The biggest batch of games that a team will play over the course of an average season will be against divisional opponents. Winning a division is very often dependent upon how a team plays against their rivals, as stinking the joint up in divisional play can mean the difference between winning a division and missing out on the playoffs entirely. Given how things have gone to this point in the season, it’s probably more than fair to suggest that the Seattle Mariners are not going to be part of the playoff picture, but they can certainly still play a role in deciding who comes out of their division and into the postseason.
This weekend, they will be in Oakland to face the Athletics, a division foe who still have an eye on playing beyond the regular season. These two have already met 7 times this season and it has been close, with the Mariners holding a 4-3 edge. The A’s will be looking to improve on that record at home, where they are favored by 1 ½ on Friday night, with the run total set at 9 ½.
Mariners vs Athletics MLB Lines, Preview & Pick
- When: Friday, June 14 at 9:37 PM EST
- Where: Alameda Coliseum, Oakland
- Starting Pitchers: Gonzales vs. Bassitt
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: 95.7 The Game
- MLB Odds: Oakland Athletics -190 (Total 9.5)
Why bet on the Seattle Mariners?
We have, in the past, spoken at length about the ridiculous demise of the Mariners this season after they had jumped out to such a promising start. There are very few signs that they might be able to pull themselves up and get out of this slump, mostly because they just don’t seem capable of preventing their opponents from running up the score.
Coming into this series, the Mariners have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, but one area where they have been a decent bet of late is against the spread, as they have covered in 6 of their last 8 games, with all 6 of those coming as an underdog. The Mariners are 16-21 SU away from home and are 15-12 ATS as a road dog. They will have Marco Gonzales (6-6, 4.77 ERA) on the mound.
- Runs: 5.19
- Hits: 8.40
- Walks: 3.79
- Strike Outs: 9.85
- Runs: 6.15
- Hits: 9.76
- Walks: 3.33
- Strike Outs: 7.68
Why bet on the Oakland A’s?
The A’s got off to a rather sluggish start this season, but they have had some moments since then that suggest they might be able to stick around a while in the race for an American League Wild Card spot. They come into this series on a modest 2-game winning streak, which has helped them go 6-4 in their last 10 games. Overall now, they are sitting at 35-34 on the season, which leaves them 11 games out of first in the AL West.
The Astros look as though they are going to be tough to catch there, but the A’s are certainly still in the Wild Card picture, sitting just a game and a half out of the final spot. They are 18-15 SU at home, but just 8-13 ATS as a home favorite. It will be Chris Bassitt (3-2, 3.57 ERA) on the mound for the A’s.
- Runs: 4.88
- Hits: 8.45
- Walks: 3.32
- Strike Outs: 7.97
- Runs: 4.55
- Hits: 8.39
- Walks: 3.45
- Strike Outs: 7.93
Mariners vs Athletics MLB Betting Trends
- Mariners are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games on the road
- Athletics are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American League
- Mariners are 6-27 against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record this season
- Athletics are 132-99 against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons
- Gonzales is 2-1 when starting against OAKLAND with an ERA of 4.64 and a WHIP of 1.360
- Bassitt is 0-2 when starting against SEATTLE with an ERA of 3.13 and a WHIP of 1.565
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Mariners vs Athletics
The Mariners may have the 4-3 series lead over the A’s, but it has been Oakland who have won each of the last 3 meetings. I like Oakland to keep that winning streak against Seattle alive on Friday.
Score: Seattle Mariners 3 – Oakland A’s 6