Mengden was credited with his first save in a win over the Astros on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks over three innings while recording a strikeout.
Mengden managed the unlikely feat of nabbing a save in a game the Athletics won by 14 runs, as the fact he pitched three innings without blowing his team's sizable advantage technically qualified him for such. The veteran right-hander did surrender a two-run home run to Martin Maldonado in the ninth inning to blemish his performance to an extent, but Mengden was reasonably effective in his first appearance since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.
Mengden was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of this upcoming series in Houston, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
He notched a 6.16 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 17:5 K:BB in 19 innings (five appearances) since getting sent back to Triple-A in early August. Look for him to work as a long man out of the bullpen down the stretch.
Mengden was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.
Mengden is the odd man out with the Athletics adding Tanner Roark at the deadline. He wasn't terrible during his time on the roster, but his 4.85 ERA and 16.8 percent strikeout rate in 55.2 innings were each far from impressive. He remains one of the top options to return to the rotation if a gap opens up.
Mengden is expected to move to the Oakland bullpen or get optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the coming days after the Athletics acquired starting pitcher Tanner Roark from the Reds on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Oakland tipped its hand on Mengden's likely removal from the rotation by passing him over for a start in Thursday's series finale with Milwaukee, even though he last pitched five days earlier. Instead, Homer Bailey will draw the nod for that contest, while an off day Friday will allow the Athletics to once again reorder their rotation. Since Roark should be ready to slot into the pitching schedule for the series with the Cubs early next week, the Athletics would be able to get by without Mengden having to make another start.
Mengden (5-3) was charged with the loss against the Rangers on Friday after surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings.
Mengden, facing Texas for the first time this season, held his opponents scoreless until the fourth inning, when he allowed a walk, back-to-back doubles and a single to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead. A two-run single by Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth accounted for Mengden's final runs of the night. The loss was his first since a May 12 start against Cleveland. The 26-year-old now owns a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 41:25 K:BB and will look to bounce back at home Thursday against the Brewers.
Mengden allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over 3.1 innings Sunday, striking out two and taking the no-decision in the loss to the Twins.
Mengden had thrown 18 innings in July without issuing a walk but simply couldn't find the strike zone Sunday. Nearly all of the damage against him came on Max Kepler's three-run homer in the second inning. His ERA ballooned up to 4.65 with the rough outing, but fortunately his offense did enough for him to avoid being tagged with a loss. Mengden will look to win his fifth straight decision in Friday's home start against Texas.
Mengden (5-1) earned the win against the Mariners on Tuesday, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three.
In typical Mengden fashion, he did not blow many batters away -- in addition to notching only three whiffs, he induced a mere four swinging strikes -- but was nonetheless effective, limiting Seattle to four baserunners. The lone blemish against him on the scoreboard was a second-inning home run off the bat of Omar Narvaez, only the fifth homer Mengden has served up in 47 innings. After losing his first start of the season, the 26-year-old has now won his last five decisions to run his record to 5-1. He'll carry a 4.21 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into his next scheduled start in Minnesota on Sunday.
Mengden (4-1) earned the win against Seattle on Sunday, completing 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits while striking out two.
Mengden was given an early six-run lead and rolled to his third straight win by limiting the Mariners to single runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings. His line may have been even better if not for Seattle catcher Omar Narvaez, who drove in all three runs scored against him. The 26-year-old began the season struggling with his control -- he walked 14 batters in his first 20.2 innings -- but has settled down to issue only two free passes in his last 19.1 frames. Mengden finishes the first half with a 4-1 record along with a 4.73 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 31:16 K:BB in 40 innings of work.
Mengden (3-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Twins, coughing up five runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings while striking out five.
Miguel Sano and Jason Castro both took Mengden deep, but the Oakland offense responded with some big flies of its own, including a Chris Herrmann grand slam. The right-hander will carry a 4.67 ERA and 29:16 K:BB through 34.2 innings into his final start before the All-Star break Sunday in Seattle.
Mengden (2-1) earned the win Wednesday at St. Louis after allowing only four hits over six scoreless innings. He had five strikeouts and one walk.
Mengden's first start for the A's in place of the suspended Frankie Montas was a dominant one, as he delivered 64 of his 93 pitches for strikes and didn't give up an extra-base hit. The 26-year-old had a 19:15 K:BB in the majors this year entering Wednesday, so it's encouraging to see he only issued a single walk. Mengden lines up for a tough matchup versus the Twins next week.
