Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/2/14
Seattle Mariners (73-63) at Oakland Athletics (79-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
James Paxton (L) (4-1) (1.831) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (13-7) (3.034)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -147 / Seattle Mariners +137 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSCA
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners meet for game two of their three game series in the AL West.
The Seattle Mariners are now a game and a half back in the race for the second wild card spot in the AL after losing four of their last five games. On Monday afternoon in Oakland, the Mariners dug themselves an early hole as starting pitcher Chris Young allowed five runs in two thirds of an inning to get an early hook after just 36 pitches. The offense struggled mightily with just three hits as Brad Miller hit a solo home run and Kyle Seager and Endy Chavez each had a hit.
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The Mariners will look to rebound behind second-year lefty James Paxton, who makes just his eighth start of the season. Paxton enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.09 and ERA of 1.83 while posting a record of 4-1. Paxton has yet to face the A’s this season but has been sharp on the road with an ERA of 1.69 over four starts.
The Oakland Athletics snapped a four game winning streak with Monday’s 6-1 win as some new faces made contributions on offense. Jason Hammel pitched eight innings of one run ball allowing just three hits and Adam Dunn hit a two run home run in his first at bat with the A’s to set the tone for the day. Geovany Soto added two RBI’s in his third start with Oakland and Josh Reddick, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard each added two hits in the 11 hit performance. The A’s have sole possession of the first wild card spot and are 4.5 games back of the Angels in the AL West.
The A’s will look to build on yesterday’s win as Sonny Gray takes the mound on Tuesday. The second-year righty Gray has struggled a bit of late but is still having a strong season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.21 and ERA of 3.03 while posting a 13-7 record. Gray has dominated the Mariners in three starts this season with an ERA of just 0.87 spanning 20.2 innings. Gray has been effective but slightly worse on home field with an ERA of 3.21 over 15 starts at O.co Coliseum.
The A’s are 44-23 at home on the season and the Mariners just .500 on the road so I will side with the home team who has experience in making a stretch run in this spot.