Friday, June 2, 2023

MLB Preview: Texas Rangers (23-14) at Oakland Athletics (8-31)

TEXAS RANGERS NOTES:

WINS AND LOSSES: Texas beat the A’s last night, 4-0, and team has a 5-2 record on this 10-G, 10-day road trip to LAA (2-1), SEA (2-1), and OAK (1-0 + 3 G)…TEX has won 2 straight and 5 of 6…club has 5 different win streaks of 3+ G in 2023 (season-best 4-0 both 4/16-19 and 4/28-5/2)…team totaled 7 wins streaks of 3+ G in all of 2022…TEX is 5-3 in last 8 G, but 9-3 (.750) in last 12 G, T2nd-best in MLB since 4/28 (LAD is 10-2, TEX/BOS are 9-3)…TEX is 9-7 in last 16 G, but still 15-8 in last 23 G and 19-10 in last 29 G beg. 4/9…have a 20-14 record last 34 G since club’s 3-0 start to the season.

  • At 23-14 (.622), TEX owns 3rd-best record in A.L. and 4thbest in MLB to only TB (.769, 30-9), ATL (.676, 25-12), and BAL (.649, 24-13)…club’s 23 wins rank T3rd in A.L. and T4th in MLB (30-TB, 25-ATL, 24-BAL, 23-TEX/LAD).
  • The 23-14 start marks Rangers’ best 37-G start to a season since 2013 (24-13), one of the 7 best starts in club history.
  • TEX is a season-best 9 G above .500 for 1st time since 6/29/19 (46-37)…this is earliest point in a season to reach 9-over since 2013 (4/26/13)…team will attempt to reach 10-over for 1st time since 6/28/19 (46-36), which was the high-water mark for the 2019 season.

STANDINGS: Rangers have a 3.5-G lead on 2nd-place LAA in A.L. West, matching the club’s largest lead of the season (also +3.5 GA thru 4/20)…it is the 3rd-largest division lead of any team in MLB to only ATL (+6.5 GA in N.L. East) and TB (+5.0 GA in A.L. East)…the season-best 3.5-game lead in the West on 4/20 is team’s largest division lead since the end of the ‘16 campaign (won West by 9.0 G)…TEX was in a tie for 1st after loss last Friday for 1st time since 4/27…TEX has been alone or tied atop the division for 41 of the season’s first 42 days (exception: 4/8)…TEX has been alone in 1st place for 25 of the last 27 days (beg. 4/14)…have had sole possession of 1st place in the West for 31 days overall in ‘23.

SERIES STUFF: TEX has gone 3-0-1 in last 4 series and 7-1-1 in last 9…team is 4-0-0 in series against A.L. West foes in 2023, taking 1st series meeting against each of the other 4 teams in the division…the series win this week in Seattle marked Rangers’ 1st series win at T-Mobile since taking 2 of 3 from 5/27-29/19, as club had gone 0-9-0 over 9 series there in the interim…team is 8-3-1 overall in series this year, going 4-1-1 at home 4-2-0 on the road…club did not win an 8th series in 2022 until 6/21-22 vs. PHI…TEX won 4 straight series 4/10-23, longest such span since going 5-0-0 from 6/15- 7/1/18…has won 4 of last 5 road series (0-3, 4/24-26 at CIN).

ON THE ROAD: TEX has won 2 straight and 5 of 6 after a season-long 4-G away losing skid…club is 11-8 (.579) on road, 4th-best away win pct. in A.L…before the current 5-5 span, Rangers had won previous 4 straight and 6 of prior 7 road contests…the 4-G win streak (4/16-19) was longest away win streak since a 4-0 span 6/11-17/22.

VS. OAKLAND: TEX is 3-1 vs. OAK in ‘23, winning 3 straight…are 5-4 in last 9 G dating to ‘22, but have won 16 of 25 and 18 of last 29 vs. the Swingin’ A’s dating to 8/13/21… team has a 23-19 edge since start of 2021…after this weekend, teams will next meet 8/7-9 at the Coliseum, part of a week-long stay in the Bay Area to play OAK/SF…Rangers are 7-4 at the Coliseum in 2022-23, losing 3 of last 5 G after a 5-1 start in ‘22…TEX finished 11-8 vs. OAK in ‘22, securing a season series victory for 1st time since 2016 (10-9).

THE DIFFERENCE: With last night’s win, the Rangers now have a +86 run differential, tying season best (also +86 thru 5/8) and 2nd-best in MLB (TB: +121)…the +86 is highest figure for Texas at any point in any season since finishing 2013 with a +94 run margin.

ELITE EOVALDI: Nathan Eovaldi posted 8.2 scoreless innings last night at OAK, extending his streak to a career-best 28.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to 4/24…it is the longest scoreless streak in MLB in 2023, longest in Majors since ARI’s Zac Gallen had 44.1 IP from 8/8-9/11/22, and 7th-longest in Rangers history (see chart)…other notes:

  • Eovaldi now has at least 8.0 SHO IP in 3 straight starts… Eovaldi in his last 3 starts: 25.2 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 25 SO, .131 opp. BA…according to STATS, Eovaldi is just the 6th pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to have a 3-start span with 25.0+ scoreless innings, 25+ SO, and 3-or-fewer walks, joining Walter Johnson as only A.L. pitchers to ever accomplish the feat (see chart).
  • Eovaldi is just the 3rd pitcher in TEX history with 3 consecutive outings of at least 8.0 scoreless innings, joining Martín Pérez (3, 4/13-23/14) and Charlie Hough (3, 8/28-9/7/83)… the last MLB pitcher with at least 3 straight starts of 8.0+ SHO IP?: LAD’s Clayton Kershaw, 4 straight from 7/8-8/1/15…the last right-handed MLB pitcher with at least 3 straight starts of 8.0 SHO IP?: HOU’s Roy Oswalt, 3 straight from 9/1-11/08.
  • Eovaldi set a career high with 12 strikeouts last night (prev. 11 on 5/22/22 vs. SEA)…marked just 2nd game of 12+ SO by a Ranger since start of 2020 (12 SO by Jon Gray on 6/1/22 vs. TB)…it was most K’s for Ranger in a road game since Lance Lynn on 9/22/19 at OAK (12).

THREE-START SPAN WITH 25.0+ SHO IP, 25+ SO, AND 3-BB-OR-LESS, MODERN ERA (Since 1900)
Dates Pitcher Team IP SO BB
4/19-30/1913 Walter Johnson WSH 27.0 25 3
7/3-12/1963 Sandy Koufax LAD 27.0 26 2
6/15-26/1968 Bob Gibson STL 27.0 26 1
7/4-19/1984 Orel Hershiser LAD 27.0 29 2
7/8-23/2015 Clayton Kershaw LAD 26.0 38 0
4/29-5/11/2023 Nathan Eovaldi TEX 25.2 25 3

LONGEST SCORELESS STREAKS, RANGERS HISTORY
IP Pitcher Dates
39.0 Kenny Rogers 5/6-6/1/95
36.0 Charlie Hough 8/23-9/14/83
33.1 Yovani Gallardo 6/10-7/7/15
31.0 Kenny Rogers 4/27-5/20/05
29.2 Jeff Zimmerman 5/25-8/2/99
29.0 Fergie Jenkins 8/27-9/8/74
28.2 Nathan Eovaldi 4/24/23-current

A SHUTOUT: Last night was the Rangers’ 3rd shutout of the season (also 4/17 at KC and 4/29 vs. NYY), T4th-most in the A.L…TEX has allowed 3-or-fewer hits in all 3 SHO in ‘23, tied for most such games in MLB (also CHC/LAA/TB).

WILL SMITH recorded a one-batter save last night, just 2nd such save by a Ranger since start of 2022 (also Garrett Richards on 7/13/22 vs. OAK)…Smith has saved back-to-back games for Texas, 1st reliever to pull that trick since Matt Moore recorded saves in the final 2 G of 2022…in going 3-for-3 in save chances since Monday, Smith has retired all 7 batters faced with 6 strikeouts.

MARCUS SEMIEN hit a HR last night to extend the Texas lead to 2-0, as he has HR in 2 straight after one HR in previous 18 G…Semien (2.0 fWAR) ranks 4th in MLB in FanGraphs WAR to only TB’s Wander Franco (2.4), ATL’s Sean Murphy (2.3), and ATL’s Ronald Acuña Jr. (2.2)…Semien ranks among A.L. leaders in R (1st, 31), RBI (4th, 31), H (T5th, 43), BB (T8th, 21).

JONAH HEIM doubled and scored last night to extend his hit streak to a career-best 10 G at .381/.395/.619/1.014 w/ 2 HR, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 9 R…Heim ranks 6th in MLB w/ 1.9 fWAR. SHORTS: The current 10-G hit streaks for Jonah Heim and Nathaniel Lowe are both tied for longest active streaks in MLB…SS Corey Seager (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI) played his 1st game on rehab w/ Frisco (AA) vs. Wichita last night.

TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHER – #54 Martín Pérez, LHP
(4-1, 3.86)

TONIGHT: The 32-year-old left-hander is scheduled to make his 8th start of the season tonight night in game 2 of 4 here in Oakland…his 4 wins are 2nd-most on club (5-Eovaldi) and rank T6th in A.L…is undefeated (3-0) in his last 5 starts following lone defeat of 2023 on 4/8 at CHC (L, 5.0 IP, 3 R-2 ER)… will be working on regular 4 days’ rest after allowing season-high 7 R-ER in Texas’ 16-8 win on Sun. at LAA (see below)…the outing spiked Pérez’s season ERA from 2.41 to 3.86, which is the highest it has been in over a full calendar year (had 3.86 ERA after start on 4/23/22 at OAK)…made 2 starts for Venezuela in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, posting no record and a 9.82 ERA (4 ER/3.2 IP)…after returning to the Rangers on a one-year free agent deal for 2022, he elected to stay with Texas in 2023 on a one-year deal after accepting the club’s qualifying offer in November…spent the first 11 seasons of his professional career with the Rangers (2008-18), and has been with the organization for 12 of his 15 years as a pro…left the club for 3 years for brief stints with Minnesota (2019) and Boston (2020-21)…has a 59-58 record with a 4.21 ERA over 179 games/166 starts in his Rangers career, ranking among club’s all-time leaders in starts (7th, 166), wins (T11th, 59), and strikeouts (12th, 657)…since 2016, his first full campaign after returning from ‘Tommy John’ surgery, has the 2nd-most starts (181) and 3rdmost innings pitched (1040.1) in A.L…saw two seasons cut short in 2014-15 following ‘Tommy John’ ligament reconstruction surgery on his left elbow on 5/19/14…Texas has gone 5-2 in his 7 starts this season.

LAST START: Surrendered season-high 7 runs (all earned) in Texas’ 16-8 win on Sun. at LAA (ND, 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R-ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 71 pitches/45 strikes)…allowed multiple runs in 3 of 4 frames (3-1st, 2-3rd, 2-4th), incl. 3-run HR by Anthony Rendon in 1st inning…avoided the loss after the Rangers erupted for 16 runs on 17 hits, matching the club’s highest scoring output in a road contest over the last 11 seasons (4x, last 16-4 win on 8/24/22 at COL).

STREAK SNAPPED: The 3.2-inn. appearance on Sun. at LAA marked his shortest start since 8/5/21 at DET w/ BOS (1.1 IP), and snapped a span 36 consecutive outings with 5.0+ IP (4/23/22-4/30/23)…it was the longest active streak of its kind in MLB and finished as the 4th-longest such streak in Senators/Rangers history (beg. 1972): 56-Yu Darvish (2012-14), 41-Lance Lynn (2019-20), 37-Nolan Ryan (1989-90), 36-Pérez (2022-23)…Pérez posted a 16-7 record and 2.68 ERA (66 ER/222.0 IP) over the course of the streak, which cut his career ERA from 4.72 to 4.38, its lowest point since 2017 (4.36 after start on 7/24/17 vs. MIA w/ TEX).

VS. OAKLAND: Pérez is 9-7 with a 4.31 ERA (57 ER/119.0 IP) in 22 games/21 starts vs. the A’s in his career, including 5-4, 3.89 ERA (31 ER/71.2 IP) in 12 G/GS here at Oakland Coliseum…9 career wins vs. OAK are his 2nd-most against any single opponent (10-HOU)…went 1-0, 0.90 (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 3 starts against the Athletics in 2022, all of which came in Oakland…earned win in last outing here on 7/24/22 at OAK (W, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-ER, 3 BB, 6 SO), aiding the Rangers to an 11-8 victory…has gone undefeated (3-0) in last 7 G/6 GS at the Coliseum dating back to 2017, registering a 2.75 ERA (12 ER/39.1 IP) in those outings.

ON THE ROAD: 5 of Pérez’s 7 starts this season have come away from Arlington, and he is 2-1, 4.91 (14 ER/25.2 IP) on the road in 2023…5 road
starts are tied for most among Rangers (also Eovaldi) and rank T2nd in MLB behind only TOR’s Kevin Gausman (6)…all 5 HR allowed this season have come in road outings, as opponents have batted .305/.348/.467/.814 (32-105) in his away starts vs. .311/.367/.378/.745 (14-45) at Globe Life Field.

