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Open Thread: Game 99 - Oakland Athletics at Baltimore Orioles

The winning streak may be over, but the Oakland A's are still 53-45, with a half-game lead atop the (2nd) Wild Card standings (and a half-game deficit behind the Angels for the 1st Wild Card).

Jarrod Parker takes on the Orioles, after dominating the Yankees in his last outing. Zach Britton takes the hill for Baltimore. He's only made 2 starts this season. In his first start, he walked 6 Twins. Not like 3 sets of actual twins, but 6 Minnesota Twins, which is somehow even more rare. In his 2nd start, he shut out the Indians for 6 innings. So, his performance tonight will probably lie somewhere in between those two extremes. Now THAT'S analysis!

The Orioles lineup features Omar Quintanilla, a former A's farmhand. I mean like, seriously former. He's so former that he was dealt to Colorado along with Eric Byrnes. That's how long ago he was in Oakland's system. I'm a bit surprised to hear that he's still in the Majors. Turns out he's still only 30. And still sucks. He's actually putting up his first ever league-average OPS+ (100 exactly, in 93 PA's), but his career mark is 48, so...yeah. Now he'll hit a walk-off homer tonight because I talked shit. Sorry about that.

Lineups (No Wieters!):