The A’s enter a tough homestand trailing the Astros by 9.5 games in the division and down by 2 games to Tampa Bay (and 3.5 games to Cleveland) in the wild card chase. While the A’s play 4 vs. the Astros, 3 vs. the Yankees and 2 vs. the Giants, the Rays schedule over the same period is Tigers and Mariners at the Trop for 3 each, then 4 at Camden Yards against the Orioles. Perhaps Cleveland (at Yankees, at Mets, home vs. Royals) will stay within reach.
Tonight at 7: Mike Fiers vs. Aaron Sanchez
Friday at 7: Tanner Roark vs. Justin Verlander
Saturday at 1: Chris Bassitt vs.
Astros TBA Rogelio Armenteros (game on FS1)
Sunday at 1: Brett Anderson vs. Zack Greinke
I didn’t go all the way to 85-inch Livermore Class, but tonight the new 65-inch set makes its debut at Chateau Soaker. The better to watch a full season of Cal interceptions, missed tackles and dumb penalties, and whatever pleasure or displeasure the A’s provide the rest of the year. The 46-inch version, which dates back to the original Cabin Soaker rental, and the Geren era, has been semi-retired to the bedroom.