My weather spies tell me we could get some flurries during today’s game. That would make a nice post-card.
A’s manager Ken Macha says that the adrenaline will be flowing, so the boys on both sides should be able to get through the frigid weather. At least Macha doesn’t have to have that shooting pain go through his entire body after he hits a ball off the end of the bat! But he’s been there before, back when he played with the Blue Jays at old Exhibition Stadium, not to mention some of his minor league experiences.
I’m interested to see how Oakland responds today. This is obviously the most pressure-packed game they’ve played in all year. Will Macha’s decision to pitch Harden — who has been on the shelf for most of the year — over Haren backfire? They are looking for five shutout innings from hard-throwing Rich, and some shutdown work from the bullpen after that.
Speaking of hard throwers, the Zumaya injury — he’ll at least be shut down for today’s game — could loom large in the context of this series. In my mind, Zumaya is as valuable as anyone on the entire Detroit team. At least the radar gun will get a nice respite today.
More later, keep the comments flowing.