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Game Thread #65: A's at Anaheim

Oakland starting pitcher Sonny Gray concerned that he may not get any run support.
Oakland starting pitcher Sonny Gray concerned that he may not get any run support.
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Reports call for Sonny and warm weather today in Anaheim. Plus, the other guys are putting a right-hander on the mound!

Sonny is, of course, your current AL ERA leader, trailing only Garrit Cole by three one-hundredths of a point for the overall MLB ERA lead. At 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA, Sonny is quite simply dominating the league this season.

Conversely, today we have Matt Shoemaker starting for the Angels. In two April starts against the A's, Matt pitched a total of 8.2 innings giving up 8 earned in the process. As I said before, Matt's most important attribute is that he is right-handed. The A's can hit right-handed pitchers. This season the A's have hit 55 total home runs; 44 against righties and 11 against lefties. A stark contrast.

For the lineup Billy Butler gets the day off, so batting clean-up and DHing today we have the slugging? (.330) No. We see the on-base machine?? (.279) No. Batting clean-up will be consistent bat of . . . (.202 Avg.) No. Batting clean-up and DHing today is another guy who wasn't on the team last year: Ben Zobrist. That works!

But in all seriousness, Zobrist is 1 for 8 this weekend in Anaheim with 2 strikeouts and zero walks. If Zobrist goes hitless today with 4 ABs his average will fall below the Mendoza line. Otherwise the lineup shapes up as normal with Burns-Semien-Reddick at the top of the order with Sogard and Fuld rounding out the 8-9 spots. Billy Burns snapped his 12-game hitting streak on Tuesday, but has since had six hits in the intervening four games.

Today's Lineups

Billy Burns - CF Erick Aybar - SS
Marcus Semien - SS Mike Trout - CF
Josh Reddick - RF Albert Pujols - 1B
Ben Zobrist - DH Kole Calhoun - RF
Stephen Vogt - C David Freese - DH
Brett Lawrie - 3B Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Max Muncy - 1B Efren Navarro - LF
Eric Sogard - 2B Chris Iannetta - C
Sam Fuld - LF Kyle Kubitza - 3B
Sonny Gray - RHP Matt Shoemaker - RHP


How many Home Runs will the A's hit today?

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  • 28%
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