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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

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OAKLAND A'S
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