Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners - 8/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (60-54) at Oakland Athletics (52-64)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
W LeBlanc (1-0) (4.71) vs. Zachary Neal (2-1) (4.60)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +100 / Seattle Mariners -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, CSN-California
The Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners close out their AL West series on Sunday in Oakland.
The Oakland Athletics have been game and gutsy all season long but on Saturday they couldn’t scrape their way to a win. Khris Davis hit his 29th home run of the season and Coco Crisp and Billy Butler each had three hits as the Athletics scored three runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman allowed seven hits and four runs while striking two over 6.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 8-8 for the season. For Sunday’s game the A’s start Zach Neal who has allowed 31 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 11 over 29.1 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.61 ERA.
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The Seattle Mariners got the win on Saturday as they remain two games back in the American League Wildcard standings. Nelson Cruz hit his 29th home run, Robinson Cano hit his 26th home run, and Seth Smith and Chris Ianetta each had two hits as the Mariners scored four runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out two over 5.1 innings to get the win and raise his record to 14-7 for the season and Edwin Diaz earned his sixth save. For Sunday’s game the Mariners start Wade LeBlanc who has allowed 40 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 25 over 36.1 innings for a 1-0 record and a 4.71 ERA.
Oakland is 1-7 in their last eight Sunday games, 4-12 against a left-handed starter, and 7-2 at home against a team with a losing road record. Seattle is 7-1 in their last eight games, 5-1 following a win, 4-1 against the AL West, and 5-1 in LeBlanc’s last six starts. Seattle has won eight of their last nine games in Oakland.
The Mariners have been the better team and have played well in Oakland and while they are my pick here this one is a lean at best.