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Game Thread #149: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

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Lester Day!

Jonathan Daniel

The Oakland Athletics will try to win their first series in five tries today as they face the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. First pitch is at 1:10 PM Pacific Time. The A's last won two out of three in a series against the Houston Astros between August 25-27. The A's are also trying to win consecutive games for the first time since August 22 and 23, when they beat the Los Angeles Angels at the Coliseum.

Jon Lester takes the hill for the Athletics, sporting a 14-10 record and a 2.52 ERA that is good for fourth-best in the American League. His only start against the Mariners this year came with Oakland on September 3, a hard-luck 2-1 after giving up back-to-back home runs to Kyle Seager and Corey Hart. The Athletics had only three hits in that game, the only run coming on an Adam Dunn solo home run.

Opposing Lester will be Chris Young. The journeyman 35-year-old has faced the A's five times this year. In his most recent start against the A's on September 1, the A's knocked Young out of the game after ⅔ of an inning charged with two walks, four hits including a home run, and five earned runs. Overall against Oakland, Young is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 20⅔ innings pitched. He has given up as many walks as he has struck out Athletics, five.

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S SEATTLE MARINERS
Coco Crisp - CF Austin Jackson - CF
Sam Fuld - LF Chris Denorfia - RF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B
Adam Dunn - DH Kendrys Morales - DH
Brandon Moss - 1B Corey Hart - LF
Jed Lowrie - SS Kyle Seager - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Justin Smoak - 1B
Derek Norris - C Chris Taylor - SS
Eric Sogard - 2B Jesus Sucre - C
Jon Lester - LHP Chris Young - RHP

The A's repeat their lineup from last night that earned seven hits in seven innings and a lot of loud contact against Felix Hernandez on Saturday night. Derek Norris has never faced Chris Young, likely because John Jaso or Stephen Vogt were behind the plate for each of those starts.

Athletics vs. Chris Young (thru Sep. 13)
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Coco Crisp 12 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
2 Sam Fuld 5 5 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .600 .600 1.200 1.800
3 Josh Donaldson 10 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100 .100 .100 .200
4 Adam Dunn 3 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
5 Brandon Moss 11 9 3 0 0 2 3 2 2 .333 .455 1.000 1.455
6 Jed Lowrie 8 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .429 .375 .571 .946
7 Josh Reddick 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .667 1.167
8 Derek Norris 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Eric Sogard 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Nick Punto 11 10 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .400 .455 .400 .855
+ Geovany Soto 6 6 3 0 0 1 5 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Alberto Callaspo 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
+ Craig Gentry 4 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Jonny Gomes 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
+ Stephen Vogt 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .250 .000 .250

Jason Hammel 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Andy Parrino 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Total 95 87 23 3 0 5 13 7 12 .264 .316 .471 .787

The Mariners made a few changes to the lineup that scored two runs on Jon Lester on September 3. Most notably, Justin Smoak gets the start at first base, he is 5-for-13 with two doubles against Lester in his career. Jesus Sucre will get his first career plate appearance today, he bats ninth and catches for Seattle.

Mariners v. Jon Lester (thru Sep. 13)
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Austin Jackson 29 27 10 1 0 0 0 2 5 .370 .414 .407 .821
2 Chris Denorfia 11 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .091 .091 .091 .182
3 Robinson Cano 79 73 18 6 0 0 8 5 15 .247 .291 .329 .620
4 Kendrys Morales 16 16 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 .125 .125 .188 .313
5 Corey Hart 7 6 2 0 0 2 2 1 2 .333 .429 1.333 1.762
6 Kyle Seager 13 13 4 1 0 2 3 0 0 .308 .308 .846 1.154
7 Justin Smoak 13 13 5 2 0 0 1 0 4 .385 .385 .538 .923
8 Chris Taylor 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
9 Jesus Sucre 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Saunders 8 7 3 0 0 1 3 1 2 .429 .500 .857 1.357
+ Dustin Ackley 7 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571
Endy Chavez 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Mike Zunino 6 5 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .600 .667 .600 1.267
Brad Miller 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Stefen Romero 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Humberto Quintero 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 206 195 55 12 0 5 19 10 35 .282 .316 .421 .736

Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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Bear down!

Home plate umpire Jim Wolf

Jim Wolf has worked as an MLB umpire since 1999. According to Deadspin's Better Know an Umpire series, pitcher Randy Wolf is Jim Wolf's brother. You may recall that perhaps the only reason Chris Young is even with the Mariners is that Randy Wolf refused to sign a contract that included a clause that would have allowed the Mariners to release Randy within the first 45 days of the season.

Wolf's 3.53 umpire ERA slightly favors the pitcher, when compared to the MLB ERA of 3.75. He called Yusmeiro Petit's 84-pitch one-run game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 9:

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Notable notables

Highlights from the Oakland Athletics Expanded Game Notes (PDF):

  • Alberto Callaspo has a five-game on base streak, including three pinch-hit walks in his last five games. He is tied for second in the American League with five pinch hit walks. He is 3-for-6 with three RBI and five walks in the pinch for a .727 on-base percentage.
  • Saturday's winning pitcher Luke Gregerson has not allowed an earned run in seven straight games. He is one of four Major League pitchers with at elast 60 games pitched in each of the last six seasons (Papelbon, Thornotn, Ziegler). His 429 games pitched since 2009 are the most in the majors.
  • Hitting streaks: Billy Burns 1 game, Coco Crisp 1, Josh Donaldson 2, Nate Freiman 1, Brandon Moss 2, Derek Norris 1, Josh Reddick 1, Eric Sogard 1

First pitch coming up at 1:10 PM. Let's go A's!