Mariners Looking To Build Momentum for Playoffs
AL West rivals continue their weekend series when the Oakland Athletics visit the Seattle Mariners. Oakland has been buried in the standings all season long, while Seattle clinched a playoff spot on Friday night.
It’s been a rough season for the Oakland Athletics, but that was to be expected based on the talent level of this team. Oakland is 56-101, and will try to spend the offseason rebuilding.
The MLB Playoff odds for Seattle still matter in this game as the Mariners can still move up a spot in the Wild Card. Seattle comes into this game having won three straight, and will try to carry that momentum into the postseason.
The MLB lines for this game have the Seattle Mariners as the Moneyline betting favorites at -250.
Athletics Struggling To Score Runs
There are multiple reasons why the Athletics have lost over 100 games this MLB season, but the lack of offense is at the top of that list. Oakland comes into Saturday hitting just .216 as a team, and they just don’t have enough talent in the everyday lineup to score runs.
Seth Brown leads the team with 25 home runs and 67 RBIs, but there just isn’t enough power in that lineup to do any real damage. Oakland will be looking to improve that lineup in the offseason, but it’s not going to help this weekend.
JP Sears will make the start for Oakland, and he has pitched well since joining the team in a trade. Sears is 6-3 with a 4.22 ERA, and he should be a part of the Athletics’ pitching staff for years to come.
Pitching Propelling Mariners to Postseason
After ending a 21-year playoff drought, manager Scott Servais said, “We did it. These players behind me are special. They care. They care about winning the right way. They care about representing the city of Seattle.” Seattle has been a great story all season long, and they have done it with timely hitting and great pitching.
The team ERA for the Mariners is 3.55, and they have one of their best pitchers starting on Saturday. Luis Castillo comes into this game with a record of 7-6 to go along with a terrific ERA of 3.06.
Eugenio Suarez has had a big year at the plate for Seattle as he leads the team with 31 home runs and 85 RBIs. The Mariners don’t always do a ton of hitting, but they are a team that has been able to come through in the clutch.
Athletics vs Mariners Head-to-Head
The scores and odds from this season series have actually been much tighter than you might expect. Seattle has won 10 of the first 17 games against Oakland, but it’s not as if the Athletics have just been beaten down all season long by the Mariners.
Athletics vs Mariners Game Information
- Game: Athletics (56-101) vs Mariners (86-70)
- Location: T-Mobile Park, Seattle, WA
- Day/Time: Saturday, October 1, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs Mariners Live stream: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Mariners Betting Lines
|Athletics||+1½ -120||+190||6½-115o||2½Evo / 2½-130u|
|Mariners||-1½ Ev||-230||6½-105u||3½-140o / 3½+110u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Athletics vs Mariners Prediction
You always want to look at the starting pitching matchup when making MLB picks, and the Mariners have a pretty big advantage in this one. Oakland will actually be sending one of their best to the mound in this game, but Castillo has been pitching well for the Mariners.
The batting lineup for the Mariners on Saturday could look a bit different after clinching a playoff spot, but this team just continues to win games. Oakland is in the middle of a long losing streak, and things are going to go bad for the Athletics in this one.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Seattle Mariners -1.5 as they stay hot and pick up another big win over the Oakland Athletics.