Oakland's Manaea has pitched 11 shutout innings in his L2 starts...
My free play is on the Oakland A’s at 10:05 ET.
The A’s visit Anaheim for a three-game series Monday through Wednesday and the only thing at stake is avoiding the AL West ‘basement.’ Los Angeles (69-87) currently leads Oakland (67-88) by 1 1/2 games in that ’race’ and each team opens the series with a pitcher who comes in pitching well. Rookie Sean Manaea (6-9, 4.03 ERA) takes the mound for the A’s up against Angel veteran Jered Weaver (12-12, 5.20 ERA). Those season records don’t look so good but Manaea has pitched 11 shutout innings in his past two starts, while Weaver posted his 150th career win in his last start, continuing a six-game stretch in which he’s 4-1 (team is 5-1) with a 4.15 ERA (31 Ks in 34.2 innings).
Manaea missed the first two weeks of September because of a strained back but scattered just three hits and a walk while striking out five and throwing 67 pitches during five scoreless innings in his return September 14, an 8-0 win at Kansas City. He then allowed three hits and two walks while striking out seven in six scoreless innings of Oakland's 2-1 loss to Houston this past Tuesday. "He was great," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com after his Sep 14 start. "It didn't look like he had any time off." Manaea then pitched just as well last Tuesday. I stated above that Weaver’s recent six-start stretch is his best of the season but note the 4.15 ERA (not exactly “lights out” pitching).
Weaver is 6-6 with a 4.92 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 16 home starts this season (Angels are 8-8), allowing 114 hits in 93.1 innings. In this meaningless game, I’m going with the ‘hot’ rookie over the veteran who has seen his better days.