Opponent: Cleveland Starting pitchers: Justin Masterson vs. A.J. Griffin First pitch: 7:05 PT
A's in the West: 1 1/2 games behind Texas A's in the Wild Card: Leaders for second Wild Card, 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay for first Wild Card Baseball Prospectus playoff odds: 30 percent division, 46 percent Wild Card
Sorry dudes and bettys I woke up late today so I have no time for commentary. Just know that:
Justin Masterson is having a very good season, was born in Jamaica, and won his May 8th start against the A's handily;
A.J. Griffin's first name is Arthur and he's had one quality start in his last eight outings (using runs allowed, not earned runs);
You can find a podcast I recorded with Jason Lukehart of Let's Go Tribe here. There are discussions of a variety of relevant things, including Jasons in baseball;
I don't typically like and thus don't typically share Q&As on the Internet, but Jonah Keri's with Brett Anderson is good -- there's interesting stuff on pitcher body types, the pitches Anderson throws, a small bit on clubhouse chemistry (where Anderson's take is significantly more reasonable than Brandon McCarthy's), pitching coaches, training methods, and more. Definitely worth a gander.