Game Preview: A's vs. Mariners - July 27, 2004

The A's look to bring out the brooms against their division rivals, the Seattle Mariners, on Wednesday afternoon. Mug Root Beer Float Day at the Coliseum features a match-up of two top lefties, Mark Mulder and Jamie Moyer.

Seattle Mariners (38-61), L-2 v. Oakland Athletics (55-44), W-4

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Time: 12:35 P.S.T.
Place: Network Associates Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Preview: The A's are looking for a sweep of the Seattle Mariners this afternoon and their fifth straight win. Last night's victory was the result of a solid start by Mark Redman followed by the flawless performance of the A's bullpen. Ricardo Rincon, Justin Lehr, Jim Mecir, and Octavio Dotel all combined for the final 2 2/3 innings of work to preserve the win. Bobby Crosby and Eric Chavez both added solo homeruns as Oakland's offense was able to knock out four runs off starter Ryan Franklin. Before the game started, veteran first baseman Eric Karros was designated for assignment to activate reliever Chris Hammond. Oakland moved to within 1.5 games of first place as Texas lost to Anaheim last night 2-0.

Pitching Match-up:

Seattle – Jamie Moyer, LHP (6-7, 4.46 ERA)
Oakland – Mark Mulder, LHP (13-3, 3.51 ERA)

Comments:

Jamie Moyer: Moyer is an old nemesis of the A's and will be making his 35th career start against Oakland this afternoon. He is 16-11 in those starts with a 4.21 ERA but has been knocked around by the A's this year. In two games so far, he has an 8.68 ERA and a 0-1 record along with six walks and two homeruns. Moyer is 0-5 in his last seven starts and has given up eleven homeruns in that span.

Mark Mulder: For the first time in a long time, Mulder is trying to bounce back from a loss. He was beaten last Friday night by the Texas Rangers 8-3 by allowing ten hits and seven runs in six innings. That outing caused his ERA to jump from 3.21 to 3.51, but if he wins today he will still be the league leader in wins with fourteen. Mulder is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Mariners this year. Although Mulder has been impressive in the win category lately, he is happy to see the month of July come to an end as he posted a 6.11 ERA in his four July starts.

Batter v. Pitcher Matchups:

Mulder v.:
Bloomquist, W – 1 for 10 (.100) – 4 BB
Boone, B – 11 for 29 (.379) – 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB
Cabrera, J – 2 for 10 (.200) – 3 RBI
Ibanez, R – 5 for 15 (.333)
Martinez, E – 8 for 23 (.348) – 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB
Spiezio, S – 4 for 19 (.211)
Suzuki, I – 14 for 34 (.412) – 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Wilson, D – 4 for 25 (.160) – 1 2B, 1 RBI, 6 K
Winn, R – 10 for 35 (.286) – 2 2B, 1 RBI, 5 K

Moyer v.:
Crosby, B – 1 for 3 (.333) – 1 RBI
Durazo, E – 5 for 9 (.556) – 1 RBI, 5 BB
Kotsay, M – 4 for 8 (.500) – 1 2B, 1 RBI
Miller, D – 1 for 6 (.167)
Byrnes, E – 2 for 12 (.167) – 1 2B, 1 RBI
Chavez, E – 12 for 37 (.324) – 6 HR, 12 RBI, 6 BB, 1 SB
Dye, J – 7 for 37 (.189) – 9 K
Hatteberg, S – 6 for 23 (.261) – 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB
Kielty, B – 2 for 7 (.286) – 1 2B, 1 RBI
Scutaro, M – 1 for 3 (.333)
McLemore, M – 1 for 14 (.071)

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