The A's picked the wrong week to face the Chicago White Sox for the first time of this not-so-young season.
After dropping four-straight to Toronto that left them 15-22 on May 18, the Pale Hose have won four consecutive series', including a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals over the weekend to move from fourth to second place, just four games back of the Detroit Tigers.
The defending American League Central champions were particularly impressive in their comeback victory yesterday against Royal stud Zack Greinke, making Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen muy feliz:
"When you're down 3-1 with Greinke pitching, most teams would say, ‘We've already won the series, let's pack it in and go to Chicago.' But we didn't. We battled. That's what we've been doing lately."
If anything, the A's make for a difficult team to figure out, at least according to our sister blog, South Side Sox:
"Coming up with a lineup for the A's was a little frustrating. It's like they go with a pattern for three days, and then switch. The main reason for all this switching is due to amount of injuries Oakland's roster has had so far this season. On offense, they are currently missing Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Ellis, Travis Buck, and Eric "Elijah Price" Chavez. Since their own writers will have more to say about injuries, you can visit the always solid Athletics Nation after you finish the article (or before if you want to be an ass)."I enjoy reading these series previews from other blogs, by the way. Sadly, I am not up to speed with life in the Windy City, so any perspective would- naturally- be an historical one.
But hey, won't it be great to see A.J. Pierzynski again?
Tonight it's Trevor Cahill versus Gavin Floyd. Your lineups for the first of this four-game set:
Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox
06/01/09 5:11 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera - SS||Scott Podsednik - LF|
|Adam Kennedy - 2B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Jack Cust - DH||Jermaine Dye - RF|
|Matt Holliday - LF||Jim Thome - DH|
|Jason Giambi - 1B||Paul Konerko - 1B|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||AJ Pierzynski - C|
|Ryan Sweeney - CF||Josh Fields - 3B|
|Aaron Cunningham - RF||Dewayne Wise - CF|
|Jack Hannahan - 3B||Jayson Nix - 2B|