Thursday Major League Baseball and we will see the Seattle Mariners travel to O.Co Coliseum to take on the Oakland A’s in game 1 of their 4 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
Over/ Under: 7 O -120
The Seattle Mariners have not had the year they were expecting so far, but they do come in on a mini 2 game winning steak. The Mariners are in 4th place in the AL West, 9 games behind the Astros. The A's have also not had the start to the year that they were expecting and it really starts with their pay at home, where they are just 16-24 on the year so far.
The Mariners rank 29th in scoring (3.42 rpg), 30th in hitting (.231) and 9th in homers (81), while on the mound they are 12th in ERA (3.68) and 11th in WHIP (1.24). Oakland ranks 7th in scoring (4.44 rpg), 10th in hitting (.259) and 17th in homers (68), while on the mound they are 6th in ERA (3.46) and 10th in WHIP (1.22).
Getting the ball for the Mariners tonight will be Roenis Elias, who is 4-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA. Roenis is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 2 career starts vs the A's.
Taking the hill for the A’s tonight will be Scott Kazmir, who is 4-5 with a 2.79 ERA overall, while at home he has gone 3-2 with a 1.63 ERA. Scott has struggled with the Royals, going 4-8 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts vs them.
Pick: Going to look at the Under in this game. Kazmir has pitched very well at home this year with a 1.63 ERA and the Mariners are not going to get much off of him as they have been a struggling offensive team this year. Roenis Elias has not been great this year, but the A's are struggling to score so look for him to have a good showing here. Very hard to see 7 run scored in this game.
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