Mariners vs Athletics Preview: Moneyball has been Short-changed Lately; A’s shuffle to Seattle

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There was a day and time when the Oakland Athletics (1-3) were the face of Moneyball. Then came the Johnny-come-latelys of the world, like the Kansas City Royals, winning championships and such.

And though KC won a title using Oakland GM Billy Beane’s strategy, the A’s undoubtedly wont take it lightly and look to rebound against their hosts, the Seattle Mariners (2-1).

Oakland Athletics

Saying that the 4 game series with the Chicago White Sox was wretched is an insult to the word wretched. While each game was within reach, the A’s were only able to pull one win of the bunch.

Gray skies

26 year old Ace, Sonny Gray missed opening day due to stomach flu. The M’s will luck out and miss Gray in this 3 game series. The former Vanderbilt Commodore pulled in a magnificent performance to earn the A’s their only victory so far. With 7 innings, 5 strikeouts and only 1 run given up, the M’s will be happy to miss this four-seam phenom.

7 is not his lucky number

Left fielder Khris Davis has 7 strikeouts in four game. While known to be the free swinger back in Milwaukee, Davis has been unable to get much wood on leather this year. Davis has 2 hits in 12 at bats, but hasn’t even been close much of the time against the White Sox. Hopefully for the M’s, he maintains his cold streak.

Seattle Mariners

Cano, 4 HR in 3 games, coming to a stadium near you (www.usatoday.com)

The 3 game series vs the Texas Rangers went quite well. Although the M’s booted a sure victory for King Felix, the M’s would take the series 2 games to 3, including a 10-2 blowout on Tuesday.

Cano esta caliente

Four homeruns in 3 games. Seven RBI in 13 at bats. To say Robinson Cano is hot is insufficient: Cano esta caliente!!!

M’s fans have been waiting for the $24 million man to do his best Edgar Martinez impersonation for 3 years. It looks like we are finally seeing Cano prove his worth. Stay tuned; if Cano remains on fire, it could be a nice October run indeed.

Taijuan on

Walker is ready for his season debut (bleacherreport.com)

23 year old Taijuan Walker hits the season running Friday in attempts to make his name as the “next big thing.” Plenty has been expected from the 2010 1st rounder, and so far his career has been an uneven effort.

In 40 appearances, Walker has a 14-11 record and a 4.16 ERA. While the ceiling on the kid is through the roof, many long-time M’s fans are used to future “stars” burning out and fading away. However, pitching in the bottom of the rotation is a perfect place for him to learn his craft. And at 23, there are many days ahead for this uber-talent to prove himself as the next great M’s pitcher.

SSU’s Projection

The M’s should theoretically stomp the A’s. The series is the M’s for the taking, with GM Jerry Dipoto’s bandwagon gaining steam. Texas is a superior team to the A’s and the Mariners went out and took that series. Another 2-1 record is in the cards for the True to the Blue.

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