- Mariners Can’t Rest on Their Laurels
- A’s Not Offering Much Resistance
- Suarez a Difference-Maker for Mariners
- A’s vs Mariners Head-to-Head
- A’s vs Mariners Game Information
- A’s vs Mariners Betting Lines
- A’s vs Mariners Prediction
- A’s vs Mariners Trends
- A’s vs Mariners Edge
- A’s vs Mariners Results
- A’s vs Mariners Game Injuries
- A’s vs Mariners Game Summary
Mariners Can’t Rest on Their Laurels
The Seattle Mariners are in the postseason for the first time since 2001, but now it’s all about finishing strong and taking care of business Sunday against the Oakland A’s.
Following the series finale with the A’s, the Mariners play four games against the Detroit Tigers, giving them an excellent chance of catching the Toronto Blue Jjays, whom they trail by 1.5 games, for the top Wild-Card spot. The top two Wild-Card teams will play each other in the openingd round, so catching the Blue Jays would mean the series would be played in Seattle.
The Mariners, who also need to be wary of the Tampa Bay Rays, own the tiebreaker over the Blue Jays by virtue of their 5-2 win in the season series. “The goal here is still working towards the possibility of hosting that first round,” manager Scott Servais told the media. “Keep winning these games and keep it important right down to the final games is what we’re hoping for.”
A’s Not Offering Much Resistance
The A’s have fallen fast from back-to-back 97-65 campaigns in 2018 and 2019 to their first 100-loss season since 1979 and their 17th overall.
They have lost six straight games, including Saturday when they could manage just two hits, and close the season with three games at home against the Los Angeles Angels, a team that just swept them.
The A’s don’t have a 10-game winner on their pitching staff and the only player close is Cole Irvin, who is 9-13 with one start remaining. Oakland currently doesn’t have a single dollar committed to payroll for next season but that will change with Tony Kemp, Sean Murphy and others arbitration eligible. Murphy, who is a candidate to be traded, could win his second straight gold glove award.
Suarez a Difference-Maker for Mariners
Eugenio Suarez was one of many key additions that helped put the Mariners over the top this season. The 31-year-old struggled in his final two years with the Cincinnati Reds, but got a new lease on life with the Mariners.
The third baseman and designated hitter has come up big down the stretch with Seattle in the hunt for a postseason berth, batting .286 with six home runs and 10 RBIs in September. Suarez was recognized for his efforts by receiving the Unsung Hero award from the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
“He’s become a big-time leadership piece in our clubhouse,” Servais told the media of Suarez, who had his fourth career season of 30 or more home runs. “He’s the guy that gets the team to enjoy the daily wins. He enjoys playing baseball and it has rubbed off on a lot of the guys.”
A’s vs Mariners Head-to-Head
The Mariners won Saturday’s game 5-1 behind another strong outing from pitcher Luis Castillom who improvee to 11-7 on the season, including 6-3 at T-Mobile Park.
Seattle is 26-11 overall and 13-6 at home in the last two seasons against the A’s. The under may be worth a bet as the under is 8-0 in James Kaprielian’s last eight starts vs. the A.L. West.
A’s vs Mariners Game Information
- Game: A’s (56-102) vs Mariners (87-70)
- Location: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 4:10 p.m. ET
- A’s vs Mariners Live Stream: MLB TV
A’s vs Mariners Betting Lines
|+210||7 -115o||2½ -130u|
|Mariners||7 -105u||4½ -135u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
A’s vs Mariners Prediction
Robbie Ray of the Mariners and Kaprielian will oppose each other on the mound after doing so Sept. 21. Both pitchers put up zeros that day, but Kaprielian and the A’s came up with the 2-1 win. Kaprelian has put together a 2.37 ERA in three September starts.
The money line odds on the Mariners are hard to take, so take them against the spread.