After an off day, the Indians head west to take on the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series this weekend. If you can stand to stay up past your bedtime tonight, you’ll see Justin Masterson take on A.J. Griffin for the Athletics. Griffin (10-8, 3.88 ERA) is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays, in which he surrendered 2 ER on 5 hits in 5.2 innings. For almost all of his games this season, Griffin has not walked more than two batters; however in his last start he managed to walk six. He’s also surrendered 28 home runs already this season, so the Indians could try to take advantage with the long ball tonight. The Indians faced Griffin one other time this season – he took the loss on May 8 as the Indians won 4-3. He gave up 3 ER on 4 hits over 6.2 innings, and gave up home runs to Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher.
Masterson (who also squared off against Griffin on May 8) is coming off his second straight rough start – he gave up 4 ER and 7 hits, while walking 4 in just 4.1 innings pitched. The Angels ran his pitch count up very high early, but the Indians still managed to come back late in the game. In the May 8 game, Oakland hitters batted just .160 off Masterson and he allowed 3 ER on 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7 as he collected the win.
Oakland is coming off a series with the Houston Astros where they lost 2 out of 3. The Indians are coming off a series win against the Twins; they hope to keep the momentum going against the Athletics, while we have to hope that some of Oakland’s struggles continue. Even though everyone pokes fun at the Oakland Coliseum and the Athletics are desperate to move, it was a fun place to see a game.
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