Mariners vs. Athletics - 10/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (67-93) at Seattle Mariners (86-74)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Jharel Cotton (2-0) (1.44) vs. H Iwakuma (16-12) (3.96)
The Line: Seattle Mariners / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners play game three of their series Saturday night.
The Oakland Athletics could use a feel good win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.51 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 135 hits, Danny Valencia has 51 RBI and Marcus Semien has 27 home runs. Jharel Cotton gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Cotton’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners need a victory in order to stay in the closing American League wild card race. 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 picked up over the last week, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Robinson Cano leads Seattle with 193 hits, Nelson Cruz has 103 RBI and Kyle Seager has 30 home runs. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the hill, and he’s 16-12 with a 3.96 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Iwakuma is 9-5 with a 3.82 ERA and 72 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 18-39 in their last 57 vs. American League West and 2-7 in their last 9 Saturday games. The Mariners are 7-0 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 8-3 in Iwakumas last 11 home starts. The Mariners are 4-0 in Iwakumas last 4 starts vs. Athletics.
The Mariners need to win these final two games to have any chance of sneaking into one of the final wild card spots and have an offense that has woken up at the right time. The A's are a team that's losing left and right and has their eyes on the offseason. You have to like the Seattle Mariners to get the job done at home given what they're still playing for with just two games left on the schedule.