Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.16 ERA) and Jesse Chavez (7-12, 3.75 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (57-68) and the Oakland Athletics (55-71) at Safeco Field. The Athletics won the last game 11-5 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Montgomery pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking four in a 7-2 defeat to the Rangers. Mark Trumbo (.252, 46 Rs, 17 HRs, 47 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Chavez went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers in his last outing. Ben Zobrist (.285, 55 Rs, 10 HRs, 46 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Seattle is a -120 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,743 and a record as the favorite of 33-40. Within its division, Seattle has a 14-14 record as favorite and a 24-24 record SU. Seattle's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 8.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.6.
As for their opponent, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,475 and a disappointing record of 23-37 as the underdog. They are 9-10 as the underdog against AL West rivals, and 24-25 SU. Offensively, the Athletics have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 4.5 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 3.61 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are third 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 Chavez takes the mound. Montgomery (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 2-13 and 11-25, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak, O/U - Over
This season, the Athletics hold an even 25-25 record against AL West teams. The Mariners sit at 24-25 against these opponents.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 26-36 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-46. The Mariners have a 15-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Oakland has hit 100 this season. Seattle ranks sixth with 146 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.32 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.61.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .707.
The Athletics are 20-52 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 28-56 record.