2016 Game #8 – Angels vs. A’s

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Angels at A's

Los Angeles Angels (3-4, T-3rd AL West) @ Oakland A’s (4-4, T-1st AL West)

Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, CA

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches to Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning of Game Five of the American League Division Series at O.co Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Mostly Cloudy, 58F, Wind W 11mph

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 22, 2015 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 22, 2015 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Santiago was solid in his 2016 debut Thursday against Texas. In that game he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 batters across 6 innings. In an unusual turn of events, Santiago’s fastball reached 95 miles per hour and averaged about 93-94 miles per hour during the start. Santiago had averaged 91-92 miles per hour on his fastball in recent seasons, so it’s unclear whether the added velocity was the result of adrenaline in his season debut or whether he has found something extra this season. It’s something to keep an eye on as he pitches tonight.

~VS~

Kendall Graveman (0-1, 3.38 ERA)

Kendall Graveman delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum on April 7, 2016 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Kendall Graveman delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum on April 7, 2016 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After an up & down first full season in the big leagues with Oakland in 2015, Graveman is looking to stick in the A’s rotation this season. He made a solid season debut Thursday even though he took a tough luck loss. In that game he held the White Sox to 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 4 batters in 5 1/3 innings, but the A’s offense gave him very little help and the A’s eventually fell by the final score of 6-1.

Game Notes

  • Billy Burns is scheduled to spell Coco Crisp at the leadoff and center field spots on Tuesday, A’s manager Bob Melvin said. The two rotate and going into Monday’s game Crisp has started three consecutive games. Melvin will try to keep Crisp fresh considering his past neck injuries. “Early on, three in a row I think’s enough,” Melvin said.
  • Santiago is coming off a really solid start, holding the Rangers to 3 runs (2 earned) on four hits and two walks in six-plus innings, striking out seven. His fastball was 93-94 mph, a couple of ticks harder than where it has been the last couple of years.
  • Graveman took the loss in his season debut Thursday after allowing two runs on three hits, including a home run, in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts against the White Sox.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .259
  2. LF-Daniel Nava – .333
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .217
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .148
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .318
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .240
  7. DH-Ji-Man Choi – 0-for-4
  8. C-Geovany Soto – .167
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .188

Oakland

  1. CF-Billy Burns – .278
  2. C-Josh Phegley – .500
  3. RF-Josh Reddick – .280
  4. 3B-Danny Valencia – .240
  5. DH-Billy Butler – .273
  6. LF-Khris Davis – .185
  7. 2B-Jed Lowrie – .258
  8. 1B-Mark Canha – .111
  9. SS-Marcus Semien – .208

Other AL West Matchups

  • Kansas City @ Houston – 5:10pm PT
  • Texas @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

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