Kendall Graveman (8-7, 4.29 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (13-7, 3.79 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (52-64) and the Seattle Mariners (60-54) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 6-3, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Graveman pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 3-2 win over the Orioles. Khris Davis (.252, 56 Rs, 28 HRs, 72 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Iwakuma went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Tigers in his last outing.
Seattle takes on Oakland as a -132 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -950 and a record as the underdog of 35-42. Within its division, Oakland has a 4-10 as the underdog and a 21-24 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 favorite, Seattle has a 33-29 record and an overall money line of +157. They played solid baseball as the favorite 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 fifth in the AL with an average of 8.6 hits allowed per game.
The Athletics have a 38-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Iwakuma takes the mound. Graveman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 43-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 22-24 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 19-25.
The Oakland batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Seattle has a record of 6-17 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-52. The Mariners have a 12-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 125 this season. Seattle ranks third with 160 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.44 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 (.706). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .760.
The Mariners are 39-44 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 25-52 when they allow at least one homer.