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A Reason to Hope for A’s Fans


Oakland Athletics merchandise Oakland— while the A’s seemingly got the short end of the stick with their division series matchup against Detroit, the team sporting the reining Cy Young, and the only person to win the triple crown in the past forty-five years, there are reasons for optimism in Oakland. Consider this: in their last postseason appearance, the A’s drew the Minnesota Twins, a scrappy team that played good defense and had the year’s CY Young winner in Johan Santana. The A’s beat Santana 3-2 in Minnesota behind two home runs from Frank Thomas and a solid pitching performance from Barry Zito, who allowed just four hits and one run in eight innings.

Saturday evening in Detroit, the Tigers are throwing out Justin Verlander, who is yet again in the CY Young race this season. The Tigers are said to have one of the scariest lineups in the postseason, but if you look at their run totals for the season, they have only scored 13 more runs than the A’s all season. In contrast, the A’s pitching staff has allowed 56 fewer runs than Detroit’s. The A’s are countering with rookie starter Jarrod Parker, who has been the staff’s most consistent starter all season. In his past six starts (against LAA, @LAA, Bal, @NYY, @TEX and TEX respectively) he has allowed three runs or fewer in all of these starts. His most impressive start in this stretch came in New York where he went toe to toe with CC Sabathia in his first game and Yankee Stadium, allowing one run and left with a no-decision. He has the talent and the poise to square off with any of the league’s elite.

If history is to repeat itself, and a veteran player on the A’s is going to go deep to give the team a lift against a dominant starter, my pick is Jonny Gomes. In five career at-bats, he doesn’t have a hit against the righty. He also typically doesn’t play against RHP, but Seth Smith has been struggling lately and manager Bob Melvin may take a chance by putting Gomes in and letting him swing freely. Just a couple of weeks ago, the A’s didn’t fare well against Verlander. That was way back when they were playing sub .500 ball for a whole week (2-4 in Detroit and New York). The bats are awake, the pitching has been dominant and the A’s are ready to stop getting written off. Even after dominating the league in the second half of the regular season by going 26 games over .500, the A’s are still the underdogs. They’re coming in hot. They have pitching, defense and timely hitting. These are all of the factors we have been told that it takes to win a championship. On Saturday around 6:30 p.m. local time we could be hearing a completely different tune that was has been played in the media this whole season.


By: Jason Burke
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer
On Twitter @ToastA_sFan

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