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Game Thread #72: A's at Angels

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The A's head down to Orange County to take on the Los Angeles, California Angels of Anaheim in a four game set. Graveman squares off with Lincecum in tonight's series opener.

Munch and Khrush
Munch and Khrush
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It is not common to get a shot at redemption so quickly, but the Athletics have that opportunity this weekend vs. the Angels. Last weekend, the A's were shut down by pitchers who most would describe as "well past their prime" in Tim Lincecum and Jered Weaver. The A's now get a chance to face them in their next turn in the rotation.

The A's bats have been the worst in the American League in runs scored and OPS, and the offense has been the biggest disappointment of the season to this point, although some key injuries have factored in. The team gets a 2nd chance at some arms that should not be shutting MLB offenses down, and it is on the lineup to put some runs up and help their young starters with run production.

Tonight's Athletics starter is 25 year old MLB sophomore Kendall Graveman. KG brings a 2-6 record, 4.87 ERA and 5.19 FIP into the game. Last Friday night, Graveman took on the Angels and pitched well, going 7 innings and allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 1 BB, while striking out 4. Graveman did not get the decision but the A's did win the game 3-2.

Tonight, recent acquisition, 24 year old Arismendy Alcantara gets his first start with the Athletics at 2B. The lineups are presented below. Go A's!

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Coco Crisp - CF Yunel Escobar - 3B
Max Muncy - RF Kole Calhoun - RF
Stephen Vogt - C Mike Trout - CF
Danny Valencia - 3B Albert Pujols - DH
Khris Davis - LF C.J. Cron - 1B
Jed Lowrie - DH Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Daniel Nava - LF
Marcus Semien - SS Jett Bandy - C
Arismendy Alcantara - 2B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Kendall Graveman - RHP Tim Lincecum - RHP

Poll

Will the A's bats wake up this round through the Angels pitching staff?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Yessir! Bombs away
    (13 votes)
  • 35%
    Maybe a touch better
    (14 votes)
  • 32%
    Nope, our offense is pathetic
    (13 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now