Only in baseball do we take such an interest in splits, such as noting that Gio Gonzalez is 5-0, 1.99 during the day time compared to 4-6, 4.43 at night. Just once I'd like to see analysis of local accountant Snerdley McPhee, pointing out that right-handed clients complain 23% more often than left-handed clients, leading to the obvious conclusion that "he never should have stopped doing tax returns for Carlos Gonzalez and Andre Ethier!!!!"
Anyway, the sun-loving Gio takes the mound today against one of the few people in the world who is named Gavin but does not commandeer the Love Boat. This would be Floyd, whose 6-8 record belies his solid 3.66 ERA. Floyd has, this season, been the anti-Gio, posting 5.08 ERA during the day and a 3.17 ERA at night.
What does this all mean? Nothing. But it's kinda fun. Note: Part III of my interview with Craig Breslow will run later today at 5:00pm. This is the segment that's all about baseball and it's really quite splendoriffic.
The lineup, very much a "day game after a night game" look, features 22% more Matt than the leading brand.
Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox
08/01/10 11:05 AM PDT
|Oakland Athletics||Chicago White Sox|
|Rajai Davis - CF||Juan Pierre - DH|
|Daric Barton - 1B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Jack Cust - DH||Alex Rios - CF|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B||Paul Konerko - 1B|
|Mark Ellis - 2B||Carlos Quentin - RF|
|Landon Powell - C||Ramon Castro - C|
|Cliff Pennington - SS||Dayan Viciedo - 3B|
|Matt Watson - LF||Andruw Jones - LF|
|Matt Carson - RF||Brent Lillibridge - 2B|