A’s opening night preview: A’s face a very multi talented Angels pitcher/DH Ohtani in four game series

(AP file photo) Los Angeles Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani will be the starter on Sundays for Angels games and will get a chance to hit and pitch against the Oakland A’s in the four game series in Oakland starting Friday night

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Oakland A’s open up the 2020 season on Friday night and will face a very multi talented Los Angeles Angel pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani who is coming off post season surgery and is scheduled to pitch for the Halos every Sunday and swing a bat for the rest of the week.

Ohtani pitched last Sunday in intersquad play allowing one run, five innings, with six strike outs and four walks. Ohtani said he’s ready to pitch Sunday against the A’s making his first game appearance since his last game he pitched Sept 2, 2018.

Ohtani was the designated hitter for the Angels in 106 games last season and he said that pitching Sundays gives him something to look forward to, “It looks like going on Sundays is the best option,” Ohtani said. “We have the most off-days on Monday. I’m not going to hit the following day, so it gives me a chance to rest up.”

The Angels will be without Anthony Rendon who finished 11th in the American League with a batting average of .247 and was tenth in homers. The Angels paid Rendon $245 million for a seven year deal but Rendon will not be in the opener on Friday night because of oblique soreness.

A’s starter Frankie Montas: Frankie Montas gets the starting nod for opening night   tonight at the Oakland Coliseum to start the four game series against the Angels. Montas pitching record in 2019, 9-2 ERA 2.63, 96 innings pitched, 103 strike outs.

Montas was on his way with the 9-2 record and even selected to make the 2019 American League All Star team until he tested positive for PEDs and was suspended for a majority of the season before returning in September.

Montas brings a 90 MPH heater and a great splitter into Friday night’s opener. His slider was part of his bread and butter last season that kept hitters off balance and  helped him achieve a winning record.

A’s manager Bob Melvin is really looking forward to what Montas will bring this season after having 12 out of 16 quality starts. Montas says he amped up to start the season. Montas last May hit the radar gun at 100 MPH. At 27 years old Montas says he’s hoping to have a type of season he had last year. Montas may not be a 20 game winner in a abbreviated 60 game season but if he can pitch anywhere like he did last season he could pick up ten wins.

The A’s starting rotation for 2020: Motas (RHP), Sean Manaea (LHP), Mike Fiers (RHP), and Chris Bassitt (RHP) and Daniel Mengden (RHP). A’s pitcher AJ Puk is out for at least two weeks with a sore shoulder. Puk received an injection this week for his throwing shoulder that has hampered him.

Starters for tonight’s opener at the Oakland Coliseum for the Los Angles Angels Andrew Heaney (0-0) for the Oakland A’s Frankie Montas (0-0) a 6:40 pm first pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

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