In the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (58-78) and the Seattle Mariners (65-71) at O.co Coliseum, Sean Nolin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (6-3, 4.22 ERA) get the ball. The Mariners won the last game 8-3 and Seattle leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 6 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
This is the first start of the season for Nolin. Stephen Vogt (.273, 54 Rs, 18 HRs, 67 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Mariners were victorious over the White Sox 7-6 the last time Iwakuma pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking four. Nelson Cruz (.310, 77 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a +131 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Athletics have a losing record of 26-41 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -2,676. They have a 26-30 record SU and are 10-13 as the underdog within their division. Oakland has averaged 5.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.2. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Oakland pitchers. The Athletics have given up an average of 6.2 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.1 runs per game. The Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the AL with only 8.3 hits allowed per game.
Across the field, the Mariners have a record of 37-41 when they are favored and are -1,375 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have an unblemished 4-0 record when they were the favorite. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.9 runs per game, above their 4.0 season average. The Mariners are known for their power, smashing 166 home runs.
The Mariners have gotten the best of the Athletics in head-to-head matchups this season, going 11-4. The Athletics will take on a right-hander (Iwakuma) in this game and have a 46-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the left-hander Nolin. They sport a 17-26 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 26-31 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 30-26.
The Athletics managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 4-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Mariners have won their last four games while the Athletics have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 44-20. The Mariners have a 41-18 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 546 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 566.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 382 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 400.
The Athletics are 37-38 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mariners are 56-41 when they hit at least one homer.