Just... two... more... left...
On paper, Sean Nolin (1-2, 5.25) vs. Roenis Elias (5-8, 3.89) isn't a great pitching matchup. In reality, it... is a really terrible pitching matchup. Elias is decent, with decent K numbers, decent control, and decent results. Nolin is by default the ace of the A's staff (mainly by being the only guy currently healthy with a future in the big leagues), but until he can figure out how to get his fastball from 86 MPH to 91 MPH, he'll be bad.
At least Safeco is the ideal place for Nolin, whose main strategy is to allow a batter to hit a 350-foot fly ball and hope it stays in the park.
Here are the lineups.
|OAKLAND A'S||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Billy Burns - CF||Ketel Marte - SS|
|Mark Canha - 1B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Brett Lawrie - 2B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Billy Butler - DH||Franklin Gutierrez - LF|
|Jake Smolinski - LF||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Jesus Montero - 1B|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Brad Miller - CF|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Jesus Sucre - C|
|Sean Nolin - LHP||Roenis Elias - LHP|
Stay strong. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel