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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

  • Austin Adams

    Knee
    Late 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 latter part of August.

  • Yoshihisa Hirano

    Illness
    Late 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 end of August.

  • Carl Edwards Jr.

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Edwards Jr. has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Austin Nola

    Wrist
    Prob Mon | probable

    Nola sat out the last game due to a sore left wrist, but he is likely to be active for Monday's clash with the Rangers.

  • Tom Murphy

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Murphy has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured metatarsal bone in his left foot, and the severity of the injury is unknown.

  • Kendall Graveman

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Graveman is experiencing neck spasms, and the team has put him on the 10-day injured list for an undetermined length of time.

  • 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.

Oakland Athletics

  • Ramon Laureano

    Suspension
    day-to-day | probable

    Laureano is appealing his six-game suspension and is permitted to play until a final decision has been made by the league.

  • Khris Davis

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Davis is not expected to be available against the Angels on Wednesday due to a day of rest.

  • Ramon Laureano

    Poss. Suspension
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Laureano is facing a possible suspension for his role in a bench-clearing incident, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

  • Jordan Weems

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Weems is on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Khris Davis

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Davis is not expected to play Tuesday against the Rangers due to a day of rest.

seattle-mariners Stats 2020

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oakland-athletics Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
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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
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Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB