The A’s are closing out the first half of the season the same way they started it, by facing the Seattle Mariners (35-49). This is the 5th time the A’s will face the Mariners this season and will only see their division rival for 2 more series after the All-Star break.
Not a lot has changed since the A’s last faced the Mariners a little over a week ago, the A’s still are leading the Mariners in the division, but it’s a bit more comfortable now at 6 1/2 games.
Friday 7:05 PM PST: (RHP) Kevin Millwood (3-6) Vs (LHP) Tom Milone (8-6)
- Millwood’s last start was skipped due to groin soreness, but the last time Millwood pitched was against Oakland on June, 27th. Millwood only lasted 2.2 innings after being pulled because of his injury. He allowed 1 run on 1 hit (a solo home run) and struck out 3.
- Tom Milone’s road woes continued in Arlington in his last outing, although the defense was not much of a help to him. In 5 innings he allowed 6 hits, 6 runs (1 earned), walked none and matched his career high of 6 strikeouts. Milone last faced the Mariners on June 25th, throwing 7 shut out innings while allowing 7 hits and striking out 5.
Saturday 7:10 PM PST: (LHP) Jason Vargas (7-7) Vs (RHP) Jarrod Parker (5-3)
- Despite a strong start against the Boston Red Sox, Jason Vargas was tagged with a no-decision in his last outing. He lasted 7 innings and only allowed 5 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 6. Vargas has been very successful against the A’s this season so far. In 3 starts against Oakland he has a 1-0 record and has only allowed 5 runs over 18.1 innings (2.45 ERA). He also has 16 SO and 5 walks against them which is good for a 3.20 SO/BB ratio.
- Jarrod Parker had another strong start against the Boston Red Sox in his last outing. Parker lasted 6.1 innings and only allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Parker has faced the Mariners once in his short career and that was in their last series. Parker lasted 7 innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 run, walked 4 and struck out a career high of 9.
Sunday 1:05 PM PST: (RHP) Felix Hernandez (6-5) Vs Bartolo Colon (6-7)
- Unfortunately the A’s won’t miss King Felix in this upcoming series. Felix last faced the Orioles and he lasted 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, walked none and struck out 8. He has faced the A’s 3 times this season and has a 1-1 record, has allowed 9 runs over 21.1 innings (3.80 ERA), walked 4 and struck out 19.
- In his first game back from the DL, Bartolo Colon had a nice outing against the boston Red Sox. Over 6 innings he allowed 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 1 and struck out 3. Colon has faced the Mariners 3 times this season and has a 2-1 record against them. He has allowed 8 runs over 19.1 innings (3.72 ERA), walked 2 and struck out 14.
Keys to Success:
If you remember, the last series against the Mariners was pretty ugly offensively. The A’s won 2 out of the 3 games, but only combined for 10 hits and 5 runs in the entire 3-game series. It would be nice if the A’s scored a little bit more this time around. I would also love if the bullpen was as good as they were in the last series against the Red Sox.
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