Oakland Athletics (15-15) at Seattle Mariners (17-12)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 3, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners +120 / Oakland Athletics -130 --- Over/Under: 8
The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners meet Thursday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Oakland Athletics could use another victory after losing four of their last six games. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have won 11 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 42 hits and 30 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 63 hits and 28 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 1.03 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Manaea is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
The Seattle Mariners look for a bounce back win after winning six of their last eight games. The Mariners have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Seattle Mariners have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Dee Gordon leads the Mariners with 41 hits and eight RBI while Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger have combined for 67 hits and 51 RBI. Wade LeBlanc gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. LeBlanc is 2-0 with a 4.98 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games, 4-1 in Manaeas last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Manaeas last 5 starts. The Mariners are 4-10 in their last 14 Thursday games, 6-0 in LeBlancs last 6 home starts and 5-0 in LeBlancs last 5 starts. The Athletics are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Seattle, 3-11 in the last 14 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Manaea has allowed just five earned runs in 43.2 innings this season and has given up a combined four hits and zero earned runs in his last 16 innings. Manaea is also allowing a .134 batting average. LeBlanc has given up just two runs in his last 6.2 innings this season, but he has yet to start a game this season and hasn't been great in the short term roll, pitching just 13.2 innings. We're getting a rather cheap price with a guy who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far. On the road or not, I have to back the A's.