Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.67 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (75-84) meet Aaron Brooks (2-4, 7.26 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (66-93) in the first of a three-game division series at Safeco Field. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 2 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Iwakuma pitched 7.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out one in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Nelson Cruz (.301, 89 Rs, 44 HRs, 92 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Athletics were unsuccessful the last time Brooks pitched. He went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 14-10 loss to the Giants. Josh Reddick (.272, 66 Rs, 20 HRs, 77 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Mariners have a SU record of 38-35 against teams in their division.
Against divisional rivals, the Athletics are 31-42 SU. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 7.4 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.5.
The Mariners have gotten the best of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 12-4. This game will feature Brooks (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 53-54 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Iwakuma. They sport a 52-60 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea
The Mariners hold a 38-35 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 31-42.
Oakland recorded at least two errors for the 28th time this season.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 30-46 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 12-62. The Mariners have an 18-56 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 142 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fifth with 195.
Seattle and Oakland both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Seattle sits at 10th with 8.52 hits per game and Oakland ranks seventh with 8.65.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.708). Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .726.
The Athletics are 28-70 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 37-67 record.