Felix Hernandez (14-8, 3.74 ERA) and Chris Bassitt (1-5, 2.48 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (57-68) and the Oakland Athletics (55-71) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on RTNW.
Hernandez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in an 11-4 defeat to the White Sox. Bassitt went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Rays in his last outing. Josh Reddick (.282, 50 Rs, 15 HRs, 64 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, three RBIs, and one stolen base.
Seattle is a -166 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at six runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,901 and a record as the favorite of 33-41. Within its division, Seattle has a 14-15 record as favorite and a 24-25 record SU. The Mariners have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 4.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. Seattle's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 9.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.6.
In the other locker room, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,327 and a disappointing record of 24-37 as the underdog. They are 10-10 as the underdog against fellow AL West members, and 25-25 SU. Offensively, the Athletics have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 4.7 in those contests. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with 2.9 per road game, ranking fifth in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.62 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are fourth in the AL with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per game. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.6 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Mariners lead the season series, 7-4. The Mariners have a 42-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bassitt takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 44-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
This season, the Mariners hold an even 25-25 record against AL West teams. The Athletics sit at 25-26 against these opponents.
When leading after 7 innings, Oakland is 23-31, while Seattle is 19-28.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 25-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 36-18. The Athletics have a 43-19 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Seattle has earned 485 this season. Oakland ranks 15th with 522 runs.
Seattle and Oakland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 13th with 360 this season and Oakland ranks 12th with 361.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 49-38, well-matched with the Athletics who are 34-32 when hitting one or more homers.