A’s, off to historically poor start, hope to bounce back vs M’s

Jose Caballero only needed one chance.

Now, he has largely taken over the starting job at second base. seattle mariners$10 million man replacing Kolten Wong

Caballero and mariners will continue their four-match series against the tour Oakland Athletics Wednesday night

“In the offseason, I prepared myself. I wanted the opportunity,” said 26-year-old rookie Caballero. “And I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to show myself in spring training. … Now, I’m just trying to be out there and try to play every day to help the team win.” “

Caballero, called up from Triple-A Tacoma in mid-April, is batting . .276 with two homers and 10 RBI in 24 games for the offensive challenger mariners, He is also 6-for-6 in stolen-base attempts. In contrast, Wong is batting. 172 with no homers, eight RBIs and no steals

Caballero hit his first major league home run and stole three bases in Seattle’s 3-2 loss at Atlanta on Sunday, then hit a three-run homer mariners Started the series with an 11-2 win on Monday against the A’s

“From the day he showed up here, he wasn’t intimidated by anything,” mariners manager Scott Servais said. “He even commented: ‘All the little things that I see here at the big-league level — stealing bases, turning double plays, just getting on base and doing little things.’

Caballero was released on Tuesday night mariners rallied for a 3–2 victory, improving to 5–0 against the A’s this season. JP Crawford hit a two-run homer and Ty France hit back-to-back blasts in the fifth inning, which accounted for all of Seattle’s scoring.

Left-hander Marco Gonzales got off to a good start after giving up two runs in the first inning to Oakland. He lasted six innings.

“I think Marco came in. His cutter is effective, his changeup down keeps you off balance. He rode a four-seam route,” said A’s manager Mark Kotse. “He made an adjustment after that first inning, and we weren’t able to make adjustments back. He’s a veteran pitcher, and he’s out for a reason.”

Oakland took its sixth straight loss and fell to 10–40, the worst 50-game record in the majors since the Boston Red Sox started 10–40 in 1932.

The opposing A’s are scheduled to send left-hander Ken Waldichuk (1-3, 6.85 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday. mariners Right-hander Bryce Miller (2-1, 1.42)

Waldichuk has made one previous start against Seattle, and he allowed one run in five innings without a decision on September 30, 2022.

Waldichuk lost 5-1 at Houston on Friday after he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over five innings. He has struggled with his control, walking at least five batters in each of the last three starts and striking out 28, 39 in 46 innings this season. This has contributed to a 1.848 WHIP.

Miller made his major league debut on May 2 at Oakland, pitching five perfect innings. He allowed one run on two hits in six innings and became only the third pitcher in modern baseball history not to walk a batter and record 10 strikeouts in his opening game.

mariners May be without France on Wednesday, as he was hit on the outside of his left wrist by a pitch from reliever Trevor May in the eighth inning on Tuesday. Servais said that France is hurt and is likely to sit for a day or two

– Field Level Media