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Game Thread #39: A's at Mariners

Eventually the pieces will click.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

I think it's fairly safe to say that the A's aren't this bad. I don't have them in my playoff bracket or anything, but 4 straight painful losses seems a pessimistic determiner of the future, even by my standards. Let's look at the upside for today:

  • Andrew Triggs is starting. Andrew Triggs has been probably our funnest to watch and most effective starting pitcher in this young season. Andrew Triggs throws the ball kinda...sideways, I guess? Lefties especially don't seem to like him, which is weird considering his arm angle. Yes, his worst start of the season came against Seattle, but I still have confidence in him. And come on. Sideways.
  • Chase De Jong, Seattle's starting pitcher, has been pretty bad so far this year.
  • Some day, if only through sheer happenstance, Matt Joyce batting leadoff will result in production that leads to a run. That day could be today.
  • (I am ignoring Healy at 3rd and Canha in Center when writing this list of good things)

Let's watch some baseball, yeah?

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S SEATTLE MARINERS
Matt Joyce - RF Jean Segura - SS
Jed Lowrie - 2B Ben Gamel - RF
Khris Davis - LF Nelson Cruz - DH
Yonder Alonso - 1B Kyle Seager - 3B
Ryon Healy - 3B Danny Valencia - 1B
Mark Canha - CF Taylor Motter - 2B
Stephen Vogt - DH Guillermo Heredia - LF
Adam Rosales - SS Jarrod Dyson - CF
Josh Phegley - C Carlos Ruiz - C
Andrew Triggs - RHP Chase De Jong - RHP

Game time is 7:10 PT. Go A's!