Seattle’s Michael Pineda wasn’t selected to the All-Star team
despite being one of the league’s top young pitchers.
He does have the support of one of his chosen teammates,
however, who hopes the impressive rookie might be able to take his
Pineda will try to make his case when he takes the mound for the
Mariners on Monday as they open a three-game road series against
the Oakland Athletics.
Seattle (41-43) continues to get excellent starting pitching and
after a particularly strong weekend series, it will try to take
that momentum into a seven-game road trip before the All-Star
The Mariners won two of three against San Diego over the
weekend, giving up just two runs. They won the finale 3-1 Sunday
behind seven strong innings from Blake Beavan in his major league
Seattle starters have an AL-leading 3.11 ERA this season and a
1.91 ERA in the last 16 games.
Pineda (7-5, 2.65 ERA) ranks sixth in the AL in ERA and is
holding opponents to a .198 batting average.
Despite his credentials, Pineda wasn’t selected to the All-Star
roster while teammates Felix Hernandez and closer Brandon League
were picked. Hernandez, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday and
therefore would be unavailable for the Midsummer Classic, put in
his recommendation for Pineda.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hernandez told the Mariners’ official
website. “He’s got pretty good numbers. … Maybe he can go there
and pitch for me if I can’t pitch.”
Pineda, however, hasn’t been at his best lately. He allowed five
runs and a season high-tying five walks over 6 1-3 innings Tuesday
in a 5-4 loss to Atlanta. That was his third loss in four starts
and left him with one win in his last seven.
The Mariners, though, haven’t provided him with much support,
scoring 11 runs over his past seven outings.
He did pitch very well against Oakland on April 22, allowing
five hits in six innings of a 4-0 win.
The Athletics (38-47) improved to 3-3 on their nine-game
homestand with a 7-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday. Scott Sizemore
had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth, and Conor
Jackson also had a two-run shot in the inning.
Sizemore went 7 for 12 in the series, raising his average 31
points to .286.
”He’s a good on-base guy and hits the ball the other way,”
manager Bob Melvin said. ”He’s gained a lot of confidence and has
become an everyday third baseman. He’s been a productive
Oakland enters this series in last place in the AL West, 3 1/2
games behind Seattle, which has won four of the seven meetings
overall this season and two of three on the road.
Brandon McCarthy (1-4, 3.39) is scheduled to make his first
start since May 18 for the A’s.
McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list due to a stress
reaction in his throwing shoulder, is winless in his last seven
starts. He gave up three runs in seven innings of a 4-3, 10-inning
loss to Minnesota in his most recent appearance.
The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA in eight games – six
starts – against the Mariners, but held them to one run and four
hits over eight innings of a 1-0 loss April 21 at Safeco Field.
Oakland and Seattle rank 13th and 14th in the AL in runs per
game with 3.5 and 3.4, respectively. Both have averaged 2.5 in
their last 11.