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Open Thread: Game 16 - A's vs. Rays

With today's game, the season will be about 10% over and it had BETTER be the worst 10%! So far, Charlie Brown's LD% is slightly better than Cahill's, Snoopy's OPS is a tad above Cabrera's, and Lucy looks more comfortable in the outfield than Holliday - who is tied with Violet and Woodstock in homeruns.

The only positive so far out of the starting rotation has been Dallas Braden, and he gets the ball today against...yes...A RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER! Said righty's name is Matt Garza and he's a pretty tough customer. But he throws right-handed and the A's couldn't be happier, having lost five in a row - all started by lefties, against whom Oakland is 2-8 for the season.

Now, a little perspective. Yes, the team looks terrible right now and the outlook doesn't look as sunny as it could, but things change quickly in baseball. It wouldn't take long - and I mean as little as a week - for the A's to be on a winning streak, reapproaching .500, in second place behind only a Mariners team that is off to a nice start and nothing more, with Gio Gonzalez on the way and Duchscherer to follow, 2-3 guys waking up to start carrying the team offensively, and for hope to spring eternal once more. So hang in there because, well...if you're an A's fan you really have no choice.


Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics

04/25/09 1:05 PM PDT

Tampa Bay Rays Oakland Athletics
B.J. Upton - CF Ryan Sweeney - CF
Carl Crawford - LF Orlando Cabrera - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Jason Giambi - 1B
Carlos Pena - 1B Matt Holliday - LF
Pat Burrell - DH Jack Cust - DH
Gabe Kapler - RF Nomar Garciaparra - 3B
Jason Bartlett - SS Travis Buck - RF
Akinori Iwamura - 2B Mark Ellis - 2B
Michel Hernandez - C Landon Powell - C