Milone has not been his sharpest lately. In two of his last three starts, he allowed 9 hits in 4.2 IP, and in fact he allowed 55 hits in his last 36.1 IP. However, he is unflappable and in that regard might be a great choice for a game that the A's, if they don't "need," could sure use.
On the plus side for the A's, while they did lose on Saturday at least they were able to give their "plus" relievers, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, and Grant Balfour, a third consecutive day off. All three ought to be sufficiently rested now, available to pitch and each even to push beyond an inning if needed.
The starting lineups: