bradley
Thomas
Chavez
Payton
Kielty
Scutaro
Ellis

I still think Payton and Chavez should be switched, but what do I know?