The Oakland Athletics have the day off on Thursday, giving the pitching rotation an added day of rest. So on Wednesday, starter Sean Manaea gave all he could, throwing a complete-game shutout and even increasing his pitching velocity on the evening.
The result of Manaea’s masterpiece was a 6-0 win against the Mariners, keeping the Athletics in first place in the American League West, just ahead of the Houston Astros. He relied heavily on his fastball, which reached 95.8 miles per hour on one occasion. That’s the fastest Manaea has thrown since 2017, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Check out Manaea in action below, courtesy of the A’s official Twitter account.
That’s impressive stuff from the A’s lefty, especially considering he had shoulder surgery in 2018. When he returned from his injury, his velocity was noticeably down. It’s fantastic news for the A’s that Manaea’s arm is apparently still recovering and getting better.
Manaea threw 111 pitches, five short of his career high, according to the Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara. Good thing he’ll get that extra day of rest, along with the rest of the club.
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