Today's A's, August 18th
A's in the West: 1 1/2 games back of Texas
I was excited about yesterday's pitching matchup, pitting a Ubaldo Jimenez who was not even close to the pitcher he once was against a Dan Straily who had three straight nice outings in July followed by three straight shitty ones before getting back on track in Toronto. Unfortunately, my optimism got flipped turned upside down right from the start as Nick Swisher homered and then Cleveland put together a mini-rally for another run. Jimenez, meanwhile, while walking five (and hitting Josh Reddick on the shoulder with a scary fastball), also struck out eight A's and gave up just one hit. That was pretty much that, especially when Cleveland knocked around the soft part of the bullpen for three more runs in the ninth.
Today's game was going to be Kazmir against Bartolo Colon before Colon hit the disabled list yesterday with a groin strain. There's a negative way of looking at this and a positive way:
Coco Crisp is back and now our watch is ended.
Except not really because despite pinch-hitting last night, it's Chris Young in center for today's game -- Bob Melvin said last night that Crisp wouldn't be starting today and the announced lineup confirms this. The lefty Kazmir starting for Cleveland likely has something to do with this.
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