Nathan Karns (4-1, 3.33 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (1-6, 5.48 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (26-18) and the Oakland Athletics (20-26) at Safeco Field. The Athletics won the last game 5-0, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Karns pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out five in a 7-2 win over the Orioles. Nelson Cruz (.280, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Graveman went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-1 defeat to the Yankees in his last outing. Danny Valencia (.317, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Seattle and Oakland are Mariners -175, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Athletics lead the season series, 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners are 12-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 9-7 against their division.
Seattle recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
The Mariners didn't score any runs in their last game. The Athletics have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-22. The Mariners have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 49 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 59.
Seattle and Oakland both rank in the bottom half of the league in hits. Seattle sits at 16th with 8.42 hits per game and Oakland ranks 17th with 8.31.
Ranking 25th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .743.
The Athletics are 8-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mariners are 17-13 when they allow at least one homer.