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Game Thread #150: A’s vs. Mariners

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Opening a pivotal 4-game series at the Coliseum

MLB: AUG 27 Yankees at Athletics Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oakland A’s are clinging to 2021 postseason hopes, and they’ve won five games in a row. But now they’ll face a tough test in the Seattle Mariners, a fellow Wild Card contender who has beaten the A’s in 8-of-12 meetings this year.

For what it’s worth, that record might be closer than it appears. Three of the losses were charged to Lou Trivino, twice when he blew a save and again when he blew a tie in the 9th. Trivino looked sharp in his last outing on Sunday, retiring all five Angels batters he faced.

Oakland starts the game with Sean Manaea on the mound. He’s gone against Seattle twice this summer and silenced them both times. In June he tossed a shutout, and in July he went seven innings with 13 strikeouts and just a solo homer in the run column. In September he’s thrown two gems against the Blue Jays and White Sox, but he got knocked around by the Royals his last time out.

The Mariners acquired starting pitcher Tyler Anderson at the trade deadline, from the Pirates. The lefty has been good in nine starts, with a 3.67 ERA and a low walk rate.

A’s lineup (home)

  1. 2B Josh Harrison (R)
  2. CF Starling Marte (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  5. C Yan Gomes (R)
  6. LF Mark Canha (R)
  7. RF Chad Pinder (R)
  8. DH Khris Davis (R)
  9. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  • LHP Sean Manaea

Gomes, Pinder, and Davis start against the lefty pitcher.

Mariners lineup (away)

  1. SS J.P Crawford (L)
  2. 1B Ty France (R)
  3. RF Mitch Haniger (R)
  4. 3B Kyle Seager (L)
  5. DH Luis Torrens (R)
  6. 2B Abraham Toro (S)
  7. CF Jarred Kelenic (L)
  8. C Tom Murphy (R)
  9. LF Dylan Moore (R)
  • LHP Tyler Anderson

Let’s go Oakland!

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