Happy Felix Day! Despite the Mariners’ best efforts last night, they weren’t able to lose the game to the Oakland Athletics.
Today’s matinee rubber match gives the Mariners another major opportunity to gain ground in the divisional and Wild Card races.
Seattle Mariners: 74-63. Last 10: 5-5.
Oakland Athletics: 79-59. Last 10: 3-7.
Game Time: 12:35 PM Pacific. Location: Oakland, California. O.Co Coliseum.
I cannot believe I’m not taking Felix in this one, but he hasn’t been good since his record-setting ‘super quality-start’ streak was broken last month. Lester continues to pitch well for the A’s in a contract season. I hope this one turns into a good old fashioned pitching duel.
Corey Hart DH
Of Note: the Mariners scored 6 runs last night, with Jackson, Seager, and Endy Chavez supplying 2 RBI each.
Sam Fuld 8
Adam Dunn DH
Of Note: James Paxton went 7.2 strong innings before the bullpen tried to make it interesting for the M’s. The A’s scored 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings, but before that they were dead as doornails.
Felix is bound to get back on track as the stretch run approaches and the playoffs are in sight. Still 1.5 games back of the 2nd Wild Card spot, the Mariners have work to do and still need some help. But winning this series against the 79-win Athletics will aid in a big push towards the playoffs.
Mariners 4, Athletics 2.