Yes, the A's have the best run differential in the AL West. Yet the team also has the worst record over the last 10 games of any team in the AL West. The team is 2-8 with their win over the Rangers yesterday.
The bigger story over these next few days is whether or not Billy Beane will opt to trade both Justin Duchscherer and Huston Street. The games are becoming secondary with how quickly the team has fallen.
Tonight the A's send Diamond Dallas Braden to the mound with his 2-0 record and a 4.05 ERA. He takes on the Royals Zack Greinke who is sporting a 7-7 record and a 4.06 ERA. Braden is one of those guys that Beane and company have loved for a while, but who must really impress over the second half of the season is he's to have any kind of future in the A's rotation. I personally think it's unlikely he will have that much of a future in the rotation with the arms the A's have in the minor leagues, but that could easily change with a stellar performance in the second half. Whether or not Braden has it in him remains to be seen.
The lineups look like this:
07/28/08 7:05 PM PDT
|Kansas City Royals||Oakland Athletics|
|David DeJesus - CF||Eric Patterson - LF|
|Mike Aviles - SS||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Mark Grudzielanek - 2B||Ryan Sweeney - RF|
|Jose Guillen - RF||Jack Cust - DH|
|Billy Butler - DH||Carlos Gonzalez - CF|
|John Buck - C||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Ross Gload - 1B||Jack Hannahan - 1B|
|Esteban German - LF||Bobby Crosby - SS|
|-||Brooks Conrad - 3B|
LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!