Oakland Athletics vs. Miami Marlins
Dates: Tuesday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Location: Marlins Park
There’s certainly some nice pieces on the A’s roster. Khris Davis is one of the premiere all or nothing home run hitters in the league, while Yonder Alonso is in the midst of a career season. Though Oakland ranks out No. 5 at launching balls into the cheap seats, its only averaging 4.2 runs per game ( No. 24 ). That paired with a horrendous defense ( No. 30 ) and bullpen ( No. 26 ) is why this team sits nine games under .500 in the middle of June.
Miami’s middle of the road bullpen just prevented Donnie Baseball’s squad from picking up a series win over the weekend when it allowed the Pirates to plate three runs in the 7th inning to log the 7-6 comeback win. The loss dropped them to 13-19 on the road ( -$356 ). The team returns home having won eight of its last 10 games in front of the hometown faithful, and will have a chance to pull even as a host in this series ( -$359 ).
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jharel Cotton vs. Jose Urena
Cotton was a trendy sleeper pick at the beginning of the season. He shot his wad early and was then sent down to rediscover his stuff. Since returning, the righty has continued to be unimpressive. Each of his three made starts weren’t of quality after allowing 10 hits and 8 ER with a 13:11 K/BB ratio through 17.1 combined innings. The under cashed twice. Miami averages 4.5 runs per game against righties with the over 27-20-5.
Urena has shown glimpses of stardom early on in a number of starts, but once the lineup turns over two or three times, he gets hit hard. The righty stands 4-2 with a 3.96 ERA and .249 BAA, but only 15.4 percent of his starts have been of quality. The Fish have come out on top in each of his last two home starts, but he only managed to go 9.1 combined in each. Expect Miami’s bullpen to once again play a role in this one.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 12:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Daniel Gossett vs. Edinson Volquez
With Andrew Triggs hitting the DL once again, Gossett will be called up from Triple-A Nashville to make his MLB debut. The right-hander has utilized a four-pitch mix to pitch to a 3.41 ERA and 54:19 K/BB ratio through 60-plus innings this season. Should he pitch well, there would be a high probability that he’d stick for at least another turn with Kendall Graveman still not healthy enough to return to the starting rotation.
Volquez is in a major groove right now. His 3.41 ERA and 1.31 WHIP are tops on the team, and he’ll be looking to churn out a fifth straight quality start in this his 13th start of the season. An outing removed from throwing the first no-no of the season, Volquez stymied the Pirates in Pittsburgh limiting them to just three hits and no runs through seven innings. He’s 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA at home, and owns a career .239 BAA over seven starts against the A’s.