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Game #135: A’s at Mariners

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
 Sep 1, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) turns a double play against Seattle Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger (17) during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson
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You may remember the last time Jharel Cotton faced the Mariners at the beginning of August. If not, the summary takes one word: Pounded. He was pounded by the big bats of Kyle Seager (three-run homer) and Nelson Cruz (two dingers both 400+ feet bombs). In total, he gave up 6 earned runs, yet he went six innings, his longest stint since coming off the disabled list.

Cotton leads the team with 10 losses on the season and is 7th in the American League for losses. He gives up 1.72 homeruns per 9 innings, though he also strikes out 7.45 per 9. He’s a young pitcher, feeling healthier now and learning a lot. It is not time to despair. After all, look at his stats for the last 30 days. He’s 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA, 19 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched. He has pitched 110 innings this season and has 91 total strikeouts. And, the odds favor him to win today!

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S SEATTLE MARINERS
Marcus Semien - SS Jean Segura - SS
Matt Joyce - CF Yonder Alonso - 1B
Jed Lowrie - 2B Robinson Cano - 2B
Khris Davis - LF Nelson Cruz - DH
Ryon Healy - DH Kyle Seager - 3B
Matt Olson - 1B Mitch Haniger - RF
Chad Pinder - RF Ben Gamel - LF
Matt Chapman - 3B Mike Zunino - C
Bruce Maxwell - C Jarrod Dyson - CF
Jharel Cotton - RHP Yovani Gallardo - RHP