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A's Try To Keep Season Alive Against Tigers: Preview, Prediction and Lineups Here

The lucky breaks that supported the A’s all year went against them in Game 1 and Game 2 of the ALDS. Now, they’re looking to bounce back.

Brett Anderson takes the hill against Anibal Sanchez for the A’s, who are down 2-0 in the series. Their bullpen collapsed, and the offense struggled, scoring an average of 2.5 runs per game. Now, they want to entertain their fans with a win.

Anderson has a 2.57 ERA this year, but in only six starts. Sanchez has a respectable 3.86 ERA, but he is 9-13 and can be very erratic. The Tigers are hoping that he is on his game, because if he is, they will probably be celebrating a return to the ALDS. Prince Fielder and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera are trying to prevent that, although they have three chances.

Here is the lineup that will try to prevent a sweep for the A’s:

1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Stephen Drew, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Brandon Moss, 1B
5. Josh Reddick, RF
6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
7. Seth Smith, DH
8. Derek Norris, C
9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

And here is the lineup that will try to send the Tigers to the ALCS:

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Omar Infante, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Andy Dirks, RF
8. Avisail Garcia, LF
9. Gerald Laird, C

What do I think will happen? I expect Anderson to pitch well and keep a lineup without depth in check. Sanchez will struggle, and Oakland will pick up some momentum with a 6-2 win. The offense will explode, and Sanchez won’t be able to contain it.

The game starts at 6:07 PM PT, and it will air on TNT due to the Giants-Reds game going into extra innings. When the Giants-Reds game ends, it will switch back to TNT.

Tags: Brett Anderson Detroit Tigers MLB MLB Playoffs Oakland Athletics

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