Chris Bassitt (0-1, 2.87 ERA) and Mike Montgomery (3-2, 1.62 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (38-46) and the Seattle Mariners (37-44) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 2-0 and Oakland leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and CSN-CA.
Bassitt pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out three in a 2-1 defeat to the Rockies. Stephen Vogt (.294, 39 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3. Montgomery went 9.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 5-0 win over the Padres in his most recent start. Nelson Cruz (.304, 40 Rs, 21 HRs, 50 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Oakland and Seattle are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs. Within its division, Oakland has a record of 20-23 SU. Oakland is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.42. The Athletics are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.0 hits per game so far this season.
The Mariners are 18-18 against teams in their division. The Mariners allow 3.9 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.9 runs per game during that span.
The Mariners lead the season series, 6-3. The Athletics have a bad 5-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Montgomery takes the mound. Bassitt (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 30-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Under
The Athletics are 21-23 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 18-19 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 11-15, while Oakland is 17-24.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 13-27 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-31. The Mariners have an 11-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 69 this season. Seattle ranks ninth with 85 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.65 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.94.
Ranking 27th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.666). Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .719.
The Mariners are 14-35 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 11-31 record.