When and where: May 26, 2019, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, 4:07 PM ET
The slumping Seattle Mariners finish out their final game in a six-game road trip on Sunday with the scorching hot Oakland Athletics. After falling to the Mariners in a two-game road trip well over a week ago, the A’s have exploded back into AL West contention by sweeping both the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, the Mariners are coming off dominant losses to the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers. A pitching battle between Seattle’s Mike Leake and Oakland’s Brett Anderson takes center stage in this AL clash.
Mariners get Seager back
The struggling Mariners defense is getting some big help in the form of a familiar face in third baseman Kyle Seager. The 31-year-old was activated from the 60-day injured list on Saturday and is set to make his regular-season debut this weekend. After injuring his left hand in Spring training, he was forced to undergo a surgical procedure to repair an extensor tendon. Now, the former Golden Glove Award winner can return at full strength and attempt to help with the turnaround for the Mariners, who have 57 errors throughout their first 53 games of the season, which is 15 more errors than the second-worst Chicago White Sox.
After taking one win in a four-game meeting with the Twins, the Mariners were swept by the Rangers.
The Mariners are putting their hopes in Leake as the starting pitcher in Sunday’s closeout game against the A’s. After a colossal letdown performance against the Rangers, the veteran righty should be eager to get back on the mound and bounce back in a big way against one of the league’s hottest teams. He is coming off a game where he allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs, including three homers, in five innings. He is throwing a 4.73 ERA in 59 innings pitched this season.
Oakland’s Piscotty could miss the finale
A surprise scratch for Saturday’s game was A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty. According to team manager Bob Melvin, per NBC Sports, the 28-year-old is currently dealing with a stomach illness, and his availability for Sunday’s game is uncertain. For all of the players with at least 30-plus games played, he currently sits third in batting average for the A’s behind Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien. So there is no question his presence at the plate will be missed.
The A’s swept both the Tigers and Indians in recent meetings, and they have essentially fought their way back up from the bottom of the AL West division. They currently sit in third place with 26 wins, and they are only a couple Rangers losses away from moving into second behind the Astros.
Anderson will do all he can to facilitate the continued upward trajectory for the A’s on Sunday against the Mariners. He’ll step on the mound with a 4.14 ERA and a 5-3 record with hopes to only add to the Mariners’ problems. He recently held the Indians to only five hits and one earned run in five innings. However, his last loss came against the Mariners, who hit him up for three homers and four earned runs altogether.
- Mariners are 1-6 in Leake’s last 7 starts on grass
- Mariners are 0-4 in Leake’s last 4 road starts
- Mariners are 0-5 in Leake’s last 5 starts with 5 days of rest
- Mariners are 0-5 in Leake’s last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Athletics are 38-15 in their last 53 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in the previous game
- Athletics are 48-21 in their last 69 home games
- Athletics are 45-22 in their last 67 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in the previous game
- Athletics are 49-24 in their last 73 home games against a right-handed starter