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Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 126

August 21, 2013

Wrap: Seattle 5, Oakland 3. A’s 71-55 (2nd Place, 2 1/2 games back)

Oakland drops another series and continues their dangerous slide. This is not last year folks. The A’s loss today dropped them two and a half back in the AL West and just two and a half games ahead of Cleveland and three games ahead of Baltimore and four ahead of New York in the wild card race. While this makes for an exciting finish, I think most fans could do without excitement and would prefer to be in Atlanta’s position with a robust 15 game division lead. The fact that the A’s dropped a series at home to the sub .500 Mariners is even more gut-wrenching especially given they managed to avoid having to face Felix Hernandez.

The Bats

Lineup vs. Hisashi Iwakuma: Coco Crisp CF, Jed Lowrie SS, Josh Donaldson 3B, Brandon Moss 1B, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Josh Reddick RF, Alberto Callaspo DH, Eric Sogard 2B, Stephen Vogt C. 

The A’s hitting struggles continue. Three hits on seven runs with just two walks to eight strikeouts. Pretty unimpressive. Since the All Star Break the team is hitting a collective .242/.313/.406 and is averaging just 8.2 hits per game, while striking out 6.9 times a game and walking 3.3 times a game. Which means this game at .219/.257/.563 and the other stats was with the exception of slugging worse on all accounts. The two home runs were nice; Crisp’s 11th to lead off the ballgame on Iwakuma’s first pitch seemed to portend good things to follow alas it did not; and Moss’ 20th home run to start the fourth; weren’t enough to salvage the A’s who hit a pathetic 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded six. The first inning really illustrated that problem as Lowrie tripled following the Crisp home run, and then the A’s failed to plate him as Donaldson struck out, Moss grounded out to the pitcher and Cespedes struck out to strand him. That is simply unacceptable.

The Pitching

Appearances: A.J. Griffin, Jerry Blevins, Dan Otero.

Griffin wasn’t anything to write home about. He went six innings throwing 105 pitches resulting in a four earned run, five hit, four walk, seven strikeout line. Just like Iwakuma he surrendered two solo home runs (Michael Morse and Brad Miller), but unlike Iwakuma he wasn’t picked up by his offense resulting in his acquiring his ninth loss. All in all a disappointing performance as the 7.04 game FIP can attest. Blevins came in and face five hitters, allowing an earned run on a walk and a strikeout, as Otero allowed the inherited runner to score but none of his own in an inning and a two-thirds two hit, one strikeout outing. Otero has a very sparkling 1.33 ERA and a 1.92 FIP, however he has been atrocious with inherited runners as 45% of his inherited runners have scored and adversely effected other pitchers’ ERAs.

Hero/Zero

Griffin was pretty bad. A 7.04 FIP is disappointing and a 6.00 ERA won’t get you anywhere. And… they didnt.

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