Welcome to another edition of A's baseball, taking us to Target Field to watch the A's face off against the Minnesota Twins for a four game set.
My Monday previews are super easy, because Jeremy "Details" Koo has everything in his series preview, which you must read.
Tonight, Jesse Hahn faces off against Phil Hughes. Hahn has shown a nice repertoire but an inability to go deep into games thus far. He has been victimized by some untimely errors and bullpen suckage, but hopefully he can put together a solid start. He'll have his hands full against a strong Twins lineup with some power.
The Twins come in hot, winners of four in a row (sweeping the White Sox in four games) and surprisingly boasting a winning record. Last year's star player, 2B Brian Dozier, looks like he is heating up, with his average climbing from .203 to .240 over the past week.
Billy Burns is the truth. Well, that might be premature, but it seems that he is becoming (at least in the interim) the A's starting CF and leadoff hitter. His penchant for oversliding will need to be immediately addressed, but otherwise he has acquitted himself quite nicely in his first few games of 2015, going 3/9 with a .400 OBP (10 plate appearances).
Billy Butler is back in the lineup after a planned day off in Arlington. The breakfast has cooled down but maybe dude can fire up the griddle in the twin cities. The very legit-looking Mark Canha could have a field day mashing in the Twins home ballpark against Phil Hughes, who is starting off very poorly and generally likes to walk a lot of folks. The red hot Josh Reddick and Steven Vogt both are in the lineup again.
Hopefully the A's can get on the board early and often and turn this into a laugher.
|OAKLAND A'S||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Billy Burns - CF||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Torii Hunter - RF|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Joe Mauer - 1B|
|Billy Butler - DH||Trevor Plouffe - 3B|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Ike Davis - 1B||Kennys Vargas - DH|
|Brett Lawrie - 3B||Eduardo Escobar - LF|
|Mark Canha - LF||Jordan Schafer - CF|
|Eric Sogard - 2B||Danny Santana - SS|
|Jesse Hahn - RHP||Phil Hughes - RHP|