(KZOK via 1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners are on fire, which means the pressure is on the Oakland Athletics’ Thursday night starter Jesse Chavez to put out the flames.
Chavez has made 191 big league appearances, but just two have come in a starting role. However, with injuries to both Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, the A’s turned to Chavez, who responded with a terrific spring.
The right-hander made seven appearances (5 starts) in the Cactus League and was 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA over 28 1/3 innings.
Chavez will be trying to help an Oakland team that has lost two of three to start the season. The A’s split Wednesday’s double-header with the Cleveland Indians, winning the opener, 6-1, before falling, 6-4, in the nightcap.
The A’s will have their work cut out for them as the Mariners roared through an Angels pitching staff, putting up 26 runs in three games. The season-opening sweep in Anaheim was the team’s first in 29 years. Behind James Paxton’s seven scoreless innings, Mike Zunino, Corey Hart and Justin Smoak all went deep in Wednesday’s 8-2 victory.
On the mound for Seattle will be left-hander Roenis Elias — who is making his Major League debut. Much like Chavez, Elias took advantage of injuries in the Mariners’ rotation this spring and impressed with a 3-0 mark and 2.04 ERA in Cactus League action.
Elias was a Southern League All-Star last year at the Double-A level.
-Chris Coyle, KZOK
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