Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Free Preview

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The Seattle Mariners will be squaring off against their division rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The matchup will begin at 10:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will broadcast the game.

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

The Mariners are 28-19 SU and are 25-21 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 7.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline over the early portions of the year and 2.5 units ATS. Seattle’s covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 25-23 SU and 23-24 ATS. The teams gained 6.0 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 3.6 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 24-20-3 so far in 2018. The Mariners have been a decent over bet with a total record of 27-19.

Marco Gonzales will get the nod for the visiting Mariners. The left-handed Gonzales is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 10.80 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the hands of righty Daniel Gossett (0-1, 11.05 ERA), who has three punchouts and three walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.91. Gossett hasn’t faced the Mariners yet this year, but he made three starts against them in 2017, posting a 0-3 record with a 9.49 ERA.

Seattle’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.47 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.15 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.78, along with a WHIP of 1.29.

The Mariners offense has slashed .255/.326/.422 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Seattle’s hitters have been powered by shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Dee Gordon. Segura is hitting .315/.333/.452 with three home runs, 33 RBIs, 33 runs and 11 stolen bases, while Gordon (.304/.330/.386) is up to one homers, 13 RBIs, 25 runs and 16 steals.

Segura seemed to have a little trouble hitting righty pitching on the road in 2017. Over 233 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .264/.305/.364 (compared to his overall season line of .300/.349/.427).

For the home team, Oakland’s pitchers have given up 4.7 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.86 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. In 27 divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.13 and the bullpens ERA is 4.34.

Oakland’s hitters have put up 4.7 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over their last five. The teams hit .273/.337/.460 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Athletics offense has been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien. Lowrie is hitting .314/.382/.535 with nine home runs, 37 RBIs and 20 runs scored, and Semien’s line is .279/.325/.404 with five homers, 24 RBIs and 34 runs.

Semien performed well against lefty pitching at home in 2017. Across 48 such plate appearances, he slashed .256/.396/.487 (compared to his total season line of .249/.325/.398).

The Mariners have gained 6.7 units and are 16-13 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 1.0 units and are 9-8 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in six of those games, as opposed to nine that’ve gone under.

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Seattle fielders have committed six errors over their last five games, compared to two errors for Oakland over its last five.
  • The Mariners have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 15 over their last 10.