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A’s Schedule This Week: 23rd August

It’s a big week for the A’s with the Mariners and Yankees heading to the Coliseum

Let’s not think about the Bay Bridge Series. We’ll put it to one side and focus on what’s ahead and that is another six games in this home-stand.

Seattle Mariners (H)

Season series so far: 4-6

The Mariners rescued a win from their series in Houston on Sunday and in doing so pulled to within 3.0 games of the A’s in the standings. They will see this two-game series as a chance to close right in on us, whereas we need to get back to winning ways and, ideally, take both games to level up the season series 6-6. The probable pitching match-ups are as follows:

  • Gm1. Paul Blackburn – Marco Gonzales
  • Gm2. Cole Irvin – Chris Flexen

New York Yankees (H)

Season series so far: 1-2

After an off-day on Wednesday we start a huge four-game series at the Coliseum against the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers come in to the week on a nine-game winning streak. They play the Braves in Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday before heading to the west coast.

Our previous series was in mid-June. The A’s took the opener at Yankee Stadium thanks to a strong start by James Kaprielian, against the team that drafted him, but the A’s then dropped the next two games by scores of 7-5 and 2-1.

Sunday’s game has been moved back three hours as part of being ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball game. That would normally be a bit of a pain for us given the time difference; however the Bank Holiday Monday that follows means that we can catch up on any lost sleep easily enough.

The pitching match-ups currently line up as follows:

  • Gm1. James Kaprielian – Jameson Taillon
  • Gm2. Sean Manaea – Nestor Cortes
  • Gm3. Frankie Montas – Gerrit Cole
  • Gm4. Paul Blackburn – Jordan Montgomery.

By Matt Smith

Matt has been writing about baseball and football (soccer) for many a year. He's one of the three Oakland A's UK crew and the one you'll most often see blogging at OaklandAUK.com and presenting videos on our YouTube channel. He also writes a blog about Norwich City Football club at CanaryInAGoalMine.uk

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