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Game Thread #30: Athletics at Blue Jays

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Put those brooms away.

The A’s have slipped back below the .500 mark and just have not looked at all competitive over the last couple of games. The starting pitching continues to frustrate, the bullpen isn’t as rock solid as its capable of being, and certain position players are exacerbating the problems with the pitching staff. Any good feelings that lingered following the Rangers’ series have evaporated.

All this negativity, too, can evaporate with a victory today. At least for a little while.

The A’s have one final chance to notch a win against the Blue Jays this season, and the A’s offense will finally get the chance to take on a starting pitcher whose ERA is north of 3.00. Trent Thornton is taking the hill for the Blue Jays, looking to battle the A’s and his own command. The A’s have had a very aggressive approach at the plate so far this year, but the team may be better served being a tad more patient until Thornton proves that he can locate. Chad Pinder and Mark Canha are notably in today’s lineup despite taking on a right handed pitcher, as it has been reported that the two are likely going to see significantly more playing time moving forward.

Chris Bassitt had a spectacular 2019 debut in his last start, pitching seven shutout innings. Ideally, he can keep his scoreless streak going in today’s game.

First pitch is at 10:07. Lineups are posted below.