The Seattle Mariners (-120) are on the road to face the Oakland Athletics (+100) at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Wednesday. The early total has been set at 7 (O: -120 | U: +100). The Athletics (54-94) took Tuesday’s series opener 4-1, their sixth head-to-head victory in 14 games this season. JP Sears went five innings to get the win, allowing one run (0 ER) on one hit and striking out seven, and Domingo Acevedo picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth. Tony Kemp went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in the win over the Mariners (81-66). Nick Allen added one run on two hits and a walk.
ON THE MOUND
Robbie Ray (12-10, 3.45 ERA) is set to get the start for Seattle. The southpaw ranks fourth in the AL in strikeouts (194). Ray allowed five runs over five innings in his last start, an 8-7 road defeat against the Angels on Friday. He was charged with the loss, giving up eight hits while striking out five and walking one. Over three previous starts against the Athletics this season, Ray has allowed only five earned runs over 18.2 innings (1-1, 2.41). He has struck out 28 and walked five. RHP James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.70 ERA) is on the mound for Oakland. He has made four appearances against the Mariners this season, all as the starter, giving up 10 runs over 21.1 innings (1-1, 4.22) with 17 strikeouts and nine walks. In his last start on Thursday, Kaprielian took a no-decision on the road against the Astros. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out four and walking four in the 5-2 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Seattle has averaged 3.8 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.2. Against right-handed pitchers like Kaprielian this season, the M’s have a .699 OPS. Julio Rodriguez is the team’s strongest hitter against right-handers with a .848 OPS in 378 at-bats. Oakland is averaging only 3.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 3.5 for the season. The A’s have a .637 OPS against left-handers in 2022, second lowest in MLB. With a .895 OPS over 121 at-bats, Sean Murphy has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Seattle is 42-34 away from T-Mobile Park in 2022, scoring 4.5 runs per game while allowing 3.9 runs. Oakland has gone 24-49 at home this season, averaging 3.0 runs per game while surrendering 4.9. Seattle is 7-3 in the last 10 games between the AL West rivals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with an average scoreline of 5.1-2.6.
The Mariners are second in the AL West, 16 games behind the division-leading Astros. They currently occupy one of the Wild Card spots, sitting third with a magic number of zero. The Athletics are fifth in the AL West, 43 games behind the Astros.
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Seattle Mariners (-200)
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