In Danny Haren’s final tuneup for an appearance that could come very early in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the A’s try to gain at least on 2nd place, if not on 1st place in the division and Wild Card races. Despite allowing 5 ER in his last start, Haren remains the league’s ERA leader at 2.20 and he has not lost a decision since April 7th.
Haren’s opponent is Jeff Weaver, who sported a 14.32 ERA before going on the Disabled List but has posted a 2.20 ERA in his 5 starts since coming off the DL, and has allowed just 2 ER in his last 22.2 IP. Weaver is known to struggle much more against left-handed hitters, but the current A’s team is somewhat righty heavy, especially if Chavez and/or Kotsay cannot go again tonight.
LongTimeFan and I are off to enjoy the game, and make sure little kids don’t. Hopefully some kind soul will post the starting lineups when they become available.