This has been a series to forget for A's fans who have their hopes pinned to Tommy Milone to stop the bleeding. Milone is the owner of a 4-0 record and 0.60 ERA at the Coliseum this year. In addition to those sparkling numbers he also has managed to hold opponents to a .158/.206/.218 slash line in Oakland, with a .179 wOBA. That record will be put to the test by a Yankees team that has pummeled Oakland pitching for two days. The A's meanwhile will try their luck with Hiroki Kuroda who is having a career worst year since moving over the American League where he faces the prospect of facing real lineups day-in-day out. In 53 1/3 innings in 2012, Kuroda has a career worst 5.7 K/9, career worst 3.4 BB/9 and career worst 1.7 HR/9 leading to a career worst 4.56 ERA and a career worst 5.34. One can argue the luck is against him as he has a career worst .292 BABIP and career worst 19.6% HR/FB%.
The A's hope that Kuroda's struggles continue as they look to get show some offensive punch, or even these days more so, some offensive pulse. Outside of Josh Reddick no one has been doing much of anything these days. Today's lineup features Jemile Weeks leading off and Coco Crisp hitting second assuring that when Reddick comes up no one will be on base for him to drive in which explains why despite having 13 home runs and hitting in the middle of the order he has just 26 RBI, compared to Ryan Braun who has 13 and 34 RBI or Carlos Beltran who has 14 and 38 RBI. With a right-hander on the mound, Seth Smith fills the cleanup spot, followed by DH Kila Ka'aihue, following him is still-hitting-way-too-high-in-the-lineup Josh Donaldson, before being rounded out by Barton, Suzuki and Pennington.
The A's have been swept by New York at the Coliseum each of the last two seasons and hope to avoid that same fate today.
LET'S GO A'S!
I am going to go see the 2015 Oakland A's play in High Desert today, so Nico will have you covered for the post-game wrap and the mid-game keep on winning/rally thread. Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!