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No announcement yet from A’s on Game 5 starter

Oct 9, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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Bartolo Colon finished second in the AL in wins and ERA this year, but there’s increasing speculation that the A’s may pick Sonny Gray over him to make the Game 5 start against the Tigers.

Colon took the loss in Game 1 of the ALDS after giving up three runs in six innings, but it was hardly a bad outing. All three runs came in the first, and his defense didn’t help him out much in the frame.

Of course, Gray was terrific in Game 2, striking out nine over eight scoreless innings in what was just his 11th big-league start.

It doesn’t seem like it should be all that tough of a call for the A’s. As brilliant as Gray was, he’s not overpowering and the Tigers could well have better success dealing with his curve while seeing him for the second time in five days. Colon has been a rock all year and was especially good in September, going 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA and a 33/4 K/BB ratio in 31 innings. Besides, it’d be easier to go to Gray in relief if Colon gets into trouble than the other way around.

The announcement on the starter apparently won’t come down until tomorrow. The A’s held a conference call with reporters today, but didn’t disclose their choice.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Whoever gets the call must go 7-8 scoreless. Verlander is going to dominate our hitters again..but hopefully his pitch count gets close to 120 or so by then.

  2. aceinthehole12 - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Update: Sonny gets the start.

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