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Game Thread #57: A's vs. Angels

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The Oakland Athletics (34-22) will try to complete the sweep versus their closest division rival, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-25). Serves them right for having such a dumb team name.

Thearon W. Henderson

In case you missed it, The Oakland Cespedeses blew out the Angels last night, scoring 9 runs combined in the last two innings. Cespedes flashed every single one of his tools en route to one of the best games you'll ever see a player have. It was pretty fun. Not "grand slam before making the first out of the game" fun, but, you know. Pretty fun.

Today's starters are Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.31) and Jered Weaver (6-3, 2.99). On paper, this looks like the most exciting matchup of the weekend -- however, on paper, the Max Scherzer vs. Sonny Gray looked fun too. It was not. Therefore, I expect this game to end with a final score of 15-13.

Sonny Gray will look to bounce back after his worst outing of the season -- 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 H versus the Tigers. Of course, if that's a pitcher's worst start of the season, the pitcher is pretty dang good. Last time he faced the Angels was September 17th, and he pitched 6 innings of 1 ER ball and struck out five.

Jered Weaver continues to be an effective major league starter despite having a fastball that competes with RA Dickey's. For what it's worth, this year he has a 4.16 FIP and a 4.30 xFIP. Last time he faced the A's was on September 25th, and he threw 7 innings of one run ball despite only striking out 2. I don't get Jered Weaver.

Here's the lineup. Obviously the big news is that Stephen Vogt got the call after destroying AAA. I'm unreasonably excited.

Today's Lineups

Kole Calhoun - RF Coco Crisp - CF
Erick Aybar - SS John Jaso - DH
Albert Pujols - DH Josh Donaldson - 3B
Raul Ibanez - LF Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Howie Kendrick - 2B Jed Lowrie - SS
David Freese - 3B Stephen Vogt - C
C.J. Cron - 1B A. Callaspo - 1B
Hank Conger - C Craig Gentry - RF
Collin Cowgill - CF Eric Sogard - 2B