Who will WIN this matchup?
Seattle Mariners (30-43)
@ Oakland Athletics (35-35)
Leake (SEA): 5-6; 4.26 ERA
Anderson (OAK) 0-1; 3.18 ERA
Last 10 Games Played:
Seattle Mariners: 5-5
Oakland Athletics: 6-4
Seattle Mariners: (+145)
Oakland Athletics: (-155)
• The Seattle Mariners struggled offensively in Saturday’s loss, which is something they likely will have to get used to for the time being. Seattle, which has traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion, concludes its nine-game road trip when it takes on the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in the finale of their three-game series. The Mariners managed six hits in their 11-2 loss without Encarnacion, who was dealt to the New York Yankees for a 19-year-old pitching prospect. The veteran slugger entered Saturday leading the American League with 21 home runs while in his first season with Seattle.
• Marcus Semien went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, while Jurickson Profar collected three hits and drove in four runs as Oakland halted its six-game slide at home. Ramon Laureano plated a pair of runs Saturday, giving him seven RBIs in his last three contests.
• Leake ended a two-start skid with back-to-back victories before settling for a no-decision Tuesday, when he permitted three runs and six hits in seven innings at Minnesota. The 31-year-old Californian has issued only two walks over 23 frames in his last three turns after handing out three free passes in a loss at Oakland on May 26. Leake fell to 2-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 10 career starts against the Athletics and 1-1 with a 4.05 mark in two outings this season.
• Anderson made his debut with Oakland on Monday at Tampa Bay and suffered the loss after giving up two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. The 26-year-old Floridian has made 10 starts and one relief appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, going 4-4 with a 6.26 ERA. Anderson went 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief outings for Pittsburgh last year – his first in the majors – before being acquired by Oakland in November.
• Athletics 3B Matt Chapman has posted back-to-back two-hit performances after recording a total of one hit in his previous seven games.
• Mariners 2B Dee Gordon was kept out of Saturday’s starting lineup because of a bruised right wrist.
• Oakland OF Stephen Piscotty is day-to-day after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear Friday.