The Oakland A’s deserve some much-needed home cooking, particularly after the grueling recent three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. All three games were intense, as the A’s were strongly tested by the World Series champions.
Oakland escaped with a 10-inning victory on Sunday to take the last game in the series, avoiding a sweep by doing so. Each contest was a struggle for the Athletics. In fact, in all three facets of the game—pitching, hitting, fielding—the A’s were generally outplayed. On the edge of being swept out of Boston, on the heels of an inspiring three-game sweep of their own of the Texas Rangers, it was a great win for the Athletics.
But there is no time to rest and reflect for the A’s. Following their cross-country 10-game roadtrip, the team immediately flew back to Oakland to begin a 10-game homestand that has an interesting twist. Starting Monday, the Seattle Mariners pay another visit to the Oakland Coliseum for four games in three days: a doubleheader is scheduled for Wednesday to atone for the “washout” that occurred in early April.
After this series is over, the A’s will have played the M’s 10 times in their first 45 games this season. The Mariners are obviously a ballclub the Athletics are overly familiar with. Oakland, of course, came into the series with the league's top rated pitching staff. Were the A's able to continue their success against their frequently visiting division rivals?
Here is a review of five A’s pitching performances from the Seattle Mariners series.