Oakland A’s Monday Preview: A’s-Marlins two-game series in Miami gets off the ground on Tuesday

June 12, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton (27) is greeted by Christian Yelich after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s have an off-day on Monday before they face the Miami Marlins for a two-game series starting Tuesday in Miami. The A’s, who are not good road warriors, lost three out of four against the Tampa Bay Rays this past weekend. The A’s have to win both games to finish with a split of the six games on this road trip before heading home to play the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The A’s and Marlins split a two-game series earlier in Oakland when the teams played using American League rules. The A’s will not be able to use the DH in this series, and that could affect the outcome.

The Marlins have some player that can blast the ball out of the park. Giancarlo Stanton, Marcel Ozuna, Christian Yellich, and Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield. First baseman Justin Bour is another power hitter whom the A’s will have to contend.

The starting pitchers for the A’s will be Jharel Cotton Tuesday night. Cotton is 3-6, and we will be opposed by Jose Urena. Urena is 4-2 and has an ERA of 3.96. Wednesday’s game will feature the A’s rookie Daniel Gossett who will be making his MLB Debut. The Marlins will send Edinson Volquez to the hill. Volquez pitched a no-hitting his last outing out and will be trying to tie Johnny VAnderMeer’s record of two consecutive no-hitters.

The A’s defense still leaves a lot to be desired. The A’s lead the Majors in miscues and unearned runs allowed. The offense has hit a lot of homers but the A’s hitters are still striking out too much. Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso, Ryon Healy are pounding the ball. Alonso is currently in second place in the All-Star voting for AL first baseman trailing the perennial All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.

The A’s pitching rotation is also in flux as Andrew Triggs has gone on the DL with a hip injury. Every starter in the rotation has been on the DL at some point in the season. Sonny Gray, Sen Manaea, Jesse Hahn are currently OK. Kendall Graveman is still on the DL, and Now Triggs is on the list, too.

The A’s are currently 27-36, and the Marlins are not much better with a record of 27-35. The A’s would really benefit by sweeping the Marlins as they return home to face the rampaging New York Yankees for four games starting Thursday. The Yankees lead the AL East by four games and Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Judge are the new stars leading the Bronx Bombers back to the top of the heap. The schedule doesn’t get any easier as the Houston Astros, owners of the best record in the AL, arrive on Monday for another four-game set.

Bob Melvin and the A’s have their hands full.

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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