Oakland Athletics @ Atlanta Braves
Friday, 8/15 7:35 PM
Jason Hammel, RHP (1-4, 5.90 ERA/6.16 FIP/5.07 xFIP)vs Alex Wood, LHP (5-8, 2.83 ERA/3.33 FIP/3.32 xFIP)
After four ugly starts for Oakland, Hammel is starting to turn it around. He limited the Twins to one run in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday, lowering his ERA to 5.90 in six starts with the A's.
Wood achieved new career-high numbers with 12 strikeouts and 124 pitches as he limited the Nationals to only one run in 7 1/3 innings in his last turn. Wood owns a 2.10 ERA in eight Interleague outings (three starts).
Saturday, 8/16 7:10 PM
Sonny Gray, RHP (12-6, 2.86 ERA/3.35 FIP/3.51 xFIP)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (10-9, 3.06 ERA/3.44 FIP/3.60 xFIP)
Gray lost to the Royals on Monday despite yielding just two earned runs (three total) in seven innings. The righty scattered six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in his third straight loss, a stretch that follows six straight wins.
Teheran was bidding for a shutout before surrendering five hits in Monday's three-run sixth. Since producing a 2.29 ERA through his first 18 starts, he has posted a 5.24 ERA in the seven starts that have followed.
Sunday, 8/17 8:00 PM
Jon Lester, LHP (3-0, 2.49 ERA/1.98 FIP/3.13 xFIP)vs Mike Minor, LHP (4-8, 5.33 ERA/4.51 FIP/3.72 xFIP)
Lester improved to 3-0 with the A's on Tuesday after limiting the Royals to three runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. The lefty has a 2.55 ERA with Oakland and he hasn't lost a game since June 7.
As Minor worked 6 2/3 strong innings on Tuesday against the Dodgers, he looked much more aggressive and confident than he had at any point this season. The lefty seemed to benefit from having a turn skipped earlier this month.