Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Taijuan Walker (2-3, 2.95 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (26-17) go up against Rich Hill (6-3, 2.54 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (19-26) in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and will air on CSCA and RTNW.
In his last start, Walker pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 5-2 loss to the Orioles. Robinson Cano (.288, 28 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. The Athletics were victorious the last time Hill pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking one in an 8-1 victory over the Rangers.
The Mariners are a -125 favorite and the total is 7 for this AL West battle.
Pick - SEA
The Mariners hold a 12-13 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 8-7.
Oakland has won 37% (7-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Seattle has won 63% (12-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 1-1 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 3-22. The Mariners have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league at 14th when it comes to home runs, hitting 48 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five with 59.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 103 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 150.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 22-11. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 15-12 record.