Taijuan Walker (11-8, 4.56 ERA) and Eric Surkamp (0-0, 10.80 ERA) take the mound in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (2-1) and the Oakland Athletics (1-3) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Walker will get the start after recording 169.2 innings last year, wrapping up the season with an 11-8 record, 4.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 157 strikeouts. Robinson Cano (.308 ) had a good game Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs. Eric Surkamp has bounced between the minors and the Majors for the majority of his career and may not last long in the Oakland pitching rotation as a placeholder for other starting pitchers in the minor leagues.
The odds are Mariners -180 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5. The Mariners are second in the AL in hits allowed with just 5.0 per game.
The Athletics have a dynamic offense, leading the league with zero extra base hits. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 7.0 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
Oakland recorded at least two errors for the second time this season.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 2-1. The Athletics have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Oakland sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 10 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 21.
Ranking 13th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching nine this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 13.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 2-1. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 1-0 record.