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Open Thread: Game 154 - A's vs. Mariners

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Well, do you know what’s even more interesting than today’s A’s game? In my softball game last night, we turned a triple play. Yes, really. I believe it was scored 2-1-3-5-6-3. And if that is the highlight of a game preview in September, you know that it might not have been the best year for your team. As is the case for the A’s, who have survived the whole season on ‘what if’s’, and a whole lot of ‘too little, too late’s. Oh; that reminds me. Rich Harden is starting on Sunday.

Starting today’s game is Dan Meyer, who has been...how do we say this nicely...flat-out awful at the big league level so far. He will be replaced by Harden in the rotation, but no one has any illusions that he’ll be in the ‘pen for long.

"He's right there in the mix for a spot in the rotation next year," said A's manager Bob Geren. "The organization was obviously very high on him when we got him, and after some tough breaks with the injuries, he's starting to get back to where he was before we picked him up."

Just out of mild curiosity, watching the very, very good Rivercats this year, I wonder how much of an allure the ticket to the show has to be for players like Meyer and Barton to leave that team in favor of the big league club. One might have the distinction of being a Major League team, but I’m not sure who would win in a head-to-head contest.

Oh, you want to hear about today’s game? Well, let’s just say that there’s a certain symmetry between today’s game and the first of the season. The A’s face Felix Hernandez for the fourth time this season. He has not lost.

Everything on paper points to this being a very one-sided Mariners win today, but that’s why they play the (meaningless) games. I’d still like to get to .500.

Lineups

Seattle

OldSuzuki
Lopez
Ibanez
Guillen
Beltre
Vidro
Jones
Burke
Betancourt

Oakland

Stewart, LF
Barton, 1B
Cust, RF
Johnson, DH
Ellis, 2B
Hannahan, 3B
Scutaro, SS
Bowen, C
DaVanon, CF

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!