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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/11/14

Oakland Athletics (58-34) at Seattle Mariners (49-43)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Jeff Samardzija (R) (3-7) (2.739) vs. Felix Hernandez (R) (10-2) (2.113)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -125 / Oakland Athletics +115 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, ROOT-Northwest

The Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday at Safeco Field in game one of their all AL West series.

The Seattle Mariners have one of the top records in the AL and if the season ended today they would be in the playoffs as a Wildcard team. The Mariners are 22-15 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last three games. As a team the Mariners are hitting .243 with Robinson Cano hitting .323, Kyle Seager hitting .274, and Michael Saunders hitting .276. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.18 with the starters at 3.55 and the bullpen at 2.38. For game one against the division leading A’s the Mariners start Felix Hernandez who is having another big year. For the season Hernandez has allowed 99 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 145 over 136.1 innings for a 10-2 record and a 2.11 ERA.

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/11/14

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The Oakland A’s have the best record in baseball and lead the AL West by 3.5 games over the Angels. The A’s are 28-19 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a road win in San Francisco on Thursday. As a team the A’s are hitting .253 with Coco Crisp hitting .291, Brandon Moss hitting .272, and Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .253. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.08 with the starters at 3.15 and the bullpen at 2.94. For game one against the Mariners the A’s start Jeff Samardzija who makes his second start since being traded to the A’s. In his last start Samadzija allowed four hits and a run while striking out five over 7.0 innings to get the win.

Seattle is 6-1 in game one of a series, 4-0 against the AL West, and 10-2 in Hernandez’s last 12 starts. Oakland is 7-1 against a team with a winning record, 7-3 against the AL West, and 1-9 as an underdog. Seattle is 21-7 when Hernandez starts against Oakland.

In the big game the best players step up and I look for Hernandez to step up here and get the win for the Mariners. 

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