In the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (57-67) and the Oakland Athletics (54-71) at Safeco Field, Hisashi Iwakuma (5-2, 3.74 ERA) and Felix Doubront (1-1, 3.89 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Iwakuma pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.320, 71 Rs, 37 HRs, 78 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The Athletics were unsuccessful the last time Doubront pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking six in a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers. Stephen Vogt (.260, 47 Rs, 16 HRs, 63 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle, a -155 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 32-40 record and overall money line at -1,843. They have an SU record of 24-24 against teams in their division and a 14-14 record when they were the favorite in those games. Seattle's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Mariners have given up an average of 8.0 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.5 runs per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of .373 when playing as the underdog (22-37) and an overall money line of -2,584. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 2-6 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 2-8. Oakland has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.5 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.0. The Athletics average 2.9 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel. The Athletics are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.62 ERA this season. They also average just 8.1 hits allowed per game, third-best in the AL. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.6 strikeouts per game.
The Mariners had the upper hand against the Athletics in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 7-3 record. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Doubront) in this game and have a 14-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Iwakuma. They sport a 42-46 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
The Mariners are an even 24-24 against the division, while the Athletics sit at 24-25.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Athletics have a 7-22 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-46. The Mariners have a 15-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Oakland has hit 98 this season. Seattle ranks sixth with 144 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.30 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.59.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .707.
The Athletics are 19-52 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 28-55 record.