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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (58-76) at Seattle Mariners (67-68)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Daniel Gossett (3-7) (5.21) vs. A Albers (2-1) (4.20)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -135 / Oakland Athletics +122 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

The Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners square off in the finale of their three game set from Safeco Field on Sunday.

The Oakland A’s will look to avoid the sweep and snap a five game losing streak after blowing a 6-2 lead and falling 7-6 in game two on Saturday. Matt Joyce led the charge, going 1 for 3 with a three run homer, while Khris Davis and Bruce Maxwell each belted out a solo homer in the loss. Davis also added a double while Ryon Healy added an RBI to round out the scoring for the A’s. Marcus Semien went 2 for 5 with a double, while Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder and Jed Lowrie all contributed base hits in the losing effort. Jharel Cotton gave up four runs on seven hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision while Chris Hatcher received his 3rd blown save of the year and Blake Treinen was walked off, taking the loss to fall to 1-4 this season. Daniel Gossett will start the finale and is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gossett is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and 4 strikeouts against Seattle.

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Seattle Mariners will look for another crucial win to keep their playoff hopes alive and complete the sweep after their win in game two on Saturday. The majority of the M’s damage on the board was done via the long ball, with Robinson Cano belting out a double in addition to his two run shot while Jean Segura went 3 for 5 with a solo homer and two doubles, along with a pair of solo homers from Yonder Alonso and Mike Zunino. Zunino also chipped in a double while Mitch Haniger added a base hit of his own in the win. Yovani Gallardo gave up a pair of runs on five hits while walking and striking out a pair each, not factoring in the decision. Edwin Diaz became the pitcher of record and got the win to improve to 3-5 this season. Andrew Albers will start game three and is 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Albers is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and 2 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 12-47 in their last 59 road games against a left-handed starter and 0-4 in Gossett’s last 4 division starts while the under is 5-1 in Gossett’s last 6 road starts. Seattle is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games against a right-handed starter. Oakland is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Even though Seattle has gotten a pair of solid wins in the first two games, I’m not about to lay a dime on Albers who is hard to trust despite having a desperate Mariners squad behind him who are in dire need of wins heading down the stretch. The A’s are ready for the season to be done and can’t be trusted to do much of anything these days. So rather than pick a side, I’ll side with the over as I see both starters getting batted around quite a bit.

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