As the weekend approaches, the Oakland A's get set to square off against a familiar AL West division foe, the Seattle Mariners. Though the Northwesterners upgraded their roster, they're still very much beatable.
Oakland has started its season with a series against Seattle for the last four consecutive years. This year they got a slight relief from seeing Felix Hernandez on Opening Day. Unfortunately, they'll see him on Saturday.
The Mariners arrive with a perfect 3-0 record, obviously better than the Athletics' 1-2 record.
Unlike years past, the A's now must game-plan for more than just King Felix, as the Mariners made a huge offseason splash when they signed star second baseman Robinson Cano. Additionally, the team signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison in hopes the pair could further bolster the lineup. New closer Fernando Rodney is yet another notable signing.
The good news for A's fans is that talented pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker are both currently on the disabled list. That hypothetically should make things a bit easier.
Here are the potential matchups:
Game 1 (Thursday, April 3): Roenis Elias vs. Jesse Chavez
Game 2 (Friday, April 4): Chris Young vs. Dan Straily
Game 3 (Saturday, April 5): Felix Hernandez vs. Tommy Milone
Game 4 (Sunday, April 6): Erasmo Ramirez vs. Sonny Gray
We know how both teams have started and the matchups. So what must the A's do to dominate this series?