The A's will look to avoid a second consecutive series loss against the Orioles in today's awkward 4 PM game.
The 58-56 Orioles aren't out of the playoff picture, but they're not far off. A combination of shaky pitching and the regression of some key starters (Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, I'm looking at you) has led to a pretty mediocre season despite massive campaigns from Adam Jones, Manny Machado (boo, hiss), and Chris Davis. It's still a dangerous team though, and those players are legitimately excellent. Machado might be a dark horse MVP candidate, with 5.5 fWAR to date.
Today's matchup is Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.45) vs. Chris Bassitt (1-4, 2.48). If that seems familiar, that's because it's a rematch of August 4th's game. The A's actually won that game – Gonzalez went 5.1 with three earned runs, and Bassitt went 7 scoreless.
What hasn't been said about Chris Bassitt? The kid (he's 26, but like, still) is putting on an absolutely spectacular show lately, and is making a strong case that he's a long-term rotation candidate. Since the All-Star break, he's put up a 2.01 ERA, 9.11 K/9, 1.69 BB/9, 2.62 FIP, and a 2.86 xFIP. He's been good. He's been really good. For more on him, read one of the fifty articles we've put out on him in the past month – here, here, and here.
Valencia out of lineup with back and hamstring soreness. He's expected to be OK for tomorrow.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 15, 2015
Here are the lineups:
|OAKLAND A'S||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Billy Burns - CF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Mark Canha - 1B||Gerardo Parra - RF|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Billy Butler - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Brett Lawrie - 3B||Steve Clevenger - C|
|Eric Sogard - 2B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Henry Urrutia - DH|
|Sam Fuld - LF||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Chris Bassitt - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|