Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners
The Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners meet for game three of their series in Oakland. The Athletics are -170 favorites over the Mariners with an over/under run total set at 8.
It’s been somewhat of a lost season for the Oakland Athletics as they are the type of team that builds for just one big year, and that year won’t be this one. On Saturday Scott Sizemore hit a home run, Cliff Pennington had a hit and two RBI’s, and David DeJesus had a hit and scored a run as the A’s had six hits and scored three runs. On the mound Brandon McCarthy came up big on the mound as he allowed three hits and struck out 10 going a complete nine innings and getting the shutout win. For Sunday’s game Oakland starts Trevor Cahill who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Cahill has allowed 179 hits and 84 earned runs while striking out 128 in 177.1 innings of work.
The Seattle Mariners are in last place in A.L. West and have lost their last three games. On Saturday Ichiro Suzuki, Dustin Ackley, and Josh Bard each had a hit but that was the extent of the Mariners offense for the day as they were held to just the three hits. On the mound Michael Pineda allowed five hits and three runs while striking out seven over six innings of work to take his ninth loss of the year. For Sunday’s game Seattle gives it another try as they start Blake Beaven who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Beaven has allowed 72 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 25 over 65.2 innings of work.
Oakland is 6-2 in their last eight home games, 7-2 in their last nine games as a favorite, and 1-5 in Cahill’s last six home starts. Seattle is 15-37 in their last 52 games overall, 6-23 in their last 29 road games, and 0-5 in their last five road games against a team with a losing record. Oakland is 0-4 in Cahill’s last four starts against Seattle.
We have two pitchers who give up lots of runs but two light hitting teams facing them. While these teams haven’t hit much, these are Major Leaguers and they can hit a baseball. Take the over 8 here.