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Game Thread #41: Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros

Division showdown continues

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Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics
Pictured: Actual real life in 2020
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

When I woke up this morning at 8:something, I genuinely had to take a moment to figure out if I was actually still asleep and having some kind of lucid dream. That’s how surreal the world looked outside, with the thickest layer of smoke I’ve ever seen turning the entire sky yellow and casting a sort of sepia tone over everything, plus ash falling from the sky. I thought maybe I’d been sent to the Upside Down from “Stranger Things.”

It turns out I was indeed awake, and this is just the world we’re living in now in the year 2020. And apparently, it’s the world that the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros are going to play baseball in Wednesday night. Not gonna lie, I’m a bit surprised they’re going through with this game, but I trust that MLB has done its due diligence on the matter and determined that it’s safe. After all, it’s not like they’d lose any gate revenues by postponing.

And so we’ll watch Jesús Luzardo, pitching in what might possibly be the apocalypse, against the team that currently serves as the biggest evil villain in the sport. The rookie lefty has faced the Astros once this year, pitching into the 6th inning while allowing just two runs in a winning effort.

Opposing him is right-hander Luis Garcia. The 23-year-old is making just his second career appearance, after his MLB debut last Friday, so amazingly Luzardo is the grizzled vet in this matchup (15th career game).

In the lineups, you’ll find Marcus Semien but no Matt Chapman, Alex Bregman, or of course Jose Altuve (who’s on the actual injured list).

First pitch is 6:10 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (home)

  1. DH Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  3. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  6. RF Mark Canha (R)
  7. 3B Vimael Machin (L)
  8. C Sean Murphy (R)
  9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  • Jesús Luzardo, LHP

La Stella is the DH, which makes room for Kemp to play, and also Machin stays in the lineup at 3B after getting pushed off SS by the return of Semien.

Astros lineup (away)

  1. DH George Springer (R)
  2. 2B Aledmys Diaz (R)
  3. LF Michael Brantley (L)
  4. 1B Yuli Gurriel (R)
  5. RF Kyle Tucker (L)
  6. SS Carlos Correa (R)
  7. RF Josh Reddick (L)
  8. C Martin Maldonado (R)
  9. 3B Jack Mayfield (R)
  • Luis Garcia, RHP

Diaz moves up toward the top, and Reddick is back in there after getting the second game off yesterday.

Let’s Go Oakland!