The A’s ended their road-trip yesterday with a brilliant win against the LA Angels, taking the four-game series 3-1. With the new recruits all making positive contributions, there’s sure to be plenty of excitement during the upcoming home-stand.
San Diego Padres (H)
Season series so far: 1-1
The A’s and Padres played a two-game series last Tuesday and Wednesday at Petco and they’ll be repeating that two-game set this week at the Coliseum. And just like last week, the Wednesday day-game is being shown live on UK TV (BT Sport 1) and is also available for free online at MLB.com. The scheduled starting pitcher match-ups are as follows:
- Gm1. Sean Manaea – Blake Snell
- Gm2. Frankie Montas – Joe Musgrove.
Manaea and the A’s got the better of Snell last week, so hopefully we can repeat that feat again and then set Frankie on them on Wednesday to take a 2-0 series win!
Texas Rangers (H)
Season series so far: 5-5
Whilst the Padres series is the eye-catching one from a talent point of view, the weekend series against the Rangers is arguably even more important.
Texas enter the week with a 38-67 win-loss record, barely better than the AL-worst Baltimore Orioles at 37-67. They are the very definition of a team that we should be beating up on and it will be a major disappointment if we haven’t improved on our .500 season record against them by the end of Sunday.
The probable pitching match-ups are tentative based on there being a few different options open to Bob Melvin for Sunday’s game. I’ve pencilled in Daulton Jefferies for now after he picked up his first MLB win yesterday against the Angels.
- Gm1. Chris Bassitt – Mike Foltynewicz
- Gm2. Cole Irvin – Dane Dunning
- Gm3. Daulton Jefferies? – Jordan Lyles.