Oakland A’s versus Phillies 15th September 2017

Oakland A’s versus Philadelphia Phillies series starting 15th September @ Phillies.

This interleague match up features two last place teams looking to finish the season strong. These are actually my dads two most loved teams so it’s going to be an interesting weekend for him.

The A’s appear to have the advantage in both pitching and hitting, although the A’s are only 21-48 on the road, while the Phillies are 29-37 at home.

  • Friday’s match up features Daniel Mengden for the A’s versus Mark Leiter Jr for the Phillies. Mendgen has struggled in limited duty, allowing five home runs in 14 innings with a 7.07 ERA. Leiter Jr is 3-5 with a 4.84 ERA and has also been hurt by the long ball, allowing 10 in 74 1/3 innings.
  • In a relatively even pitching match up on Saturday, Kendall Graveman goes for the A’s versus Ben Lively for the Phillies. Graveman is 5-4 with a 4.48 ERA, allowing 100 hits in 90 1/3 innings. Lively has been pitching well lately, going 2-1 over his last three and has a solid 3.86 ERA for the season.
  • Sunday’s series finale has Sean Manaea on the hill for the A’s versus Nick Pivetta for the Phillies. This games is clearly leaning towards the A’s, as Manaea is 10-10 with a 4.64 ERA, while Pivetta is 5-10 with a 6.75 ERA. Making matters worse for Pivetta has been his inability to keep the ball in the park, allowing 23 home runs in 115 innings.

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Offensively, the A’s are lead by the power of Khris Davis, who has belted 39 home runs and knocked in 101. Ryan Henley and Matt Joyce have also provided some pop, adding 24 and 23 home runs, respectively. Keep an eye on Matt Olson, who has 17 home runs in only 152 at-bats.

The Phillies have been getting huge numbers from rookie Rhys Hoskins, who has 16 home runs and a 1.179 OPS in only 114 at-bats. Odubel Herrera adds to the attack with a .291 average and 38 doubles. Cesar Hernandez has become a solid lead off man, batting .288 with 14 stolen bases. Aaron Altherr has added 16 home runs, while rookie Nick Williams has an .849 OPS.

Cut to the Chase Prediction

The Phillies are playing to try to avoid a 100-loss season. That motivation should be enough for them to take a game and hopefully avoid a sweep.

NB that the statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 12.

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