Sean Manaea (3-7, 4.58 ERA) and Ariel Miranda (1-0, 6.00 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (51-64) and the Seattle Mariners (60-53) at O.C. Coliseum. The Mariners come into this series riding a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Manaea pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-1 defeat to the Cubs. Khris Davis (.249, 54 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 1 yesterday. Miranda went 1.0 inning, surrendering one run and striking out one in a 6-5 win over the Tigers in his most recent start. Nelson Cruz (.285, 64 Rs, 28 HRs, 72 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Mariners, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oakland is a -130 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -950 and a record as the favorite of 16-22. Within its division, Oakland has a 4-10 record as favorite and a 21-24 record SU. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.4 runs per game. They average 4.0 runs per game on the season.
In games where it is the underdog, Seattle has a 27-24 record and an overall money line of +157. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record and an 8-2 record SU. The Mariners allow just 4.3 runs per game, ranking them fourth in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Mariners are fourth in the AL with an average of 8.6 hits allowed per game.
The Mariners lead the season series, 5-4. The Athletics have a 13-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Miranda takes the mound. Manaea (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 17-24 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 21-24 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 19-24.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 31-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-52. The Mariners have a 12-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 124 this season. Seattle ranks third with 159 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.43 per game. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.84.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .761.
The Mariners are 39-43 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 24-52 when they allow at least one homer.