World News – US – A fights for no 2 seeds as they welcome the Mariners

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While the Oakland Athletics have already won the American League West title, they still have something to play in the final days of the regular season

The As will end with a four-game streak against the Seattle Mariners starting Friday night in Oakland

Oakland (34-22) guaranteed a top-three seed in extended playoffs due to division title win They fell from second to third, half a game behind the Minnesota Twins, with a 5-1 loss Thursday night to host the Los Angeles Dodgers

A’s manager Bob Melvin will balance his players’ rest while trying to build playoff momentum

“We will play daily on what we think we need to do,” said Melvin “There are eight really good teams in the AHL I can’t see going after a potentially better game They’re all going to be tough I think it it’s just as much about trying to create a winning atmosphere and make sure everyone has a good rest « 

The As are 2-12 in the playoffs since their last World Series championship in 1989 They have dropped wildcard series in each of the previous two seasons

« It’s good to enter the playoffs at a good pace, » said A center-back Ramon Laureano « I think the last couple of years we haven’t done that. We’re just trying to bring that playoff winning culture into it »

The Mariners (25-31) started their day off Thursday with a slim chance for both second place in the AL West and a wild card spot But wins from Houston and Toronto wiped out these hopes and eliminated Seattle

Yet few would have predicted that the Mariners’ rebuilding would still be in the running in the middle of the final week, even if it was just a 60-game season cut short by a pandemic

« We had some great stretches together, and everyone was delighted that we had the chance to make the playoffs, » said Mariners manager Scott Servais. « Certainly we felt it. It’s a good thing for the players to go through this and experience this

« But to understand where we are as an organization, in our plan and our development, it is really important that these games make sense and that the players improve. That was the plan all along. ‘year, to continue to improve, and I believe we have I am very happy with the way we are playing « 

Mariners are set to send southpaw Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 593 ERA) to the mound Friday Kikuchi is 0-2 with a 333 ERA in five career starts against Oakland His best start to the year came on August 1 against the As, when he pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while hitting a season nine Kikuchi didn’t get a decision in that game as Oakland rallied late for a 3-2 victory

The A’s to counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt (5-2), third in the championship with a 257 ERA Bassitt is 1-4 with a 417 ERA in nine career appearances, including seven starts But this victory came earlier this season, on Aug 2, when he allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings, no steps and seven strikeouts in a 3-2 decision

While the Oakland Athletics have already claimed the American League West title, they still have something to play in the closing days of the regular season

The As will end with a four-game streak against the Seattle Mariners starting Friday night in Oakland

Oakland (34-22) guaranteed a top-three seed in extended playoffs due to division title win They fell from second to third, half a game behind the Minnesota Twins, with a 5-1 loss Thursday night to host the Los Angeles Dodgers

A’s manager Bob Melvin will balance his players’ rest while trying to build playoff momentum

“We will play daily on what we think we need to do,” said Melvin “There are eight really good teams in the AHL I can’t see going after a potentially better game They’re all going to be tough I think it it’s just as much about trying to create a winning atmosphere and make sure everyone has a good rest « 

The As are 2-12 in the playoffs since their last World Series championship in 1989 They have dropped wildcard series in each of the previous two seasons

« It’s good to enter the playoffs at a good pace, » said A center-back Ramon Laureano « I think the last couple of years we haven’t done that. We’re just trying to bring that playoff winning culture into it »

The Mariners (25-31) started their day off Thursday with a slim chance for both second place in the AL West and a wild card spot But wins from Houston and Toronto wiped out these hopes and eliminated Seattle

Yet few would have predicted that the Mariners’ rebuilding would still be in the running in the middle of the final week, even if it was just a 60-game season cut short by a pandemic

« We had some great stretches together, and everyone was delighted that we had the chance to make the playoffs, » said Mariners manager Scott Servais. « Certainly we felt it. It’s a good thing for the players to go through this and experience this

« But to understand where we are as an organization, in our plan and our development, it is really important that these games make sense and that the players improve. That was the plan all along. ‘year, to continue to improve, and I believe we have I am very happy with the way we are playing « 

Mariners are set to send southpaw Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 593 ERA) to the mound Friday Kikuchi is 0-2 with a 333 ERA in five career starts against Oakland His best start to the year came on August 1 against the As, when he pitched six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while hitting a season nine Kikuchi didn’t get a decision in that game as Oakland rallied late for a 3-2 victory

The A’s to counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt (5-2), third in the championship with a 257 ERA Bassitt is 1-4 with a 417 ERA in nine career appearances, including seven starts But this victory came earlier this season, on Aug 2, when he allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings, no steps and seven strikeouts in a 3-2 decision

Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Yusei Kikuchi, American League West, Chris Bassitt

World News – USA – A is fighting for the No 2 seeds as they host the Mariners



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