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Mariners vs A’s MLB | Crucial In Wild-Card Race

Written by on September 20, 2021

Very important game in the AL Wild-Card race on Monday night as the Seattle Mariners visit the Oakland A’s. Both need a win in the worst way but it’s quite possible both fail to make the playoffs. Almost no chance both make it.

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Why Bet on Seattle?

Monitor the status of Mariners star third baseman Kyle Seager. He missed Sunday’s game due to right elbow soreness. Seager has 18 home runs and 46 RBI since the All-Star Break. The 18 home runs are tied for 3rd-most in the American League since the break. Seager has 34 home runs and 96 RBI this season, currently on pace to finish with 37 homers and 105 RBI. He is 3 RBI away from matching his season-high 99 RBI in 2016. Seager is 4 RBI away from becoming the first Mariners player with at least 100 RBI in a season since Nelson Cruz had 119 RBI in 2017.

Ty France went 3-for-4 with a walk on Sunday in a victory over the Royals.  After scuffling in the early part of September, France is back to being the best hitter on the Mariners and he’s picked up five hits in his last two games. He’s batting .331since the All-Star Break, with his 77 hits since the break ranking first in the American League.

Seattle batters are averaging 4.00 pitches per plate appearance this season, 2nd-most in the majors. The New York Yankees lead MLB with 4.09 pitches per plate appearance. San Francisco (3.97), Detroit (3.96) and Baltimore (3.95) round out the top five.

It’s lefty Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.14) on the mound. Anderson gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision last Tuesday against the Red Sox. He gave up four hits and two walks, and saw consistent traffic for most of the outing before he was pulled.  The 31-year-old has now failed to reach five innings in his last two starts, though he received no-decisions in each outing.

He is 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA (20 ER, 49.0 IP) in 9 starts with the Mariners since being acquired by Seattle from Pittsburgh on July 28 in exchange for minor leaguers Carter Bins (c) and Joaquin Tejada (rhp). This will be his second career starts vs. the A’s. He beat then on September 20 last year while with the Giants, tossing 5.2 IP and allowing 4 hits and no earned runs (2 unearned).

Why Bet on Oakland?

The A’s have used 48 players, which is fifth fewest in the majors. They have the third fewest relievers (19) and are tied for the third fewest starters (9) and pitchers (26). They are one of two teams with four pitchers with 25 or more starts (White Sox). Six different players have played shortstop, which is the most by an A’s team since 1998 (also 6).

The A’s are 35-22 when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher compared to 47-45 against right-handers. The mark against lefties is second best in the American League to the White Sox (25-15/.625).

Oakland has stolen 41 bases in 46 games since Starling Marte joined the club on July 29, which is third most in the majors. Marte has accounted for 23 of the 41 steals. They are 84-for-102 (82.4%) for the season and rank second in the American League in stolen base percentage and fourth in steals. The 84 steals are the most by an A’s team since 2012 (122).

It’s lefty Sean Manaea (10-9) on the mound here.  Manaea allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts over five innings in a win against the Royals last Wednesday. Andrew Benintendi put Kansas City on the board with a base hit in the first inning. Four hits and a walk would bring three runs across the plate in the fourth. And Salvador Perez blasted a solo homer in the fifth. The 29-year-old has a 3.95 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 177 strikeouts over 161 2/3 innings.

Manaea is 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in three starts in September after going 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA and .344 opponents batting average in five starts in August. He ranks fourth in the American League in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.66), tied for second in games started (29), ninth in fewest walks per nine innings (2.12), eighth in strikeouts (177), 13th in on-base percentage (.304) and 10th in opponents OPS (.720).

He is 8-5 with a 3.25 ERA (88.2 ip, 67 h, 34 r, 32 er, 26 bb, 76 so, 7 hr) in 14 career starts against Seattle, including 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA (16.0 ip, 7 h, 1 r, 1 er, 5 bb, 21 so, 1 hr) in two starts this year.

Game Trends

  • Mariners are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
  • Mariners are 7-2 in their last 9 Monday games.
  • Athletics are 124-60 in their last 184 games as a home favorite.
  • Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games.
  • Mariners are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Expert Prediction

  • A’s 4, Mariners 3

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