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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Stifles Rangers over 6.1 frames

    Sears (1-1) earned the win against Texas on Thursday, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and three walks while striking out five batters.

    Sears didn't allow a hit until the seventh frame, when Adolis Garcia knocked a one-out single to left field. While the left-handed hurler did issue three leadoff walks, only one of those batters got past first base. Oakland scored just one run in support of Sears, but it was enough for him to pick up his first win, as the Athletics' bullpen managed to complete the shutout. This was the first good outing of the season for Sears -- he entered the game having allowed nine runs across 9.1 innings over his first two starts.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Gives up four in no-decision

    Sears didn't factor into the decision Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings against the Tigers. He struck out two.

    Sears looked good early, facing the minimum through his first three innings. However, Matt Vierling led off the fourth with a solo home run before Detroit tacked on two more runs with three consecutive hits. While his final line wasn't great, it was an improvement for Sears after he gave up five runs in just 3.2 innings in his first start. The left-hander sports an unsightly 8.68 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP and two strikeouts through his first 9.1 innings this season.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Lasts just 3.2 frames in loss

    Sears (0-1) was charged with loss Saturday versus Cleveland after he surrendered five runs on six hits and two walks across 3.2 innings. He struck out one.

    The left-hander gave up two runs in the second inning and fell apart in the fourth, as the Guardians tallied three more runs on two singles, a double, a sacrifice fly and a hit-by-pitch before he was lifted. Sears generated nine swinging strikes and needed 83 pitches to record just 11 outs, with Cleveland fouling off 20 pitches. The 28-year-old was Oakland's most reliable rotation piece last season with a 4.54 ERA in 32 starts, and his fantasy utility will likely be limited in 2024 with wins at a premium, barring a significant improvement in his effectiveness.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Sharp in Cactus League loss

    Sears allowed two earned runs on five hits over five innings in a Cactus League loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He struck out three without walking anyone but did hit a batter.

    The left-hander opened the spring with five scoreless, one-hit innings across his first two Cactus League appearances, and although he's allowed a total of three runs over his next two turns, those have come across eight frames. Even more encouraging is the fact Sears has recorded 13 strikeouts while issuing just one walk, and he appears to be almost built up for the start of the season after his extended time on the mound Thursday.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Working with sinker this spring

    Sears is incorporating a sinker into his repertoire this spring and enjoyed success with it in his first Cactus League start Tuesday, Steve Stockmar of MLB.com reports. "I've been feeling pretty confident with it. It's a new pitch for me," Sears said. "I've never thrown a sinker. I'm just trying to get educated on it from the other guys that throw it and the catchers and results from the hitters on my team whenever I face them live."

    Sears was the picture of stability in an otherwise makeshift Athletics starting rotation last season, logging a team-high 32 starts and posting a 4.54 ERA and 1.26 WHIP that somewhat belied an ugly 5-14 record. The 28-year-old southpaw, who had 70 innings of big-league experience coming into the 2023 season, will be counted on as the No. 2 starter to open the new campaign, and he got his official regular-season prep off to an impressive start against the Guardians on Tuesday with two perfect innings during which he threw only 19 pitches (13 strikes). Sears rolled out the sinker for the first time in live action as well, recording a strikeout and a flyout on two of the three occasions he deployed it.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Allows two homers in loss

    Sears (5-14) took the loss Sunday against the Angels after giving up three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings.

    Sears allowed multiple home runs in a start for the first time since Aug. 26 and failed to go at least five innings for the first time since Aug. 20. He allowed 33 home runs in total this season, which was the most by an Oakland pitcher since 2013. The 27-year-old finishes 2023 with a 4.54 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 161:53 K:BB in 172.1 innings. He figures to be one of the Athletics' top returning arms in 2024.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Fans seven in loss

    Sears (5-13) yielded two runs on six hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out seven and taking a loss against Detroit.

    Sears gave up a two-run single to Spencer Torkelson in the third inning but looked solid otherwise. Sears has given up two or fewer runs in four of his last five starts, posting a 2.93 ERA during that stretch. For the year, he owns a 4.49 ERA and a 157:51 K:BB through 168.1 frames. Sears' next outing is lined up to be on the road against the Angels.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Yields four runs in loss

    Sears (5-12) allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings to take the loss Monday versus the Mariners.

