Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.67 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (12-18) as they meet Taijuan Walker (1-3, 8.74 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (11-17) in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and will air on CSN-CA and ROOT-NW.
Walker has an 8.74 ERA and a 0-1 record in his career against the Athletics, and faces a strong Oakland offense that's hitting .265 on the year. Nelson Cruz (.333, 19 Rs, 14 HRs, 26 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Mariners, Gray is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Seattle offense that's batting just .236.
Seattle is a slight underdog (+103) and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Mariners perform poorly as an underdog with a 2-6 record and have an overall money line of -955. They are 1-3 as the underdog over their last 10 games. 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 subpar record of 7-12 when they are favored and are -831 overall with the money line. Against teams in their division, they are 10-13 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 6-9 record. They also allow just 8.1 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Mariners are 2-1 against the Athletics this season. The Mariners will take on a right-hander (Gray) in this game and have an 8-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Walker will take the mound against the Athletics, who have an 11-13 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Mariners hold a 10-12 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 10-13.
For the sixth time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Mariners play into extra innings, they have a 2-3 record. The Athletics are 0-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 5-6. The Athletics have a 10-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Seattle has earned 102 this season. Oakland ranks second with 145 runs.
Ranking 24th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 68 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 86.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 10-9, well-matched with the Athletics who are 9-7 when hitting one or more homers.