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Game Thread #57: A’s vs. Angels

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics
Marcus Semien and the A’s are looking to clinch the series against the Halos this afternoon and launch another winning streak
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The A’s experienced something last night that they hadn’t gone through since Tuesday, May 14th: Losing. *Last night’s Game Recap here*

Fortunately, the boys in Green and Gold won’t have to dwell on the defeat for very long as day baseball from the Coliseum begins today at 12:35pm (pst).

On the mound for the A’s will be...Liam Hendricks?

Hendricks was lights out last night, striking out 4 in two innings, but it is more than a mild surprise that the A’s are bringing him back this afternoon after throwing 33 pitches last night to open the contest.

Hendricks will throw one inning and then give way to...

Former Houston Homeschooler, Daniel Mengden.
Mengden has started 3 games in May for Oakland and is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA. He has had two mediocre starts (May 12th, vs. Cle: 5 13 innings, 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks; May 24th, 4 innings, 1 run on 5 hits and 5 walks) and one brilliant outing (May 18th, 7 innings, 1 run on 3 hits and 5 strikeouts). Mengden’s struggle so far has been with his control, resulting in walks (11 walks in 16 13 innings) and high pitch counts (294 pitches in those 16 13 innings, averaging 18 pitches per inning). His high pitch count history is probably one of the reasons the A’s have decided to go with an opener today.

Today’s opponent: The Los Angeles of Anaheim from near Disneyland in Orange County off the 5 Freeway Angels
As a team. the Angels are averaging 3.65 walks per game (ranked 11th in MLB in 2019; A’s are ranked 14th). So it will be important for Mengden to correct his wildness from his his inaugural 2019 starts and throw strikes this afternoon. It will also be key for Mengden to stay away from one of 2019’s breakout hitters, Tommy La Stella. La Stella is hitting .360 during day games as opposed to .275 at night.

Speaking of Day Games
The A’s have played 23 day games going into this afternoon and Nick Hundley is hitting a crazy .423 (11 hits in 26 at-bats) when the sun is shining. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Jurickson Profar is hitting .156 in day games so far in 2019. Both are in the line-up today as the A’s face off against Angels right-hander, Griffin Canning. Canning, a former UCLA hurler, has appeared in 5 games so far in his rookie campaign and has pitched decently to the tune of a 2-1 record and an ERA of 3.42 in 26 13 innings.

Here are today’s line-ups from Oakland (Game Time Temp: 66 F, partly cloudy)

No Trout or Pujols in today’s Angels Line-up!!

Where are you following today’s A’s game from? (Send us your location in the comments!)
I am sitting in the backyard watching our youngest daughter (age 4) play in the sandbox, the sun is out, my email in-box is full (work can come later!) and the A’s are primed to begin another streak today and clinch the series...Let’s Go Oak-land!!!!