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GameThread #9: A's at Astros

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The A's look to go over .500 and continue their swingin' ways.

Lawrie and the A's look to slide above .500 today
Lawrie and the A's look to slide above .500 today
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The A's offense has been fun so far, and in the hitter-friendly confines of Minute Maid Park, the fun looks like it may continue. After yesterday's 8-run explosion, the A's have the fortune of facing Brad Peacock, who thus far in his major league career has had some control issues and some "straight fastball" issues. With this aggressive-hitting bunch, that would work out nicely.

The A's right now are ranked pretty highly in multiple categories (MLB rankings):

Runs Scored 3rd
OPS 5th
Batting Average 4th
Hits 1st
Total Bases 1st

On the mound, we have Kendall Graveman going for the green and gold. He was roughed up badly in his first start with the A's (first MLB start ever). The sinker didn't sink, and if you're a sinkerball pitcher without a sinkerball, life is rough. A great many observers attributed the results to nervousness and overthrowing, which results will presumably be correctable with experience.

Here are your lineups. Mark Canha is a fixture in the lineup unless he plays his way out of it, it seems. I love it when rookies come in and give the team a boost.

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S HOUSTON ASTROS
Sam Fuld - CF Jose Altuve - 2B
Mark Canha - LF George Springer - RF
Ben Zobrist - 2B Jed Lowrie - SS
Billy Butler - DH Evan Gattis - DH
Ike Davis - 1B Luis Valbuena - 3B
Stephen Vogt - C Chris Carter - 1B
Brett Lawrie - 3B Jason Castro - C
Josh Reddick - RF Colby Rasmus - LF
Marcus Semien - SS Jake Marisnick - CF
Kendall Graveman - RHP Brad Peacock - RHP

Let's Go Oakland!