OVER mariners � The A�s are well known for their weakness at the plate right now as they�ve been mired in a miserable slump. Also, the Mariners have gone cold after enjoying a pretty decent run at the plate! That said, why are we on the over here? It�s really quite simple! There are two key factors here. One is that this is a meaningless game between the two AL West �cellar dwellers� which means that there will be some relaxed sticks at the plate for both clubs tonight. Also, the pitching match-up dictates that there should be plenty of offensive opportunities for both teams this evening in Seattle. Note that Greg Smith of the A�s is just 5-12 this season and he�s allowed four earned runs or more in five of his last nine starts. In his last 8 starts he�s walked 27 while striking out just 21. The Mariners lineup also holds a couple of edges here because they have hit lefties well and they�ve also hit well at home in recent homestands. Look for more of the same tonight. The trouble for Seattle will be their own pitching situation as Ryan Rowland-Smith gets the start for the Mariners. He has mostly been used out of the bullpen this season and, recently, he�s been getting roughed up whether starting or coming out of the pen. Indeed, Rowland-Smith has struggled in six of his last seven outings and this includes a poor outing against the A�s. Watch the bats for these two floundering clubs come to life tonight. OVER in Seattle is the play Thursday night!