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T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 19,268

JP Sears, A's hope to avert sweep in Seattle

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

  1. Seattle swept the first three-game set with the A's this season from May 2-4 in Oakland, with the Athletics managing just six runs on 17 hits over the series. The A's have won four of their last nine games in Seattle after dropping seven straight there dating back to July 23, 2021.
  2. Oakland managed just three runs while being swept in three games in Houston and has scored three runs or fewer in nine of the last 11 games -- all losses -- while scoring nine runs in each of the two wins in that span.
  3. Esteury Ruiz is riding a six-game hit streak with multiple hits in four of those games and has six steals in that span, including four in the three games in Houston. He leads MLB with 24 stolen bases this season and looks to be the first rookie to lead the majors in steals since Mike Trout stole 49 bases in 2012.
  4. Seattle has dropped five of its last seven games after winning the first two games of its road trip. The Mariners return home where they have a 3.36 ERA, fifth-best in MLB.
  5. Luis Castillo had a 0.73 ERA in 25.2 innings over his first four starts but has a 5.67 mark in his last five starts, including losses in each of his last two starts. Castillo faced the A's three times last season after joining Seattle, allowing nine runs in 15.2 innings (5.17 ERA), including two losses at the Coliseum.
  6. Jarred Kelenic has five hits, including a double and homer over his last four games and scored four runs in the three-game set in Atlanta. He is slashing .286/.337/.540 in 175 plate appearances this season; he slashed .141/.221/.313 in 181 plate appearances last season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/22/2023 thru 5/25/2023

The Oakland A's, on pace for the worst record in modern major league history, will take any positive signs they can get.

That is why JP Sears' superb career history against the Mariners might give the A's some hope that they can salvage the finale of a three-game series at Seattle on Thursday.

The Mariners routed the A's 6-1 on Wednesday, handing Oakland its seventh consecutive loss and 15th defeat in the past 17 games. The A's have a .196 winning percentage that would result in a 32-130 mark over a 162-game season.

The fewest wins by a team in modern history (since 1900) was 36, a total posted twice by the Philadelphia A's, in 1916 and 1919.

Sears (0-3, 4.99 ERA) will look to end Oakland's skid when he makes his 10th start of the season. In his career against the Mariners, he owns a 2-0 record with a 0.41 ERA in four games, including three starts.

The left-hander turned in his best outing of the season on May 3 against Seattle in Oakland, when he fired six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

In his latest outing, May limited the host Houston Astros to two runs in six innings during a no-decision on Saturday.

Sears could be backed up in the bullpen by right-hander Trevor May, who returned to action on Tuesday after missing more than a month while dealing with anxiety issues. May threw a scoreless inning against the Mariners on Tuesday, though he hit Ty France and Eugenio Suarez with pitches.

A's manager Mark Kotsay said of May getting back to the majors, "I know for him it's been a battle. To see him on the mound, what he's been through over the last month, the challenges he's faced on the mental side of the game -- for him being able to go through that inning, not necessarily the way he wanted it to, but he got through it. That's a good sign."

France and Suarez were both struck by 95 mph fastballs, in the left hand and back, respectively. France sat out the Wednesday game while Suarez returned to go 0-for-3 with a walk.

Both France and Mariners manager Scott Servais used the term "lucky" when discussing the first baseman's injury.

"When you get hit like that, the first thing you think is, 'Oh my god, my hand is broke or something is broken,'" Servais said. "I think the adrenaline kind of subsides a little bit, you calm down and you realize, 'I'm gonna be OK.' ... It very easily could have broken something."

The player filling in for France on Wednesday, Sam Haggerty, contributed a two-run double that opened the scoring.

The Mariners will hand the ball to Logan Gilbert (2-2, 3.81) on Thursday. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.53 ERA in eight career starts against the A's. He got a no-decision against Sears on May 3 after giving up two runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.

Gilbert won his latest start, when he tossed six innings of two-run ball and fanned nine in a 7-3 victory at Atlanta on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 25, 2023

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