Alonso's solo blast accounted for the only run the A's were able to scratch across Friday night. Alonso continues to hit in the middle of the A's lineup when they face a righty, but his lack of power and .683 OPS fails to provide much fantasy value, especially at a corner infield spot.
After allowing a two-run homer in the first inning to Jedd Gyorko, Detwiler settled in and pitched well for the rest of the game. After a fantastic first start with the A's where he allowed zero runs over eight innings, Detwiler has struggled, allowing 14 runs in his last three starts over only 14 innings. Detwiler's outing Friday likely earned himself another start and will next take the hill Wednesday at Houston.
If the Mariners put Tom Wilhelmsen on the DL, Lee will be brought back to add a right-handed bat to the bench. Lee was sent down last week after losing his way at the plate. But he's seems to be finding his stroke once again. In six games at Tacoma, Lee is 12-for-24 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI.
Wilhelmsen gave up four runs in a third of a inning last Sunday and then was given a few days off because of a sore back. He pitched a scoreless inning Thursday, but was bothered by the back again Friday. Prior to his four-run implosion, Wilhelmsen had allowed three runs in 20 appearances (18.1 innings) since joining the Mariners on June 22 with a .197 BAA.
The Mariners acquired the ambidextrous switch-pitcher in a trade with the Blue Jays in early August. He's allowed one run, eights and three walks in 8.1 innings at Triple-A Tacoma with 11 strikeouts. He'll add bullpen depth and likely be used mostly against left-handed batters.
Freeman was called up Thursday for infield depth while Kyle Seager nursed a bruised foot that kept him out a couple games. Seager, though, is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, so down goes Freeman.
Since coming back from Triple-A on July 20, Aoki batted .316/.362/.429 with nine doubles, a triple, 11 runs and two stole bases. Almost all of his at-bats, though, came against right-handers (85 of 98) as he's been futile against left-handers this year (.207/.277/.228). In the next 10 days, the Mariners are scheduled to face six left-handed starters, which meant he'd be mostly sitting. So, the Mariners decided to use his roster spot to add a bullpen arm. Expect Aoki to be back in a couple weeks.
Gutierrez entered hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Since June 28, he's batting .182/.289/.325 with three home runs and two doubles. It's perhaps a little surprising the Mariners have not released him, but they keep going with his right-handed bat against left-handers. Friday's homer came off Chris Sale, who had allowed one home run in his last six starts.
Hernandez has a 1.86 ERA in his last four starts with 29 strikeouts in 29 innings. He had little trouble through the first seven innings Friday, save for a solo home run. In the eighth, though, he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before being pulled with one out. Fortunately for him, the runners were stranded. Hernandez said he felt dizzy before the third inning, but chalked it up to being "too amped up." The episode didn't affect his performance.
Diaz showed none of the problems he had in his previous few innings with mechanics and control, needing 17 pitches to close it out. He entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and was out of the jam in four pitches. He then struck out the side in the ninth. It's also encouraging that manager Scott Servais turned to his best reliever in the highest leverage situation even though it wasn't the ninth inning (though part of it was because of a thin and overworked bullpen).