Oakland A’s (3-4 SU 3-4 O/U) at Seattle Mariners (4-4 SU 6-1-1 O/U)
MLB: Saturday, August 1, 2018 at 9:10 p.m. ET
After a solid start, the A’s have hit the skids losing three in a row. They lost the first game of this series and while the pitching has not been bad as of late in their three-game skid they have only totaled seven runs. Oakland is in third place in the AL West one game back of the Houston Astros and a half a game back of the Mariners.
Seattle is just the opposite of Oakland in they had a rough start but have regrouped and won their last three games. Also, unlike the A’s the Mariners’ offense has lit it up in their three-game streak totaling 23 runs.
While the A’s lost Game 1 of this series 5-3 they have won five of their last seven games against the Mariners.
Can’t Get to WalkerIn their 5-3 loss to the Mariners in Game 1 of this series, the A’s could not get to starter Taijuan Walker only getting one hit off him in seven innings.
Marcus Semien hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning where the A’s scored three runs, but the late rally was not enough. Oakland only ranks tied for 24th in the Majors in runs scored and no player has more than one HR.
Mike Fiers (0-0 9.00 ERA) makes his second start of the season and his first one was a rough one giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings. He took a no-decision after the lineup and bullpen bailed him out in the 6-4 win over the L.A. Angels. Last season Fiers was 15-4 with an ERA of 3.90 and the A’s were 1-3 in his four starts against the Mariners.
Kikuci Looks for Better OutingYusei Kikuchi (0-0 12.27 ERA) gets the call in this division matchup and looks to rebound from his first one where he only lasted three 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits. Like Fiers’ first start Kikuchi was bailed out in the game by the bullpen and lineup in beating the Houston Astros 7-5. Last season as a rookie he was 6-11 with an ERA of 5.46 and after winning his first start against the A’s he lost his last two where he gave up eight runs in 10 1/3 innings.
While the M’s rank tied for sixth in the Majors in runs scored they only rank 29th in team ERA. Kyle Seager and Kyle Lewis, who is batting .455, ranks fourth in the bigs with eight RBI apiece and seven players have gone yard. In the 5-3 win in Game 1 of this series, Seager had two RBI and Seattle had nine hits.
Neither starters had good outings in their season debut but I think Fiers will have a good outing in this one while Kikuchi will not. The Mariners’ lineup has been getting it done in their three-game win streak, but they will not keep that going against Fiers. On the other side of the coin, the struggling A’s lineup will break out of their slump in this game. Seattle’s first home game was the Game 1 win against the A’s but they will not get their second one in Game 2. Oakland will get the W ending their three-game skid while the M’s will have their three-game win streak snapped.
In the last four games between these two teams, the total has gone Under and I am sticking with that trend. On top of that trend in the A's last seven games, the Under has been the winning bet every time. While Kikuchi will not have a good outing he will not get totally lit up and the bullpen will do their job. Add that to the fact that Fiers and the Oakland bullpen will also pitch well points to the Under in this game. Game 1 went Under and that is the pick for this Game 2 in the Pacific Northwest as well.