Welcome to Opening Day of the 2016 baseball season! The Oakland A's open at home this year against the Chicago White Sox, meaning that instead of Felix Hernandez they get to face ... aww, Chris Sale? Seriously? He's one of the few pitchers who is arguably better than Felix.
No matter, because the A's send their own Cy Young candidate, Sonny Gray, to the ... wait, what? He's got food poisoning? Oh, c'mon, you can't be serious. April Fools' Day was, like, three days ago.
Sadly, it's true, Sonny will not pitch tonight. Instead we will see Rich Hill, who looked like Clayton Kershaw for four starts at the end of the 2015 season but looked like Jim Johnson for most of this spring. We've been waiting months to see what Hill can do, and now we will wait one day fewer than we were expecting to do. Good luck out there big guy!
The A's are facing a lefty in Sale, which means that we'll have to wait to see newcomers Yonder Alonso and Chris Coghlan. Instead, Mark Canha draws the start against the southpaw, with Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt as the only lefty hitters in the starting lineup.
The White Sox bring a revamped lineup after finishing dead last in the AL in scoring and also last in FanGraphs' Defensive rating last year. Included in the mix is familiar face Brett Lawrie, as well as Todd Frazier, Jimmy Rollins, and Austin Jackson. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SERIES PREVIEW.
Here are the full lineups:
|CHICAGO WHITE SOX||OAKLAND A'S|
|Adam Eaton - RF||Billy Burns - CF|
|Jimmy Rollins - SS||Jed Lowrie - 2B|
|Jose Abreu - 1B||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Danny Valencia - 3B|
|Melky Cabrera - LF||Khris Davis - LF|
|Avisail Garcia - DH||Billy Butler - DH|
|Brett Lawrie - 2B||Mark Canha - 1B|
|Dioner Navarro - C||Stephen Vogt - C|
|Austin Jackson - CF||Marcus Semien - SS|
|Chris Sale - LHP||Rich Hill - LHP|
Let's Go Oakland! After snapping a long Opening Day losing streak last year, can they start a winning streak this time?