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Spring Game Thread #30: Giants at A’s

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This is no regular spring game!

San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

It’s that time of year again, Battle of the Bay exhibition time and it begins this year at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. After at least a decade of dealing with it all, I’ve decided to watch the games from home. There is always enough orange and black at games that the San Francisco Giants are not even playing in, that I can’t take the orange and black that will invade Coliseum.

Anyway, we can get into that in the recap but here are the lineups for today’s game:

Oakland Athletics

  1. Matt Joyce, RF
  2. Marcus Semien, SS
  3. Jed Lowrie, 2B
  4. Khris Davis, DH
  5. Matt Olson, 1B
  6. Stephen Piscotty, LF
  7. Matt Chapman, 3B
  8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  9. Dustin Fowler, CF

San Francisco Giants

  1. Joe Panik, 2B
  2. Brandon Belt, 1B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  5. Brandon Crawford, SS
  6. Steven Dugger, CF
  7. Gorkys Hernandez, LF
  8. Gregor Blanco, RF
  9. Nick Hundley, DH

Taking the mound for the Athletics today at the Coliseum will be the team’s anticipated fifth starter, Daniel Gossett. Gossett went 4-11 for the A’s in 2017, posting a 6.11 ERA over 18 starts. He wasn’t exactly in the running for the starting rotation until injuries took down Jharel Cotton and Paul Blackburn (to name a couple). Yet the A’s feel confident having him start. This spring he’s made four appearances and pitched 9.2 innings. He’s put up a 2.79 ERA and struck out 10 batters over that span. We’ll see today how Gossett, who was great in the minors but hit a wall when called up to the big leagues, does today at the Coliseum against big league hitters.

On the mound for the Giants is Johnny Cueto (yeah, the guy with the hair and the “shimmy” which looks like a balk to me but whatever). Cueto is a 10-year veteran and two-time All-Star is in just his third season with San Francisco. Last season he was 8-8 in 25 starts and posted a 4.52 ERA. Over the course of the past month Cueto is 3-1 through 9.1 innings with a 5.79 ERA.

This will most certainly be an interesting game pitching wise and hopefully for Oakland offensively!

Now, are you ready for some Battle of the Bay baseball?!