We know the routine, the A's suck and the Angels aren't much better. All the matchups between these two teams in 2016 have pretty much been to see how comes out of the cellar. This game is only slightly different, in that the A's would have to sweep the Angels to send them both in a tie to the bottom. However, I don't see that happening. The Angels are doing a perfect year-end buttercup where they build us up and get us excited, but all too late. It's still fun to watch them play some great ball recently, and even win close games like when the starter goes out in the 2nd (get well soon Shoey!).
The A's were recently pummeled by the Red Sox 27-4 in two games before winning a 1-0 squeaker no Sunday. Before that, they were swept by the Cardinals. Billy Bean has a job because they did a movie about him, but he sure hasn't brought the A's a World Series ring or come even close most years. We are going to see some young Oakland talent in this series (including two of the three scheduled starters) which could go either way for the Angels.
Biggest question: How good will Alex Meyer be??
Jered Weaver vs. Raul Alcantara
Monday, September 5th, 2016 @ 1:05PM
Rare Monday day game
Weaver has had some pretty good back to back starts, allowing only 1 run against the Blue Jays and 2 runs against the Reds. The Weaver is 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 3 starts against the A's in 2016.
Alcantara is a 23 year old Dominican who will be making his major league debut on Monday. He started 8 games in AAA this year and had a 1.18 ERA and 0.898 WHIP with only 1 homerun allowed in 45 innings.
Ricky Nolasco vs. Ross Detwiler
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Nolasco had one of the best games of his career his last time out and will probably rebound back to reality on this start. Can he do anything remotely like it in this start? Nolasco has had a pretty bad year for the Angels so far, aside from the last start.
Alex Meyer vs. Jharel Cotton
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 @ 12:35PM
VERDICT: This rookie matchup should be a fun battle to watch. It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.
OVERALL VERDICT: The Angels should win at least 2 of these games.