Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#3915 Seattle Mariners vs.
#3916 Oakland Athletics
Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 3:37pm EDT
Written by Chris King

A pair of AL West rivals finish up a three-game series on the diamond with a matinee tilt in northern California. The Seattle Mariners are on the road as they close out their three-game set with the Oakland A’s Thursday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Tuesday night, it was the Mariners breaking the game open late en route to securing an 8-2 victory to draw first blood. Will the Mariners leave town with a series victory or can the A’s pick up a rare home victory in what has devolved into a lost season for Billy Beane’s squad?

This article was published prior to the conclusion of the middle game of the series Wednesday night at the RingCentral Coliseum.

Seattle Mariners Hoping to Leave Town With Momentum

Seattle snapped a three-game skid as they took care of business against the A’s in the opening game of this series Tuesday night. The Mariners entered Wednesday fourth in the AL West, 13 games behind the Astros for the top spot in the division race. On Tuesday, Seattle got three hits each from Ty France (two runs, RBI) and Julio Rodriguez (two runs, two RBI) while Jesse Winker (run, two RBI) added a pair. Rodriguez (his ninth), Winker (his fifth) and Eugenio Suarez hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the seventh inning while Taylor Trammell (his third) added a shot in the third. The offensive support was enough for Marco Gonzales (4-7) to get back in the win column. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts before taking a seat.

Robbie Ray is on the hill as he makes his 15th start of the season for the Mariners in this contest. The reigning AL Cy Young winner is 6-6 with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.193 WHIP, 29 walks and 91 strikeouts over 84.2 innings of work this season. Ray earned the win in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Angels. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a game the Mariners won 8-1. In his last three starts, Ray is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, five walks and 17 strikeouts over 19 innings of work. Ray makes his fourth career start against the A’s here. He is 2-2 with a 4.28 ERA, a 1.248 WHIP, 14 walks and 41 strikeouts over 18.2 innings of work against them. Ray didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career outing at the RingCentral Coliseum, which came with the Blue Jays on May 5, 2021. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in a game Toronto went on to win 9-4.

Oakland A’s Trying to Pick Up Home Victory

Oakland lost for the 16th time in their last 19 games as they were knocked off in the opening game of this set Tuesday night. The A’s entered Wednesday entrenched in the basement of the AL West, 20 games behind the Astros for the top spot in the division race. In Tuesday’s contest. Christian Pache and Jonah Bride each had two hits to lead the way for Oakland in a losing effort. Nick Allen accounted for the A’s offense with a two-run homer, his first of the year, in the seventh inning. James Kaprielian (0-5) took the loss on the mound as he allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work. The bullpen struggled as they were tagged for six runs over the final 3.2 frames.

Frankie Montas is on the bump for the A’s as he logs his 15th start of the season in the series finale. He has struggled this year, going 3-7 with a 3.53 ERA, a 1.139 WHIP, 20 walks and 84 strikeouts over 81.2 innings of action on the year. Montas took the loss in his last start, which came Friday at home against the Royals. He surrendered five runs (three earned) on 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts over five innings in a 5-1 A’s defeat. In his last three starts, Montas is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts over 17 innings of work. Montas makes his third career appearance and second start against the Blue Jays here. He is 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, one walk and four strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work. Montas is 17-16 with a 3.40 ERA, a 1.221 WHIP, 81 walks and 302 strikeouts over 277.2 innings in 57 appearances, 44 starts, at the RingCentral Coliseum.

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While Montas has pitched fairly well this season, the fact that the A’s struggle to generate any kind of offense has left him with a dismal record. Oakland is only 3-11 in his 14 starts and has generated one run or less seven times this season in his outings. The A’s provide an average of just 2.95 runs of support per contest in his starts, which isn’t going to get it done. Ray has been sharp in his last two outings, allowing only one run on six hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts over 14 innings in that span. He kept Boston in check before stifling the Angels in his previous outing. It’s safe to say that Oakland isn’t at the level of those two teams when it comes to putting runs on the board. Give the advantage to the Mariners as they leave town with a series win.

Prediction: Seattle Mariners -125

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Seattle entered Wednesday having seen the under post a 35-33-1 mark in their first 69 games. The Mariners entered Wednesday’s game 26th in the majors with 3.94 runs per contest and that slips slightly to 3.89 runs per game away from T-Mobile Park, which is 24th in the majors. Seattle has an average total of 8.07 runs per contest and that number climbs to 8.33 runs per contest on the road. Oakland has seen the under post a 34-28-7 record on the season going into Wednesday night. The A’s are 29th in runs per game with 3.17 per contest. That number falls to only 2.50 runs per game at home, which is last in the majors. Oakland’s average total this season is 7.78 runs per game and that slumps down to 7.44 runs per contest at home. While Seattle scored eight in the opener, it’s hard to have a ton of faith in them against Montas to put up big numbers. It’s even less enticing to think of much from the A’s offensively. This one could be a struggle to get to the number so lean toward the under: a push might be the high-water mark.

Prediction: Under 7
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Written By Chris King , "Chris King"

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