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#977 Oakland Athletics -135 vs.
#978 Seattle Mariners 9.5
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 9:10pm EDT
Written by David Hess

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Saturday evening on the MLB diamond and a pair of teams from the American League West will square off as the Oakland A’s duke it out with the Seattle Mariners in game two of a three-game series. This contest will take place at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.

Pitching Probables: Mike Fiers (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will toe the slab for the A’s and he will be opposed by Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 12.27 ERA).

The A's Need To Find Their Offense

The Oakland A's have a solid team this year and they should be in contention for a playoff berth but if they hope to grab one, they will need their offense to step up. In game one of this series, the A's lost 5-3, and scoring just three runs off the Seattle pitching staff is not good at all. The Mariners entered the game with an ERA of over seven so far and yet the A's were able to score just three runs off of them. All three runs came in the 8th inning when Oakland was down 5-0. Marcus Semien had the big hit with a two-run triple. Oakland had more walks (4) than hits (3) in the game as the offense continues to sputter. They will hope to have a better showing in this one against Kikuchi, who has not pitched well in his career at all. Taking the loss in the contest was Sean Manaea, who allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings of work to fall to 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA on the year.

Getting the nod for the A’s will be Mike Fiers and he allowed four ERs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work of a 6-4 Oakland win. Fiers got a no-decision. Last year he was 14-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 33 starts overall, including 6-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 16 starts on the road. In his career, Fiers has gone 30-30 with a 4.68 ERA in 96 games (85 starts) on the road and 20-9 with a 3.72 ERA in 39 games (38 starts) during the month of July. Fiers is 3-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mariners, while here at Safeco Field he has gone 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in six starts.

2020’s Stats & Rankings: The A’s come in ranked 26th in scoring at 3.50 rpg, 25th in hitting at .207, and 26th in homers with five. On the mound, they are ranked 10th in ERA at 3.44 and 16th in WHIP at 127.

Taijuan Walker Had A Strong Outing

Taijuan Walker has pitched just four total games the last two years and he is now in his 2nd stint with the Mariners. His first effort this year did not go well as he allowed five ERs on seven hits in just 3.1 innings of work in a 7-2 loss to the Astros but his 2nd outing of the year was very impressive in a 5-3 win over the A's. In that game, Walker went a strong 7.0 innings, allowing no runs, just one hit, and two walks while striking out eight in the process. The Mariners needed an effort like that after their pitching staff had surrendered a 7.02 ERA through their first seven games. The pitching will be a problem for them this year. The Mariners had nine hits in the win and J.P. Crawford along with Kyle Lewis had two hits each while Kyle Seager had two RBIs. The offense will not be a problem for Seattle this year and the reason why they will miss the postseason will be due to their pitching.

Yusei Kikuchi had a horrible rookie season and he hasn’t gotten better this season so far. In his first start, he allowed five ERs on five hits and four walks in just 3.2 innings of work against the Astros. The Mariners won that game 7-6, but he got a no-decision. Last year, Kikuchi was 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA in 32 starts, including 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 starts at home. He is now 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA in five career starts in August while against the A’s he has gone 0-2 with a 4.29 ERA in four starts.

2020’s Stats & Rankings: The Mariners are ranked 10th in scoring at 5.14 rpg, 3rd in hitting at .260, and 13th in homers with eight. On the mound, they come in ranked 29th in ERA at 7.02 and 28th in WHIP at 1.56.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

Insiders Status:


This is a great spot for Oakland to grab a nice bounce-back win. They are facing Yusei Kikuchi, who was horrible last year and didn't get much better this year so far. He is 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA in 15 starts here at T-Mobile Park plus he is 0-2 with a 4.29 in four starts against the A's. In his first start this year, Kikuchi allowed five ERs on five hits and four walks in just 3.2 innings of work against the Astros and he will be facing an Oakland team that is 38-14 in their last 52 games vs. a left-handed starter. The A's have had their issues scoring this year but that should not be a problem in this one. I will look for Oakland to grab a much-needed win in this one, even though Mike Fiers has struggled against the Mariners in his career.

Prediction: Oakland -145

Full-Game Total Pick

Insiders Status:


I love this game to go Over the Total. The A's have had problems scoring this year but that should not be a problem in this one as they are facing Yusei Kikuchi, who has a career 5.61 ERA overall, including a 5.73 ERA in 15 career starts in this park. This is a game that the Oakland offense should explode in. The Mariners have not had a ton of issues on offense and they will face Mike Fiers, who has a 5.93 ERA in 12 career starts against them. he also had a 5.14 ERA on the road last year, despite posting a 6-2 record. In his last six starts against the Mariners, the games have averaged 11.5 rpg. The Over is 6-0-1 in Seattle's last seven vs. the American League West and that seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Over 9.5

Written By David Hess

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