Coming off a massive 16-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics will hope to carry that form into a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners.
The Athletics’ 16 runs and 21 hits against the Dodgers were both season-highs, with multiple players recording multi-hit games and three players (Davis, Chapman and Lowrie) hitting home runs.
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Andrew Triggs will be on the bump for Oakland, looking to continue his solid start to the season. Triggs is 1-0 in two starts with a 2.53 ERA, striking out 13 in his 10.2 total innings pitched.
Triggs’ slider and two-seam fastball has done the trick for him so far, and most hitters have had difficulty getting anything of substance off him.
Right-hander Mike Leake will start for Seattle and he’s been decent this season, too. He has a 3.00 ERA in two starts, winning both outings.
Leake only has four strikeouts, but he’s a well-known ground ball pitcher who has an effective sinker to entice hitters.
The Mariners come in with a 6-4 record, while the Athletics sit at 5-8 to this point.
Key to victory
The A’s need their offense to keep rolling if they want a chance at success. They’re a hot and cold unit that are as unpredictable as they come, but when they’re hitting their stride they are pretty tough to beat.
Can Semien stay hot?
Marcus Semien comes into tonight’s game on a nine-game hitting streak. He’s also recorded a hit in all but one game, and has reached base safely in all 13 outings.
On the season he’s hitting .268 with one home run and nine RBI.