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Miami Marlins vs. Oakland Athletics Pick & Prediction AUGUST 24th 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
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Logo Miami Marlins
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Logo Oakland Athletics
6.5
OPENNER
-107

6.5o -126
CURRENT
1.5 -167

-130
MONEYLINE
+110

2
SCORE
3

Left-hander Jesus Luzardo returns to Oakland for the first time since his shocking trade last year as the Miami Marlins go for a three-game sweep of the Athletics on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins have used stellar starting pitching to gain the upper hand in the interleague series, which matches Miami and Oakland for the first time since 2017.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Edward Cabrera and Pablo Lopez, who combined for 14 innings of shutout ball the past two nights, Luzardo (3-5, 3.44 ERA) figures to create a divided rooting interest among what likely will be a third consecutive small turnout in Oakland.

 

Acquired in July 2017 from the Washington Nationals, Luzardo was considered to be a key piece in Oakland's future until management decided the A's needed an offensive boost at last year's trade deadline. As a result, Luzardo was dealt to the Marlins for pending free agent Starling Marte.

Now 24 years old, Luzardo insists his old fans will see a new pitcher coming out of the visitors' dugout.

"I feel like in the past, my fastball command, if I were to throw a bullpen (session), I could dot all four corners without a problem," he said this week. "Then I'd get in the game and I was just trying to do too much.

"I feel like now, I'm just understanding that my stuff is good enough, and I just need to throw it in the zone, especially my fastball. Just let it play in the zone."

Luzardo is coming off one of his best outings since joining the Marlins, having limited the host Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings during a no-decision on Friday. He has allowed zero or one runs in five of his 10 starts this season.

"I feel like that's probably the best game I've thrown in my career," Luzardo said of his effort against the Dodgers. "I know I've gone seven scoreless and stuff like that, but against a lineup like that in such a great atmosphere, just kind of using all my mix. I used sinkers, I used four-seams, I used the breaking ball, I used the changeup. I felt like I had good command of it all."

Luzardo admitted this week he "felt like (the A's) gave up on me," something Oakland general manager David Forst maintained was far from the truth in explaining the deal last summer.

"It's not easy to trade a player like Jesus," Forst said. "Ultimately, we always said when the team in this clubhouse performs and puts themselves in a playoff position, it's on us to do whatever we can to try and help them."

Luzardo is expected to duel former teammate Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.33 ERA). The left-hander has lost his past four starts, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned, in 12 innings over his last two outings against the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

Irvin has never started a game against the Marlins, but saw them twice in relief as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2019 and 2020, allowing four runs in four innings.

The A's will attempt to bounce back from a Tuesday defeat in which they were shut out until the ninth inning.

"We waited too long offensively tonight," Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. "You've got to give credit to (Lopez), too. The last two nights, these two (Miami) starters have really pitched well."

He added of his players, "They fight, and it showed again tonight. ... The didn't shut it down, and they haven't done that all year."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Miami Marlins
4
3
Oakland Athletics

Miami Marlins vs. Oakland Athletics Recap AUG 24TH 2022

Automatic runner David MacKinnon raced home from third on Skye Bolt's shallow sacrifice fly to right-center field in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday afternoon to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2, walk-off win over the visiting Miami Marlins.

After A's reliever A.J. Puk (3-1) stranded two Marlins in the top of the 10th, MacKinnon, placed at second to start the bottom of the inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Richard Bleier (2-2) before sliding home safely when Bolt lifted his game-ending fly ball.

The walk-off win was Oakland's fourth of the season. Seeking a three-game series sweep and a third straight win for the first time since a six-game run bridging June and July, the Marlins suffered their eighth walk-off defeat.

A's starter Cole Irvin was two outs away from being rewarded a win for a career-best, 11-strikeout performance when the Marlins' Nick Fortes drilled a one-out homer in the top of the ninth off Oakland closer Dany Jimenez to draw the Marlins even at 2-2.

The homer was Fortes' seventh of the season.

Miami had also scored in the eighth, getting within a run on a two-out single by Miguel Rojas off the second Oakland pitcher, Zach Jackson.

Facing the A's for the first time since they dealt him to the Marlins last July, Miami starter Jesus Luzardo matched zeroes with Irvin until Jonah Bride singled to left field for Oakland's first hit leading off the sixth.

A one-out single by Nick Allen and two-out walk to Sean Murphy set up a two-run single by Chad Pinder that produced the game's first runs.

Luzardo went on to complete seven innings, giving up just the two runs and three hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Irvin was pulled after seven shutout innings. He allowed three hits -- all singles -- and did not issue a walk.

Fortes was the only player in the game with multiple hits, supplementing his home run with a single. His homer was the only extra-base hit among just nine hits in the game, five of which were by the Marlins.

--Field Level Media

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