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New York Mets vs. Oakland Athletics Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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Now that Chris Bassitt has gotten the opportunity to impress his old fans with a brilliant pitching performance, the spotlight shifts to Mark Canha on Saturday afternoon when the New York Mets continue their series of San Francisco Bay Area homecomings with a second game against the host Oakland Athletics.

Pitching almost exclusively with a big lead, Bassitt breezed through eight innings in a 9-2 series-opening win Friday. He was making his first Oakland start since a six-year run there ended with his trade to the Mets in March.

Canha made the Oakland-to-New York trek four months earlier when signed a two-year, $26.5 million free agent deal with the Mets. He had played his entire career (seven years) with the A's, six seasons as Bassitt's teammate. Together, they helped Oakland make the playoffs three times.

Canha got his big bucks after hitting a career-high 17 homers and driving in 61 runs last season. He also led the American League in getting hit by pitches, as he was drilled 27 times.

It might not happen this weekend against his old friends, but Canha has taken his ball magnet to the National League this year. He leads the majors with 24 plunkings.

On Bassitt's big night, Canha contributed a pair of doubles to New York's 13-hit attack. He went 2-for-5, raising his average to .265. It's his highest mark since he batted .273 for the A's in 2019.

It could be a long weekend for the former University of California standout, who plans to lead teammates on a sightseeing tour of the antiquated Oakland Coliseum.

"You can go on top of Mount Davis, that's cool," he said of the tarped-off seats above the center field bleachers that were constructed for the Oakland Raiders. "Maybe go see Oracle (Arena) -- old Oracle," he added, making reference to the arena next door that used to be the Golden State Warriors' home.

Canha will be a stranger to several members of the new-look A's, including Saturday's scheduled starter, left-hander Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.13 ERA). The A's (55-96) acquired the 24-year-old when they dealt another old buddy of Canha's, Frankie Montas, to the New York Yankees last month.

Waldichuk has made four major league starts and the A's have lost all of them. He has served up 14 runs and 21 hits in 17 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts.

He has never faced the Mets, and will be pitching in Oakland for just the second time, having limited the visiting Atlanta Braves to three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 7-4 loss on Sept. 7.

The Mets (96-56) will take the field around the same time that the Braves (93-58) will start their game at Philadelphia. New York leads Atlanta by 2 1/2 games in the NL East.

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom (5-2, 2.32 ERA) is tasked with trying to improve on that advantage. He has progressed from 91 to 96 to 101 pitches in his three starts this month, during which he has struck out 31 in 18 innings.

The 34-year-old veteran will be making his first-ever start against the A's, seeking to improve upon his career interleague record of just 8-10 with a 2.91 ERA.

deGrom has seen just two current A's (Stephen Vogt and Tony Kemp) in his career. He's never faced rookie Dermis Garcia, who belted the fifth home run of his 28-game career off Bassitt in the series opener.

"The kid's been great," A's manager Mark Kotsay said. "He's enthusiastic. He's got a lot of energy. You can tell he's enjoying being here, being a part of this group."

--Field Level Media

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New York Mets vs. Oakland Athletics Recap SEP 24TH 2022

The Oakland Athletics overcame Pete Alonso's first-inning homer with an offensive barrage on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 10-4 victory over the visiting New York Mets.

The loss cost the Mets (96-57) a half-game in the National League East, and the Atlanta Braves (93-58) have a chance to move within 1 1/2 games of them depending on a later outcome against the Philadelphia Phillies.

With Jacob deGrom scheduled to pitch, New York appeared on its way to a second straight blowout win over the A's (56-96) when Alonso followed a Francisco Lindor sacrifice fly with a two-run homer, his 38th, for a 3-0 lead before Oakland starter Ken Waldichuk (1-2) had even recorded a second out.

The Mets also scored on Matt Vientos' first career home run, a solo shot in the second, before Waldichuk and three relievers silenced the New York bats the rest of the way.

Waldichuk registered his first big-league win, allowing just the four runs and five hits through five innings. He struck out four without walking anyone.

Austin Pruitt followed up with two shutout innings, after which A.J. Puk and Tyler Cyr blanked the Mets for an inning apiece, giving Oakland its third win in its last five games.

The A's did a number on deGrom (5-3), erasing New York's three-run lead -- and more -- with a four-run uprising in the last of the first.

DeGrom's two walks set the stage for a two-run double by Dermis Garcia, a game-tying RBI groundout by Conner Capel and a run-scoring single by Shea Langeliers.

Vientos' homer got the Mets even one last time before Seth Brown took deGrom deep for a solo home run, his 24th, leading off the third.

DeGrom was pulled after four innings, trailing 5-4 and having thrown 80 pitches. He was charged with five runs on six hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.

The Oakland onslaught continued against the New York bullpen, beginning with a solo shot by Capel, his second, off Trevor Williams in the fifth.

Brown completed a two-RBI day with a run-scoring base hit in the sixth for a 7-4 lead, Nick Allen had an RBI single in the seventh and Capel wrapped up a four-RBI game with a run-scoring single in the eighth that also plated Brown when right fielder Darin Ruf misplayed the hit.

Brown and Capel finished with three hits apiece, with Brown scoring three times and Capel twice. Vimael Machin chipped in with two hits and three runs, while Jordan Diaz added two hits.

Lindor and Jeff McNeil each collected a pair of hits for the Mets, who lost for just the second time in nine games.

--Field Level Media

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