J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.51 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (12-17) go up against Jesse Hahn (1-2, 4.33 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (12-19) in the second of a three-game division series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 4-3 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on CSN-CA and ROOT-NW.
Happ has a 2.55 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Athletics, but is up against a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .261 on the year. Nelson Cruz (.339, 19 Rs, 14 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Mariners, Hahn is 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Seattle offense that's batting just .237. Josh Reddick (.345, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Seattle is a -123 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 9-11 record and overall money line at -955. They have a 10-12 record SU and are 8-8 as favorite within their division. Seattle's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, with an AL-best 3.03 team ERA at home.
On the other side, the Athletics have a record of 5-6 when they are the underdog and are -935 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-2 record and 4-6 SU. They also allow just 8.0 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
In their previous four games this season, the Mariners have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Hahn (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have an 8-12 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Oakland is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games,.
Oakland is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, on the road.
Oakland is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games, when playing Seattle.
Seattle is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games, when playing at home against Oakland.
The Athletics lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Mariners are 7-7. The Athletics are 1-9 in close games this season.
Oakland has won 28% (5-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Seattle has won 78% (7-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Seattle batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Oakland has a record of 0-12 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-12. The Mariners have a 5-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 27 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fourth with 36.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.93 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 9.27.
Ranking 21st, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .716.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 2-13. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 5-13 record.