Seattle Mariners (75-80 SU, 67-88 RL, 73-77-5 O/U) vs. Oakland A’s (71-83 SU, 81-73 RL, 82-68-4 O/U)
MLB: Monday, September 25, 2017, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California, 10:05 pm ET
Lines: Seattle -124, Oakland +114; Over/Under: 9
It’s the beginning of a series between a pair of AL West foes meeting up in Northern California. The Seattle Mariners play the first of three games against the Oakland A’s Monday night. Seattle played the rubber game of their three game set against the Indians at home Sunday: they lost 11-4 Saturday afternoon at home. Oakland went for the sweep of the Rangers at home Sunday after winning a pitchers’ duel, 1-0, Saturday. The Mariners swept the last series between the teams, which took place at Safeco Field September 1-3.
Seattle Mariners Playing Out the String
Seattle’s injuries and decimated pitching caught up with them in September and doomed them to missing the postseason. The Mariners lost for the seventh time in eight games with the defeat Saturday, dropping them out of the hunt. Mike Zunino (run) and Nelson Cruz (two runs, RBI) each had two hits for Seattle in the contest. Seattle committed four errors in the contest, leading to three unearned runs, and bounced into three double plays. Andrew Moore (1-5) took the loss as he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts over four innings of work.
Felix Hernandez gets the call as he makes his 16th start of an injury marred season in this contest for the Mariners. He missed nearly two months with bursitis that cost him from late April to late June and then missed August and half of September with a recurrence of it. Hernandez is 5-5 with a 4.57 ERA, a 1.339 WHIP, 24 walks and 76 strikeouts over 80.2 innings of work. He took the loss in his last start, which came Wednesday at home against Texas. Hernandez threw 3.1 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in an 8-6 Mariners defeat. He is 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, six walks and 12 strikeouts over 12.1 innings in his last three starts. Hernandez makes his 46th career start against the A’s in this contest. He is 24-9 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.107 WHIP over 305.1 innings of work. Hernandez is 7-1 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.019 WHIP over 88.1 innings in 12 career starts at the O.co Coliseum.
Oakland A’s Try to Finish Strong
Oakland went into Sunday’s finale against the Rangers winners of six in a row after taking the first two games of the series. While the A’s aren’t going anywhere this season, they’ve dealt a major blow to Texas’s fleeting playoff hopes. Ryon Healy had two hits for the A’s as the lone player with more than one knock. Khris Davis accounted for the only run in the game as he cracked his 40th homer of the season in the second inning. That was all Raul Alcantara (1-1) needed as he picked up the win: he threw five shutout frames, allowing two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Four relievers completed the shutout with Blake Treinen getting the final three outs for his 11th save.
Rookie Daniel Gossett takes the mound and makes his 16th start of the season in this contest for the A’s. He is 4-9 with a 5.38 ERA, a 1.559 WHIP, 28 walks and 68 strikeouts over 85.1 innings of work this season. Gossett recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Tuesday on the road against the Tigers. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in a 9-8 Oakland win. Gossett is 1-1 with a 5.62 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, seven walks and 13 strikeouts over 16 innings over his last three starts. He is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.375 WHIP over eight innings in his two career starts against the Mariners. Gossett is 1-3 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.518 WHIP over 28.1 innings in five career starts at the O.co Coliseum. He was 4-4 with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.231 WHIP, 24 walks and 71 strikeouts over 60.2 innings in 14 starts for Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League.
- Mariners are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- Mariners are 12-3 in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a losing record
- Athletics are 2-8 in their last 10 Monday games
- Athletics are 1-5 in Gossetts last 6 starts vs. American League West
The A’s have been hot of late, which is a surprise given how they struggled all season long. Seattle could be eliminated from playoff contention by the time this one has its first pitch depending on how things unfold. The Mariners could have been a threat had they had better health but their projected top four starting pitchers when the season started (Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Drew Smyly) combined for just 43 starts. Gossett has struggled this season at the big league level: look for Hernandez to pitch the Mariners to a win here.