Mariners vs. A's Prediction
Will James Paxton lead the Mariners to another victory when they visit the A's tonight at 10:05PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Mariners are -140 money line favorites versus the A's, who have odds of +126 to pull off the upset at home. With Paxton set to face Cesar Valdez in the pitching matchup, the over/under currently sits at 8 runs.
Paxon is now 2-0 on the season after throwing eight innings of shutout ball in Saturday's win over the Rangers. He struck out nine in another dazzling performance while allowing just two hits and one walk. His ERA is still 0.00 on the year and his WHIP is a microscopic 0.59. He's only given up eight hits in 21 innings of work this season.
Valdez was officially named the A's starter for today's game earlier this week after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Nashville. The reason Valdez is being called up is because Kendall Graveman is dealing with a shoulder injury. The 32-year-old Valdez hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010.
OUR PICK: This might be one of those too-good-to-be-true scenarios for bettors but I'm not going to overthink this one. While Paxton has been dominating big-league hitters so far this season, Valdez hasn't even seen big-league hitters since 2010. The Mariners are 4-1 in Paxton's last five starts and have won seven of nine against the A's entering play tonight.
THURSDAY MLB FREE PICK: SEATTLE MARINERS -140