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Game Thread #23: A's vs Angels

Photoshoots are weird.
Photoshoots are weird.
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The A's take on the Angels hoping to win the series before heading to Texas tomorrow. While this homestand has been less than stellar (read: horrible), winning a series against the Angels would be a great start towards not sucking. The A's current win percentage at home is a paltry .333. In 2014, the lowest winning percentage at home in baseball was .407. If that doesn't get you excited enough, the A's are 0-7 in day games, depending on how loose your definition of the word "day" is. Fear not however, as there is no way the A's can keep both these statistical anomalies up. Right? Right? Right.

Speaking of statistical anomalies, 33 percent of Erick Aybar's career hits and 41 percent of his career RBIs have come against the A's. Unbelievable right? That's because I just made it up. If you believed this and simultaneously found yourself muttering f#&% Erick Aybar under your breath, you're in the right place.

The Angels trot out a lineup full of made-up people such as Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston. Albert Pujols is out of the lineup after suffering a hamstring injury mildly trotting to first base last night. Baseball players are unbelievable.

On the mound, it's Jesse Chavez vs. Garrett Richards, who is unfortunately pretty good. First pitch is at 12:35pm.

Today's Lineups

Erick Aybar - SS Sam Fuld - CF
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Marcus Semien - SS
Mike Trout - CF Ike Davis - 1B
Kole Calhoun - RF Billy Butler - DH
David Freese - DH Josh Reddick - RF
C.J. Cron - 1B Brett Lawrie - 3B
Matt Joyce - LF Mark Canha - LF
Drew Butera - C Eric Sogard - 2B
Taylor Featherston - 3B Josh Phegley - C