Who should start Game 5 for the Oakland A's?

The Detroit Tigers forced a deciding Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Tuesday, and now the A's have 48 hours to decide if 18-gamer winner Bartolo Colon or rookie sensation Sonny Gray will oppose Justin Verlander on Thursday at the Coliseum. Here's what fans and experts are saying.

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  1. Why all the speculation? Before Tuesday's game, the A's appeared to be leading toward using Colon if the series continued. After the game, manager Bob Melvin said, "I haven't decided yet,'' when asked about his starter for the winner-take-all Game 5.

    The players seem comfortable with either starter. Pitcher Brett Anderson told reporters in Detroit, "Bartolo has been our rock, and Sonny has been on a nice roll.’’

  2. In Colon, the A's have a veteran who other than a shaky first inning held the Tigers in check in Game 1 -- a 3-2 Tigers win. In game 2, a 1-0 A's win, Gray pitched eight shutout innings in just his 11th big league start.
  3. Gray, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt and has quickly captured the A's fan base's imagination. He went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA during the regular season and impressed everyone with his Game 2 performance, matching Verlander pitch for pitch.

    "He pitched like Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling. Man, he was good," Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  4. Here's what fans are saying about using Gray in Game 5