A’s Look To Complete Improbable Comeback, Advance To ALCS With Win Over Tigers: Preview, Lineups Here

Last night, some people gave up on the A’s and left Game 4 early. But everyone else, almost everyone there, witnessed Oakland’s 15th walk-off win.

Oakland shocked Detroit with a ninth inning rally last night, forcing a winner take all Game 5. Oakland has the crowd and the momentum, and they have their ace on the mound. Jarrod Parker allowed two earned runs in six and one-thirds innings in Game 1 of the ALDS, and he compiled 13 wins and a sub-3.50 ERA this year.

You could look at it like that, or you could look at it this way: Justin Verlander is pitching for the Tigers.

Verlander has mowed down the A’s this year, and he earned a win in Game 1 by striking out 11 and pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He won the 2011 AL Cy Young award and AL MVP, and this year, he posted a 2.64 ERA to go along with 17 wins. Verlander is a workhorse and piles up innings, which is what he will need to do tonight to save a mediocre bullpen.

In Game 1, he threw 121 pitches, meaning that the A’s were able to work the count and stay patient with him. That will be key, and so will a major lineup change. Brandon Moss has been demoted to seventh in the order for his recent struggles, while Seth Smith, who delivered clutch hits in Game 3 and Game 4, will hit clean-up.

Here is Oakland’s lineup:

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

Now for the Tigers:

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

Will the A’s be able to ride the momentum, and will Melvin’s lineup change pay off? Find out by tuning into TNT (245 for DirectTV, 737 for Comcast) at 6:37 PM PT to watch the biggest game in Oakland for at least ten years.

Topics: Brandon Moss, Detroit Tigers, Jarrod Parker, Justin Verlander, Oakland Athletics

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