Well, hot on the heels of last night's disgusting loss, which followed an absolutely brilliant Texas walk-off, giving the cobbled-together Oakland club a chance to get back into the race, we are faced with a quick turn-around, as the A's try to actually close out a series with a win, something they haven't done in a while.
The A's have a chance to take three out of four this afternoon, in preparation for the last series before the All-Star Break, a showdown against the Angels, which could either leave the A's truly out of the race for the second half, or make things interesting going into the break.
Taking the mound for the A's today will be Greg Smith; one start removed from his brilliant performance in Anaheim last week, but following his less-than-sharp loss to Chicago last weekend. The A's are looking for another solid pitching performance today, while their offense squares off against R.A. Dickey and the knuckleball.
This has been an up-and-down season for sure, and it's frustrating that every time the A's seem poised to get right back into the AL race, they manage to lose a heartbreaker of a game, but such is the nature of rookie teams. The A's could go a long way in redeeming last night's loss with a win today.
07/10/08 12:35 PM PDT
|Seattle Mariners||Oakland Athletics|
|Willie Bloomquist - RF||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Jose Lopez - 2B||Ryan Sweeney - RF|
|Raul Ibanez - LF||Wes Bankston - 1B|
|Adrian Beltre - 3B||Jack Cust - DH|
|Jose Vidro - DH||Emil Brown - LF|
|Kenji Johjima - C||Carlos Gonzalez - CF|
|Miguel Cairo - 1B||Rob Bowen - C|
|Jeremy Reed - CF||Donnie Murphy - SS|
|Yuniesky Betancourt - SS||Jack Hannahan - 3B|