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Open (pre) Game Thread: Game 153 - A's vs. Mariners

The A's open up their final home series of the 2008 season tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Mariners.

Tonight, Dana Eveland faces off against Felix Hernandez. "King Felix" has been pretty good in '08, but when you look at his line (3.42 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 163-76 K to walk ratio), it doesn't seem commensurate with the hype. He's a pitcher who reached the big leagues at age 19 and yet, now at 22 and in his fourth MLB season, has posted another season that is statistically similar to the previous two.

That's not to say he's not capable of dominating the A's tonight, because he certainly he has the talent. Expect the A's to have several left-handed hitters in the lineup to face him.

The A's face the M's six times in their last nine games. (I'm assuming the Baltimore rain out won't be made up, and the team will play only 161 games this year). After this weekend's three game series, the A's finish the year on the road at Texas and then at Seattle.


Seattle Mariners @ Oakland Athletics

09/19/08 7:05 PM PDT

Seattle Mariners Oakland Athletics
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Travis Buck - RF
Yuniesky Betancourt - SS Aaron Cunningham - LF
Raul Ibanez - LF Ryan Sweeney - CF
Jose Lopez - 2B Jack Cust - DH
Miguel Cairo - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C
Wladimir Balentien - CF Bobby Crosby - SS
Kenji Johjima - C Cliff Pennington - 2B
Matt Tuiasosopo - 3B Jack Hannahan - 3B
Rob Johnson - DH Jeff Baisley - 1B

Let's go Oakland!