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Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 53,367

Bumgarner, Bassitt square off in A's-Giants rivalry series opener

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San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Giants and the A's split a two-game set in San Francisco earlier this month. Since 2008, the two Bay Area teams have evenly split 60 matchups, with San Francisco having the slight scoring edge, 253-246.
  2. Mike Yastrzemski has hit 17 home runs in his first 75 MLB games, tying Willie Mays for the second most hit in team history through 75 career MLB games -- Willie McCovey has the most with 21.
  3. Oakland has won seven of its last eight games, including sweeping the Yankees in three games in their most recent series. At 74-53, the A's are a season-best 21 games over .500.
  4. Evan Longoria has recorded 697 extra-base hits in his career, fourth most by any third baseman in his first 12 MLB seasons all-time (based on player's career position). The only third basemen with more XBH through 12 seasons are Eddie Mathews (762), Chipper Jones (713) and Mike Schmidt (706).
  5. Matt Olson has hit 79 home runs in his first three full seasons with the A's, fifth most all-time in franchise history through three MLB seasons. The only players in team history with more HR through three full MLB seasons are Mark McGwire (114), Jose Canseco (106), Reggie Jackson (99) and Bob Johnson (83) (ignores stats/seasons before rookie season).
  6. Over his last 11 starts, Madison Bumgarner has a 2.91 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.8 (70/12) strikeout-walk ratio across 68.0 innings. Bumgarner struck out nine and walked zero in 7.0 innings of two-hit, one-run ball in a win against Oakland on August 13.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/24/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Chris Bassitt and the host Oakland Athletics will be seeking revenge on San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner when the geographic rivals meet again in a two-game series that begins Saturday night.

As part of the weekend rivalry scheduling offered by Major League Baseball this season, both teams had Friday off in the wake of a sweep, the A's having taken three straight at home from the New York Yankees, while the Giants dropped three in a row on the road against the Chicago Cubs as part of a four-game slide.

Bumgarner (8-8, 3.72 ERA) pitched the opener of a two-game series against the A's in San Francisco on Aug. 13 and got the win in a 3-2 victory. Despite allowing a home run to Stephen Piscotty, the Giants ace limited the A's to one run and two hits in seven innings, striking out nine.

The win ran his career record to 5-2 against the A's with a 4.32 ERA in eight starts, although he's just 2-2 with a 6.30 ERA in five lifetime starts in Oakland.

The venue shift to Oakland figures to impact the rematch in several ways.

First off, chances are it will mean that Bumgarner won't get to hit again against Bassitt (9-5, 3.61), against whom he belted a difference-making home run the last time the two went head-to-head in 2015.

The Giants won that game 2-1 on a night in San Francisco when Bassitt limited them to two runs and five hits in six innings (3.00 ERA). It's the 30-year-old's only previous meeting with the Giants.

Without the designated hitter available in last week's meetings, A's slugger Khris Davis was held out of the starting lineup against Bumgarner, and only appeared as pinch hitter in the ninth inning against Will Smith. Davis singled in that at-bat.

No doubt, Oakland's sixth-leading home run hitter will be back in the starting lineup at DH against Bumgarner, hoping to recapture the crowd-pleasing magic of his two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Davis had been demoted to seventh in the lineup that night after having gone three weeks without a homer.

"He's been so instrumental for this team, as consistent a power hitter as we've ever had around here," A's manager Bob Melvin noted in the wake of Davis' 18th homer of the season. "It's weighing on him. It hurts."

The Giants, meanwhile, get an opportunity with the DH to get Austin Slater into the lineup against a right-hander, something they haven't done often when only three outfield slots have been available.

General manager Farhan Zaidi said earlier this week that Slater could be used in the infield moving forward if that's what it takes to get his bat in the lineup alongside Mike Yastrzemski, Kevin Pillar and Alex Dickerson.

"The at-bat quality is there; he's gotten some really big hits for us," Zaidi observed. "One thing that I think we're gonna want to take a look at ... he's obviously got some experience in the infield at first base and second base. That may be a way to get him more at-bats."

Bassitt is unbeaten in his last four starts, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 23, 2019

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