While the MLB season is hurtling toward a finish, many teams are already looking ahead to the postseason — or next year — with some of the lineup decisions being made.
Oakland may not roll over in Baltimore
With the Baltimore Orioles having won two straight and sitting 1.5-games out of the American League Wild Card race, they will be more than happy to welcome the lowly Oakland A’s to Camden Yards. The A’s, who are 49-83, is bad away from home and haven’t had luck winning many games.
However, Oakland will present Baltimore with a unique challenge Friday night. The A’s will throw a solid young pitcher, JP Sears, who has been good since coming over to the team from the Yankees at the trade deadline. Sears is 2-1 in 21.1 innings pitcher and a 2.53 ERA since he came to Oakland.
Including Sears’ time with the Yankees, he was 5-1 this season with a 2.28 ERA. Baltimore will counter with right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer. Kremer is 6-4 on the year with a 3.24 ERA. The Orioles have won four of the past five games Kremer started.
With the strong pitching on both sides, this is a game that should go under the 8-run total.
Castillo has Mariners in good position
Luis Castillo has been a nice shot in the arm for Seattle since coming over from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline. The Mariners have won three of the five games he’s started, while Castillo has compiled a 1-1 record with a 2.84 ERA. Castillo will be making his second start against Cleveland in less than a week Friday night.
Last Saturday, Castillo did more than enough to help Seattle stay in the game. Castillo struck out ten batters and only allowed one earned run in four innings of work. The Guardians will send Zach Plesac to the mound. Plesa has a 3-11 record with a 4.39 ERA this season.
Seattle will find a way to win this game at -139 and find a way to continue marching toward this first playoff berth in nearly 20 years.
Rays ready to make Yankees sweat
Tampa Bay creeping within six games of first place in the American League East seems impossible. However, with the New York Yankees playing average compared to the first half of the season, a window has been opened for the Rays and other contenders. Starting a three-game set with the Yankees Friday has Tampa Bay poised to really put pressure on New York.
Tampa Bay will send left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs to the mound. Springs recently had a good outing against the Yankees on August 16th, striking out four and only allowing one earned run over 5.0 innings pitched. After a rough July, Yankees pitcher Domingo German has turned things around in August.
German has made six starts and compiled a 2-1 record while only allowing eight earned runs in 34.2 innings of work. During his last outing against the Rays, however, he struggled during an 8-7 Yankees’ win on August 17th. German lasted 4.2 innings and allowed three earned runs.
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