2023: Opponents have batted .307/.354/.440/.794 (46-150) with 10 extra-base hits (5 HR, 5 2B), incl. opp. BA’s of .357 (10-28) vs. LHB and .295 (36-122) vs. RHB…marks the 2nd-highest opp. BA allowed among MLB qualifiers (.324-STL’s Miles Mikolas)…TEX has scored 6+ runs in of 6 of Pérez’s 7 starts, as his 10.61 run support average (RSA) ranks highest among qualified ML pitchers…opp. BA by time thru the order: 1st (.193, 11-57), 2nd (.386, 22-57), and 3rd (.361, 13-36)…Jonah Heim has caught all 7 of Pérez’s starts…allowed season-high 7 R-ER on 5/7 at LAA (ND, 3.2 IP).

OAKLAND ATHLETICS NOTES:

ABOUT THE A’S: Have lost five straight, which is their fourth losing streak of five or more games this year (also have streaks of 7, 6 and 5)…are now 8-31 (.205), which is the worst record in the majors (Royals, 12-27/.308)…it is the worst record in Athletics history after 39 games and tied for the seventh worst by an AL, NL or FL team since 1901…it is the worst since the 1998 Diamondbacks also started the year 8-31…won two of three at Kansas City to start the road trip for their first and only series win of the season…the season-opening streak of 10 consecutive series losses was the longest in Athletics history (previous: 5 in 1935, 1946 and 1951) and second longest at any point of the season in Oakland history to the record of 11 (July 11-August 20, 2008)…are 1-11-0 in series play and have been swept six times…won consecutive games for the first time this year last Friday and Saturday at Kansas City.

OFFENSE: The A’s were shutout for the fifth time last night but the first time since April 18…the five shutouts are tied for third most in the majors…have scored 147 runs for the season, which is fourth fewest in the majors…are now batting .219 (44-for-201) with 16 runs scored in the six games since tallying a season-high 12 runs a week ago tonight at Kansas City…overall, have the fourth lowest batting average in the majors (.230), eighth lowest slugging percentage (.379), ninth lowest OPS (.689) and 10th lowest on-base percentage (.310)…have the most strikeouts (365), are tied for the sixth fewest doubles (56) and the ninth fewest extra base hits (104)…have the most hit by pitches (26) and sacrifice hits (9)…A’s pinch hitters are 9-for-30 (.300) with eight walks (.447 on-base percentage)…lead the majors in pinch walks and are tied for second in pinch hits.

PITCHING: The A’s have compiled a 6.21 ERA (60 er in 87.0 ip) in May after posting a 7.97 ERA in April…have a 7.34 ERA for the season, which is more than 1½ earned runs higher than the next closest team (White Sox, 5.67)… have allowed 293 runs, which is third most by any AL, NL or FL team over its first 39 games since 1901 (306 by 1923 Phillies, 296 by 1925 Browns)… they are the most by an A’s team over any 39-game stretch since the Philadelphia A’s allowed 298 from Sept. 19, 1940-May 15, 1941…have the highest opponents OPS (.888), batting average (.286), on-base percentage (.382) and slugging percentage (.507) in the majors…lead the majors in most walks (193), home runs (68), hit batters (29) and wild pitches (23) and have the fourth fewest strikeouts (283)…allowed their fifth grand slam of the season Wednesday and no other team in the majors has surrendered more than two…the five grand slams are tied for 10th most in a season in Oakland history and are three short of the record of eight (1993, 1999)…opponents are 21-for-45 (.467) with eight walks, two hit by pitches and a 1.419 OPS with the bases loaded.

STARTING PITCHING: A’s starting pitchers have taken the loss in each of the last five games (21 er in 26.1 ip, 7.18 ERA) after recording their first two wins of the season last Friday and Saturday at Kansas City…are now 2-21 with a 7.78 ERA…the ERA is the highest in the majors by more than 1½ earned runs (Reds, 6.25) and no other team has fewer than six wins from its starters…have the sixth fewest innings pitched (188.2)…starters went 0-16 over the first 32 games, which was the longest season-opening streak of consecutive games without a win by a starting pitcher in Major League history according to the Elias Sports Bureau (previous: Pirates, 27 in 2022)…it was the longest at any point in a season in Athletics history.

