Dillon Overton becomes the 11th pitcher to start a game for the A's this season, an AL-high...
My free play is on the LA Angels at 10:05 ET.
Dillon Overton will be the third starting pitcher to make his major league debut this season for the Oakland A’s, joining Sean Manaea and Daniel Mengden. It’s an indication of the struggles Oakland’s rotation has had in 2016 (team ERA of 4.60 ranks 14th of 15 AL clubs). That said, Overton has certainly earned the promotion, going 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) for Nashville, after going 7-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last seven starts! "Our guys are telling us that he's really pitching well and he's come a long way," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters after Thursday's game. "He's got a complement of pitches that gets him through righties and lefties both. We were impressed with what he did this spring. He's just continued to develop. We're at a point now where not only have we had some injuries and we've been using some guys, this is a guy that we like. He's healthy finally now and pitching well and you like to get a guy here when he's pitching well."
Overton was drafted in the second round by the A's in 2013 but had to have Tommy John surgery before he could make his professional debut. Once healthy, he’s risen swiftly through the minor league system. He'll be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 5.50 ERA), who could lose his spot in the starting rotation with another bad performance. Chacin has an 8.83 ERA over his last four starts (17 ERs allowed in 17.1 IP) with the Angels losing THREE of those four contests. The Angels traded for Chacin on May 11 in a deal with the Braves to fill a slot in the rotation but in order to send him to the minors they would have to designate him for assignment and have him pass through waivers. The more likely scenario would be to move him to the bullpen and make him a long reliever, if he can’t get things straightened out.
The Angels lost 7-4 on Friday to Oakland, giving them a five-game losing streak. Yes, Chacin has struggled in his four starts in June (26 hits allowed along with with 13 walks to match that 8.83 ERA over 17.1 innings) but we don’t know what to expect from Overton in his major league debut. He becomes the 11th pitcher to start a game for Oakland this season, an American League-high. I’m going to take a shot on the home team.