Treinen roots for old team

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - GIANTS - By Matt Kawa­hara Matt Kawa­hara cov­ers the A’s for The San Fran­cisco Chronicle. Email: mkawa­hara@sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @matthewkaw­a­hara

Dodgers re­liever Blake Trei

nen said he was happy to see the A’s win the AL West ti­tle this week, even if it was “a lit­tle bit­ter­sweet” com­ing so soon af­ter his de­par­ture from Oak­land.

“A lot of those guys are hav­ing great years and the suc­cess they’ve had is ex­actly what they’ve worked for the last three years,” Treinen said be­fore Tues­day’s game at Dodger Sta­dium. “See­ing it come to fruition for them to win a di­vi­sion, couldn’t be hap­pier for them.”

On Wed­nes­day, Treinen took the loss as he al­lowed Ramón

Lau­re­ano’s two­out, two­run homer in the ninth in­ning of the A’s 6­4 win.

Traded from Wash­ing­ton to Oak­land at mid­sea­son in 2017, Treinen be­came an All­Star in 2018, compiling one of the best sea­sons ever by an A’s closer. As part of 97­win A’s teams in 2018 and 2019, Treinen said he rec­og­nized a men­tal­ity that was “kind of like Oak­land ver­sus the world.”

“When you think about Oak­land, it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s an old sta­dium, peo­ple go there for ca­reers to be res­ur­rected,’ ” Treinen said. “Well, now they’ve got this youth move­ment and they’ve got a happy blend of these tal­ented veter­ans. It’s all of them to­gether ver­sus the world and that’s what makes them so good on top of their tal­ent.”

Treinen in 2018 fin­ished 9­2 with an 0.78 ERA, 38 saves and 100 strike­outs in 801⁄3 in­nings, plac­ing sixth in AL Cy Young vot­ing. His ERA rose to 4.91 in 2019 as he lost the closer role, and Oak­land didn’t re­sign him af­ter the sea­son. Treinen signed a one­year, $10 mil­lion con­tract with the Dodgers, and go­ing into Wed­nes­day, he was 3­2 with a 3.57 ERA in 24 games.

“He looks like Blake to me,” A’s man­ager Bob Melvin said.

“High ve­loc­ity, great move­ment. It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult to hit him hard. … He is ex­tremely tal­ented. We saw that two years ago. He had about as good a year as I’ve ever seen a re­liever have for us. When we parted ways, we wished him the best.”

En­ter­ing Wed­nes­day, the A’s had the ma­jors’ low­est bullpen ERA at 2.42. The Dodgers ranked sec­ond at 2.82. Af­ter the A’s clinched the AL West on Mon­day, the Dodgers, own­ers of the ma­jors’ best record, se­cured their eighth con­sec­u­tive NL West ti­tle with Tues­day’s win over Oak­land.

“Maybe we see them in the World Se­ries,” Treinen said. “That’s a re­play of what, ’88? That’d be kind of cool. Last time this team won a World Se­ries, to do it again against the A’s would be kind of cool.”

Briefly: Chris Bas­sitt will start Fri­day’s opener against Seat­tle, with the rest of the ro­ta­tion for the se­ries un­de­cided. The A’s likely will use their 29th ros­ter spot on a start­ing pitcher for one of the games in Satur­day’s dou­ble­header, Melvin said . ... Util­i­ty­man Chad Pin­der (ham­string) is still day­today. Melvin said Pin­der is “op­ti­mistic to try to play” against Seat­tle, “but I couldn’t guar­an­tee that at this point.”

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