Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/9/12
The Wednesday Takeaway They say that to be the best, you have to beat the best. Well, the Athletics saw the Angels’ three best starting pitchers—Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Zack Greinke—at the Coliseum this week, and the home team took two out of three to stay atop the American League wild-card standings at 60-51. On Monday night, Jered Weaver fired a four-hit shutout to pave the way for a 4-0 Angels victory that temporarily moved the Halos a half-game ahead of Oakland. That goose egg might have set the tone for the series, but Bob Melvin’s team had other ideas, splitting 19 runs between Tuesday’s 10-4 win and yesterday’s 9-8 rubber match. Those two games marked the first time that the A’s and their opponents have combined for 13 home runs in back-to-back contests at the Coliseum. The A’s took the Angels’ best shot in Wednesday’s matinee: Four of those 13 homers came off of rookie starting pitcher Daniel Straily in just 4 2/3 innings. They responded by dropping four runs on a...
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