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Game Thread #64 - A’s vs. Royals

Friday night fun at the Coliseum

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Good evening and welcome to the Friday night game thread! Much like the actual Coliseum location tonight, I bet tonight’s attention will be divided between the A’s and the Warriors, who are attempting the four-game sweep tonight.

The A’s have had sort of a rough week, After last weekend’s winning series against these Royals (that could have been a sweep), the A’s dropped the two-game series to Texas. Not to be elitist, but if you’re going to lose to anyone in the West, it shouldn’t be the Rangers.

Because of that, the A’s sit a single game over .500 coming into tonight.

The A’s took the first game of the four-game series last night behind a strong pitching performance by Paul Blackburn. The A’s will look to back it up tonight with Frankie Montas, who has been no less than awesome in both of his winning starts so far. He will put his shiny 0.64 ERA to the test tonight against the Royals.

The lineup includes two Matts and a Khris, and closing the lineup is a Martini, shaken, not stirred.

Today's Lineups

Whit Merrifield - DH Dustin Fowler - CF
Alcides Escobar - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Mike Moustakas - 3B Khris Davis - DH
Salvador Perez - C Matt Olson - 1B
Jorge Soler - RF Matt Chapman - 3B
Alex Gordon - LF Marcus Semien - SS
Hunter Dozier - 1B Stephen Piscotty - RF
Paulo Orlando - CF Jonathan Lucroy - C
Ryan Goins - 2B Nick Martini - LF
Jakob Junis - RHP Frankie Montas - RHP