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The Oakland A’s host the Seattle Mariners Sunday in the final game of a three-game series. The A’s are 35-35 and in third place in the AL West while the Mariners are 30-43 and in last place in the AL West — not including Saturday night’s game. The A’s will start right-hander Tanner Anderson (0-1), while right-hander Mike Leake (5-6) gets the start for Seattle. Game time is 4:07 p.m. ET at teh Oakland Coliseum in Oakland.
Mariners trying to find their groove
The Mariners came ready to play Friday night in Oakland, jumping all over A’s starter Chris Bassitt (3-3) for 4 runs in 5.2 innings. The Mariners went on to win 9-2. Mallex Smith and Omar Narvaez each had home runs. Narvaez went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs while JP Crawford went 2 for 5 with 3 RBIs. Mac Williamson also had 2 hits. Marco Gonzalez turned in a good performance, allowing just 2 runs in 7 innings. He got the win to improve to 7-6.
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Offense is not the problem for the Mariners as they average 5.2 runs per game, which is 7th in the league. They are batting .243 as a team, which is 21st in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .454, which is 6th. They are 2nd in the majors in home runs with 5 players with double figures home runs. Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with an average of .274 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. Daniel Vogelbach is hitting .262 with 17 HRs and 40 RBIs, while Tim Beckham is batting .232 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs. Mitch Haniger is batting .222 with 15 HRs and 32 RBIs, while Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .241 with 17 HRs and 41 RBIs. Also, Narvaez is hitting .284 with 10 HRs and 25 RBIs. Ryon Healy is on the IL but has 7 HRs and 22 RBIs. He may return Sunday. Encarnacion was out Friday and is questionable for Sunday. Haniger is on the 10-day IL.
Oakland needs to get on a run
The Oakland A’s stumbled out of the gates in their series with the Mariners. Starter Chris Bassitt gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings to suffer the loss and fall to 3-3. The A’s couldn’t get much going against Seattle starter Marco Gonzalez, getting just 7 hits. Matt Chapman and Jurickson Profar each had 2 hits for Oakland. Josh Phegley and Matt Olson each had an RBI. The A’s fell to 35-35 and dropped 12 games behind Houston in the AL West.
The Athletics average 4.8 runs per game, which is 15th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .244, which is 19th, and a team slugging percentage of .428, which is 15th in the league. They are 9th in home runs. Josh Phegley leads the A’s hitting 259 with 8 HRs and 39 RBIs while Marcus Semien is batting .273 with 9 HRs and 34 RBIs. Matt Chapman is batting .254 with 16 HRs and 36 RBIs, while Khris Davis is batting .242 with 14 HRs and 35 RBIs. Steven Piscotty is hitting .250 with 8 HRs and 29 RBIs while Ramon Laureano is batting .256 with 9 HRs and 28 RBIs. Matt Olson is hitting .235 with 11 HRs and 22 RBIs while Mark Canha is batting .228 with 10 HRs and 19 RBIs.
The A’s pitching has been decent. They have a team ERA at 4.34, which is 13th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.31, which is 12th. Tanner Anderson gets the start for Oakland. The right-hander is 0-1 on the year with an ERA of 3.18. In his debut against the Rays, he was solid, allowing just 2 earned runs in 5.2 innings.
- Athletics are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League West.
- Athletics are 4-9 in their last 13 games on grass.
- Athletics are 2-7 in their last 9 Sunday games.
- Athletics are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Athletics are 0-6 in their last 6 home games.
- Mariners are 10-4 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Mariners are 14-4 in Leake’s last 18 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
- Mariners are 9-3 in Leake’s last 12 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Mariners are 15-7 in Leake’s last 22 starts with 4 days of rest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take Seattle in this one. The Mariners have dug a huge hole for themselves, but they are better than they have fared this year. Their record just doesn’t show it. They need to go on a run to try and salvage the season. They have a good opportunity here to take this series from Oakland as they have one of their most reliable starters in Leake going against the unproven Anderson. The Mariners have fared well against the A’s in recent history as they are 6-2 in Leakes last 8 starts vs. Athletics.
Prediction: Seattle +129
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. It’s the Mariners, so that means take the over. The game, as most featuring Seattle, will feature a lot of runs. The over is 7-0 in Mariners last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15 and 4-0 in Mariners last 4 road games vs. a team with and 5-1 in Leakes last 6 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. Also, the over is 6-1 in Athletics last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 home games.