Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
When and Where: Sunday, July 7, T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Wash., 4:10 p.m. EDT.
Daniel Mengden tries to close the first half of the season a three-start winning streak Sunday when he leads the Oakland Athletics into the finale of their series versus the Seattle Mariners.
Mengden trying to secure rotation spot for wild-card chase
Mengden (3-1, 4.67 ERA) is in his second stint with the A’s this year, having been recalled in late June to help fill the void created by the 80-game suspension handed to Frankie Montas for violating the league’s PED policy.
The right-hander has had two wildly varying starts since being called up, but they have resulted in the same result for Oakland — wins. Mengden allowed a pair of home runs Tuesday versus Minnesota, but picked up the victory despite yielding five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-6 A’s triumph.
Daniel Mengden Picks Up Win In Shaky Start https://t.co/dmkE1uepXJ
— RotoBaller MLB (@RotoBallerMLB) July 3, 2019
“It was key that Mengden was able to get into the sixth,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told the club’s official website. “(Yusmeiro) Petit had to come in and do his thing for one-plus innings like he’s done so many times. He continues to perform in high-leverage situations. (Joakim) Soria has also been pitching really well. It’s been really important for him to fill the void late in games and he’s done that.”
Mengden faced the Mariners during his first stint with the A’s this year and battled control problems. He was able to work in and out of trouble, giving up just one run despite yielding five hits and five walks in four innings. Mengden did not get a decision in Oakland’s 6-4 win and is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in four career starts versus Seattle.
LeBlanc trying to thrive in bulk reliever role
If clubs want finesse starting pitching, call the Mariners.
All struggle to touch 90.
All are capable of getting outs.
Good fill-ins and secondaries.
— Jason A. Churchill 🎙️⚾️ (@ProspectInsider) July 4, 2019
Carasiti has only been scored upon once in his four appearances as opener, allowing a solo homer to Jose Martinez against St. Louis on Tuesday. He bounced back with a scoreless first Thursday, striking out two while working around a base hit by Martinez.
LeBlanc has pitched fairly well since being taken out of the rotation, going 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA in six appearances as the Mariners bulk reliever. He conceded only a solo homer in 4 2-3 innings versus St. Louis on Tuesday and did not factor in the decision as Seattle eventually won 5-4.
“It all starts with pitching and we got exactly what we were hoping for out of the opener and Wade,” Servais said. “I thought Wade threw the ball really well.”
LeBlanc, though, has had two rough outings against the Athletics — one as a starter and one as a reliever. The lefty lost to Mengden in May after giving up four runs and five hits in five innings of a 6-2 loss, then was drilled for six runs and nine hits in just 2 2-3 innings June 15 as the A’s stormed to an 11-2 rout.
The Athletics are:
- 4-0 in Mengden’s last four road starts.
- 7-1 in Mengden’s last eight road starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 18-6 in their last 24 road games.
The Mariners are:
- 0-4 in their last four during game 3 of a series.
- 6-21 in their last 27 home games vs. above-.500 teams.
- 8-20 in their last 28 games vs. AL West teams.