7/8/18 Game of the Day: Indians vs. A’s

The A’s try to steal a series from the first place Indians in their rubber match on Sunday.

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The Oakland A’s are quietly hanging around the playoff race.  After a 17-10 June, they find themselves 6.5 games back in both their division race and the wildcard race.  They are 10th in the Majors in runs scored and nine games over .500.  Brett Anderson (0-2, 7.63) will be returning to the mound for the first time since May 18.  He’s been out with a shoulder strain and has not fared well in four starts.  He’ll hope to give the A’s the series win and reset for the long haul.

The Tribe will send rookie Shane Bieber (4-0, 2.97 ERA) to the hill. Bieber is having a polar opposite season to the A’s hurler.  In his debut campaign, the 23-year-old has been extremely effective for Cleveland in five starts.  He’s allowed 10 earned runs in 30.1 innings and struck out 29 hitters against only five walks.

Offensively,  the Indians remain a power house and hitting very well.  They are third in runs scored, led by a potent top of the lineup that features Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Michael Brantley.  Lindor has been especially hot of late, homering nine times in the last month, hitting .315 with an OPS of 1.025 as well over that span.  He also leads the league in runs.

Oakland’s surprise season is a team effort, led by the steady bat of Jed Lowrie.  Lowrie is batting .290 and is fifth in the American League with 59 RBI.  Khris Davis and Matt Olson provide the power with 20 homers and 19 respectively.

First pitch is 1:10 pm EDT.

Photo Credit: Ken Blaze USA Today

 

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