Jesse Chavez (4-7, 3.02 ERA) and J.A. Happ (3-5, 3.89 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (37-45) and the Seattle Mariners (36-43) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 4-0 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 3 and can be seen on ROOT-NW and CSN-CA.
Chavez is 0-3 with a 3.03 ERA in his appearances against the Mariners, and goes up against a below-average Seattle offense which is batting just .229 this season. Josh Reddick (.287, 35 Rs, 11 HRs, 49 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Happ is 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a quality Oakland offense that's batting .258.
Oakland is a -150 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -1,757 and a record as the favorite of 24-28. Within its division, Oakland has a 13-13 record as favorite and a 19-22 record SU. Oakland is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.2 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.46. 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.
In games where it is the underdog, Seattle has a 16-15 record and an overall money line of -1,124. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record, and a 5-5 record SU. 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 have controlled the season series, 5-2. The Athletics have a bad 4-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Happ takes the mound. Chavez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 29-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Under
The Athletics are 20-22 against their divisional rivals, while the Mariners are 17-18 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 11-14, while Oakland is 16-24.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 2-4 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-30. The Mariners have an 11-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 69 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 81.
Ranking 15th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.72 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 8.98.
Ranking 27th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.663). Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .720.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 14-35, well-matched with the Athletics who are 11-30 when allowing at least one homer.