Seattle Mariners

Series Preview: Mariners (29-43) at Athletics (35-34)

With the exception of the last three games in Minnesota, the Mariners have played division rivals exclusively for the last three weeks.

The Athletics continue to play better after beginning the season down in the AL West basement, and find themselves legitimate Wild Card contenders at only 1.5 games out.

Since returning from a hamate bone injury just over a month ago, Matt Olson has hit 11 home runs.

Chris Bassitt made his way back from Tommy John surgery last year, making seven starts for the A’s down the stretch.

Mike Fiers increased the usage of his four-seam fastball and his big 12-6 curveball when he joined the A’s last year and he’s still using both of them as his primary pitches.

He’s also struggled to replicate the same kind of whiff rates with his fastball he enjoyed earlier in his career, making his no-hitter even more of a curiosity.

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