The yin and yang of baseball: Game 140 means that sad reality that the season is winding down, yet the A’s in a playoff race is pure adrenaline and joy! Last night was a spectacular night for the Athletics, and I urge you to read the article and view the video highlights from AN’s Matt Doan here: https://www.athleticsnation.com/2019/9/4/20850575/game-139-as-fly-past-angels. There is nothing quite like Mike Trout gazing up and a ball sailing way out of his reach...multiple times!
If you want to start some playoff-race math problems while the pre-game is on, here are the standings as of today. If you have your own version of a Jobu (movie reference: Major League), then have it set its the sites on wins for the Jays and White Sox.
Brett Anderson is back on the hill today. Anderson is basically averaging 6 innings pitched, 6 hits given up along with three walks and three runs allowed in the last three games. Numerologists would surely have something to say about that. Bottom line, he’s solid going 2-4 in his last 7 games, 11-9 on the season.
Opposing Anderson will be Luke Bard who gave up four runs in five innings against the Red Sox last Friday. Bard is 1-2 in his first MLB season with an ERA of 5, called up when Suarez was optioned in June. His key pitch is a slider that’s been averaging 85.
Here are today’s lineups:
|David Fletcher - 3B||Marcus Semien - SS|
|Mike Trout - CF||Matt Chapman - 3B|
|Albert Pujols - 1B||Matt Olson - 1B|
|Brian Goodwin - LF||Mark Canha - CF|
|Justin Upton - DH||Jurickson Profar - LF|
|Kole Calhoun - RF||Khris Davis - DH|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||Chad Pinder - RF|
|Luis Rengifo - 2B||Sheldon Neuse - 2B|
|Kevan Smith - C||Josh Phegley - C|