The Seattle Mariners (75-86) finish up the regular season against the Oakland Athletics (68-93) as Vidal Nuno (1-5, 3.80 ERA) and Chris Bassitt (1-8, 3.60 ERA) will take the hill at Safeco Field. The Athletics won the last game 7-5 and Oakland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 3:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Nuno pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 6-4 defeat to the Astros. Nelson Cruz (.302, 90 Rs, 44 HRs, 93 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Bassitt went 3.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking one in an 8-1 defeat to the Angels in his most recent start. Danny Valencia (.289, 59 Rs, 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 6 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Seattle is a -140 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,997 and a record as the favorite of 42-47. Seattle has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,965 and a disappointing record of 33-54 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record, and a 3-7 record SU. The Athletics allow 4.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 7.1 runs per game during that span.
The Mariners lead the season series, 12-6. The Mariners have a 22-30 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bassitt takes the mound. Nuno (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 3-17 and 14-33, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Oakland's last 11 games.
Oakland is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games when playing Seattle.
Oakland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Seattle.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle.
For the 29th time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
The Mariners managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Athletics have won their last three games while the Mariners have lost their last three.
The Mariners and the Athletics are both 50-21 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Ranking 22nd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 653 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 692.
Both Seattle and Oakland are tied at 14th in walks with a total of 473 this season.
The Mariners are 64-53 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 46-48 when they hit at least one homer.