I mentioned in our A’s Week Schedule blog that Monday’s starter James Kaprielian will be facing the Seattle Mariners for the second time in less than a week. So, I thought it would be interesting to see how he went about things last time around and what to look out for today.
The main thing to note was that Kap was great against the Mariners last Wednesday, pitching seven score-less innings and giving up only two singles and two walks.
Kaprielian kept it simple, essentially going with with his four-seam fastball and change-up against left-handed hitters, and four-seam and slider against right-handed hitters.
Kap did sprinkle in a few change-ups to righties when ahead in the count, as well as a few curves to lefties. I suspect we may see him try to use those third offerings a bit more in this game just to keep the hitters from sitting on a fastball or change/slider.
The two singles he gave up both came off right-handed hitters. As you can see from the at-bat outcomes above, Kap did a great job of getting the righties to hit low and away pitches into outs.
It was a bit different against left-handed hitters. Whether by design or not, Kap got more outs with pitches middle or high in the zone. We’ll see if that’s something that continues today facing the Mariners at T-Mobile Park.