Game Preview: A's vs. Angels - June 22, 2004

The A's look to get back into the win column, after a tough 10-3 loss to their Southern California rivals. The A's send ace Tim Hudson to the hill to face Bartolo Colon. Hudson beat Colon 3-0 in an early season battle.

Oakland Athletics (38-30), L-3 vs. Anaheim Angels (38-31), W-1

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2004
First Pitch: 7:05 P.S.T.
Place: Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA

Preview: The A's might have done more than just lose for the sixth time in seven games. They may have awakened a sleeping giant. That giant, the Anaheim Angels, waited until the fifth inning to emerge from their fifteen game slumber (4-11 record) by scoring four in the fifth, one in the sixth, one in the seventh, and four in the eighth to trounce the A's 10-3 in the opening game of this four-game set. Every concern that Oakland had going into the game was magnified as their offense has cooled off, their bullpen was knocked around again, and Rich Harden didn't last past the sixth inning. Anaheim's struggling starter, John Lackey, joined in the Angels' rebirth as he pitched a game that was reminiscent of his rookie season by going eight strong innings, walking none, allowing only two runs, and striking out four.

The A's turn to their ace, Tim Hudson, to once again try to stop the bleeding. In Hudson's last start against St. Louis, he pitched a gutty game, turning over a 4-2 lead to the bullpen with one out in the eighth inning only to watch Jim Mecir enter in the ninth inning and quickly hand the Cardinals their third consecutive victory over Oakland, failing to record one out. Hudson, once again, will need to go deep into the game and keep his pitches low to Anaheim's explosive lineup. The Angels will counter with their large off-season acquisition, Bartolo Colon, who has been a big disappointment for Anaheim so far this year.

Pitching Matchup:

Athletics – Tim Hudson, RHP (7-2, 2.78 ERA)
Angels – Bartolo Colon, RHP (4-6, 6.04 ERA)

Comments:

Bartolo Colon – All of his numbers point to a great opportunity for the A's to break out offensively as Colon has an 0-4 record in his last 7 starts while his ERA has ballooned from 4.59 to 6.04. He may be slowly regaining his form however as his last start in Pittsburgh lasted seven strong innings while only giving up three runs. Those three runs were courtesy of three solo homeruns as Colon has given up atleast one homerun in each of his last nine starts, totaling 21 homeruns on the season and six in his last two starts. In the off-season, Colon was signed to a $51 million, four year deal by the Angels and he is making $11 million this year. Oakland's Big Three are making a combined $12.45 million this year.

Tim Hudson – Hudson has been superb lately as he is 2-0 in his last four starts with his ERA dropping from 3.36 to 2.78. He has averaged 7.2 innings pitched in that span and has averaged five strikeouts per game in his last three starts. Hudson is a little more susceptible on the road as he has a 3-2 record with a 3.97 ERA in eight starts while only giving up two homeruns.

Pitcher v. Batter Matchups:

Hudson v.:
Anderson, G – 19 for 63 (.302) – 3 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 K
Erstad, D – 16 for 62 (.258) – 2 2B, 2 RBI, 9 K
Salmon, T – 13 for 50 (.260) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 16 K
Kennedy, A – 13 for 50 (.260) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 8 K
Eckstein, D – 10 for 46 (.217) – 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 11 K
Molina, B – 6 for 35 (.171) – 2 2B, 3 RBI, 0 K
Guerrero, V – 0 for 3 – 1 K
Guillen, J – 1 for 7 – 1 2B, 3 K

Colon v.:
Hatteberg, S – 11 for 32 (.344) – 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 K
Dye, J – 6 for 28 (.214) – 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 9 K
McLemore, M – 6 for 26 (.231) – 2 RBI, 10 K
Kotsay, M – 0 for 8
Byrnes, E – 5 for 7 – 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Durazo, E – 1 for 6 – 3 K
Miller, D – 0 for 5
Melhuse, A – 2 for 3 – 1 HR, 1 RBI
Scutaro, M – 2 for 3
Crosby, B – 1 for 3

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