The Oakland Athletics welcome the top team in MLB this week as they host the Cleveland Indians for three games at the Oakland/Overstock.com Coliseum. We're working on the title. Maybe just the Big O for now? Either way, the A's wrap up a short seven game homestand.
The A's are coming off a strong series victory over the first place Texas Rangers in which they took three of four games. In the three wins, the A's put together arguably their most complete performances of the year. They got solid to good starting pitching, solid work from their bullpen, and some needed timely hitting. The three wins moved the A's back over .500 as they now sit at 15-14. It might not seem like a huge deal a month into the season, but if the A's can get consistently above .500, it could make the end of the season a little less stressful. Of course, the amount of stress is all relative.
The A's will send out Tyson Ross, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson this series. Ross is making his third start as Dallas Braden had a setback while playing catch. Braden will make a second visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum as he attempts to figure out if the issue is bigger than initially diagnosed. Ross is coming off a strong start and if he can build on that, it will make it a lot easier to bring Braden back all the more conservatively.
3 game series vs Indians @ Overstock.com Coliseum
|Wed 05/04 - Trevor Cahill vs. Josh Tomlin||7:05 PM PDT|
|Thu 05/05 - Brett Anderson vs. Jeanmar Gomez||12:35 PM PDT|