Seattle Mariners (27-19) at Oakland Athletics (25-22)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 22, 2018, 10:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -150 / Seattle Mariners +135 --- Over/Under: 9
The Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game AL West division set in MLB action on Tuesday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to keep the ball rolling after winning the final three games of their series with Detroit, taking the finale in 11 innings on Sunday by a final score of 3-2. Mitch Haniger tied the game in the 9th with a two-run homer, going 2 for 3 in the game, while Jean Segura hit the walk-off RBI single, also logging two hits in the win. Dee Gordon and Mike Zunino each contributed base hits as well in the winning effort as Seattle managed just six hits as a team. Wade LeBlanc gave up both runs on seven hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Vincent became the pitcher of record in extra innings, striking out a pair in the top half of the 11th to improve to 2-1 this season with the win. Mike Leake will start game one and is 4-3 with a 6.00 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Leake is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will look to keep their momentum going after sweeping Toronto over the weekend, including a 9-2 beatdown in the series finale on Sunday, giving Oakland their sixth win in their last seven games. Marcus Semien led the A’s with three RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a home run, while Dustin Fowler added two RBIs and Chad Pinder and Jonathan Lucroy each had an RBI of their own in the win. Matt Chapman went 3 for 4 with a pair of double, while Matt Joyce and Matt Olson each added a two-bagger respectively as well in the win. Daniel Mengden threw a gem in getting the victory, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits to improve his record to 4-4 this season. Trevor Cahill will start game one and is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cahill is 5-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 52 strikeouts against Seattle.
Seattle is 4-1 in Leake’s last 5 road starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 10-2-2 in their last 14 road games against a team with a winning home record. Oakland is 0-4 in their last 4 division matchups and 5-2 in Cahill’s last 7 starts while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 series opening games. Seattle is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.
The A’s looked dominant against the Blue Jays, but Toronto is struggling right now. Wins over Detroit aren’t weighed much heavier, but the M’s have had success with Leake on the mound on the road, and have owned the A’s in this matchup. Add in the fact that we’re getting plus money, and I think you have to go with Seattle to draw first blood on Tuesday.