Mariners vs. Athletics - 5/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (12-18) at Seattle Mariners (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
S Gray (4-0) (1.67) vs. T Walker (1-3) (8.74)
The Line: Seattle Mariners +103 / Oakland Athletics -113 --- Over/Under: 7 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 the MLB series of American League West teams.
The Seattle Mariners are tied for last place in the AL West after expectations of winning the division this season. The Mariners are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 5-7 at home this season, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Mariners are hitting .236 with Nelson Cruz hitting .333, Robinson Cano hitting .263, and Kyle Seager hitting .255. As a team the Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 4.31 with the starters at 4.44 and the bullpen at 4.06. For game one against the A’s the Mariners start Taijuan Walker who has allowed 34 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 21 over 22.2 innings for a 1-3 record and a 8.74 ERA.
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The Oakland A’s are in fourth place in the AL West but they are just percentage points ahead of the Mariners. The A’s are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 8-9 on the road, and they are seven games back in division standings. As a team the Athletics are hitting .264 with Josh Reddick hitting .354, Stephen Vogt hitting .341, and Ike Davis hitting .287. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 4.18 with the starters at 3.64 and the bullpen at 5.22. For game one against the Mariners the A’s start Sonny Gray who has allowed 28 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 35 over 43 innings for a 4-0 record and a 1.67 ERA.
Seattle is 7-3 following an off day, 1-5 as an underdog, and 1-5 in Walker’s last six starts. Oakland is 4-9 as a favorite, 4-10 in their last 14 games, and 4-1 in Gray’s last five road starts. Oakland is 5-2 in Gray’s last seven starts against Seattle.
The total is set at seven but I look for this one to stay under that number in a game where the pitchers lead the way. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.