Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

New York at Oakland

Venue: O.co Coliseum
  •  

After the Oakland Athletics bolstered their rotation with two high-profile trades prior to the non-waiver deadline, many figured they would cruise to the AL West crown.

Despite a season-worst losing streak that caused them to fall out of first place for the first time since April, the A's are confident they can regroup.

Oakland looks to avoid a sixth straight defeat as Scott Kazmir seeks a career-best 14th victory in Tuesday night's series opener with the visiting New York Mets.

The A's (73-51) acquired starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on July 4 and made another big splash July 31 when they dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester.

They were alone in first place from April 28 through Saturday, when the Los Angeles Angels slipped ahead of them. Lester then suffered his first defeat since the trade, giving up four runs in six innings of a 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Oakland has dropped seven of eight, but the attitude has remained positive.

"Guys are competing, we just aren't getting results right now," Lester said. "This team's too good to stay in this funk."

After a 1-6 road trip, the A's head home for two against the Mets and a crucial three-game set with the Angels beginning Friday. Oakland is a major league-best 21-7 at home since June 17.

"This was not a good trip, so we've got to get home and we've got to regroup," manager Bob Melvin said. "It will be good to get home in front of our crowd. They're usually good for us."

Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA) has gone 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at O.co Coliseum but hasn't been very effective in two starts there this month, yielding nine runs and 15 hits in 12 2-3 innings. He was better on the road Wednesday, allowing three runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Kansas City.

"I felt good. I was able to add and subtract from my fastball, but the important thing was I was getting my changeup back," Kazmir said. "That's positive going forward, definitely."

He'll try again to surpass his career high for victories, first set in 2007 with Tampa Bay, against the club which made the left-hander a first-round pick in 2002 and handed him his worst start this year. Kazmir gave up seven runs and eight hits - including three homers - in three innings of a 10-1 loss to New York on June 24.

The Mets (59-67) didn't have that type of offense during a four-game split with the Cubs, being held to four hits in each contest. They fell 4-1 on Monday as they matched a franchise record with fewer than five hits for the fifth straight game.

"Maybe they're swinging too much," manager Terry Collins said. "It's trying not to do too much, just try to put the barrel on the baseball."

New York has provided Dillon Gee only five runs of support over his last six starts.

Gee (4-5, 3.69) is 0-4 with a 5.60 ERA during that span. He gave up four runs and walked a season worst-tying four in six innings of Thursday's 4-1 loss to Washington.

"The command's been on and off and I just keep working on it," said Gee, who has issued 13 walks in his last 22 1-3 innings. "There's nothing really I can pinpoint that's making that a problem."

The right-hander had a career-high six walks in his only start against the A's, giving up four runs in four innings of a 7-3 loss in 2011.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
Probable Starters

D. Gee
N.Y. Mets Last 3 Starts Oakland
0-1 Wins-Losses 1-2
18.2 Innings Pitched 19.2
3.38 Earned Run Average 5.49
10 Walks 3
13 Strikeouts 9
1.18 WHIP 1.27

S. Kazmir
Probable Pitchers
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets4th NL East7279.477155-5 L 3
Oakland2nd AL West8366.55710 ½ 4-6 W 2
 
 

CBSSports.com Shop

David Price Detroit Tigers Majestic Replica Player Baseball Jersey

MLB Pennant Chase Gear
Get your favorite team
Shop Now

Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
V. BlackShoulder
D. EvelandElbow
M. HarveyElbow
J. HefnerForearm
B. ParnellElbow
D. WrightShoulder
Oakland
PlayerInjury
K. BlanksAchilles
C. GentryHead
A. GriffinElbow
J. JasoConcussion
J. ParkerElbow
G. SotoBack
S. VogtAnkle
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 21OAKTEX 4-3Cotts Doolittle 
Apr 22OAKTEX 5-4Ogando Gregerson 
Apr 23OAKTEX 3-0Perez Gray 
Apr 28TEXOAK 4-0Gray Darvish 
Apr 29TEXOAK 9-3Kazmir Perez 
Apr 30TEXOAK 12-1Chavez Ross 
Jun 16OAKTEX 14-8Lewis Pomeranz 
Jun 17OAKOAK 10-6Milone Darvish 
Jun 18OAKOAK 4-2Gray Tepesch 
Jul 25TEXTEX 4-1Williams Hammel 
Jul 26TEXOAK 5-1Gray Tepesch 
Jul 27TEXOAK 9-3Kazmir Mikolas 
Sep 16OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 17OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 18OAK 3:35 PM EDT  
Sep 25TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 26TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 27TEX 8:05 PM EDT  
Sep 28TEX 3:05 PM EDT