Raul Alcantara (0-1, 15.00 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (60-81) go up against James Paxton (4-6, 4.03 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (74-68) in the last of a three-game division series at O.C. Coliseum. The Mariners won the last game 14-3, and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Alcantara pitched 3.0 innings, allowing five runs and walking one in a 10-7 loss to the Angels. The Mariners were also unsuccessful the last time Paxton pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up six runs (two unearned) and striking out eight in a 10-7 loss to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.283, 84 Rs, 35 HRs, 89 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Mariners, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and three RBIs.
The Athletics hold a 24-35 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 29-33.
Oakland has won 36% (20-35) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 48% (31-33) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 14 runs. The Athletics have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 16-64. The Mariners have a 16-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Oakland has hit 145 this season. Seattle ranks fourth with 196 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 362 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 448.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 44-43, well-matched with the Mariners who are 62-43 when hitting one or more homers.