Mengden (2-2) allowed just one run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over eight innings in a win Monday over the White Sox.
Mengden lasted into the sixth inning for the first time all season and nearly managed to go the distance. That's in part due to a rough White Sox lineup that managed to go 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, but Mengden drew 14 swinging strikes and tossed 20 first pitch strikes to 30 hitters. He was as sharp as you could ask, and he brought his ERA all the way down to 4.50 in the process.
Mengden (1-2) picked up the win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits over five-plus innings while striking out five.
The right-hander got pulled from the game after the first two batters reached base in the sixth inning, but by that point the A's had a 9-2 lead and were on their way to a 16-6 rout, so Mengden's first win of the year was never in serious jeopardy. His 6.19 ERA through three starts looks ugly, but it's a product on an elevated BABIP -- he's allowed only one homer through 16 innings, and his 12:2 K:BB is solid. Mengden will next take the mound Monday at home against the White Sox.
Mengden took the loss and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.1 innings Thursday against the Rangers.
Mengden was a tough-luck loser on Thursday as he seemingly out pitched his counterpart Martin Perez but was tagged with the loss regardless. All of the damage against him came in the second inning, with the catalyst being when he was struck on his surgically repaired right foot on a liner off the bat of Rougned Odor. The following batter-- Ryan Rua-- dropped down a bunt which Mengden fielded but then threw away. After the damage was done, he responded by retiring 12 consecutive batters before being lifted in the sixth inning after allowing a hit and a walk. He remains limited in value due to a lack of strikeouts, but has shown the ability to get outs in his first two starts of the season.
Mengden completed 5.2 innings Saturday against the Angels, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five.
Mengden didn't start the season on a positive note as he was pushed around by the Angels lineup for five extra-base hits. He's had mixed success across 21 career stats and was solid in seven starts in 2017, but he isn't likely to generate a lot of strikeouts and will get pushed around by stronger lineups. At best, he is a streaming option when he has a positive matchup or a two-start week.
Mengden, who allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk over three innings while striking out three in a Cactus League win over the Giants on Monday, will be a key component of the Athletics' makeshift starting rotation in the coming season, Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News reports. "If he pitches in the fashion that he did in the three hole, like he did last year, that's really going to save us," manager Bob Melvin said.
The Athletics have endured a season-ending injury to Jharel Cotton (elbow), and Paul Blackburn is sidelined for the time being with a forearm strain as well. Factor in the recent news that top prospect A.J. Puk -- who potentially could have been available for callup if the major-league rotation needed reinforcement -- is likely to need Tommy John surgery, and Mengden's role as the No. 3 starter behind Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea becomes even more important. The 25-year-old right-hander settled down after a rocky outings in three of his first four appearances, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and four walks over 15 innings across three subsequent trips to the mound.
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