Marlins hope to shut down Braves

The Angels get to face Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito this weekend at Edison field.

Updated: April 19, 2004, 7:40 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Best Matchup of the Weekend (Best combined records with both teams being over .500):
Oakland Athletics at Anaheim Angels, 12-7 (.632)

When we think of the A's, we usually think of a team that starts slowly and then puts the spurs to it late in the season. Should it surprise us, then, to find them at 6-3 at this point? Not anymore. They're getting better coming out of the gate. These are their nine-game records in the Billy Beane era:

1999: 4-5
2000: 3-6
2001: 2-7
2002: 6-3
2003: 7-2
2004: 6-3

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