|MINNESOTA ( DE JONG )|
OAKLAND ( FIERS )
|927||MINNESOTA||+220||Ov 8.5,-120||+210||Ov 8.5,-115|
|928||OAKLAND||-240||Un 8.5,+100||-230||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-57||-4.9||57-51||4.7||0.251||0.317||0.405||0.722||4.9||0.260||0.331||0.415||0.746|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||5-2||5.9||0.307||0.356||0.455||0.810||5.3||0.263||0.315||0.398||0.713|
|vs Right-handed Starters||63-36||+31.2||50-45||5.1||0.255||0.320||0.427||0.748||4.0||0.233||0.293||0.378||0.672|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||6-1||8.0||0.274||0.354||0.444||0.798||4.4||0.217||0.289||0.404||0.693|
|9/8/2018||BERRIOS(R)||KANSAS CITY||LOPEZ(R)||1-4||L||-210||8.5 ov||U||1||1||0||8||8||0|
|9/9/2018||DE JONG(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||3-1||W||-130||9.5 un||U||7||6||1||3||6||0|
|9/10/2018||GIBSON(R)||NY YANKEES||HAPP(L)||2-7||L||+145||8.5 ov||O||10||7||1||11||14||0|
|9/11/2018||DUFFEY(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||10-5||W||+165||9.5 un||O||13||9||0||5||2||0|
|9/12/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-1||W||+195||8.5 ov||U||7||3||0||2||4||0|
|9/13/2018||MOYA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||FILLMYER(R)||4-6||L||-105||9.5 ov||O||7||4||2||8||10||0|
|9/14/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||LOPEZ(R)||4-8||L||-135||9 ev||O||13||12||0||11||7||0|
|9/15/2018||DE JONG(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||3-10||L||110||9 ov||O||11||9||1||16||7||1|
|9/16/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||9-6||W||-105||8.5 un||O||18||9||0||13||5||1|
|9/17/2018||MOYA(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||9||6||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)||5-3||W||-110||9 un||U||10||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/19/2018||MOYA(L)||@ DETROIT||TURNBULL(R)||8-2||W||-110||9 un||O||11||5||0||4||3||1|
|9/21/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ OAKLAND||HENDRIKS(R)||6-7||L||165||8 un||O||9||6||1||7||6||0|
|9/22/2018||DE JONG(R)||@ OAKLAND||FIERS(R)|| |
|9/23/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||CAHILL(R)|| |
|9/28/2018||BERRIOS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|9/29/2018|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|9/11/2018||FIERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||COBB(R)||3-2||W||-185||9 un||U||7||7||0||6||4||0|
|9/12/2018||HENDRIKS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CASHNER(R)||10-0||W||-185||9.5 ev||O||15||9||1||1||2||0|
|9/13/2018||ANDERSON(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)||3-5||L||-175||9 ev||U||9||8||0||12||5||0|
|9/14/2018||JACKSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||CASTILLO(R)||2-1||W||115||8.5 un||U||3||2||0||6||7||1|
|9/15/2018||HENDRIKS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)||5-7||L||-105||8.5 ev||O||13||8||0||8||6||0|
|9/16/2018||FIERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||CASTILLO(R)||4-5||L||-110||8 un||O||4||2||0||9||8||0|
|9/18/2018||HENDRIKS(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||7-9||L||-140||8.5 un||O||7||6||1||9||4||0|
|9/19/2018||ANDERSON(L)||LA ANGELS||PENA(R)||10-0||W||-140||8.5 ev||O||10||5||0||4||4||1|
|9/20/2018||JACKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||21-3||W||-125||8.5 ov||O||22||6||0||5||5||1|
|9/22/2018||FIERS(R)||MINNESOTA||DE JONG(R)|| |
|9/24/2018||ANDERSON(L)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/25/2018||JACKSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/26/2018||CAHILL(R)||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|9/28/2018||FIERS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)|| |
|9/29/2018|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|OAKLAND: 2017: 75-87, fifth place.
MANAGER: Bob Melvin (eighth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Stephen Piscotty, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Dustin Fowler, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Ryan Buchter.
SUBTRACTIONS: INF Ryon Healy, RHP Jesse Hahn, OF Jaycob Brugman.
OUTLOOK: The A's have followed up three straight playoff appearances with last-place finishes the past three seasons. There are signs of a potential turnaround but rebuilding will still take some time, especially in a division with the defending World Series champions and other possible contenders. The bullpen should be improved with the additions of Pagan, Petit and Buchter. The strength of the team is power. Davis leads the way with 85 homers the past two seasons, ranking second in the majors during that span to Giancarlo Stanton's 86. Olson made a big splash with 24 homers in 189 at-bats, a rate topped over a whole season only twice ' when Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds each set the single-season home run record. The A's added depth to the lineup this spring by signing Lucroy. One of the most intriguing players will be Fowler, who played one inning in the majors for the Yankees before blowing out his knee and then getting traded to Oakland for pitcher Sonny Gray. Fowler adds needed athleticism and defense in the outfield as the A's look to build a foundation for the future.
|Fiers, A's ready to take huge step toward postseason|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Mike Fiers will look to continue his strong pitching at home while attempting to extend his dominance of the Minnesota Twins when he takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics on the middle day of a three-game series Saturday night.
Seeking their 15th consecutive nonlosing series at home, the A's got halfway there Friday night when Khris Davis smacked a walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning and produce a 7-6 victory in the series opener.
The Twins have not won a series at Oakland since 2011, and have gone just 4-17 at the Northern California site since the start of the 2012 season.
The win in the series opener shrunk the A's magic number for clinching a playoff berth to four over the Tampa Bay Rays (86-67). With just two home games remaining in the regular season, Oakland (93-61) would have to sweep the Twins this weekend while the Rays are swept at Toronto in order to clinch at home.
The A's lead the Rays by 6 1/2 games in their battle for the second American League wild-card spot.
The game-ender was Davis' second homer of the night and 45th of the season, putting him four ahead of Boston's J.D. Martinez for the major-league lead.
The last time the A's had the major-league leader in home runs at season's end was when Jose Canseco tied Detroit's Cecil Fielder with 44 in 1991.
Davis is 0-for-2 with two walks against right-hander Chase De Jong (0-1, 3.68), who is scheduled to get the ball for the Twins on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has faced the A's twice in his career, both times last season while a member of the Seattle Mariners. One of those games was a start on May 16 in which De Jong gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 9-6 loss.
He's 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA against the A's in his two-year career.
While De Jong searches for his first major-league win, Fiers hopes to demonstrate to A's management that he can be trusted as the starting pitcher should Oakland make the single-elimination wild-card game.
The A's begin the weekend 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (94-59) in the race for the AL's first wild-card spot, which carries with it the home-field advantage in the win-and-advance game.
The Yankees have the tie-breaker advantage should it come to that.
Fiers (12-7, 3.38) has done most of his best pitching at home for the A's. He's gone 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in five home starts since being acquired last month from Detroit.
The 33-year-old is coming off a road loss at Tampa Bay, but pitched well at Minnesota on Aug. 25, limiting the Twins to one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win.
Miguel Sano, who homered against Fiers in that game, has since hurt his knee and isn't expected to play in this series.
Fiers is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 career head-to-heads, including nine starts, against the Twins.
|Last Updated: 7/24/2019 6:39:21 AM EST|