Today's game should be a good pitching matchup, with James Shields facing off against Scott Kazmir. Shields sports a 3.50 ERA with a 3.70 FIP; solid numbers but not as impressive as his 2013 campaign. Kazmir owns a 2.37 ERA with a 3.24 FIP, continuing his improbable renaissance.
Christian Colon is getting the start at third base against the southpaw. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star brings us the Royals lineup:
Concession Speech Writer Lineup: Aoki DH, Infante 4, Perez 2, Butler 3, Gordon 7, Cain 9, Colon 5, Dyson 8, Escobar 6, Shields 1. #royals— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) August 3, 2014
I wanted to make a crack about the A's leading off light-hitting Sam Fuld, only to realize that he has a .356 OBP this season. I don't understand baseball. The Athletics twitter account brings us their starting nine: