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Gameday Thread: O's (16-15) @ A's (19-14)

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Two of the most surprisingly competitive teams in the American League throw down in Oakland for a three-game set. 10:05 on MASN, but I think I'll have the dreadful Oakland broadcast.

Today's Starting Pitchers GS IP ERA WHIP BAA BB K W-L
Garrett Olson - LH 1 6.2 2.70 1.35 .174 5 6 1-0
Dana Eveland - LH 6 34.1 3.67 1.28 .236 14 26 3-2

Eveland is a southpaw semi-journeyman at the age of just 24. Drafted by Milwaukee, he was traded to the Diamondbacks with Doug Davis and David Krynzel for Claudio Vargas, Johnny Estrada and Greg Aquino. Later, he was sent to Oakland with five others in the Dan Haren deal. He's done a heck of a good for the A's so far, but their rotation started hot last year before tapering off a little bit, too.

We're the first or one of the very first teams to face Frank Thomas in two different uniforms this season, too, so that's exciting. In what basically amounts to a single full season of play for Thomas at McAfee Coliseum, he's hit .273/.390/.535 with 39 homers and 115 RBI in his Hall of Fame career.

But don't fret, gang. Compare that to OUR designated hitter's career line at Oakland: .279/.308/.430, two homers, 10 RBI. Since he has a better batting average, I'm pretty certain that the comparison is relatively close.

Orioles AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Brian Roberts - 2B 124 .266 .352 3 13
2 Nick Markakis - RF 110 .273 .403 6 14
3 Melvin Mora - 3B 124 .258 .306 4 17
4 Aubrey Huff - DH 112 .277 .352 5 19
5 Kevin Millar - 1B 117 .214 .285 4 14
6 Ramon Hernandez - C 91 .198 .232 3 15
7 Adam Jones - CF 109 .239 .282 2 10
8 Jay Payton - LF 59 .254 .279 2 5
9 Luis Hernandez - SS 61 .246 .304 0 3
Athletics AB AVG OBP HR RBI
1 Kurt Suzuki - C 112 .286 .360 0 10
2 Mark Ellis - 2B 131 .237 .322 2 11
3 Mike Sweeney - 1B 74 .311 .373 2 10
4 Frank Thomas - DH 97 .206 .342 3 16
5 Emil Brown - RF 118 .271 .296 3 26
6 Jack Cust - LF 82 .244 .426 4 11
7 Bobby Crosby - SS 127 .268 .336 2 20
8 Donnie Murphy - 3B 34 .206 .308 2 6
9 Rajai Davis - CF 14 .357 .400 0 2

If you look at the lineups, you'll notice Emil Brown, case in point that runs batted in mean F-all. I also have to find some amount of respect for any team that can find a place in their starting lineup for Thomas, Sweeney and Cust. Somebody's back is going out. And how.