Felix Hernandez (5-0, 1.73 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (13-17) take on Jesse Chavez (1-2, 1.80 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (12-20) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 7-2 and Seattle leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and can be seen on CSN-CA and ROOT-NW.
Hernandez is 19-7 with a 2.64 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, but goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .260 this season. Nelson Cruz (.347, 20 Rs, 14 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. Chavez is 0-2 with a 2.48 ERA against the Mariners in his career. He takes on a below-average Seattle offense that's batting just .238.
This one isn't expected to be close when Seattle, a big -184 favorite, takes on Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at six runs for this matchup. The Mariners have an overall money line of -844 and a record as the favorite of 9-11. Within its division, Seattle has an 8-8 record as favorite and an 11-12 record SU. Opposing offenses that come to Safeco Field have been stifled by the Mariners, who have a team ERA of only 3.03 at home.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 5-6 record and an overall money line of -1,056. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing as the underdog. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are fifth in the AL with an average of 8.0 hits allowed per game.
The Mariners lead the season series, 4-1. The Mariners have a 9-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Chavez takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have an 11-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
The Mariners are an even 12-12 against the division, while the Athletics sit at 10-15.
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 7-2, while Oakland is 5-13.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 6-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Athletics have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 6-6. The Athletics have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 113 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 150.
Ranking 23rd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 77 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 91.
The Mariners are 11-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 9-9 when they hit at least one homer.