The A’s open a three-city, ten-game West Coast road trip with four in T-Mobile Park. It’s a great chance to remind the Mariners that they haven’t seen postseason play since 2001 and should make it 20 straight seasons this year. The pitching by most measures is around major league average to slightly below, but on the offensive side they’re pretty close to bottom of the barrel, at dead last in OBP and 26th in SLG for a #28 ranking in OPS. They are 51-45 coming into the series, but Pythagorean W-L is an ominous 43-53. They’ve done it by going 20-8 in one-run games and 10-1 in extra innings.
Three night games and a day game should be played with the roof open in glorious late-July Seattle weather, with high temperature around 78 +/- each day. There are fires east of the Cascades but the smoke is all being pushed east for now.
Tonight at 7:10: Manaea vs. Chris Flexen
Friday at 7:10: Montas vs. Yusei Kikuchi
Saturday at 7:10: Bassitt vs. Logan Gilbert
Sunday at 1:10: Irvin vs. Marco Gonzales