For the second consecutive Sunday afternoon, the A’s will be facing Shohei Ohtani. And after ultimately losing in their first effort against the phenom pitcher, despite fireworks from Matt Chapman, the A’s have a chance to reverse their fortunes and win their first road series against their division rivals. Opposing Ohtani on the mound is Kendall Graveman, who has yet to find success this year. While his pitches have had a lot of movement and his velocity is the same as it was last year, Graveman has struggled with his location, leaving far too many pitches up in the zone, and has struggled with surrendering the long ball.
Following last night’s victory over the Angels, there were quite a few changes made to the A’s roster. However, none of it will be reflected in this afternoon’s lineup, as new call-ups will all be riding the bench. Joining the team is the familiar Mark Canha, the newcomer Trayce Thompson, and the top prospect Franklin Barreto. Canha and Thompson figure to see time in the outfield, with Thompson handling left handed pitching and Canha acting as the general backup. Barreto will be the backup infielder until Pinder can return from his injury. Boog Powell and Chad Pinder have been placed on the 10-day Disabled List, and Daniel Gossett has mercifully been sent down to re-find his control.
Lineups are below. First pitch is at 1:07.
A’s at Angels: pic.twitter.com/jqQQ4v6NwV— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 8, 2018
Angels' lineup for Shohei Ohtani's first home start on the mound. Felix Pena and Eduardo Paredes are also on the lineup card, so expect the Angels to announce some moves shortly pic.twitter.com/nCAqwZIwDw— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) April 8, 2018