Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Free Preview

The Oakland Athletics will be facing off against their AL West foe Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. NBC Sports – California will be televising the action and the game will get going at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Odds

Vegas is listing Seattle (+100) as the underdog to Oakland (-110). Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds posted at even money (+100) for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. Gamblers can also bet on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at Athletics -1.5 runs (+135) and Mariners 1.5 runs (-155).

The Athletics are 5-10 SU and have gone 6-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline this year and 4.4 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Mariners are 8-4 SU and 8-3 ATS. The teams gained 4.3 units for moneyline bettors and 4.7 units ATS. Seattle has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Seattle games have an over/under record of 8-3 thus far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 7-6-1.

The Athletics have lost 1.1 units and are 4-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in six of those games, as opposed to three that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Mariners have netted 3.1 units and are 3-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in two of those games, compared to one that’ve cashed the under.

Sean Manaea (1-2, 1.74 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Athletics. The left-handed Manaea started 29 games last year while finishing the season 12-10 overall with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. He made four starts against Seattle in 2017 and compiled a 1-3 record against the Mariners with a 4.01 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

The Mariners will be turning to righty Felix Hernandez (2-1, 6.60 ERA), who struck out 78 hitters in 86 innings last year (with 26 walks), while finishing the season 6-5 overall with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He recorded two starts against the Athletics a year ago and assembled a 2-0 record with a 0.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

As a unit, Seattle’s pitchers have yielded 5.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.79, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 4.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.9 K/9. In two divisional games, Mariners starters have an ERA of 6.75 and the bullpens ERA is 5.19.

Seattle’s hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 8.5 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .268/.353/.476 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Mariners offense has been led by second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Mitch Haniger. Cano is hitting .405/.560/.514 with 15 hits, four RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Haniger’s line is .310/.423/.619 with 13 hits, 15 RBIs and seven runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .280/.338/.453, Cano seemed to take a step back when hitting lefty pitching at home last season, slashing .198/.243/.292 over 103 such plate appearances.

For the visitors, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 5.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.61 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6.78 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.25, along with a K-per-9 of 6.55.

The Athletics offense has slashed .264/.339/.435 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

Oakland’s offensive production been led by third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Chapman is hitting .351/.413/.684 with 20 hits, five homers, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Lowrie (.339/.397/.532) is up to 21 hits, three homers, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored.

Chapman did not seem to enjoy hitting against righties on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of .149/.243/.347 across 115 such plate appearances (his overall season line was .234/.313/.472).

Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have lost four of their last five games SU.
  • Oakland has recorded 24.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 24.6 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.