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Game Thread #136: A's vs. Mariners

Sean Nolin makes his Oakland debut against fellow cellar mate Seattle and their surging offense.

A's left handed pitcher/dating site murderer, Sean Nolin.
A's left handed pitcher/dating site murderer, Sean Nolin.
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The A's try to avoid the sweep against the equally sad Seattle Mariners. Yay baseball!

Losing seasons are difficult, and can be doubly so when there's little entertainment. September often provides a new source of excitement in the form of September callups. Today, we get to see the most important one yet, as Sean Nolin takes the hill for the Oakland A's.

Acquired in the infamous Donaldson trade, Nolin projected to be a big league piece right out of the gate in 2015. Injuries held him back, and the lefty has thrown a mere 47 innings this season. He is out of option in 2016, meaning he will be on the big league squad from day one. This is an important and exciting start, as we get to see a piece of our future.

Nolin sports a four seam fastball that sits in the low 90s, a sinker that sits around 89 MPH, a change, a slider, and a curve. At 6'5", the A's rookie fits in with the string of tall starters the team has recently acquired.

As a welcome gift, the A's are starting Butler/Smolinski/Phegley back to back to back against a RHP, followed by Sogard at short. Good luck, Sean!

Today's Lineups

Ketel Marte - SS Billy Burns - CF
Kyle Seager - 3B Mark Canha - LF
Stefen Romero - RF Stephen Vogt - 1B
Robinson Cano - DH Danny Valencia - 3B
Mark Trumbo - LF Brett Lawrie - 2B
Logan Morrison - 1B Billy Butler - DH
Brad Miller - 2B Jake Smolinski - RF
Jesus Sucre - C Josh Phegley - C
Shawn O'Malley - CF Eric Sogard - SS
Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP Sean Nolin - LHP
First pitch is at 1:05. Let's go A's!