I hope the Players’ Weekend uniforms have been burned. The A’s relieved a lot of Giants fans of some money but aside from the big attendance, let’s just put those games behind us and get back to real baseball played in real uniforms.
Tonight at 5:15: Homer Bailey vs. Brad Keller
Tuesday at 5:15: Mike Fiers vs. Mike Montgomery
Wednesday at 5:15: Tanner Roark vs. Jake Junis
Thursday at 10:15 a.m.: Chris Bassitt vs. Royals TBA (game on MLB Network)
Weather: Forecast here; it looks dry after whatever afternoon showers and thunderstorms today move on (radar loop here). There’s still about a 50% chance of rain at game time tonight so there could be a delay but that chance of rain then decreases pretty quickly. As usual, Bassitt gets the hottest day, the day game at that, and it could be on the humid side.
Ex-A’s: I don’t see any on the Royals’ 25-man roster. There was the trade of Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer for Ryan Buchter and Brandon Moss’ contract. Fillmyer has had a couple looks with the Royals and was in their rotation late in 2018 but he’s an Omaha Storm Chaser at present. Hahn has just started a rehab assignment after TJ surgery and threw one inning for the Wilmington Blue Rocks yesterday. Kevin Merrell, the return for Bailey, has a .574 OPS in 153 PA as a AA Northwest Arkansas Natural.
The Royals have a few good players in Merrifield, Soler and Dozier at the top of their lineup. Alex Gordon has won some Gold Gloves in left field but his .736 OPS this year is his highest since 2015. Looking at the preliminary lineup for tonight, 5-9 is brutal, it looks like tryout camp:
5. O’Hearn 1B: 289 PA, .577 OPS
6. Viloria C: 78 PA, .603 OPS
7. Starling RF: 126 PA, .485 OPS
8. Phillips CF: 24 PA, .583 OPS
9. Lopez SS: 332 PA, .582 OPS
The bullpen is the collection of no-names you’d expect on a 46-85 team. Ian Kennedy is the recognizable name and is the closer in the rare situations when an opportunity arises. They use Kevin McCarthy, a righty of course, as an 8th-inning guy; he’s not having a very good year.