The Oakland Athletics try to extend their two-game winning streak when they face the host Seattle Mariners in the first of a four-game weekend series between AL West rivals on Thursday night. The series opener is scheduled for a 10:10 pm ET first pitch at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Athletics swept a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels earlier this week, improving to 55-42. Oakland is in second place in the AL West, trailing the first-place Houston Astros by three games and leading the third-place Mariners by 3½ games.
Seattle split a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies this week, dropping the finale 6-3 on Tuesday. The Mariners are 51-45 and in third place in the AL West, leading the fourth-place Angels by four games.
The MLB odds for the series opener have the Athletics with a moneyline of -131, while the Mariners are listed at +121. The over/under for the game has been set at eight runs.
Going For More
Left-hander Sean Manaea will get the start for the Athletics in his third appearance this season against the Mariners. Manaea is 6-6 with a 3.28 ERA, striking out 115 and walking 25 over 109⅔ innings of work.
Manaea has yet to give up a run to Seattle this season, pitching nine innings and going 1-0 against the Mariners while allowing just four hits. He’s looking for his first win since June 14, though, as he’s gone 0-4 over his last four starts. He took a no-decision against Cleveland on Friday, lasting 5⅓ innings and giving up three runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out seven and walking none.
The Athletics started a little slow in their last outing but scored five runs in the sixth and seventh innings combined to pull away for the 6-0 win. Oakland’s trend has been to get better as the game goes on, which manager Bob Melvin is fine with.
“We got our best at-bats towards the latter innings, which was good to see,” Melvin said after Tuesday’s win. “It’s a trait we’ve always had. Our at-bats seem to get better as the game goes along. That was the case today.”
Matt Olson had a home run for the second straight game in the win, giving the first baseman a team-high 25 this season, tying him for fourth in the majors. Olson is tied for 13th in baseball with 63 RBIs, and his .291 batting average ranks 21st in MLB.
Outfielder Ramon Laureano had a good series against the Angels as well, going 3-for-8 with a double, a home run and four RBIs. He’s batting .239 with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs and 40 runs scored this season.
The Mariners managed just five hits in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies, though three of those hits were home runs. Outfielder Mitch Haniger had one of them, his team-leading 23rd of the season, and he also leads Seattle with 59 RBIs and 66 runs scored. Haniger is batting .333 against Oakland this season, driving in three runs and scoring seven times.
Third baseman Kyle Seager had a solo shot in the loss as well, upping his total to 18 this season. Seager is batting .216 with 17 doubles, a triple, 53 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Right-hander Chris Flexen will be on the mound for the series opener, making his 18th start of the season. Flexen is 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA, striking out 65 and walking 20 in 99⅓ innings of work.
Flexen is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in one start against the Athletics this season, lasting six innings and allowing five runs. That game, on June 2, was his last loss, as he’s gone 4-0 over his last eight starts, including winning his last three starts.
This is the third series between these two division rivals this season, as the road team has gone 4-2 in the six games. Oakland has won two straight from Seattle after taking the last two at T-Mobile Park in the series there in early June.
The Athletics will go with Frankie Montas (8-8, 4.33 ERA) on the mound on Friday night, followed by Chris Bassitt (10-3, 3.31) and Cole Irvin (7-8, 3.42). The Mariners will have Yusei Kikuchi (6-5, 3.92) getting the start on Friday, with Logan Gilbert (4-2, 3.50) and Marco Gonzales (2-5, 5.69) to follow.
The MLB series prices have the Athletics at -150, while the Mariners are listed at +120.
Athletics Win Opener
Oakland has been playing well and took two of three in its last trip to Seattle. Manaea has had good success against the Mariners this season, and that should continue in this one.
When doing your MLB betting, take Oakland to get the road win.