Athletics return home for three-game set vs. White Sox

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Daniel Mengden
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Daniel Mengden /

The Oakland Athletics will return home to begin a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, following a series loss to the Mariners in Seattle.

Despite the series loss, the Athletics managed to grab the 2-1 win on Sunday behind Sean Manaea. The bullpen and pitching overall was underwhelming during the three-game set in Seattle, but it certainly ended on a high note with Manaea rolling through the Mariners lineup.

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Daniel Mengden will get the ball for Oakland after securing his first win of the season in his last start against the Dodgers.

Mengden is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in his three starts and he’s struck out 12 overs 16 total innings.

The White Sox will send Reynaldo Lopez to the mound as he looks to continue his hot start to the season. Lopez has a 0.69 ERA in his two starts, striking out 11 over 13 innings.

He’s only given up four hits all season long, so the A’s will have their work cut out for them tonight.

The Athletics come in at 6-10, while the White Sox sit at 4-8. Chicago haven’t played since Friday after their past three games were postponed due to snow.

They’ll be well rested and raring to go in Oakland.

When will the streak end?

Marcus Semien has reached base safely in all 16 games this season and has recorded a hit in all but two games.

He’s on a roll right now and his consistency getting on base has been a big boost for the team, especially considering he hits near the top of the lineup.

A’s interested in long-term deal for Chapman?

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have approached Matt Chapman‘s agent, Scott Boras, about signing the talented third baseman to a long-term, multi-year deal but his agent wasn’t interested.

Chapman is hitting a superb .333 (.403 OBP) with five home runs and 12 RBI this season and is a tremendous talent at third base.

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The Athletics are certainly justified in trying to lock up one of their major assets but Chapman’s agent isn’t having any of it.

It’s a situation worth keeping a close eye on as this news probably has fans a little concerned.