Seattle Mariners (16-15) at Oakland Athletics (19-14)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 7, 2014, 6:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics +110 / Seattle Mariners -120 --- Over/Under: 7
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners finish off their series with the second game of their twin bill.
Seattle is one of the hottest teams in the game and probably not given much of a thought outside of the American League West because of past performances where they finished well off the pace. Having said that, the key to winning games in the majors is hitting and pitching and having a balance of both and right now the Mariners have been getting plenty of both over the past few weeks. The key for Seattle is continuing to excel in both areas going forward as scoring is not something this team is historically known for while the rotation has generally been Felix Hernandez and everybody else so the rest of the starters have to step up. Seattle recalls Erasmos Ramirez to start game two of their DH with the Athletics. Ramirez was sent to the minors after going 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP covering 24 innings in five starts.
Oakland is everyone's favorite to capture another American League West title on paper but on the field the Angels and Rangers are viewed as challengers with Seattle showing some signs as well with second in the division in the early going. The Athletics can be a streaky team where everything seems to fall in to place for weeks at a time and then their are times when the arms and bats put struggle and that's when this team looks ordinary. In my view the A's don't need to go off and win 18-23 but do need consistency where the highs and lows are not as dramatic and losing streaks are not as severe. Having said that, Oakland hasn't been at their best and are still atop the West so if they stay healthy going forward this looks like the team to beat. No starter has been announced by Oakland in the second game of their double header but it is likely to be rookie Arnold Leon or Drew Pomeranz who is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine relief appearances.
The second game of doubleheaders are tough to predict because many times rookies and minor league call ups are on the mound so teams don't change their rotations. Aside from that many teams don't go with their regular lineups and give the starters the day off in game two. This is my way of saying I don't have a clue and why would you bet on the unknown...