Athletics vs. Mariners Prediction
Will the Oakland Athletics inch closer to getting home field for the Wild Card tonight, or will the Seattle Mariners play spoiler when the two collide at 10:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, September 24, 2018
10:10PM ET – Safeco Field
TV: RTNW (Sea); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Mariners are favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -140 to win. The Athletics are listed with odds of +130 on the road, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 68 percent of the wagers going on Oakland on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Athletics set to punch playoff ticket
The Oakland Athletics need a win or Tampa loss to clinch a Wild Card spot and they currently sit just 1.5 games behind the Yankees for home field in the 1-game playoff. Oakland is 94-62 overall and 44-31 on the road and they are coming off winning four of their last five. Oakland is putting up 4.97 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.12 per contest.
Daniel Mengden will start for Oakland this evening. He has appeared in 21 games this season and has a 7-6 record with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Mengden has pitched a total of 110.1 innings this year and has 67 strikeouts with 25 walks.
Mariners out of the mix
The Seattle Mariners are out of the playoff mix after dropping four of their last seven games, including a series at Texas this weekend. Seattle is now 85-70 overall and 41-33 at home. The Mariners are putting up just 4.14 runs per game this year while allowing 4.37 per contest.
James Paxton gets the start for the Mariners tonight. He has started 26 games and has an 11-6 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Paxton has pitched a total of 150.1 innings this season and has 194 strikeouts with 42 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won seven of their last eight Monday games and 20 of their last 26 following a loss.
The Mariners are just 1-4 in their last five at home and 2-6 in their last eight games against a right-handed starter.
Oakland needs the win more, but Paxton still will be pitching with pride. The Mariners have done well against Oakland with him on the mound. Through three starts he has a 2.92 ERA against the Athletics. Conversely, Mengden has really struggled against the Mariners, lasting just two innings in his lone outing, allowing four runs on five hits. I think returning home from a long road trip will allow Seattle to ride Paxton to a win tonight.
The Pick: Seattle Mariners -140