Hello friends, count me among the insanely busy, like my colleagues, though I imagine Nico's insanity is more rewarding and baseballgirl's substantially more fun.
But this is not a pity party, folks.
Save your tears instead for the A's who have uncharacteristically stumbled in their own house; just two wins in six games against the Twins and Angels in a homestand that concludes today with one more shot at Mike Scioscia's club, a team that owns five victories in its last six tries against Oakland.
The A's have scored three runs or less in all six defeats to their neighbors to the south, a disturbing pattern that has been well-documented in these parts.
If you managed to break free from the office or the classroom (or anywhere else) to head out to the Coliseum, you picked a splendid day to do so; these are skies of which baseball was meant to be played under, at least in this blogger's opinion anyway.
It's getaway day, though it'll be a short trek for the Home Nine, with a trip across the Bay Bridge scheduled for the weekend.
The A's turn to Trevor Cahill to send them off on a high note. He will pitch opposite noted-Oakland killer Ervin Santana (11-2, 1.50 ERA in 16 career starts).
06/10/10 12:35 PM PDT
|Los Angeles Angels||Oakland Athletics|
|Erick Aybar - SS||Eric Patterson - LF|
|Howie Kendrick - 2B||Daric Barton - 1B|
|Maicer Izturis - 3B||Ryan Sweeney - RF|
|Torii Hunter - CF||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Hideki Matsui - DH||Jack Cust - DH|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B|
|Juan Rivera - RF||Gabe Gross - CF|
|Michael Ryan - LF||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Bobby Wilson - C||Cliff Pennington - SS|