In Seattle, they’ve started calling it “the king’s treat.”
This is in reference to former ace “King Felix” Hernandez, who spent most of his mariners Career affected by poor run support
Seattle’s starters are getting the same treatment this season.
mariners open three match series with lowly oakland athletics With a .226 team batting average Monday night at T-Mobile Park, he has the second-worst mark in the majors behind San Diego’s .222.
Seattle spoiled another quality start by George Kirby in a 3-2 loss at Atlanta on Sunday, ending a nine-game losing streak. mariners managed one hit in the first six innings against rookie Jared Shuster, earning his first major-league win
“it’s time to go home,” mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Obviously, we didn’t play aggressively again (Sunday)
“It’s tough to overcome when you don’t put the ball in play. Whether it’s, you know, more change-up than we expected or more life on the fastball, whatever it is, at some point you’ve got to ease your swing.” Will be and get the ball in play.”
marinersSunday’s only runs came on solo homers by Jared Kelenik and rookie Jose Caballero.
Seattle dropped to 5-16 when scoring three runs or less and is 4-12 in one-run games. it was the 10th time this season mariners Was held to two runs or less and 21 times he was dismissed more than 10 times
Highlighting Seattle’s struggles is American League Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez, whose slash line is .204/.280/.656.
collectively, mariners .681 on-base plus slugging percentage to rank 26th among 30 MLB teams with Oakland, who is on pace to finish 34-128 this season
The A’s lost 2-0 on Sunday in Houston as Framber Valdez threw a four-hitter.
It was the third time Oakland has been shut out in its last 10 games and the seventh time this season.
The A’s have lost four in a row, seven of eight and 12 of their last 14 matches.
A’s manager Mark Kotse said Sunday, “I think we can take this series.” “I know the win wasn’t there. In terms of getting better and keeping us in the games, they did it this weekend, and if we can continue to do that, that will lead to more success.”
Seattle won the three-game series in Oakland on May 2–4.
The A’s could be boosted by the return of outfielder/first baseman Seth Brown, who has been out since suffering a Grade 2 left oblique strain on April 8 on a check swing.
Brown, who led the A’s in home runs (25) and RBI (73) last season, went 5-for-13 in four rehabilitation games — three with Class A Stockton and another with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Kotse said Brown is expected to meet with the big-league club on Monday to determine whether he is ready to be activated.
Oakland lefty Kyle Mueller (1-3, 7.71 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener against right-hander Luis Castillo (2-2, 3.31) of the M’s. Muller to face Seattle for the first time; Castillo is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in three career starts against the A’s.
– Field Level Media