The Athletics Ideal Lineup for the Wild Card Game

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September 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss (37) hits a sacrifice fly to score left fielder Sam Fuld (23, not pictured) against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

6. Brandon Moss, LF

Moss has struggled immensely for the past two months, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a threat. He will be getting a cortisone shot before the game to help him deal with his hip problem, so hopefully that will help alleviate any pain that is messing with his swing. The fact remains that he hit 25 home runs this year, and in a game where one big swing could be the difference, I have no problem with him being in the middle of the order.

Moss also has a .370 OBP in 100 plate appearances against lefties this year, so Melvin should not even consider pinch hitting for him if the Royals bring in a lefty.

While his defense isn’t great, his arm tends to be a bit underrated. He has six outfield assists this year in only 83 games.