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Game Thread #126: Oakland Athletics vs. New York Mets

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After winning their first game all week last night, the A's try to sweep the brief two game series against the Mets before another off-day tomorrow. Today, the offense is tasked with a tough pitcher in Zack Wheeler. Jeff Samardzija needs to be great today to give the A's a modest two-game winning streak, especially with the lineup the A's are throwing out.

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The A's go for the sweep (doesn't that sound more fun than a losing streak?) today against the Mets as Jeff Samardzija will face off against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler has been nearly perfect in his last 9 starts, and he hasn't lost a single one, dating all the way back to June. The A's offense will try to break up that streak today.

Minor sidebar: In the middle of a pennant race, with two off-days this week, this is the best lineup we have? Seriously? I know everyone is struggling at the plate and all, but Callaspo, Fuld, Parrino and Sogard as 6-9? Are we even trying anymore? With the way Wheeler has been pitching, I fear for our offense, who hasn't exactly been gangbusters against lesser pitchers.

But we're being positive. And this is the second game of a win streak, so we should probably win it. Jeff Samardzij; good luck to you. At least you don't have to hit, as this Interleague game is in an AL ballpark. Let's do this!

Here are your full lineups:

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK METS OAKLAND A'S
Curtis Granderson - RF Coco Crisp - DH
Daniel Murphy - 2B John Jaso - C
David Wright - 3B Stephen Vogt - 1B
Lucas Duda - 1B Brandon Moss - LF
Travis d'Arnaud - C Josh Reddick - RF
Matt den Dekker - CF Alberto Callaspo - 3B
Eric Campbell - DH Sam Fuld - CF
Wilmer Flores - SS Andy Parrino - SS
Eric Young Jr. - LF Eric Sogard - 2B

LET'S GO OAK-LAND!