Having finally found a ballpark, and a team, that hates hitting as much as Oakland does, the A's try to make it two in a row against the Padres tonight. Brett Anderson, the A's least effective starter but who is greatly comforted by the fact that I personally believe in him, tries to bounce back from a sub-par start in San Francisco in which Pablo Sandoval took him over the wall, and Nate Schierholtz took him off the wall, for homeruns.
Look for Anderson to mix up locations better, as the A's appear to have noticed that opposing hitters have noticed that Anderson tends to use the inner half of the plate late in the count. Because Wade LeBlanc was not an obscure enough opponent, the Padres will counter tonight with something they refer to as a Walt Silva. Now 32, Silva sported a 4.74 ERA at AAA this year and has never appeared on Friends. He is no relation to Carlos Silva or to Walt Jocketty.
06/20/09 7:05 PM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||San Diego Padres|
|Adam Kennedy - 2B||Tony Gwynn - CF|
|Jack Cust - RF||David Eckstein - 2B|
|Matt Holliday - LF||Adrian Gonzalez - 1B|
|Jason Giambi - 1B||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Kyle Blanks - LF|
|Orlando Cabrera - SS||Eliezer Alfonzo - C|
|Ryan Sweeney - CF||Will Venable - RF|
|Jack Hannahan - 3B||Walter Silva - P|
|Brett Anderson - P||Everth Cabrera - SS|