Game 99 Preview: A's at Yankees

After a tough loss yesterday in which the Yankees brought the tying run to third base in the bottom on the ninth, Bartolo Colon will face off against Gio Gonzalez in the rubber match of this three-game set.

Colon has struggled a bit since returning from the disabled list, but put together a nice start in his most recent outing, tossing 6.1 innings while striking out nine and giving up only two runs in a tough luck loss. Colon has faced the A's once this season, tossing a complete game shutout back on May 30th.

Gonzalez has been outstanding this season, but his 2.33 ERA may seem a bit lucky when compared to his 3.47 FIP and 3.55 xFIP. He is coming off an outstanding start against the Angels, tossing seven innings of shutout ball while striking out eight. 

Gonzalez will mix in a four-seam fastball around 93 mph, a two-seamer around 92 mph, a curveball around 80 mph, and a changeup around 83 mph.

Current Series

3 game series vs Athletics @ Yankee Stadium

Fri 07/22 WP: Hector Noesi (2 - 0)
LP: Trevor Cahill (8 - 9)
17 - 7 win
Sat 07/23 WP: Rich Harden (2 - 1)
SV: Andrew Bailey
LP: A.J. Burnett (8 - 8)
3 - 4 loss

Oakland Athletics
@ New York Yankees

Sunday, Jul 24, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Gio Gonzalez vs Bartolo Colon

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.


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Lineups and matchups after the jump.

Yankees Lineup

Jeter (DH), Granderson, Tex, Cano, Swish, Martin, Jones, Nunez, Laird.

A's Lineup

Weeks, Crisp, Matsui, Willingham, DeJesus, Jackson, Suzuki, Pennington, Sogard.

Gio Gonzalez has shown success against many of the current Yankees, but Tex and Swish have had his number. Look for nice games from these two.

Bartolo Colon has also shown some success against the current A's, but David DeJesus and Hideki Matsui have both hit him hard. The two each have an OPS of nearly 1.000 against Colon.

For more on today's game, check out MLB's PreviewBaseball Reference's Preview, and Yahoo's Preview.

Look for the game thread at 1:00.

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