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Game Thread #57: Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners

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Final series of the regular season!

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Welcome to the final series of the 2020 regular season! The Oakland A’s host the Seattle Mariners for four games in three days, beginning with a Friday night affair. Click here for the full series preview.

In the opener, Chris Bassitt will take the hill for the green and gold. The right-hander has been the A’s best starter this year, with a 2.57 ERA that ranks a run and a half better than anyone else in the rotation, and a solid 3.85 FIP to back it up. In his last three starts he’s tossed 19⅔ innings and allowed just one run total, while striking out 19 batters. He will almost certainly start one of the games in the upcoming Wild Card Round playoff series next week.

On the other side is Yusei Kikuchi, who is having another rough year after after his disappointing rookie campaign in 2019. The lefty’s peripherals are good, with a 3.33 FIP, and his hit rate is reasonable, but the runs just seem to find their way across the plate — at least four of them in five of his eight starts, for a 5.93 ERA. His best game of the year came against the A’s, though, back in early August, when he fired six scoreless frames and struck out nine (in a game Oakland later won in extras).

Look out for catcher Sean Murphy, who is by far the hottest hitter in a struggling A’s lineup. He’s hit five homers in 48 plate appearances in September, and his overall season numbers now rank him as the best hitter on the team.

First pitch is 6:40 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (home)

  1. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  2. 2B Tommy La Stella (L)
  3. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  4. LF Mark Canha (R)
  5. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  6. DH Khris Davis (R)
  7. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  8. 3B Jake Lamb (L)
  9. C Sean Murphy (R)
  • Mike Fiers, RHP

Davis gets the start against the lefty pitcher.

Mariners lineup (away)

  1. SS J.P. Crawford (L)
  2. CF Kyle Lewis (R)
  3. 3B Kyle Seager (L)
  4. 2B Ty France (R)
  5. DH Jose Marmolejos (L)
  6. 1B Evan White (R)
  7. LF Tim Lopes (R)
  8. RF Braden Bishop (L)
  9. C Joseph Odom (R)
  • Yusei Kikuchi, LHP

Still getting used to the names, but there are some dangerous bats in this lineup.

Let’s Go Oakland!