05/11/08 12:05 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Texas Rangers|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Mike Sweeney - 1B||Michael Young - SS|
|Jack Cust - LF||Josh Hamilton - RF|
|Frank Thomas - DH||Milton Bradley - DH|
|Emil Brown - RF||David Murphy - CF|
|Bobby Crosby - SS||Brandon Boggs - LF|
|Mark Ellis - 2B||Frank Catalanotto - 1B|
|Jack Hannahan - 3B||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Ryan Sweeney - CF||Ramon Vazquez - 3B|
Alright, folks, time to roll back the stone from the tomb and see what condition the corpse of HRDN is in.
|2008 - Rich Harden||2||0||0||7||0||0||0||0||7||15||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
He-who-shall-not-be-named is matched up against Sir Sidney Pontoon, the Royal Flotation Device of Aruba, who has put up impressive results so far in a 3-start comeback with the Rangers.
|2008 - Sidney Ponson||2-0||3||3||0||0||0||0||20.1||20||7||3||0||4||11||1.33||1.18|
Pontoon's been sporadically in and out of MLB for so long, that hardly any current Athletics have even faced him. (Of course, the same can be said vis a vis Harden, the DL, and the Rangers.) The only two who have significant ABs against him are:
- Mike Sweeney, 17/36 with 2 2Bs and 4 HRs
- Frank Thomas, 9/24 with 1 2B and 4 HRs
While Frank has generated a fair number of walks (7) against Pontoon, Mike has not (2). Expect Mike to be hacking early and often at Pontoon's meatballs. And this could be a great opportunity for Frank to get some hittable pitches to continue his progress from last night. Definitely a good idea to have both Frank and Mike in the lineup together, and to have Mike in the #2 slot.