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Back Home for Three with the Jays

By: Brett Menominee
7/31/2009 11:30 am

After an entertaining road trip to the east coast, The A's return home to the Coliseum Friday night to start a three game set with the Toronto Blue Jays. In my opinion, this is a very winnable series for the A's. The Jays are fading fast after a strong start. In the month of July they've posted an unimpressive 8-15 record and are 4-6 in their last ten games and 3-10 away from the Rogers Centre this month. The A's have some favorable pitching match ups this weekend starting tonight with Dallas Braden (7-9, 3.74) oppossing Scott Richmond (6-5, 3.69). Saturday's match up will feature Trevor Cahill (6-9, 4.77) against Brett Cecil (4-1, 4.27) and Sunday will bring a tough contest as Vinny Mazzaro (2-7, 5.16) throws against Ricky Romero (9-4, 3.59). The A's and Jays have been in the same boat, although the A's seem to be playing more up beat baseball as of late. Both teams are coming off losses. The A's lost in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon while the Jay's first leg of their west coast trip was ruined by the Mariners in Seattle. The A's have an opportunity to pick apart a team this weekend while they're down. We'll look to have the bats continue to sizzle as the A's averaged 10.5 hits per game on their east coast trip.

Players to watch
Rajai Davis: 5 for 14, 3R, 8 RBI .357 in last 7 days
Orlando Cabrera: 11 for 31, 4 R, 2 RBI, .355 in last 7 days
Normar Garciaparra: 5 for 15, 2 R , 0 RBI, .333 in last 7 days
Adam Kennedy: 12 for 36, 3, R, 5 RBI, .333 in last 7 days
Ryan Sweeney: 8 for 25, 3 R, 2 RBI, .320 in last 7 days