The Seattle Mariners will be trying to close out the season on a high note when they play the Oakland Athletics in their final series of the year. The second game of the four-game series will be played on Friday at T-Mobile Park and is scheduled to begin at 10:10 PM. ET.
Mike Fiers, 15-4, 3.91 ERA, will get the start for the Athletics. The Mariners will counter with Justus Sheffield, 0-1, 5.81 ERA.
(This preview was written before Thursday’s game was played).
Athletics Trying To Win Season SeriesThe Athletics came into this series with an 8-7 lead over the Mariners this year. With the teams playing in their final series of the year, the Athletics will try to clinch the series win and clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Mariners on Friday.
Oakland has played well offensively. The team’s .250 batting average is 16th in the league. Their .328 on-base percentage is 11th, while their .452 slugging percentage is ninth in the league. The 837 runs they have scored are eighth in the league.
Marcus Semien leads the team with a .288 batting average and 91 RBI, while Matt Olsen leads the team with 35 homers.
Oakland’s pitching is among the best in the league. Opponents have a .243 batting average against the Athletics, which is seventh in the league. Their 4.01 ERA is sixth, as is their 77 quality starts.
In his last start, Fiers gave up two hits and zero earned runs in eight innings, leading to an 8-0 win over the Texas Rangers. He is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in three starts against the Mariners this season.
Mariners Going For Second Win In Six GamesThe Mariners haven’t played well this season and are struggling at the moment, losing four of their last five games. With only a couple of games left in the season, the Mariners will be trying to win the season series against the Athletics and keep their division rivals out of the playoffs at the same time.
Seattle hasn’t played well offensively. The team’s .238 batting average is 28th in the league. Their .317 on-base percentage is 21st, while their .428 slugging percentage is 17th in the league. The 750 runs they have scored are 19th in the league.
Domingo Santana leads the team with a .253 batting average,w hile Daniel Vogelbach leads the team with 30 home runs and 76 RBI.
Seattle’s pitching has been worse than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .264 batting average against the Mariners, which is 23rd in the league. Their 5.06 ERA is 24th, while their 50 quality starts are 22nd in the league.
In his last start, Sheffield gave up five hits and four earned runs in 4.1 innings, leading to a 7-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The team will need a better performance from him to get past the Athletics on Friday.
- 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- 5-22 in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games.
- 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 8-1 in Fiers' last 9 starts vs. American League West.