Game Preview: A's versus Blue Jays - June 6, 2004

The A's look to win the series against the Blue Jays, as they send Mark Redman to the hill in the last of a four game tilt versus Toronto.

Toronto Blue Jays (25-31) vs. Oakland Athletics (30-24)

Date: Sunday, June 06, 2004
First Pitch: 1:05 P.S.T.

Preview: The A's look for their third win in four games against Toronto and their fifth win in six games on this homestand as they throw Mark Redman against Jason Kershner. Oakland is hoping to continue their impressive run of dominant starting pitching as yesterday's hero, Tim Hudson, went the complete nine innings without yielding a run. The A's seem to have caught the Blue Jays at the right time as they have eight players on the disabled list, including today's normal starter 2003 AL Cy Young Award Winner, Roy Halladay, and injured first baseman, Carlos Delgado, who was sent back to Toronto to have extra treatment on his rib cage. Kershner is making his second start of the season as Halladay's replacement, and Toronto believes that the 27 year-old lefty has the potential to develop into a solid starter. His repertoire of pitches includes a fastball, changeup, screwball, and his best pitch, a breaking ball, which is known for bearing in on the hands of left-handed hitters.

Pitching Matchup:
Blue Jays – Jason Kershner, LHP (0-0, 4.76 ERA)
Athletics – Mark Redman, LHP (3-3, 3.79 ERA)

Comments: In Kershner's only other start of the season against the Mariners, he lasted 3 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits with 2 BBs… Redman's last start against the White Sox was impressive as he only yielded one run in 6 IP but didn't get a decision as the bullpen gave up 3 runs in the last two innings, forcing the A's to go to extra innings for the win… Kershner has appeared in 20 games this year and has pitched a total of 17 innings giving up 22 hits and 0 HRs… Redman lowered his ERA .25 points in his last start…. Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said that he is hoping to get at least five innings out of Kershner today which means this game could come down to a battle of the bullpens… In 57 ABs this year, left-handed hitters have a .368 batting average against Redman and he is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 5 starts at home…

Pitcher v. Batter Matchups: Both pitchers have very limited previous experience against today's opposing teams. Mark McLemore has 2 hits in 2 career ABs against Kershner and catcher Adam Melhuse is 1 for 1 with a double. With Delgado out of the lineup, the only Blue Jay with an extra-base hit against Redman is backup SS Chris Woodward who has one triple in 3 career ABs. Surprisingly, in about the same amount of ABs as right-handers, left-handed hitters are batting .375 against Kershner while right-handed batters are only hitting .256.

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