THE BULLPEN: The A’s bullpen has compiled a 6.79 ERA, which is the highest in the majors (White Sox, 6.03)…picked up the save last Saturday after blowing each of its previous four save opportunities…is 4-for-13 (30.8%) for the season…has the lowest save percentage and fewest saves in the majors and the nine blown saves are second most to the Cardinals (10) …has allowed 34-of74 (45.9%) inherited runners to score, which is the third highest percentage… has 152.1 innings pitched, which is third most.

ON THE BASES: The A’s were caught stealing twice yesterday for the first time since Sept. 24, 2021 against Houston…are 39-for-48 (81.3%) in stolen base attempts…rank second in the majors in stolen bases (Pirates, 48), third in attempts and tied for 10th in stolen base percentage…the 39 steals are the most by an A’s team over the first 39 games since 1992 (45)…had their streak of seven consecutive games with a stolen base snapped on Tuesday, which was their longest streak in 11 years…defensively, have thrown out 12 attempted base stealers over the last 23 games and have 14 caught stealings for the season, which is second most in the majors (Rockies, 16)…opponents are 32-for-46 (69.6%), which is the fifth lowest success rate…A’s pitchers have four pickoffs, which is tied for the most in the majors.

HOME AND AWAY: The A’s are 0-1 on this seven-game homestand against Texas (0-1) and Arizona (three games)…went 1-5 on the last homestand against Cincinnati (1-2) and Seattle (0-3) and are 3-16 (.158) at home, which is the lowest home winning percentage in the majors (Royals, 6-17/.261)…went 2-4 on the last road trip to Kansas City (2-1) and New York-AL (0-3) and are 5-15 (.250) on the road, which is tied for the worst road record in the majors (Reds, 4-12/.250)…have compiled a 6.02 ERA (117 er in 175.0 ip) at home compared to 8.73 on the road…are hitting .208 (129-for-621) with 56 runs in 19 home games (2.9 runs per game) compared to .250 with 91 runs in 20 road games (4.6 runs per game).

NIGHT AND DAY: The A’s are 7-16 (.304) in night games and 1-15 (.063) during the day…lost each of their first 12 day games, which fell one short of the Oakland record for consecutive losses in day games…are batting .260 (206-for-793) with 105 runs in 23 night games (4.6 runs per game), .183 (94-for513) with 42 runs in 16 day games (2.6 runs per game)…have the lowest day batting average in the majors and the eighth best night batting average.

RUN DIFFERENTIAL: Six of the A’s eight wins have been by one run (the other two were by four) and Oakland is 6-7 (.462) in one-run games…are tied for fifth in the majors in one-run games (13), tied for sixth in losses and tied for seventh in wins…however, have lost six games by 10 or more runs, which matches the A’s combined total from the previous four seasons and is the most since 2008 when they had eight such losses…have a run differential of -146, which is the lowest by an AL, NL or FL team over the first 39 games of the season since 1901 (previous: -121 by the 1932 Red Sox)…it second lowest over any 39-game stretch in Athletics history…the Philadelphia A’s posted a mark of -147 from Aug. 24-Sept. 29, 1915.

THE INJURED LIST: The A’s placed Mason Miller on the injured list yesterday and have now used the IL 13 times, including nine times for pitchers…currently have 10 players on the IL, including seven pitchers…have added eight players to the IL since the start of the season after beginning the year with five players on the IL…used the IL 31 times last year, which broke the Oakland record of 27 set in 2016 and matched in 2021.

THIS AND THAT: The A’s have scored the winning run in their final at bat in five of their eight victories…are 1-4 in extra inning games…are tied for the second most extra inning losses and tied for fifth in games (5)…are 2-4 when leading after seven innings…no other team has fewer than nine wins in that situation…have committed 25 errors, which is tied for third most in the majors…have eight outfield assists, which is s second most in the majors (Royals, 9)…have an average time of game of 2:48, which is the longest in the majors (Padres, 2:45)…however, have not averaged under 2:53 per game since 2010 (2:43).

A’S VS. RANGERS

  • The A’s have lost three of the first four games this year after losing the season series last year for the first time since 2016 when they went 9-10.
  • Went 8-11 in 2022 and the 11 losses were the A’s most to Texas since 2011 (6-13).
  • Are 63-46 (.578) against Texas dating back to 2017…are 34-18 (.654) in Oakland and 29-28 (.509) in Arlington over that span.

