In the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (2-3) and the Oakland Athletics (3-3) at Safeco Field, Felix Hernandez (0-1, 1.50 ERA) and Chris Bassitt (0-0, 6.75 ERA) get the start. The Athletics won the last game 6-1, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 10 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Hernandez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three, striking out six and walking five in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Robinson Cano (.286 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Athletics were also unsuccessful the last time Bassitt pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Josh Reddick (.263 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed the Mariners as -185 Faves and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7. The Mariners don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking third in the AL with only 6.0 hits allowed per game.
Oakland is one of the top hitting teams in the league with zero extra base hits. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.019 on the year, good for fifth in the league. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 6.8 strikeouts per game.
The previous two games have all gone Oakland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
The Athletics currently hold a perfect 2-0 against the AL West Division, and the Mariners sit at 2-3 in division games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Mariners have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 2-1. The Athletics have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Oakland sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 19 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 24.
Ranking 25th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 11 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 17.
The Mariners are 2-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 3-0 when they hit at least one homer.