Mariners vs. Athletics Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Mariners are favored on the road today, as Seattle is getting odds of -110 to win, while the Athletics are getting a money line of +100 to prevail. The over/under total for the game is listed at 9 runs. Seattle has won its last six meetings with Oakland this season.
The pitching matchup today has Felix Hernandez (5-5, 4.57 ERA) on the mound for the Mariners to face Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.38) of the Athletics. King Felix has struggled lately, allowing 15 runs over his last four starts. Hernandez has 76 strikeouts with 24 walks and a 1.34 WHIP this season. Gossett is also struggling, allowing at least three runs in five of his last six starts. He has 68 strikeouts with 28 walks and a 1.56 WHIP this season.
Seattle has fallen out of the playoff mix by losing eight of their last nine games. The Mariners are now 75-81 overall and 35-40 on the road. Seattle is putting up 4.61 runs per game while allowing 4.78 per contest. The Mariners are being led by Nelson Cruz, who has 37 home runs, 28 doubles and 115 RBI. Robinson Cano is adding 33 doubles, 22 home runs and 94 RBI.
Oakland is playing really well right now, winning seven straight games, including sweeps of the Rangers and the Tigers. The Athletics are now 72-83 overall and 45-33 at home. Oakland is scoring 4.60 runs per game this season while giving up 5.11 per contest. The Athletics are being led by Jed Lowire, who has 47 doubles with 14 home runs and 67 RBI. Khris Davis is adding 26 doubles, 41 home runs and 105 RBI.
On the surface I liked the Athletics. They are the hotter team and the Mariners seem to have given up with the playoffs out of reach. However, the pitching matchup has me siding with the Mariners. Gossett is 0-2 in two starts against Seattle with a 6.75 ERA. King Felix has yet to give up a run to Oakland this year. While Hernandez hasn’t looked like himself recently, I think he will have another strong start against Oakland to lead his team to a win.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: SEATTLE MARINERS -110