A pair of staff aces look for their first wins of the season today as C.C. Sabathia and Joe Blanton square off in Cleveland at 4:05 Pacific Time. It's the opener of a three-game series between the two teams.
The Sabathia Free Agent Tour has gotten off to a much rougher start than the Joe Blanton Trade Value Tour thus far. C.C.'s been roughed up in both his starts (one of which was a 6-1 A's win on April 5) to the tune of a 7.59 era and 1.78 WHIP. His 9 strikeouts and 7 walks in 10.2 innings may indicate that his stuff has been there, but he's struggling to spot his pitches. We'll see if that trend continues tonight.
Blanton stands at 0-2 after three starts despite not allowing a run in the first four innings of any game this year. He's lost consecutive starts by the score of 2-1. The A's haven't afforded him much margin for error, and the games have come down to that third trip through the opponents' lineup. It will be interesting to see if Joe can get through that third trip without getting touched up tonight.
The A's hope to continue their hot streak after sweeping the Blue Jays. Weather may put tonight's game in jeopardy; rain is very likely.