The All-Star Break has coincided with a heatwave here in the UK and through much of Europe.
It’s been a struggle to stay cool, something that can’t be said for the A’s during the first half of the season!
We have picked up a bit of late, including the confidence-boosting 2-1 series win in Houston last weekend, so let’s hope our reputation as being a second-half team comes true again this year.
Mark Kotsay and his team will aim to do that by starting off with a home-stand at the Coliseum.
Firstly, we have a rare traditional double-header on Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. Game One is set for 12.37pm local time, so 20:37 for us in the UK, and then Game Two will follow after a short break.
The A’s have announced that Zach Logue will pitch in the opener, with Frankie Montas making his return in the second game. I’m slightly surprised by that decision as I would think it would be better for Frankie, coming off his shoulder injury, to know exactly what time he’d be starting as part of his pre-game warm-up schedule, but maybe it makes little difference to him?
The Texas Rangers then come to town for a three-game series. There’s a small change to the usual schedule in that the Saturday game is not being played in the afternoon, as is typical in Oakland, but instead is being played at night. That means one less game being played at a convenient time for us to watch live in the UK, but you do occasionally see A’s fans on Twitter asking for some Saturday games to be played at night so we’ll see if it’s popular.
The good news is that MLB has made all of the games over the next four days available to watch for free online, other than those that are part of US national deals (ESPN, Apple etc). The A’s are not being featured in any of the national games – they rarely show the A’s even when we’re good, so that’s no surprise – and that means all of the A’s games are available to watch for free.