Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle Washington
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 10:10 pm Eastern
We have an American League West matchup to consider when the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners meet under partly cloudy skies and game-time temps in the lower 60’s. Oakland enters Monday’s game in fourth place and plans on lefty Brett Anderson to man the bump on Tuesday. Seattle comes into this series in third place in the AL West and hopes righty Mike Leake can tame the Oakland bats on Tuesday night. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
This review was written prior to the start of the first game of the series. All stats and information are offered with that thought in mind.
Matt Olson is Back!!
Oakland is tied with the Texas Rangers for the last place in the American League West with a record of 19 wins and 23 losses. Oakland isn’t setting the world on fire with a 5-13 away record either. But the team is in fourth place, won five of their past ten and enter Monday’s contest hoping to end a one-game losing streak.
The Athletics aren’t listing any significant injuries for their game on Monday night.
Oakland bats rank ninth in the American League with a .315 OBP and have cracked 51 bombs this season. Oakland ranks 25th in baseball against right-handed pitching with a .140 ISO and 20 percent strikeout rate. The A’s could rough up Leake as he’s allowing just over two bombs per nine innings pitched and striking out 6.65 per nine innings pitched.
Anderson (4-2, 4.19 ERA) is coming off one of his worst starts to the season, lasting six innings and allowing four earned runs against the Cincinnati Reds. Anderson scattered five hits with five walks for the no-decision. Anderson has a 4.19 ERA but his 5.14 xFIP suggests maybe Anderson is due for some regression this season. Anderson strikes out 4.4 per nine with just .021 bombs per nine innings and maybe Anderson can be effective against a Mariners offense and its .190 ISO against left-handed pitching this season.
Seattle Loses Eight of Ten on Difficult Road Trip
Seattle was one of the hottest teams in baseball but has cooled off and sits in third place with a minus 14 run differential this season. Seattle just returned from a heinous road trip and dropped eight of the ten games to Cleveland, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox so maybe the Mariners aren’t as bad as some people say they are.
The Mariners have a lengthy injury list with the most significant for this series being infielder Dee Gordonlisted as questionable for Monday night with a wrist injury. Gordon leads Seattle with 10 stolen bases, a team-high .304 batting average and has scored 14 runs this season for Seattle.
Seattle has the number one offense in the American League with an OBP of .323 and has blasted an MLB high 78 home runs this season. The Mariners are 13th in baseball against left-handed pitching with a 26 percent strikeout rate that Anderson and his and his 4.60 strikeouts per nine innings pitched could take advantage of and Anderson could probably limit the Mariners .191 ISO.
Leake (2-4, 4.37) is coming off arguably his strongest outing of the season, a seven-inning six hit and one earned run loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Leake had just two strikeouts and that wasn’t that shocking as Leake has 6.65 strikeouts per nine innings pitched average this season. Leake will have a tougher time striking out the Athletics on Tuesday. Leake also coughs up two bombs per game and he might be successful against the A’s and their .140 ISO. Leake has a 4.37 ERA and his xFIP of 4.68 suggest what Leake has been doing will likely continue this season.