As if the baseball gods themselves had moved the chess pieces into place on the Bergmanic chessboard in such a way as to assure an equitable match-up for both Luis Mendoza and Tommy Milone, the Royals and A's will be trotting out starting pitchers for whom belonging in the Major Leagues is a question yet to have been answered with anything resembling surety. Armed with stuff that could most appropriately be qualified as pedestrian, each man will attempt--with his skillset that could pejoratively be deemed 'crafty'--to tame the handful of torrid, powerful bats filling out the lineup cards of his respective opposition.
Will Milone capture the noble Mendoza's king and accordingly his life when next they meet? Will Mendoza--having soldiered through the Crusades and trudged through the Plague-torn lands of the minor leagues with the majestic lion's mane to prove it all--defeat Death, who has taken form as the soft-tossing, finesse-reliant Italian southpaw, elude Death's wily moves and counters? Will Dominic Sena direct Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman in an homage to this game that shall surely go down in the annals of history?
Only the match on the field can answer these questions. Thankfully those questions will not be answered with Alex Gordon or Mike Moustakas or especially Johnny Giavotella in the line-up. A game with such high stakes, a contest in which one man will relinquish his life to the other will be decided with the Unholy Triumvirate of Jason Bourgeois, Chris Getz, and The Futility Infielder in the lineup.