Greetings and Happy Monday, AN! Following yet another disappointing series loss over the weekend against the Mariners, the A’s (36-36) are back at .500, a mark that seems to be exerting some sort of Death Star tractor beam-type force on Oakland, who just haven’t been able to get enough traction to remain convincingly on the winning side of things so far this season. But opportunity knocks: The Baltimore Orioles (21-50) have arrived at the Coliseum with the worst record in baseball for a three game series. The A’s are 3-1 against the O’s this season, and a series sweep seems like a plausible outcome for the guys in green and gold. But let’s take it one game at a time, shall we?
Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.63 ERA) is making his 16th start of the season tonight for the A’s. Following a tough beginning to 2019, Fiers has been quite consistent: he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since April 20. The Orioles will start Andrew Cashner (6-2, 4.73 ERA), whose win-loss record seems rather incongruous with his overall line this season. Perhaps the Orioles have been saving all of their run support for Cashner: their one win over the A’s this season came on April 8, when they outscored Oakland 12-4 with Andrew starting. Hopefully the A’s will cash in tonight to get back above .500 and set the tone for the remainder of their current homestand. Let’s go, Oakland!