Aaron Brooks (1-1, 5.47 ERA) and Edgar Olmos (1-0, 2.13 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (58-76) and the Seattle Mariners (63-71) at O.co Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Brooks pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Stephen Vogt (.269, 53 Rs, 18 HRs, 67 RBIs) went 1 for 1 Wednesday. Olmos went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking five in a 6-5 defeat to the White Sox in his last outing. Nelson Cruz (.310, 77 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
The odds for Oakland and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Oakland has a record of 26-29 SU. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.72. The Athletics are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.2 hits per game so far this season.
The Mariners are 28-26 against fellow AL West members. Offensively, the Mariners have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.9 runs per game by averaging 5.3 during that stretch. The Mariners can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 162 home runs.
The Mariners have controlled the season series, 9-4. The Athletics have a bad 12-27 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Olmos takes the mound. Brooks (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 46-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak
The Athletics hold a 26-29 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 28-26.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mariners have a 14-18 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 40-18. The Athletics have a 44-19 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 527 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 555.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 378 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 390.
The Athletics are 37-36 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 54-41 record.