Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 4.71 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (61-54) are in Oakland to meet Zach Neal (2-1, 4.60 ERA) and the Athletics (52-65) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Mariners won the last game 4-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his last start, Neal pitched 5.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out one in a 2-1 victory over the Orioles. Khris Davis (.252, 57 Rs, 29 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Mariners were victorious over the Tigers 6-5 the last time LeBlanc pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking three. Nelson Cruz (.285, 65 Rs, 29 HRs, 73 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oakland is a +120 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Athletics are 35-43 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -950. They have a 22-25 record SU and are 17-15 as the underdog within their division. Oakland has averaged 4.4 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 4.0.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .540 when playing as the favorite (34-29) and an overall money line of +157. Over the last 10 games, the team is unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 5-0 record and 8-2 SU. Seattle's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fourth in the AL with only 4.3 runs allowed per game. They also allow just 2.9 walks per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Mariners have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 6-5 record. This game will feature LeBlanc (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 13-17 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Neal. They sport a 44-29 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 22-25 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 20-25.
Oakland has won 40% (18-27) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 51% (26-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 3-9 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 35-12. The Mariners have a 45-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Oakland has earned 470 this season. Seattle ranks 12th with 533 runs.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 293 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 359.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 40-35, well-matched with the Mariners who are 50-36 when hitting one or more homers.