Oakland Athletics (55-42) vs. Seattle Mariners (50-44)
July 22, 2021 10:10 pm EDT
The Line: Seattle Mariners +110 / Oakland Athletics -120; Over/Under: 8
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The Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners meet in an AL West division matchup in MLB action from T-Mobile Park on Thursday.
The Oakland A’s will look to build on their 6-0 win over the Angels from Tuesday. Matt Olson led the charge, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs including a solo home run while Elvis Andrus, Ramon Laureano and Jed Lowrie all had RBIs with Laureano going 2 for 4 with a double in the victory. Mark Canha, Tony Kemp and Jacob Wilson all had base hits to finish off the offense for the A’s in the victory. James Kaprielian got the win to improve to 5-3 on the year after tossing six shutout frames, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. Sean Manaea will start here and is 6-6 with a 3.28 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. in his career, Manaea is 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 63 strikeouts against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners will try to bounce back from a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies on the road on Wednesday. All of Seattle’s damage on the board came by way of the long ball, as Kyle Seager, Luis Torrens and Mitch Haniger all had solo home runs in the win. Jake Bauers and Tom Murphy each had base hits as well to cap off the offense for the Mariners as Seattle had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Keynan Middleton took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year after allowing five runs on five hits in just an inning completed. Chris Flexen will start here and is 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. This will be Flexen’s second career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 10-2 in their last 12 games following an off day while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite. Seattle is 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 series-opening games. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Seattle.
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I’m truly excited for this pitching matchup as Sean Manaea’s pitched fairly well this season and Chris Flexen’s been solid at home in his own right, which is why I’m siding with the under here. In the pitcher-friendly confines of T-Mobile Park, I’m anticipating a duel with a lot of zeroes on the board. Give me the under here.