The Oakland Athletics have guaranteed themselves a shot at redemption against the Detroit Tigers. The A’s will play the Tigers in the ALDS, and they will have home field advantage as the AL’s No. 2 seed, which they clinched with a win yesterday.
However, today, the A’s fell 7-5 to the Mariners, which knocked them out of contention for the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the postseason. Jarrod Parker was rocked in his final start, allowing seven runs on seven hits in just 4.1 innings. He allowed three home runs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning that put the Mariners in front 7-2. The A’s tried to make a comeback with back-to-back homers by Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss in the seventh, but it was too big of a deficit.
Parker’s struggles heading into the postseason should be a concern for the A’s, who have depended on solid starting pitching all season long to get to this point.
The A’s and Tigers will play Game 1 at the O.co Coliseum on Friday, with the start time yet to be determined. The Tigers knocked the A’s out of the postseason last year in five games. Oakland had home field advantage for that series as well, but the first two games were played in Detroit, with the last three taking place in Oakland. This time around, the format will be back to regular at 2-2-1.