The A's send Esteban Loaiza with a 6-7 record and a 5.58 ERA to the hill against the Blue Jays and Gustavo "The Fly" Chacin with a 6-2 record and a 5.61 ERA.
Here's a fact...Esteban Loaiza now has the second best ERA in the A's starting rotation in August. He's 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA (Zito - 4.68, Haren - 4.21, Blanton - 2.88 and the winner is Saarloos at 2.25).
The A's look to rebound from their close lose last night with this lineup against the left-handed Chacin:
Macha seems to be paying attention to lineups finally and moving Chavez around accordingly. I really like Bradley, Thomas and Payton all together against a left-handed starter. Actually, Kendall, Ellis and Thomas all have averages of .500 or above against The Fly.
Chacin will seek the support of this lineup:
Watch out for Catalanotto, Rios and Glaus. Interesting that they sat out Zaun because he has had a significant amount of success against Loaiza.
Let's get this going back in the right direction.
LET'S GO OAK-LAND!!!!!!!