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Game Thread #133: A's at Astros

The newly Coco-less A's play to avoid the sweep in Houston. It is also Joey Wendle's MLB debut.

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Hey all,

Today is a sad day for A's fans everywhere with the departure of Coco Crisp for Cleveland. While it makes perfect sense and seems to be a win-win solution for everyone (Coco returns to a former team of his and gets one last chance at a postseason run, while the A's free up a roster space and avoid Coco's vesting option putting them on the hook for $13 million next season), Coco has been THE Athletic for years now and his departure definitely seems to mark the end of an era. Other posters will write far more eloquent thoughts on what Coco's time in Oakland meant for this franchise than I possibly can, but rather than just spew some drivel about today's matchup in Houston, I just wanted to acknowledge what a significant day this is for our franchise. Coco will be deeply, deeply missed, and I'm rooting for the Indians to go all the way now more than ever. I want Coco to have a World Series ring to show for his long and fantastic career.

Back to Houston: today is the final game of a 3-game series between Oakland and the Astros. Oakland's offense has been lackluster in the first two games, so they have one final chance to avoid the sweep and still play a bit of spoiler.

We get to see Joey Wendle today, so that's exciting! Some immediate good is coming of Coco's departure. The long-awaited prospect received in the Brandon Moss trade, Wendle has been doing well in the minors recently after a couple of years of mediocrity. It's time to see what we have at the big league level. And no more Muncy!

On the mound for Oakland is Ross Detwiler, hoping to salvage not only the series but a bad streak of starts since his immaculate debut. He's been closer to the Detwiler we thought we were getting since that first game in green and gold, but it would be nice to see him turn it on for today's game. Pitching for Houston is Mike Fiers, he of the pretty decent season and that no-hitter last year.

Today's Lineups

Marcus Semien - SS George Springer - DH
Stephen Vogt - DH Alex Bregman - 3B
Danny Valencia - RF Jose Altuve - 2B
Khris Davis - LF Carlos Correa - SS
Yonder Alonso - 1B Evan Gattis - C
Ryon Healy - 3B Yulieski Gurriel - LF
Joe Wendle - 2B Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Jake Smolinski - CF Teoscar Hernandez - RF
Bruce Maxwell - C Jake Marisnick - CF
Ross Detwiler - LHP Mike Fiers - RHP

Game time is 11:10 PT, and like all Wednesday day games, it unfortunately will not be shown on CSN. Go A's!