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Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/3/14

Seattle Mariners (2-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-1)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Roenis Elias (L) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Jesse Chavez (R) (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -125 / Seattle Mariners +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-CA

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics will kick off a four-game series on Thursday. The Mariners are coming off a sweep over the Los Angeles Angels, while the Athletics lost their series 2-1 against the Cleveland Indians.

The Mariners have been a scoring machine to start the season, scoring a combined 26 runs in their first three games. Justin Smoak already has six hits, two homeruns and seven RBI. While it’s clear the Mariners lineup is no joke, Roenis Elias will make his major league debut on Thursday. Elias spent three years in the minor leagues, striking out 121 batters in 130 innings, while finishing with a career ERA of 3.18. Elias is a 25-year-old pitcher with a very high ceiling.

Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/3/14

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The A’s split a doubleheader against the Indians on Wednesday and hope their solid pitching can hold up heading into the series against the Mariners. The Athletics held the Indians to two runs or less in their first three games. Jesse Chavez will make his first start for the A’s after spending last season as a relief pitcher. In fact, Chavez has only started two games out of 191 games played in his career, both coming with the Toronto Bluejays. Chavez is 9-15 and has a career ERA of 5.48.

The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series. The Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 64-29 in their last 93 games as a home favorite. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

This is a matchup that I don’t really trust. We have a rookie in Elias, making his first career start on the road. And then we have a pitcher in Chavez, who has spent most of his career as a below-average relief pitcher.

Forced to pick, I’ll go with the red hot Mariners and Elias. Elias has the potential to be great and if Seattle’s bats can stay hot, the M’s should win. 

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