Kendall Graveman (1-2, 4.03 ERA) and Nathan Karns (2-1, 3.63 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (13-13) and the Seattle Mariners (13-11) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and can be seen on CSCA and RTNW.
Graveman pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-3 defeat to the Tigers. Marcus Semien (.207, 9 Rs, 6 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Karns went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking three in an 11-1 win over the Astros in his last outing. Seth Smith (.317, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Mariners, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Oakland and Seattle are Mariners -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Athletics hold a 5-4 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Mariners' record in these matchups is 7-8.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-10. The Mariners have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 27 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 32.
Ranking 25th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.54 per game. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 8.04.
Ranking 26th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.671). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .704.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 7-8. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 6-11 record.