Despite no longer being the hottest team in baseball (that honor is shared between the Padres and Blue Jays), the humble A's train keeps on chugging. Now sitting at 3 games ahead of the second-place Rangers, they will attempt to widen it to 4 tonight. This would not only secure at least a series tie, but also secure a three-game advantage when the team leaves town on Thursday afternoon.
Tommy Milone takes the hill tonight to attempt to do this. You know what's funny? Milone currently leads all A's starters in K% at 19.6 (if you exclude Brett Anderson). Were it not for Bartolo Colon's run of success this year, Milone would be hands down the A's most consistent starter. Not bad for a guy who was thought to be just a soft-tossing lefty and not the gem in the Gio Gonzalez trade. BTW, Milone is killing Gio in K/BB this year.
Here are the lineups. Cespedes is again at DH, with Crisp sitting this one out:
#57 / Pitcher / Oakland Athletics
Feb 16, 1987
#51 / Pitcher / Texas Rangers
Aug 16, 1988
4 game series vs Rangers @ Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
|Mon 06/17|| WP: Neal Cotts (3 - 1) |
SV: Joe Nathan
LP: Jesse Chavez (1 - 1)
|7 - 8 loss|
|Tue 06/18|| WP: Jarrod Parker (6 - 6) |
LP: Yu Darvish (7 - 3)
|6 - 2 win|
Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013, 5:05 PM PDT
Tommy Milone vs Justin Grimm
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
|Thu 06/20||11:05 AM PDT|