    Sears had allowed a total of three runs over 17 innings across his first three starts in September, all of which were wins. He wasn't able to continue his success Monday, with Jose Caballero's two-run home run in the fourth inning being the biggest hit off Sears. The Oakland lefty is now at a 4.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 150:49 K:BB through 163.1 innings over 30 starts. He's lined up for a more favorable home start versus the Tigers over the weekend.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Downs Houston

    Sears (5-11) earned the win Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings against the Astros. He struck out three.

    After allowing a run in the opening frame, Sears settled in and held the potent Astros offense to just one additional run over his final five innings. The 27-year-old southpaw has now won three straight starts, allowing three runs over 17 innings in that span. Sears' ERA is down to 4.45 on the season with a 1.23 WHIP and 144:45 K:BB through 29 starts (157.2 innings). He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, currently scheduled for early next week against Seattle.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Grabs fourth win

    Sears (4-11) earned the win Wednesday, allowing a run on four hits and four walks over five innings in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays. He struck out three.

    Sears dealt with frequent traffic Wednesday, but he managed to hold Toronto to just one run through five innings, earning his second straight win. The 27-year-old Sears has now allowed just two runs in 11 innings over his last two outings after surrendering 13 runs in his prior two starts (10 innings). Overall, the southpaw sports a 4.51 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and 141:43 K:BB across 28 starts (151.2 innings) this season. Sears is currently lined up for a tough road matchup with the Astros in his next outing.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Bounces back against Angels

    Sears (3-11) threw six scoreless innings in a win over the Angels on Friday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three.

    Sears had an 8.25 ERA over five starts (24 innings) in August, but he started September with a much better performance. The southpaw likely benefited from facing an Angels team that has essentially run up the white flag on 2023. Nonetheless, Sears hasn't been all that good this year either with a 4.60 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 138:39 K:BB through 146.2 innings over 27 starts. He's tentatively lined up for a home start versus the Blue Jays next week.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Rocked by White Sox

    Sears (2-11) took the loss Saturday, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings against the White Sox. He struck out eight.

    Though Sears went six innings for the first time since July 16 and turned in his best strikeout total since June 22, he fell to his 11th loss of the campaign and surrendered six runs. He struggled to keep the ball in the park, giving up a trio of home runs on the day, including solo home runs by Lenyn Sosa and Andrew Benintendi and a three-run shot by Yoan Moncada. Over his last two starts (10 innings) Sears has given up 13 runs and five home runs while holding a 12:4 K:BB. He's tentatively lined up to take on the Angels in his next outing.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Roughed up by Orioles

    Sears (2-10) allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings to take the loss Sunday versus the Orioles.

    Across four starts in August, Sears has yielded 16 runs over 18 innings, though he's had three tough matchups in that span. Sunday marked the first time in five starts he's given up multiple home runs, though one was an inside-the-park shot from Jorge Mateo. Sears is now at a 4.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 127:35 K:BB through 134.2 innings through 25 starts this season. He's lined up for a road outing against the White Sox in his next appearance.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Walks four in no-decision

    Sears yielded three runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in Monday's loss to the Cardinals. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision.

    Sears allowed one run through four innings before coughing up a two-run shot to Paul Goldschmidt in the fifth. Sears has coughed up seven runs in his last two starts, raising his ERA to 4.27. In six starts since the All-Star break, he's registered a 5.23 ERA. Sears' next outing is projected to be at home against the Orioles.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Gives up four runs in loss

    Sears (2-9) allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out six over four innings to take the loss Tuesday versus the Rangers.

    Sears had gone at least five innings in each of his last six appearances before falling short of the mark Tuesday. The Rangers tagged him for three runs in the fourth inning. The southpaw is now at a 4.23 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 117:29 K:BB through 125.2 innings over 23 starts this season. He's projected for a road start in St. Louis next week.

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  • Athletics' JP Sears: Falls to 2-8

    Sears (2-8) took the loss against the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters over five innings.

    Of the six hits Sears allowed, five went for extra bases, but the Dodgers managed to score just twice while he was in the game. Despite keeping Oakland in the contest, the left-hander got little run support and took his eighth loss of the season. Sears has been better than his record indicates-- his 4.07 ERA is far from disastrous, and he's posted seven quality starts across 22 outings -- but such is the fate of a starting pitcher on one of the league's worst offensive teams. Wins aren't likely to start coming in abundance for Sears, but he's not entirely off the fantasy radar, as he's provided some positive stats this season. For instance, his 1.08 WHIP ranks 10th among qualified MLB pitchers, ahead of more heralded hurlers such as Logan Webb, Zac Gallen and Spencer Strider.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Sumter, SC
Age: 28
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, L