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#974 Oakland A's -145
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 4:07pm EDT
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When and where: May 26, 2019, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, 4:07 PM ET

The slumping Seattle Mariners finish out their final game in a six-game road trip on Sunday with the scorching hot Oakland Athletics. After falling to the Mariners in a two-game road trip well over a week ago, the A’s have exploded back into AL West contention by sweeping both the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, the Mariners are coming off dominant losses to the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers. A pitching battle between Seattle’s Mike Leake and Oakland’s Brett Anderson takes center stage in this AL clash.

Mariners get Seager back

The struggling Mariners defense is getting some big help in the form of a familiar face in third baseman Kyle Seager. The 31-year-old was activated from the 60-day injured list on Saturday and is set to make his regular-season debut this weekend. After injuring his left hand in Spring training, he was forced to undergo a surgical procedure to repair an extensor tendon. Now, the former Golden Glove Award winner can return at full strength and attempt to help with the turnaround for the Mariners, who have 57 errors throughout their first 53 games of the season, which is 15 more errors than the second-worst Chicago White Sox.

After taking one win in a four-game meeting with the Twins, the Mariners were swept by the Rangers.

The Mariners are putting their hopes in Leake as the starting pitcher in Sunday’s closeout game against the A’s. After a colossal letdown performance against the Rangers, the veteran righty should be eager to get back on the mound and bounce back in a big way against one of the league’s hottest teams. He is coming off a game where he allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs, including three homers, in five innings. He is throwing a 4.73 ERA in 59 innings pitched this season.

Oakland’s Piscotty could miss the finale

A surprise scratch for Saturday’s game was A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty. According to team manager Bob Melvin, per NBC Sports, the 28-year-old is currently dealing with a stomach illness, and his availability for Sunday’s game is uncertain. For all of the players with at least 30-plus games played, he currently sits third in batting average for the A’s behind Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien. So there is no question his presence at the plate will be missed.

The A’s swept both the Tigers and Indians in recent meetings, and they have essentially fought their way back up from the bottom of the AL West division. They currently sit in third place with 26 wins, and they are only a couple Rangers losses away from moving into second behind the Astros.

Anderson will do all he can to facilitate the continued upward trajectory for the A’s on Sunday against the Mariners. He’ll step on the mound with a 4.14 ERA and a 5-3 record with hopes to only add to the Mariners’ problems. He recently held the Indians to only five hits and one earned run in five innings. However, his last loss came against the Mariners, who hit him up for three homers and four earned runs altogether.

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The Mariners’ spiraling season continued in their one-point loss to the A’s on Saturday afternoon. It marked the team’s eighth loss in nine games. The return of Seager will no doubt boost the team’s defense, but their problems run much deeper than one man can possibly solve on his own.

Meanwhile, the A’s are rolling out Anderson in Sunday’s game against the Mariners, who gave him a bit of trouble the last time these two teams met. That was before the A’s started their recent run of dominance. Anderson should be motivated to come out and get a little redemption on the mound in the rematch. He’s clearly dealing with a wounded animal in the Mariners, who have struggled at the plate.

They gave the A’s all they could handle on Saturday, and it still wasn’t enough for them to leave with the victory. It’ll be tough replicating that performance on the road against the A’s with team morale already in the dumps. I’m taking the A’s to sweep the series.

Prediction: Oakland Athletics (-154)

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The Mariners have the offensive firepower to push the 10-point total in the series finale, but I believe they’ll ultimately fall short of their goal with Anderson on the mound. He had one tough game against the Mariners, but overall, he’s pitching a 3.86 ERA in these head-to-head meetings. So he’ll be a tough out in the rematch and make it a long night for the Mariners. Give me the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (9.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.