(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners (80-66) conclude their six-game home stanza this weekend with three versus the Oakland Athletics. The A’s have lost 21 of 28 and 12 of 15 after Friday night’s loss and lead the Mariners by just a half game for the No. 1 Wild Card spot in the American League.

Oakland dropped three of four in Chicago earlier this week while Seattle fell in two of three to surging Houston. The M’s are 10-7 versus the A’s this season, 4-3 at Safeco Field.

Pitching Matchups | Jason A. Churchill, 1090 The Fan
Game 2: Saturday, 6:10 PM PT @ Safeco Field — Felix Hernandez, RHP vs. Sonny Gray, RHP
Hernandez has been solid his last two outings after three sub par showings to end the month of August. He’s dominated the A’s this season — 5 GS, 37 2/3 IP, 30 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 32 SO — and as a whole the current A’s roster has hit .218/.269/.310 off The King.

Hernandez Splits :
LHB: .200/.246/.268, 3 HR
RHB: .201/.243/.351, 11 HR
Home: 2.13 ERA, 9 HR, .197 BAA
Road: 2.11 ERA, 5 HR, .204 BAA

Hernandez vs. Athletics
Alberto Callaspo: 14-48, 2B, HR, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coco Crisp: 15-63, 2B, 3B, 4 BB, 13 SO
Josh Donaldson: 5-30, 2B, 2 BB, 8 SO
Adam Dunn: 4-15, 3 HR, 4 BB, 5 SO
Nate Freiman: 0-2, 2 SO
Sam Fuld: 2-14, 4 SO
Jonny Gomes: 3-14, 2 BB, 6 SO
Jed Lowrie: 9-34, 2B, HR, 8 SO
Derek Norris: 0-9, 3 BB, 5 SO
Josh Reddick: 5-35, 2B, BB, 6 SO
Geovany Soto: 2-5, 3 SO
Brandon Moss: 9-36, 2B, 3B, HR, 13 SO
Eric Sogard: 5-25, 2 BB, 2 SO
Nick Punto: 1-12, 3 BB, 3 SO

Scouting Sonny Gray
Grades reflect 20-80 scouting scale; 80 is outstanding, among league’s best, 50 is major-league average, 20 is poor, not in line with big-league standards.
Four-seam Fastball (92-96 mph): 60
Two-seam Fastball (91-95): 55
Slider (82-84): 50
Curveball (76-78): 60
Changeup (84-86): 45
Control: 60
Command: 55

The Mariners beat Gray in Oakland but the second-year right-hander has had a lot of success versus Seattle in his career. He’ll try and get ahead with a good four-seam fastball he keeps down in the zone. When he has his release point he can be dominant and he possesses a plus curveball and above-average slider.

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