Homer Bailey will make his first start as a member of the A's on Wednesday at home against the Mariners.
Get it? Because his name is Homer.
The 33-year-old was acquired on Sunday from the Royals via trade. His last seven starts with Kansas City has him boasting a 3.49 ERA.
"To go to (a team) like this, it's definitely an energy boost," Bailey told reporters on Tuesday. "Guys who go to contending teams, maybe their game will elevate a little bit. It definitely brings in some energy that I haven't been a part of in a few years."
Bailey against the M's over his career is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA.
The A's lineup will look slightly different with Khris Davis batting sixth. We're used to seeing him at the clean-up spot.
Khris Davis is batting sixth today, the first time the A's designated hitter has batted anywhere but cleanup this season and the first time since 2016 that he's batted lower than fourth.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) July 17, 2019
Seattle will send rookie righty Erik Swanson to the mound who will serve as an opener before handing the ball off to Tommy Milone. The young Swanson is 1-5 with a 7.98 ERA in six starts this season, but this will be his first time opening.
Game time is set at 12:37 p.m. PT with coverage on MLB Network.
Here are how the lineups look to take shape for the second and final game of the homestand before the boys head on the road for a seven-game road trip.
Seattle Mariners (39-59)
Mallex Smith, CF
J.P. Crawford, SS
Domingo Santana, RF
Omar Narvaez, DH
Tim Beckham, 1B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Tom Murphy, C
Dylan Moore, LF
Dee Gordon, 2B
Erik Swanson, P (1-5, 8.04 ERA)
Oakland A's (54-41)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, RF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Khris Davis, DH
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Chad Pinder, LF
Josh Phegley, C
Homer Bailey, P (7-6, 4.08 ERA)