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Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Preview and Predictions 08-04-2020

When asked about the play of shortstop J.P. Crawford, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais referenced another sport.

"J.P. wants to be in the batter's box, he wants the ball hit to him, he wants the ball in his hands," Servais said. "He's like the point guard of our defense. He's been really good here early in the season."

Crawford's glove has always been his calling card, what got him to the majors at age 22 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

It seems his bat might be starting to catch up.

Entering Monday's series finale against the visiting Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park, the Mariners' new leadoff hitter is batting .333 and shares the major league lead in triples (two) and runs scored (10). His on-base percentage of .455 ranks 15th in the majors and sixth in the American League.

He was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance Sunday and although he was forced out at second, the Mariners scored a run in the inning. Servais might say that deserves an assist.

Crawford, acquired by Seattle with first baseman Carlos Santana in a December 2018 trade for shortstop Jean Segura and relievers James Pazos and Juan Nicasio, credits his workouts during the three months baseball was shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic with helping him at the plate.

He set up his own makeshift batting cage in the living room of his new house in Peoria, Ariz., near the Mariners' spring training complex.

"Got a whole net and tee. Bucket of balls," Crawford told The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. "You've got to do what you've got to do."

Crawford and the Mariners are set to face Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.00 ERA) in the series finale. Montas was named Monday's starter after Daniel Mengden was sent to the bullpen and top prospect Jesus Luzardo was moved into the rotation, with his first start scheduled for Tuesday at home. Montas is 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in five career appearances against the Mariners, including two starts.

The Mariners will counter with left-hander Justus Sheffield (0-1, 12.00). Sheffield didn't get a decision in his only previous start against the A's, allowing one run in five innings last season.

After losing the series opener, the A's have posted back-to-back 3-2 victories.

Ramon Laureano hit a three-run homer Sunday to provide all the offense the A's would need.

After 5 2/3 strong innings from right-hander Chris Bassitt, the bullpen did the rest, allowing one run -- a solo shot by Kyle Lewis -- on two hits in 3 1/3 innings. Liam Hendriks struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

Oakland's relievers have a combined 1.79 ERA this season.

"They've been great and keeping us in every single game," Laureano said of the bullpen. "Now, we just gotta hit the ball on the barrel and find some holes."

While the A's are batting an AL-worst .188 as a team, Laureano improved his average to .290 with two homers and seven RBIs.

"He's arguably our best hitter right now and he did what he was supposed to do," Bassitt said. "If he gets a hit there, that's great. But a home run is a whole different ball game. It changed the whole complexion of the game. That was a big sigh of relief for everybody."

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Seattle Mariners

  • Yoshihisa Hirano

    Illness
    Mid Aug | 10-day IL

    Hirano is on the 10-day injured list as he is going through the COVID-19 protocol. He is likely to be cleared for action during the middle of August.

  • Kendall Graveman

    Neck
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Graveman is battling a neck injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will make his next scheduled start Saturday versus the Rockies.

  • Tom Murphy

    Foot
    day-to-day | 10-day IL

    Murphy has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured metatarsal bone in his left foot, and it is up in the air if he will come off the shelf in time for Monday's matchup against the Athletics.

  • Austin Adams

    Knee
    Mid Aug | 45-day IL

    Adams is expected to be out of the lineup as he is working his way back from an ACL injury while on the 45-day injured list. He is likely to make his season debut during the middle of August.

  • Brandon Brennan

    Oblique
    Mid Sept | 45-day IL

    Brennan has been transferred to the 45-day injured list with a strained left oblique, and he is expected to be on the sidelines until at least the middle of September.

  • Kyle Seager

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Seager is not expected to play Sunday against the Athletics due to a day of rest.

  • Nick Margevicius

    Leg
    day-to-day | questionable

    Margevicius has been absent from the lineup for the last two games with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Saturday versus the Athletics.

  • Austin Nola

    Knee
    day to day | questionable

    Nola has missed the previous two games due to knee soreness, but he is expected to suit up Friday versus the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

  • Jorge Mateo

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Mateo has come in contact with the COVID-19 virus, and he will spend an undetermined length of time on the 10-day injured list.

  • Khris Davis

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davis is not expected to play Sunday against the Angels as he is to be rested.

  • A.J. Puk

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Puk has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Lou Trivino

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Trivino missed the previous game dealing with soreness in his shoulder, leaving his availability for Saturday against the Angels up in the air.

  • Jesus Luzardo

    Illness
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19, and it is unknown if he will be better in time for his first scheduled start Saturday against the Angels.

seattle-mariners Stats 2020

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oakland-athletics Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
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Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
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Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB