Mariners vs. Athletics - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (67-91) at Seattle Mariners (84-74)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
K Graveman (10-11) (4.19) vs. Ariel Miranda (5-2) (4.10)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -148 / Oakland Athletics +138 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners begin a four-game series late Thursday night.
The Oakland Athletics would love to play spoiler despite losing eight of their last nine games. The Athletics have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.49 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 134 hits, Danny Valencia has 51 RBI and Marcus Semien has 27 home runs. Kendall Graveman gets the ball, and he’s 10-11 with a 4.19 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners are in must win mode after splitting their last 12 games. The Mariners have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Seattle Mariners offense has been rolling all week long, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 191 hits, Nelson Cruz has 102 RBI and Kyle Seager has 30 home runs. Ariel Miranda takes the hill, and he’s 5-2 with a 4.10 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Miranda’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 11-24 in their last 35 Thursday games and 1-4 in Gravemans last 5 starts. The Mariners are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Mirandas last 5 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in Gravemans last 4 starts vs. Mariners.
The Mariners are in a must win situation, and they're running into an A's club that's counting the days to the offseason and played a late contest Wednesday night. Graveman is also one of the many Oakland pitchers who has been getting rocked, allowing a combined 15 runs in his last three starts. I have to side with Seattle at home in this spot.