The season is winding down as there are only 20 games left in the 2008 campaign. 19 if the cancelled game against KC isn't rescheduled.
It's been fun to watch guys like tonight's starter Gio Gonzalez and get a glimpse as to what he's going to be. He has had some great innings so far, but he's also had the wheels come completely off at times. He's giving up too many walks and yet, he's still averaging a strikeout per inning despite his ridiculously high 7.18 ERA. Just a reminder though...Mark Mulder had a 5.44 ERA during his first season with the A's. I think that Gonzalez will get better.
I normally like to see the pitcher against batter stats but because the A's are playing so many young kids, the history just isn't there so it isn't as relevant. Gonzalez stats so far are:
|2008 - Gio Gonzalez||1-3||6||6||0||0||0||0||26.1||25||25||21||6||22||27||7.18||1.78|
The WHIP clearly needs to come way down but that seems to indicate to me that he's struggling locating his pitches and getting some good command. The Tigers are a very good right-handed heavy ball club, so I imagine this could be another rough outing for Gio. Hopefully not, but we shall see.
The Tigers start Zach Miner. He's a reliever turn starter and has seen his ERA almost a run higher as a starter than as a reliever. He's only pitched once against the A's this year and he went 1 and 2/3 innings and allowed one hit and two walks but no runs.
Here are his stats:
|2008 - Zach Miner||8-4||41||9||0||0||0||3||94.1||92||43||39||8||38||48||3.72||1.38|
The lineups look like this:
09/08/08 4:05 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Detroit Tigers|
|Rajai Davis - CF||Curtis Granderson - CF|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Placido Polanco - 2B|
|Ryan Sweeney - RF||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Jack Cust - DH||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Gary Sheffield - DH|
|Jack Hannahan - 3B||Marcus Thames - LF|
|Aaron Cunningham - LF||Edgar Renteria - SS|
|Eric Patterson - 2B||Mike Hessman - 3B|
|Cliff Pennington - SS||Brandon Inge - C|
LET'S GO A'S!!!!!!!