Rock cats baseball schedule 2018
The Oakland Athletics schedule was revealed on Monday, May 15. The regular season schedule was posted on Major League Baseball's website. (Courtesy of the Washington Nationals)
The Oakland Athletics (27-36) will open a two-game series at Seattle Mariners (30-33) on Monday, April 17 at Safeco Field. At Safeco, the Mariners will host the first-place Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, April 18. The game will be a day-night affr. At the Athletics, the series opener will also be day-night affr. Oakland Athletics Game 2 will start Tuesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Athletics have the best overall record in the American League. In MLB news, the Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Josh Reddick to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with a vesting option for 2019, which the team plans to pick up.
On the national scene, the Oakland Athletics are one of the more compelling stories. The A's were 50-5 in their last 55 games, when they went into the All-Star break at 43-29. The best part of that stretch was their 15-1 run last month, including 10 strght wins at some point. The first half was a lot of bad for Oakland, but they were only 1-7 when trling at the end of the first inning. Oakland now trls Detroit in the AL Central, 1.5 games. And the A's have lost three of four and six of seven.
The A's will take the mound Thursday, June 22 at Fenway Park in the rubber game of the series in Boston. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT. This marks the fourth and final time Oakland has faced Boston in the regular season. In the first three games, the Athletics split two games, but won one.
The Athletics' home opener will be Saturday, April 28 agnst Toronto. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
With their first-place tiebreaker on the line and a three-game home series agnst Toronto looming, the AL West contenders will begin to take their spots in line for the division crown this weekend. For the Athletics, the game begins Thursday and is expected to run late into the night on the West Coast, if not past midnight in the Bay Area.
On the national stage, there are questions surrounding both the Dodgers and Astros and their runs in the American League West, but no team has yet to clm the crown. The NL Central is up for grabs with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers leading the way.
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers each have a game to play on Friday, June 23. Chicago's starter on Friday will be Brandon Kintzler, who is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts agnst the Cubs. Kintzler's record agnst Milwaukee is 1-0 with a 2.91 ERA in two starts. He's faced Milwaukee seven times, going 3-0 with a 3.30 ERA in six starts. The other Cubs pitcher, Tyler Chatwood, is also 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five career starts. Chatwood is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts versus Milwaukee.
The two teams have met twice in the playoffs with the Brewers winning the first meeting in 2011, and then taking the second game of the World Series in 2014. The Cubs won the first two games of that series.
Friday's Cubs-Brewers game will be avlable to watch on MLB.TV as a part of the MLB Extra Innings package.
Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo and will likely be the team's No. 3 starter on Friday. He'll likely make his first start since June 11. Fulmer has a 3.50 ERA in six starts at Triple-A, and he's 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 starts this season.
The Reds and Braves have scheduled to meet on Friday in the series finale, but the game will not be nationally broadcast. Cincinnati is 7-1 in its last eight games, and it has won six of its last seven at home. Right-hander Homer Bley has not allowed more than two earned runs in an outing in his last nine starts and is 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in those nine starts.
The Cubs have announced a series of promotions to honor National Jewish Health. On Thursday, the organization will honor Dr. David Agus, Dr. David Korn, Dr. Michael Hmerl and Dr. Larry Levine.
Agus is a physician with expertise in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension and sleep disorders at National Jewish Health. He was the 2011 recipient of the American Thoracic Society's Distinguished Researcher Award.
Korn is the associate director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He is a board certified cardiologist and holds the highest honor of the American College of Cardiology, the Julius B. Richmond, M.D., Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hmerl is a professor of genetics and medicine and deputy director of the Center for Gene Therapy at the National Institutes of Health. He is the senior author of more than 250 published research papers, and he and his lab have developed several innovative gene therapies for hereditary disorders.
Levine is the director of the Program in Genomic Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He is one of the leaders of the 100,000 Genomes Project, which ms to collect genetic data from 100,000 people in North America.
The Mets have announced that left-hander Steven Matz will make his first start since July 20, when he pitched seven innings agnst the Dodgers. It will be his first start at Citi Field since May 24, when he went seven innings in a game agnst the Giants, but the last game he pitched here in 2011.
"It's very exciting for me," Matz sd before Tuesday's game. "I've been away from this team for a while. I'm very excited for the start and excited for the opportunity to be with this team agn."
Matz has been the Mets' long man since June 2, and he has made 11 starts for the team, compiling an 0-3 record and a 5.19 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in his last five starts.
His recent struggles were expected to continue, because his four-seam fastball in the past two seasons had lacked velocity. He sd that was why the team started moving him from the rotation to the bullpen.
"I feel I could be effective as a starter," Matz sd. "There's certn areas where I feel that I need to improve as a starter. I feel like I'm in a better place right now than I was in the beginning of last year, and I feel like I'm going to continue to improve."
Matz went 7 1/3 innings in his last start for the Mets on July 17. He didn't allow a run but left the game after he hit his pitching coach with a fastball. He has walked 10 and struck out 20 in 14 1/3 innings with the Mets.
"I was going to give him all my pitches, and I wasn't going to pitch with him for a while, just for precautionary reasons," sd Matz, who pitched to Chase Headley in the fifth inning before his pitching coach began heckling Matz from behind the plate. "I gave him the whole arsenal. I wasn't afrd to throw him all my pitches. I wasn't