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Stadium: O.co Coliseum | Manager: Bob Melvin
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Tired of them being here? Well I'm afraid I've got some bad news: The A's don't play a team with a winning record again until August 15.
They still have 10 games left against the Angels. I didn't mention the AL West race above, but it could provide plenty of intrigue as well.
Far too many people are forgetting that Jason Hammel was pretty bad last season and previous to this season was really only overly impressive for one half (2012 with Orioles). Don't get me wrong, he's having a good season and obviously Jeff Samardzija was the centerpiece of the trade, but I read a few places that said the A's acquired "two frontline starters." That's way too much. He's an upgrade over Brad Mills, obviously, but don't say "frontline."
Yes, still the top dog. After more than half the season in the books, we need more than a pair of losses to a great team to change that.
You know whose story I'm looking forward to covering at the All-Star Game? Scott Kazmir's. And, yes, I'm saying that specifically right now for effect. Tuesday night's disastrous outing doesn't change the fact he has been an All-Star this season.
I'm not going to worry yet, but Sonny Gray has a 5.63 ERA in his past four starts.
Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss are on pace to easily exceed 30 homers and 100 RBI apiece.
They have scored the most runs (301) and allowed the fewest runs (183) in baseball this year. I feel like not enough people are talking about that.
I love seeing Josh Donaldson atop the third base group in AL All-Star voting. Great job, fans.
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