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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/13/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (5-8) at Seattle Mariners (6-4)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

Andrew Triggs (1-0) (2.53) vs. M Leake (2-0) (3.00)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -111 / Oakland Athletics +101 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Northwest

We have some AL West division MLB action on Friday’s slate as the Oakland A’s take on the Seattle Mariners in game one of their three game set from Safeco Field on Friday. 

The Oakland A’s will try to climb back to .500 after starting the year 5-8 but took a step in the right direction, salvaging a series split with the Dodgers after a 16-6 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday. Jed Lowrie and Marcus Semien each had a team-high four RBIs, with Lowrie going 3 for 6 with a home run, while Semien went 2 for 5 with a double. Matt Chapman added three RBIs, going 2 for 6 with a double, while Khris Davis went 3 for 6 with a homer, a double and two RBIs. Matt Olson and starting pitcher Daniel Mengden each added RBIs to the cause, while Jonathan Lucroy went 3 for 5 with a double. Trayce Thompson, Matt Joyce, Stephen Piscotty and Mark Canha each contributed base hits in the win as well for Oakland. The aforementioned Mengden got his first win of the year to improve to 1-2 this season after giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Andrew Triggs will start the opener and is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Triggs is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Seattle.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/13/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Seattle Mariners will look to keep their momentum going after winning 3 of their last 4 games following a 4-2 win over the Royals in their series finale on Wednesday. Kyle Seager went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, while David Freitas added a double. Dee Gordon, Robinson Cano and Guillermo Heredia each chipped in base hits of their own in the winning effort as well for the M’s. James Paxton gave up two runs on six hits while striking out ten over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Vincent got the win to improve to 1-0 this season while Edwin Diaz notched his 4th save of the year. Mike Leake will start game one and is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 5-0 in Triggs’ last 5 division starts and 3-7 in their last 10 division matchups while the over is 4-0 in Triggs’ last 4 road starts. Seattle is 5-2 in Leake’s last 7 starts and 3-7 in their last 10 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Oakland is 1-8 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Seattle.

Backing Triggs has usually been kind to me, especially within the division for Oakland. And while Oakland’s offensive display against the Dodgers was impressive, the fact is that the A’s have struggled against Seattle, dating back to last season. Like I said, Triggs against the rest of the AL West is usually a good bet, but he’s given up 12 earned runs in 12.2 career innings against Seattle. Leake hasn’t been easy to watch for me in years past, but the Mariners seem to play well with him on the mound and Leake has strung together a couple of good starts to start the season, so I’ll lay the low line with Seattle at home here.

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