Mood gorning. Nothing like 10am baseball on TV on a beautiful sunny day to make you realize your priorities are totally out of whack. I should probably just listen on the radio and go do something with my life. Naaaah.
Beware the Verlander. If Max Scherzer can fan 14 hapless A's (pardon the redundancy) in less than 6 innings, Verlander might be good for 21 today. Never happened before? Well neither had two perfect games in the same season, neither had a walk-off grand OWWWW!!! Heck, the odds of Verlander fanning 21 are probably better than the chance Carlos Silva starts a season 7-0.
Trevor Cahill has the privilege of trying to overcome Zoolander and lead the A's to a series win. Cahill's recent success has come by way of getting batters to expand the strike zone, which is a dangerous recipe for sustainable achievement (I have no idea what the hell I just wrote). So perhaps on paper it doesn't look good for Oakland, but on plastic it looks better. T-t-t-tap...
I hope you'll stop by later this afternoon, as I take a surprisingly Staturdayish look at Rajai Davis, .300 OBPing leadoff hitter. I think it's interesting, but then again look at what I think passes for a game thread intro.
Mark Ellis has the day off, replaced by super-sub Adam Rosales. Can Kouzmanoff get one soon, please? He looks tired.
UPDATE, 9:50am: Rain/Thunderstorms forecast "throughout the day" in Detroit. It looks like they have put the tarp on the field, so it's unclear whether the game will start on time. Here's hoping for a long rain delay after 2 or 3 innings, and a game that turns into "Ross vs. Scrub."
UPDATE, 10:27am: Rain delay. The weather system they were anticipating has arrived, tarps have been on the field, pitchers never warmed up, and we're now in a holding pattern. The likeliest project outcome today is a lot of delay but eventually a game. Night game, anyone?
05/31/10 10:05 AM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Detroit Tigers|
|Rajai Davis - CF||Don Kelly - CF|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Johnny Damon - DH|
|Ryan Sweeney - RF||Magglio Ordonez - RF|
|Kurt Suzuki - C||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Jack Cust - DH||Brennan Boesch - LF|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B||Carlos Guillen - 2B|
|Gabe Gross - LF||Brandon Inge - 3B|
|Adam Rosales - 2B||Alex Avila - C|
|Cliff Pennington - SS||Ramon Santiago - SS|