Seattle Mariners (29-19) at Oakland Athletics (25-24)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 24, 2018, 3:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics / Seattle Mariners --- Over/Under:
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Seattle Mariners look to keep the ball rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The Mariners have allowed four runs in their last three games and four or less runs in each of their last six games. The Seattle Mariners have won 16 of their last 19 games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 62 hits and 33 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 106 hits and 49 RBI. Felix Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 5.53 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 26-10 with a 2.64 ERA and 302 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a bounce back performance after winning six of their last nine games. The Athletics have allowed six runs in their last three games and four or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last 11 games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 60 hits and 37 RBI while Marcus Semien and Khris Davis have combined for 101 hits and 62 RBI. Josh Lucas gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Lucas' first career game against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 4-0 in Hernandezs last 4 road starts and 5-1 in Hernandezs last 6 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 home games, 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series. The Mariners are 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in Oakland, 13-3 in the last 16 meetings and 32-12 in Hernandezs last 44 starts vs. Athletics.
Hernandez has been rocked this season, allowing no less than three runs in seven of his last nine starts and has given up 10 homers in 55.1 innings of work. However, Hernandez has owned the A's throughout his career, and the Mariners as a team have found their mojo recently. Lucas has just 6.2 innings under his belt this season and simply doesn't have a large enough sample size to beleive he's going to be the guy to get Oakland out of this funk. The Mariners are playing their best ball of the season. I'll back the road team with their ace on the hill.