Young arms may decide the American League West. Seattle and Oakland will face off for the first time this year Friday, and they'll have a pair of high-caliber arms on the mound. Taijuan Walker and Drew Pomeranz will get the ball Friday in Oakland, and these teams will renew a hard-fought rivalry.
Things to know about this game
1. Any one game can make the difference. Seattle and Oakland fought all of last season for a playoff spot, and the A's edged the Mariners by one game. Seattle went 10-9 against Oakland despite falling short of the playoffs, and both sides know their fate can be decided by any given game.
2. Both starters came out of the same Draft. Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and Walker was taken just 38 spots later. Now, both are trying to establish themselves in the Majors, and Walker is coming off a 4-0 record and a 0.67 ERA in Spring Training.
3. Robinson Cano had a red-hot start for the Mariners last season, notching a .296 batting average in April and a .355 mark in May. And that's consistent with his career. The six-time All-Star is a .299 career hitter in 213 games in March and April, but he has just three hits in his first three games.