In the grand scope of the 162-game season, Seattle is already in a seemingly-inescapable position. They are 30-39, in fourth place, now 13 games behind the American League West-leading Houston Astros.
Despite the four-homer win in the series opener, they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games, playing like a team ready to be blown apart when the trade deadline hits.
Ty France and Eugenio Suarez dominate the team’s stats, leading in batting average, home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage. France, in particular, is has been tremendous, ranking 10th in batting average and tied for 14th in RBIs across the league.
However, his individual heroics have not appreciably lifted the club.
George Kirby (1-2, 3.56 ERA) gets the start after surrendering two earned runs in six innings against the Los Angeles Angels in his last appearance.
It’s Not Athletic
The worst record in all MLB at 23-46, a two-to-one loss-to-win ratio and 20 games behind the Astros in the division. There are plenty of areas causing for the Oakland Athletics’ struggles here, whether low spending by the front office, a lack of fan support or a limited-skill roster, Regardless, the A’s have been a brutal experience..
Their losing record has also been a loss for bettors, as the A’s are the eighth-worst run-line team this season.
Nick Allen hit his first homer of the season for Oakland’s only runs in the 8-2 loss Tuesday, reflecting an inherent lack of the long ball in the order. Even worse, the (qualified) player with the team’s highest batting average is Tony Kemp, hitting .226. That’s lower than all but three teams’ average, one of them Oakland. It doesn’t get much worse, and it’s easily identifiable why the A’s are so poorly-viewed amongst MLB picks.
Ace Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26 ERA) gives the Athletics best chance at winning. He surrendered one earned run in 5.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox his last outing.
Mariners vs Athletics Head-to-Head
The Mariners and Athletics are an even 2-2 against one another this season.
Seattle dominated the the rivalry in 2021, winning 15-of-19 games.
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