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Game Thread #140: Angels at Athletics

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MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
Sep 4, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha (20) and Oakland Athletics leftt fielder Jurickson Profar (23) and left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) celebrate after the end of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum.
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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.

MLB.com

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:

Today's Lineups

ANGELS ATHLETICS
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