Things have gotten to a point where it's unclear what will come first: a final decision on the future of the Oakland Athletics or the first loss by the A's after they dropped a game for the last time on June 5, more than a week ago.
The A's enter a pivotal random Tuesday in the history of the organization boasting an 18-50 record and facing, for the second time in as many days, a Tampa Bay Rays club that leads the MLB with a solid 48-21 record entering the 70th matchup of their campaign.
Oakland did all they could on Monday and that earned them a 4-3 win, the second in James Kaprielian (2-6) season, thanks to a four-run fifth inning that Tampa found no answer to.
On Tuesday, the A's will deploy Hogan Harris (1-0, 6.46 ERA) with the Reverse Boycott starting at 6:40 p.m. PT but way earlier on the tailgate (don't miss it!). It will be Harris' second start of the season for the A's as the rookie has operated under an opener for three of his prior fourth games played this season.
Harris appeared in three consecutive losses by the Athletics to kick 2023 off but he finally broke for a win in his fourth app with the team coming on June 7 at Pittsburgh in a game ending in a 9-5 victory and the second of the ongoing six-game winning streak your superheroes have put together.
The rookie has thrown five innings in each of his last three starts, tossing 77, 86, and finally 75 pitches respectively in those outings lowering his ERA steadily from 10.13 to 6.97 and 6.46, his figure entering Tuesday's matchup.
When both franchises met at the start of the season the Rays easily deal with the A's, sweeping them in three games held at Tropicana Field between April 7 and April 9. The A's scored five runs in the first matchup (5-9 final result) but then proceeded to drop two with back-to-back 0-11 losses.
Game Date: Tuesday, June 13, 6:40 PM PT
Location: Oakland Coliseum, venue of choice for the Reverse Boycott
Watch: TB: BSSUN - OAK: NBCSCA
Listen: TB: WDAE, WQBN - OAK: A's Cast, KIQI