This will probably be the hardest series for the A’s thus far, Tampa Bay Rays (17-8) have won 9 of their last 10 games and the series will begin with Oakland facing one of the best left-handed pitchers in the league. This 3-game series is the last one before the A’s head home to start a 6-game home stand, so here’s hoping they end on a high note.
Friday 4:10 PM PST: (RHP) Tyson Ross (1-1) Vs (LHP) David Price (4-1)
- Tyson Ross got knocked around by the Baltimore Orioles in his last start, he allowed 11 hits, 9 earned runs, walked 1 and struck out 1 over 4 innings.
- Not surprisingly, David Price is off to a strong start this season. His last start was against the offensive juggernauts that are called the Texas Rangers, he was able to hold them to 6 hits, 2 runs over 6.1 innings of work which lead to him collecting his 4th win of the season.
Saturday 4:10 PM PST: (RHP) Bartolo Colon (3-2) Vs (RHP) Jeremy Hellickson (3-0)
- In his last start Bartolo Colon had another strong outing for the A’s. He pitched 8.1 innings against the Baltimore Orioles, allowed 7 hits, 2 earned runs (which came in the 9th inning), walked 1, and struck out 5.
- Despite his effective outing against the Seattle Mariners in his last start, Hellickson was handed a no decision. He pitched 7 innings. allowed 6 hits, only 1 earned run, struck out 7, and walked none. In his first 5 games, he has yet to take a loss this season.
- Tom Milone had his shortest outing of the season against the Boston Red Sox in his last start. He only lasted 4.2 innings, allowed 8 hits, 7 earned runs, struck out 5, and walked 1.
- Matt Moore collected his first win of the season in his last start against the Seattle Mariners. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 1 earned run, walked 1, and struck out 7.
- Coco Crisp is expected to land on the DL due to the nagging ear infection that has sat him out several times over the past week and a half. Michael Taylor is making his way to Tampa Bay to replace the left fielder.
- Kurt Suzuki, who was hit on the hand by a pitch yesterday, is scheduled to have an X-ray on it today.
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