Year Home Road Totals
2023 0-1 1-2 1-3
2022 4-6 4-5 8-11
Oakland History: 404-399
at the Coliseum: 212-187
at Globe Life Field: 14-15
Athletics History: 501-481

TODAY’S TIDBITS
Ryan Noda leads Major League rookies in on-base percentage (.423) and walks (27), is tied for fourth in doubles (8), ranks fifth in OPS (.864) and runs (21), tied for sixth in extra base hits (12) and ninth in slugging (.441)… Brent Rooker leads the majors in OPS (1.072), slugging (.648) and pitches per plate appearance (4.64), is tied for sixth in home runs (10) and ranks seventh in on-base percentage (.424)…Esteury Ruiz leads ML rookies in hits (41), doubles (10), stolen bases (17) and hit by pitches (9), is tied for fifth in RBI (16), ranks sixth in batting (.272) and ninth in extra base hits (11) and on-base percentage (.329).

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 7.25 ERA)
FOR STARTERS: Is scheduled to make his eighth start of the season…took the loss in each of his first two starts, allowing 14 runs on 17 hits in 8.2 innings (14.54 ERA)…is 1-0 with a 4.94 ERA (15 er in 27.1 ip) in five starts since then… is in his second season in the majors and is on his first Opening Day roster… made his Major League debut with Oakland last September.

RANKINGS: Is tied for second in the majors in home runs allowed (12) and tied for seventh in most runs (29)…based on a minimum of 30 innings
pitched, he has the highest opponents slugging percentage in the majors (.608), the second highest OPS (.996) and sixth highest ERA (7.25) and on-base percentage (.388).

OPPONENTS BATTING: His .304 opponents batting average breaks down to .200 (4-for-20) against left-handed hitters and .320 (41-for-128) against
right-handers…his career splits are .163 (8-for-49) against lefties, .300 (69- for-230) against righties…11 of the 12 home runs he has allowed this year and 16 of the 17 in his career have been to right-handed hitters…has allowed a .395 (32-for-81) batting average with the bases empty compared to .194 (13-for-67) with runners on base…eight of the 12 home runs he has allowed have been solo shots…opponents are 7-for-36 (.194) with runners in scoring position…20 of the 29 runs he has allowed have scored on home runs.

THIS AND THAT: Has been the starting pitcher in four of the A’s eight wins… has left with the lead in three of his six starts, only to have the bullpen blow the save (April 12, April 24, April 30)…the A’s have been shutout in two of his other starts…has allowed one run in the first inning (7.0 ip, 1.29) but has yielded 10 of his 29 runs in the second inning (10 er in 7.0 ip, 12.86 ERA).

IN APRIL: Went 0-2 with a 7.26 ERA and .976 opponents OPS in six starts in April…had the highest opponents OPS (.976) and slugging percentage (.598) in the majors in April, the fourth highest on-base percentage (.378) and the fifth highest ERA and batting average (.307)…the ERA was the highest April ERA in Athletics history among pitchers with 30 or more innings…allowed 10 home runs, which were the most in the majors and matched Gil Heredia (2001) for the most home runs in April in Athletics history.

2023 DAY-BY-DAY: Allowed six runs on a career-high nine hits in his first start of the season on April 2 against Los Angeles (AL) and was the losing pitcher in the A’s 6-0 loss…surrendered a three-run home run to O’Hoppe in the fourth to snap a career-high 14.0-inning scoreless streak dating back to last year…allowed three home runs against the Angels and a career-high four in his next start on April 7 at Tampa Bay…the seven home runs in back-to-back starts match the most in Oakland history by a pitcher over a two-game stretch…Mike Fiers (Sept. 3-9, 2019) is the only other one to do it over the last 25 years…allowed a career-high eight runs in a season-low 3.0 innings in
the start against the Rays…tossed a season-high 6.1 innings April 12 at Baltimore but had a no decision in the A’s 8-4 win…left with a 4-2 lead but Familia blew the save…tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his fourth start on April 18 at Chicago (NL) but had a no decision as the A’s were shutout 4-0…struck out a season-high seven batters in 5.2 innings on Apring 30 against Cincinnati.

LAST START: He picked up his first win of the season in the A’s 5-4 victory at Kansas City last Saturday…walked a career-high six batters and tossed a career-high 114 pitches…allowed a RBI double to Garcia in the first but the A’s scored five unanswered runs before he allowed three runs in the fourth on a solo home run by Fermin and a two-run home run by Witt.

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