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Game Thread #106: A's at Angels

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Sorry for the late thread!

You wouldn't know it by looking at the stats, but Matt Shoemaker (5-11, 4.17) vs. Sean Manaea (3-5, 4.57) is one heck of a pitchers' duel. I know, I know, 4 ERAs and lackluster win-loss records. But both pitchers are on stellar hot streaks – over the past month, both have been top-20 starting pitchers. Matt Shoemaker has a solid case to be the best pitcher in the MLB since his disastrous April. Sean Manaea has almost certainly been the A's best pitcher since he returned from the DL six starts ago. This should be pretty fun. Or it'll be a massive blow out. Either way.

Here are the lineups, featuring the potentially the worst defensive outfield I've ever seen start for the A's: Coco Crisp, Jake Smolinski, Danny Valencia. Good luck, Sean, you're going to need it.

Today's Lineups

Coco Crisp - LF Yunel Escobar - 3B
Jed Lowrie - 2B Kole Calhoun - RF
Stephen Vogt - C Mike Trout - CF
Khris Davis - DH Albert Pujols - DH
Danny Valencia - RF Jefry Marte - 1B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Andrelton Simmons - SS
Marcus Semien - SS Jett Bandy - C
Jake Smolinski - CF Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Ryon Healy - 3B Shane Robinson - LF
Sean Manaea - LHP Matt Shoemaker - RHP