The Seattle Mariners go for a fourth straight win when they take on the Oakland Athletics in the third of a four-game series between AL West rivals on Wednesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET at Oakland Coliseum.
The Mariners are 82-69 and in a second-place tie with the Athletics, eight games behind the first-place Houston Astros.
The Athletics have dropped two in a row to fall to 82-69. Oakland and Seattle both sit three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the second Wild-Card spot in the American League.
MLB lines have the Athletics with a moneyline of -140, while the Mariners are listed at +125, with the over/under set at 8½ runs.
The Mariners are getting some good work from their pitching staff over their current win streak, holding opponents to a total of five runs over the three games. On Tuesday, it was Marco Gonzales going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits to lead Seattle to victory.
“Marco was on top of it,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Tuesday’s win. “We came in here really thinking we needed to win this series (and) believed it. We get the first two, we’re in a good spot. Unfortunately, didn’t pick up a whole lot of ground. We need help.”
Right-hander Chris Flexen will try to keep that going. Flexen is 12-6 with a 3.66 ERA and has taken just one loss since the start of August.
This will be Flexen’s fourth start against the Athletics and he’s gone 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA in the first three meetings. Flexen got a win in his last start, going 5⅔ innings against Kansas City on Friday and allowing one run on six hits in a 6-2 Seattle victory.
Shortstop J.P. Crawford is 6-for-14 over the Mariners’ current win streak, including a 3-for-5 night on Tuesday that saw him hit a double and a home run and drive in two runs. Crawford is batting .286 in September, hitting four doubles and two home runs while driving in 10 runs and scoring 14 times.
The Oakland offense consisted of solo home runs by Matt Olson and Starling Marte, but that’s not going to get the job done down the stretch. Marte and Olson were a combined 3-for-6 with two walks, while the rest of the Athletics lineup went 3-for-27.
Marte is batting .288 this month, hitting four doubles, a triple, and three home runs while driving in nine runs and scoring 13 times. Olson’s home run was his second in four games, and he’s batting .306 with five home runs and 11 RBIs against Seattle this season.
Oakland will turn to left-hander Cole Irvin. Irvin is 10-13 with a 3.94 ERA, and he’s really struggled against the Mariners.
In three starts against Seattle, Irvin is 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA, allowing at least three earned runs in each start. Irvin is coming off a win against the Angels on Friday in which he went six innings and allowed one earned run (four total) on seven hits, including a home run.
Mariners Extend Streak
Seattle is finding the winning formula this month and is feeling good about being in a playoff race for the first time in a while. Oakland’s offense just doesn’t have enough pop to get it the win in this game.
When doing your MLB betting, take Seattle to win on the road.