Hisashi Iwakuma (2-4, 4.39 ERA) and Zach Neal (0-0, 9.00 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (27-18) and the Oakland Athletics (20-27) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Iwakuma pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in an 8-3 win over the Reds. Robinson Cano (.292, 29 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Neal went 3.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out two in a 13-3 defeat to the Red Sox in his last outing. Khris Davis (.230, 18 Rs, 12 HRs, 30 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Seattle and Oakland are Mariners -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners hold a 13-14 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 9-8.
When leading after seven innings, Seattle is 12-8, while Oakland is 8-12.
The Athletics are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 13-4 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 15-3. The Mariners have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Oakland has earned 183 this season. Seattle ranks eighth with 207 runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 109 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 153.
The Mariners are 23-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 16-13 when they hit at least one homer.