Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.67 ERA) and Rich Hill (0-1, 6.75 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (2-2) and the Oakland Athletics (2-3) at Safeco Field. The Athletics won the last game 3-2, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Karns will take the hill after recording 147.0 innings last year, closing out the season with a 7-5 record, 3.67 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 145 strikeouts. Robinson Cano (.294 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Hill went 2.2 innings, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the White Sox in his most recent start. Josh Reddick (.250 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Athletics, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Seattle and Oakland have the Mariners as -141 Favorites, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 8. The Mariners are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 6.0 hits per game so far this season.
The Athletics have a dynamic offense, leading the league with zero extra base hits. When it comes to issuing walks, the Athletics have the fifth-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.0 walks allowed per game. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 6.8 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
In their last game, the Athletics won by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 0-2 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 2-2 record in close games.
Seattle has won all of its games (2-0) when leading after seven innings.
The Athletics are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 2-1 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 2-1. The Athletics have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 13 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 23.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 10 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 15.
The Mariners are 2-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 2-0 when they hit at least one homer.