Mengden was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Cardinals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
As expected, Mengden will join Oakland's rotation Wednesday in place of Frankie Montas, who was suspended 80 games last week after testing positive for PEDs. The 26-year-old Mengden owns a solid 3.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 in 49.1 innings with Nashville this season, though his 5.09 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 19:15 K:BB in 23 innings with the big club this season leaves something to be desired. That said, he should be given a bit of a leash given Oakland's depleted big-league rotation.
Mengden will be recalled from Triple-A to start Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 26-year-old righty has a 3.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 49.1 innings at Triple-A this season, but fared much worse (5.09 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 19 strikeouts) in 23 MLB innings earlier in the year. Even so, he should be given a bit of a leash this time around, given Oakland's depleted big-league rotation.
Mengden is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Cardinals, a game that would have represented Frankie Montas' (suspension) next turn in the rotation, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Mengden is a natural candidate for the role, given his extensive starting experience. The 26-year-old right-hander has already logged three starts with the Athletics this season, posting a 5.09 ERA and 1.65 WHIP across 23 innings overall. It's been a smoother road in Triple-A Las Vegas, where Mengden has generated a 3.47 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 4-2 record over 49.1 innings across eight appearances (seven starts).
Mengden was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday.
Mengden was sent back to the minors after struggling in a bulk-relief role Wednesday against the Angels, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. The A's have yet to announce who will take his place in the rotation. Ryan Dull was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move.
Mengden didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 10-9 loss to the Angels after giving up six runs on six hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He didn't strike out a batter in the 65-pitch outing.
For the second time this season, Mengden worked as a bulk reliever rather than a traditional starter, but the arrangement didn't pay off for the Athletics. The six runs allowed represented a season high for Mengden, who had carried a 3.05 ERA into the contest. On a more positive note, Mengden at least scaled back the free passes after walking 15.1 percent of the batters he faced in his prior four outings. Mengden tentatively lines up to make his next turn as a starter/bulk reliever Monday in Tampa Bay, if Oakland opts not to drop him from the rotation.
Mengden will be deployed as a bulk reliever Wednesday against the Angels.
Mengden will work behind an opener (Joakim Soria) for a second straight appearance. The veteran allowed just one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six in 4.1 innings as a bulk reliever his last time out. Overall, Mengden owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 19:14 K:BB in 20.2 innings this season.
Manager Bob Melvin suggested that Mengden, who is listed as Oakland's starter for Wednesday's game against the Angels, could be deployed behind an opener, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Liam Hendriks previously opened ahead of Mengden for the latter's last turn through the rotation, and the arrangement yielded favorable results. While covering 4.1 innings in relief against this same Angels squad on May 29, Mengden surrendered only one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Melvin said Hendriks wouldn't open Wednesday's game after being needed in relief in Tuesday's 4-2 win, leaving fellow right-handers Joakim Soria or Aaron Brooks as the most logical options to work as openers if the Athletics choose to go that route. Regardless of how he's deployed, Mengden will be in line to fill the bulk of the innings and is thus the most likely pitcher to factor into any decision.
Mengden will work as a bulk reliever Wednesday against the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mengden was originally scheduled to start, but the A's opted to go with an opener in Liam Hendriks before allowing Mengden to come in and cover the bulk of the innings. In three appearances for the big club this season (all starts), Mengden owns a 3.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 13:11 K:BB in 16.1 innings.
Mengden took a no-decision Friday, allowing only one run over four innings while allowing five hits and five walks in a 6-2 win over the Mariners.
Mengden struck out four batters in the outing, but needed 99 pitches to complete the four innings. The right-hander has a 3.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP through 16.1 innings over three starts. Mengden is projected to start versus the Angels on Wednesday.
Mengden allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks across seven innings to earn a victory against the Tigers on Saturday.
As he did in his first MLB start of the year, the 26-year-old experienced some control issues, walking two batters in the first and then yielding a run on a wild pitch in the fourth, but he was pretty sharp other than that. When he's throwing strikes, Mengden is tough on major-league hitters. Opposing batters have yet to hit a homer and are batting .186 against Mengden in 12.1 innings this year. He is also 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and nine strikeouts in two starts. Given that Mengden earned a second chance at starting despite an underwhelming first MLB outing, he's probably earned a third start with this much better performance.
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