Seattle Mariners (68-47) vs Oakland Athletics (66-50)Date : 08/13/2018
Time : 10:05 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seattle Mariners vs Oakland Athletics
Game 1 of a 3-game set against the visiting Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics will take place at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Monday night beginning at 10:05 pm EST. The Mariners are currently in 3rd place within the AL West division while the A’s are roughly 2.5 games ahead of them in the 2nd place slot. In their last set, the Oakland Athletics would suffer a 4-3 road loss to the Los Angeles Angels on 8-10-2018 as the Angles would cash in on the money line as underdogs (+118) while the under was the play with runs being set at 9 for the game. Felix Pena would get the no decision as he would pitch 5.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 homers and 5 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.95 while starter Brett Anderson would also get the no decision as he would last 5 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 1 homer, and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.53 for the game. With 7 hits for the game, the Angels’ Justin Upton and David Fletcher would each go 2-4 in the win with Upton having 2 RBI’s. Kole Calhoun was also 1-4 with 2 RBI’s in the win for Los Angeles. Matt Chapman would go 2-4 with an RBI in the loss for the A’s while Khris Davis would go 1-3 with 2RBI’s. The loss was the 2nd in Oakland’s last 3 games.
The Seattle Mariners would go up 2 games to none in their current 4-game set on the road against the Houston Astros by picking up the 5-2 win on 8-10-2018 where they would cash in on the money line as underdogs (+184) while the under was the play with runs being set at 7.5 for the game. Mike Leake would pitch 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 4 punch outs with an ERA of 4.11, yet, would get the no decision in the contest. With only 7 hits in the victory, Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, Denard Span, and Mitch Haniger would each go 2-4 with a combined 4 RBI’s in the win while Kyle Seager would go 0-4 with an RBI. Marwin Gonzales was 3-4 in the loss for the Astros while Alex Bregman (2-4, RBI) and Tony Kemp (1-3, RBI) would also spearhead the Houston offense in defeat. Finally, Gerritt Cole (10-5) would suffer the loss in this outing as he would last 7.1 innings while allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 5 strikeouts with a 2.75 ERA for the game. The win was the second straight for Seattle after losing 2-straight prior.
Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :
The Oakland Athletics have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 0-5. Recently, after sweeping the reeling Tigers in a 3-game home set on 8-1-2018, the A’s were able to tie a short, 2-game home set versus the Dodgers by picking up the slim 3-2 win on 8-8-2018 while falling to the Los Angeles Angels on 8-10-2018 by picking up the 5-2 win after they would pick up the 8-6 win in the opener.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.71 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .247 (17th), 156 homers (6th), along with 27 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83 (12th) with 884 strikeouts (24th) along with 50 quality starts on the season (15th).
Jed Lowrie (.265 BA on 430 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.251 BA on 387 AB), Marcus Semien (.255 BA on 462 AB), and Matt Chapman (.273 BA on 363 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.235 BA on 461 AB) and Khris Davis (.256 B on 406 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
Sean Manaea (10-8, 144 IP, 58 R, 122 H, 19 HR, 29 BB, 99 SO, 3.50 ERA) has been the leader for this Oakland pitching staff all year.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The Mariners have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. Recently, the Mariners would lose a 4-game home set versus the Toronto Blue Jays on 8-5-2018 despite winning the finale by a 6-3 score. They would go on to also drop a 3-game road set versus the Texas Rangers on 8-8-2018, yet, would come out strong against their division rival and defending MLB champs Houston Astros on 8-10-2018 on the road by winning the first 2 of the 4-game set thanks to a 5-2 win.
For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.21 runs per game (22nd) with a team batting average of .256 (7th), 134 homers (16th) along with 64 stolen bases (8th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.15 (17th) with 974 strikeouts (17th) along with 56 quality starts (6th).
Dee Gordon (.276 BA on 434 AB), Jean Segura (.306 BA on 448 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.273 BA on 417 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far. Kyle Seager (.228 BA on 438 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.
Mike Leake (8-7) has pitched 146.2 innings while allowing 73 runs on 162 hits, 18 homers, 30 walks, and 90 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.11 while James Paxton (10-5) has pitched 139 innings while allowing 56 runs on 115 hits, 17 homers, 37 walks, and 175 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.70 for the season. Finally, Felix Hernandez (8-10) has pitched 124 innings this year while allowing 88 runs on 132 hits, 20 homers, 46 walks, and 99 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.73 while Marco Gonzales has pitched 137.2 innings this year while allowing 60 runs on 140 hits, 16 homers, 25 walks, and 121 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.79.
How Seattle Mariners & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Athletics are 58-58 ATS while the O/U is 53-55-8. On the other hand, the Mariners are 57-60 ATS while the O/U is 57-58-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will be an interesting one not only because this will be a division matchup with huge implications for both the winner and the loser, but, Seattle along with Oakland will be looking to obtain a series win in which to remain close to the Houston Astros in which to somehow take over the top spot within the NL West. I see this as being a very interesting series from start to finish as both teams will be locked in to the task at hand. Expect solid pitching along with strategic play at the plate throughout this early week series.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Oakland Athletics
My reason for the pick :
While the Mariners have won 6 of the last 9 meetings between these two squads while also taking a series at Oakland Alameda on 5-24-2018, it would be fair to say that each team’s season has taken a huge turn. As it relates to the Mariners, they have lost 7 of 10 games while the A’s have won 6 of their last 7 games. In other words, Seattle certainly has the momentum going into this matchup and this will be illustrated in the opener on Monday night. In all, take the A’s to pick up a huge division win at home versus the M’s, thus providing them more of a cushion in the division in separating itself from lesser teams.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The Mariners have given up 28 runs in their last 3 games while the A’s are only averaging a tad less than 3 runs per game n their last 5. The under has been the call in 5 of the last 5 outings for the A’s while the under has been the result in 6 of the last 10 games for Seattle. With that being said, with a struggling team in the Mariners compared to an Oakland team struggling to score runs, one can certainly back the under in this contest as it seems as the most logical of the two.
Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:
- The Mariners are 6-3 in last 9 games versus Athletics
- The Mariners are 5-7 in last 12 games
- The Mariners are 3-8 in last 11 road games
- The Over is 7-4 in Mariners last 11 road games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- The Athletics are 13-4 in last 17 games
- The Athletics are 7-1 in last 8 home games
- The under is 6-2 in Athletics last 8 home games