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Game 154 Open Thread: Phillies at Athletics

Nine more games left!

Denis Poroy

Oh my Lord, what happened to Oakland? It wasn't that long ago that they were an unstoppable force! There was no question that they'd make the playoffs! And now, after an extended run of bad luck and (un) timely injuries, they're 11.5 games out of first place in the AL West, and they're just one game ahead of the Mariners (THE MARINERS) for the second wild card spot.

Well, I have good news for you, Athletics fans. You're playing the Phillies now! Take full advantage! They're not good!

Today's Lineups

Ben Revere - CF Coco Crisp - CF
Carlos Ruiz - C Sam Fuld - RF
Chase Utley - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Ryan Howard - DH Adam Dunn - DH
Marlon Byrd - RF Brandon Moss - LF
Domonic Brown - LF Stephen Vogt - 1B
Darin Ruf - 1B Jed Lowrie - SS
Maikel Franco - 3B Derek Norris - C
Freddy Galvis - SS Eric Sogard - 2B

Of the Phillies and the Athletics, the Athletics have an actual, nonzero chance of making the playoffs. It's up to them to realize who they're playing and make this happen! Um, I mean, go Phillies.

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