MLB Baseball

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Oakland0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 4110
Seattle0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 140
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  W: S. Manaea (7-6)   L: C. Flexen (9-4)   S: L. Trivino (16)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, July 22, 2021
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 18,553

Mariners' direction could be determined during Athletics' visit

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Athletics and Mariners have met nine times in Seattle over the last two seasons, with the A's winning each of the three-game series 2-1. Oakland has scored more than twice as many runs as Seattle in those nine games (57-28).
  2. The Athletics are coming off a two-game series sweep of the Angels on Tuesday, including a 6-0 shutout in their last game. That is the eighth shutout by the A's this season, third most among AL teams (Yankees, 10; White Sox, nine).
  3. The Mariners currently rank last in the majors with a .219 batting average. That's the lowest average in franchise history through 96 games in a season, and the lowest by any AL team at that juncture since the Yankees in 1968 (.212).
  4. Matt Olson leads the A's in home runs (25), RBI (63) and runs scored (63). He's the first Oakland player with at least 25 homers, 60 RBI and 60 runs through the team's first 97 games in a season since Mark McGwire in 1996.
  5. Mitch Haniger has an 11-game hitting streak, tied for the third-longest active streak in MLB and tied for third longest in his career. Over that span he has collected 15 hits, five HR and 12 RBI and is slashing .366/.449/.756.
  6. Sean Manaea is winless over his last five starts (0-4) and has a 5.29 ERA in July after posting a 1.13 ERA in June. Over his last six starts, Chris Flexen is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA -- the lowest ERA in the majors since June 15 (minimum 30 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/22/2021 thru 7/25/2021

The next seven days likely will determine whether the Seattle Mariners are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

The Mariners, who are third in both the American League West, welcome the top two teams in the division to T-Mobile Park, with four games against the Oakland Athletics starting Thursday followed by a three-game series with the division-leading Houston Astros.

"We'll do the right thing for the team, and we will always weigh the present with the future," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said last week. "The present means something to us because the team is playing incredibly well, and if we have the ability to help the team in the short term, we'll do that."

Just don't expect the Mariners to mortgage their future for a 2021 run, despite this being the 20th anniversary of their last postseason berth, the longest drought in the four major professional sports.

"The one thing we're unlikely to do is to subtract in a major way from our long-term (goal) because that is why we've gone through this for the last two years," Dipoto said. "It's starting to bear some fruit. We will be aggressive and try to find some help, but don't know how realistic that is until we really dive into that."

Mariners right-hander Chris Flexen (9-3, 3.35 ERA), who is scheduled to start Thursday against Oakland, is the only member of the team's season-opening, six-man rotation who hasn't been placed on the injured list -- although lefty Yusei Kikuchi didn't miss any time when he was placed on the COVID-19 list at the All-Star break.

The Mariners were forced to go with a bullpen game in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon in Denver, but they might have found their fifth starter. Right-hander Darren McCaughan, making his major league debut, pitched five hitless innings of relief after reliever Keynan Middleton gave up five runs in the first inning.

Flexen has been outstanding at home, posting a 6-2 record with a 1.76 ERA in 10 starts.

One of those losses came to the A's, however, when he matched up against Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea (6-6, 3.28 ERA).

Manaea pitched a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a 6-0 victory June 2 at Seattle, while Flexen allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings in his lone appearance against the A's. Manaea is 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 13 career starts against Seattle.

The A's had Wednesday off after sweeping a two-game series at home with the Los Angeles Angels, allowing just one run in the process.

Oakland infielder Jacob Wilson, just shy of his 31st birthday, made his major league debut and got his first hit Tuesday in the Athletics' 6-0 victory.

"To go out and get the first hit out of the way, words don't really describe the feeling you get from that," said Wilson, who was signed by the A's last winter. "At my age and as long as I've played with no big-league time, I didn't know what opportunities were going to be available to me, so to get that phone call and be able to sign with Oakland this offseason was a big relief."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 21, 2021

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