Oakland Athletics will launch a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday in Anaheim, California. It looks different and wants to create the long-awaited attack.
On Wednesday, A bought outfielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzard.
“Not only does it give us a bat and solid defense, it’s also kinetic and dynamic,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “His run is dynamic. He steals the base. He does everything. This is a big player. This is certainly added to our team now.
“This makes us a better team, a much better team.”
Marté is expected to support Auckland’s struggling attack in July with a rate of .306 with 7 home runs, 25 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 0.859 on-base plus slugging. A played an average of 4.0 this month, beating host San Diego Padres 10-4 on Wednesday.
“We lost a lot of one-run games,” said A’s general manager, David Forst. “The pitching staff’s margin of error is very thin …. I think a little impact on the attack will help.
“I felt Sterling was the best position player. It’s not easy to trade a player like Jesus, but after all, when the team and this clubhouse perform and stand in this position, it’s We have. What we can do to help them is to try anything. “
Right-handed Frankie Montas (8-8, 4.34 ERA) will face Angels’ right-handed Dylan Bundy (1-7, 6.69) on Thursday at the Auckland mound.
Montas is 3-1 with 2.96 ERA in 11 career games (8 starts) with the Angels. This includes a 1.42 ERA to 1-1 with two starts this season.
Bandy will start in place of right-handed Alex Cobb. Alex Cobb does not change order due to blisters on the pitching hand. Bandy owns a 5.04 ERA 4-2 record in 11 career appearances with Auckland, including 9 starts.
His recent outing was a relief for A when he threw a perfect inning on July 20th. With two early starts with Auckland this year, Bandy went 0-1 at 9.43 ERA.
The Angels will not have first baseman Jared Walsh on the injured list on Wednesday due to tension in the right intercostal muscles. He has no plans to return home.
Philip Gosselin started on Wednesday as first baseman in Los Angeles and insisted on staying there. He walked, ran, and RBI 2-4, and in the 8th inning, the Angels beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7, scoring a winning hit.
Gosselin is a super-utility player for Angels manager Joe Maddon this season, starting with first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, left fielder and designated hitter. He hits .294 with an on-base percentage of .358 and a slugging percentage of .413.
“As soon as we got him, (Phillies front office adviser) Larry Bowa called me and gave me a great account,” Maddon played in Philadelphia in 2019 and 2020. He talked about Gosselin. Of the batter he was in
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