Oakland and Seattle continue their series on Wednesday night at Safeco Field. The A’s remain hot on the Yankees’ tail, just 1.5 games back of the wild card top spot heading into Tuesday. The Mariners have fallen in five of their last eight games.
A’s offense continues to give them hope for hosting wild card game
With Houston nearing the century mark in victories, there’s no real hope that Oakland can grab the division title from them. However, the team remains impressive and continues to belt out runs on a consistent basis. They were back on the high-end in their opener against Seattle, taking them down 7-3. Over the last five games, the A’s have been scoring at a ridiculous rate of eight runs per nine innings.
Probable starter: Right-hander Edwin Jackson (6-3, 3.18 ERA)
Jackson hasn’t been impressive per se, but he seems to get a good enough job done to keep the A’s winning. They’ve built a five-game winning streak with him on the mound and he’s gone 2-0 personally. In his last start against the Angels, he gave up two earned runs over 5.1 innings.
Hernandez dealing with hamstring issue heading into final start
Seattle has had a couple of great pitching performances among a slew of trash over the past week. Two of their games against Texas and Houston were shutout blowouts, taking them 13-0 and 9-0, respectively. However, four of their last six games saw the staff give up six runs or more, all of them predictably losses. This matchup’s starter has a problem with hamstring tightness, but he’s expected to make the start.
Probable starter: Right-hander Felix Hernandez (8-13, 5.46 ERA)
In a complete contrast, Hernandez has been involved in a lot of losses for the Mariners recently. He’s gone 1-9 over his last 10 while Jackson, his opposition, has gone 9-1. There have been a few ugly performances and he’s allowed eight homers over his last six starts.
- 1-5 in their last 6 home games
- 1-6 in Hernandez’s last 7 starts against AL West teams
- 26-10 in their last 36 against AL West teams
- 4-0 in Jackson’s last 4 starts against AL West teams
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s quite surprising to see this one at toss-up odds with how one-sided the pitching matchup is. For that reason, you almost have to take the A’s, who still have a realistic opportunity to grab a home field advantage in the wild card game.
Prediction: Oakland -115
Full-Game Total Pick
The over seems to be cashing more frequently not only in this series in general, but when Jackson is on the mound (in three of his last four starts). The Mariners still showcase an adequate offense at times, and with how well the A’s have been hitting recently, this one should reach the over.
Prediction: Over 8.5