Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will be taking on their divisional rival Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. NBC Sports – California is in line to broadcast the matchup and the game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Seattle (-170) as the favorite over Oakland (+160). The total sits at 8 runs and bettors can take the over for -120 and the under for an even +100. The games current runline odds sit at -135 for taking the Athletics +1.5 runs and +115 for the Mariners -1.5 runs.

The Athletics are 14-15 SU and are 13-15 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 0.6 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the year, despite having lost 4.3 units ATS. The Mariners, on the other hand, are 17-11 SU and 17-10 ATS. They’ve gained 6.8 units for moneyline bettors and 7.0 units ATS.

Seattle games have an 18-9 over/under record so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 15-11-2.

The southpaw Brett Anderson is getting the start for the visiting Athletics. Anderson is 0-0 with an ERA. He has yet to face the Mariners this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Mariners are putting the ball in the left hand of James Paxton (1-1, 5.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP), who has 44 strikeouts and 15 walks this season. Paxton made three starts against the Athletics in 2017, posting a 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 7.59 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.26, along with a WHIP of 1.22 and a K-per-9 of 7.64.

Athletics hitters have slashed .259/.338/.436 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game this year, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and third baseman Matt Chapman. Lowrie is slashing .336/.392/.597 with seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Chapman is hitting .262 with six homers, 15 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Lowrie did not do as well hitting against lefties on the road in 2017, putting up a slash line of .203/.301/.359 across 73 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .277/.360/.448).

In the other dugout, Seattle’s pitching staff has yielded 4.8 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starters have a 5.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.73 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.5 K/9. In 11 divisional games, Mariners starters have an ERA of 5.34 and the bullpens ERA is 4.20.

The Seattle offense is putting up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .285/.347/.564 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Right fielder Mitch Haniger and second baseman Robinson Cano have led the charge for the Mariners offense this year. Haniger is hitting .303/.388/.687 with 10 home runs, 27 RBIs and 17 runs scored, and Cano’s line is .300/.413/.460 with three homers, 14 RBIs and 18 runs.

Compared to his total season slash line of .282/.352/.491, Haniger seemed to have a little trouble hitting left-handed pitchers at home last season, slashing .231/.286/.442 over 56 such plate appearances.

The Athletics have gained 0.8 units and are 7-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in four of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Mariners have netted 3.0 units and are 6-1 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in three of those games, as opposed to four that’ve cashed the under.

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Mariners, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in five of Seattle’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have lost four of their last five games SU while the Mariners have won six of their last seven SU.
  • Oakland fielders have 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for Seattle over its last 10.
  • The Athletics have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.