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Open Game Thread - Game 39: A's at Rangers

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Alright, folks, time to roll back the stone from the tomb and see what condition the corpse of HRDN is in.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
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.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
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.