The A's and Esteban Loaiza with his 1-0 record and sparkling 1.17 ERA (yeah it's from one start, but damn it looks gooooood) take on the Blue Jays and A.J. Burnett with his 7-7 record and 3.85 ERA. I could've sworn I've seen this pitching matchup somewhere before...oh yeah, it happened just five days ago when Jack Cust turned the A's struggling offense at the time around to win 4-1.
The A's lineup tonight looks like this:
Remember five days ago, the A's suddenly looked like they were getting in their usual August shape in the midst of winning five in a row. Someone cue Green Day's Good Riddance (Time of Your Life). Since then the A's went into Tampa and got outscored in their last three games 33-9. Hopefully Loaiza can turn things around against the Jays. My goal is just to get over .500 before the season ends.
The Jays lineup looks like this:
The Blue Jays are much more devastating to lefties, so hopefully, Loaiza can straighten the A's back on the winning path. And holy crap, do they really have Matt Stairs leading off? I know OBP is awesome and stuff, but man that's kind of like when the A's went with Jeremy Giambi leading off. But this would be like Jeremy Giambi with a piano strapped to his back leading off...
LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!!