Seattle Mariners (75-60) at Oakland Athletics (81-55)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 1, 2018, 9:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics +119 / Seattle Mariners -129 --- Over/Under: 8
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Seattle Mariners could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Mariners have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Seattle Mariners have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 159 hits and 58 RBI while Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon have combined for 274 hits and 110 RBI. James Paxton gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 176 strikeouts this season. Paxton is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics also need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 22 of their last 26 games when scoring more than three runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 141 hits and 49 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 265 hits and 137 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 4.28 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. Mengden is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 15-7 in their last 22 Saturday games, 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Paxtons last 5 starts during game 3 of a series. The Athletics are 10-1 in their last 11 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 6-2 in Mengdens last 8 starts. The Mariners are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Oakland, 16-6 in the last 22 meetings and the under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
It's no secret the Mariners have the pitching edge in this game, as Mengden has been rocked quite often this year and has pitched just once since June. Paxton has been very consistent this season, which includes allowing three or less runs in six of his last eight starts. However, Paxton also has an ERA of 4.15 on the road and his allowed batting average jumps from .200 at home to .249 on the road. The Oakland Athletics are also the better team and have a chance to finally bury the Mariners in the wild card standings. Better team at home, I'll always take my chances with the plus money.