The Oakland A’s have lost their last six meetings with the Colorado Rockies. They were swept in three in 2018, then in two this past July, and then they lost again last night. The last time they beat the Rox was in 2015. The green and gold get one more chance to change that Wednesday afternoon.
Oakland looks to salvage a split in their two-game set in the mountains, and they’ll do so behind starting pitcher Mike Fiers. The right-hander is on another nice run of consistent serviceability, not unlike what we saw from him last summer. They aren’t all registering as quality starts — last time he allowed four runs, and the time before that he only finished five frames — but he’s keeping the A’s in games and they’ve won seven of the nine contests he’s started.
The flyball pitcher does have one career appearance at the terrifying Coors Field, back in 2012, and he allowed eight runs in two innings. But that’s long enough ago not to be relevant. We can just be generally nervous about him in a hitter’s park.
Meanwhile, the Rockies respond with German Marquez. The right-hander beat the A’s back in July, tossing six innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. However, Oakland has added a new weapon in Jake Lamb, and he’s faced Marquez more than any other MLB hitter except his former teammates David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt. Lamb carries a .313 average in those meetings (10-for-32), though it’s mostly singles and strikeouts with just one homer and one walk — his xwOBA is a poor .259 in this matchup because of the 10 Ks, but when he makes contact he averages 90.4 mph exit velocity. If he can avoid whiffs then he could do some smashing.
Grossman up to second like I’ve been asking for. La Stella down to third, which is an interesting choice but let’s see how it plays out.