Manaea took the loss in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Astros after allowing four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings. The left-hander allowed three runs over the third and fourth innings and exited after surrendering a solo homer to Martin Maldonado during the fifth. Manaea will need to hope the A's can overcome a 2-0 series deficit to have a chance to pitch again during this series.
Manaea did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across six innings. The long ball was the enemy of the night for Manaea, who silenced the Dodgers until the third inning, when he yielded a two-run homer to Max Muncy. He also gave up a solo blast to Cody Bellinger in the seventh frame, which would be his final batter of the night. Manea threw a season-high 91 pitches, including 59 for strikes. The 28-year-old, who has been named a likely candidate to start the Athletics' first playoff game next week, has put together a 4.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 12 appearances (11 starts) in the regular season. Across his last six starts, however, the southpaw has compiled a solid 2.65 ERA.
Manaea, who is scheduled to make his final start of the regular season Wednesday against the Dodgers, is a likely candidate to also start the Athletics' first playoff game next week, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. Gallegos suggests Manaea's strong work since mid-August -- he owns a 4-1 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.91 WHIP across his last six starts -- makes him the best option at manager Bob Melvin's disposal as the postseason approaches. The left-hander found himself in a similar position last season, as he put together a 4-0 September after returning from a shoulder injury and was named the starter for the AL Wild Card Game against the Rays, an outing in which he allowed three home runs over two innings in what was a 5-1 Athletics loss.
Manaea (4-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven over 5.2 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. Manaea wasn't bad Tuesday, but he didn't get a lot of support from the Athletics' offense. The loss snapped his personal four-game winning streak. The 28-year-old southpaw has a 4.50 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 48 innings this season. Manaea will look to avoid a losing skid when he faces the Dodgers next Tuesday.
Manaea (4-2) picked up the win Thursday against Houston, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four across seven innings. He did not issue a walk. Manaea was beyond efficient in Thursday's outing, tossing just 61 pitches while allowing two hits and no walks over seven frames. He retired the first 15 hitters he faced before allowing a run on a pair of hits in the sixth. The southpaw certainly could have gone deeper into the tilt, but Oakland manager Bob Melvin opted to hand the final two innings to Jake Diekman and Liam Hendriks, likely due to the fact that both relievers are enjoying fantastic campaigns. After a poor start to his season, Manaea has now won each of his last four starts while allowing just six earned runs across 27.1 innings. He will look to stay on a roll when he takes the ball Tuesday in Colorado.
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