This game doesn't have quite the drama of Game 161 5 years ago, when the A's hopes for catching the Angels in the season's final weekend banged off the wall Erstad vs. Rincon style and Oakland had to watch the Angels celebrate the end of the Oakland "regular season dynasty."
7 or the 8 playoff teams are confirmed, and everyone else is either playing out the string, setting up their playoff rotation, fighting for best record, or in the Dodgers' case seeing if they can almost historically choke away the division they led by 6 with 7 to play -- but still limp into the playoffs as the wild card.
Dana Eveland. What can be said that hasn't already be said? The guy has a WHIP of 2.24 and there's just no way to spin that. The Land of Big Mice-urizturis counter with Scott Kazmir, thought to be the likely Game 3 starter in the ALDS, making his first start against the A's since he was traded to the Angels.
10/03/09 1:05 PM PDT
|Los Angeles Angels||Oakland Athletics|
|Chone Figgins - 3B||Rajai Davis - CF|
|Bobby Abreu - RF||Daric Barton - 1B|
|Vladimir Guerrero - DH||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Juan Rivera - LF||Jack Cust - DH|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Landon Powell - C|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Bobby Crosby - 3B|
|Gary Matthews - CF||Matt Carson - RF|
|Robb Quinlan - 1B||Eric Patterson - LF|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Cliff Pennington - SS|