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Open Thread: Game 74 (Oakland Athletics at New York Mets)

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The last time the A's played the Mets in New York, only two players on this year's 40-man roster made the trip—any guesses? It was only 2007, but that's just a testament to how much this roster has changed since then.

Of course, the A's have never been to Citi Field, but that will change tonight, as the A's look to extend their five game winning streak. Oakland is sending out Josh Outman (2-1, 3.14 ERA), who is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, which took place two years ago next week. He hasn't been all that sharp this year (a 3.77 K/9, barely higher than his walk rate), but he managed to throw seven scoreless in his last start anyway. The Mets are starting Dillon Gee (7-0, 2.86 ERA), who is probably the quietest undefeated pitcher in the league.

The A's are somehow 5.5 games out of first place, even after a ten game losing streak earlier this month. And considering how bunched up this division is, Oakland could be out of the cellar and into third place in just a couple days.

Lineup:2B Weeks
SS Pennington
CF Crisp
"LF" Matsui
1B Jackson
RF Sweeney
C Suzuki
3B Sizemore
P Outman