Friday, April 11, 10:10 PM on CSCA, ROOT
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Oakland - Gray, S (1-0) vs. Seattle - Hernandez, F (2-0)
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Sonny Gray will have a tough matchup on his hands when the Oakland Athletics take on Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday night.
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Sonny Gray may be throwing his fastball a little slower than he did last season, but he was able to get the win in his last, which also happened to be against the Seattle Mariners. He was able to hold them to just one earned run over six solid innings of work in a game the Athletics ended up winning 6-3. Gray gave up three hits and struck out three in the win.
Shortstop Brad Miller has faced Gray the most on his team and has come away with three hits and one RBI in nine plate appearances. Justin Smoak has gotten just one hit and has struck out four times in six at-bats versus the right-hander.
Felix Hernandez is off to a fantastic start to the 2014 season by getting two wins in his first two starts. In his last outing, he faced these same Athletics and was able to go 8.1 innings in a dominant start. He struck out eight A's and gave up just six hits and one earned run in the win. He now has a sparkling 1.88 ERA on the young season and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Not too many hitters in the league have much success against King Felix, but Brandon Moss has been able to get seven hits off of him, including one home run, in 22 at-bats.
Oakland Betting Trends
Oakland is 4-4-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland is +1.4
Seattle Betting Trends
Seattle is 5-3-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Seattle is +2.0
Injuries to Watch
04/09/14 CF Coco Crisp Wrist questionable
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 15-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
04/09/14 P James Paxton Back 15-day DL (4/8)
03/30/14 P Hisashi Iwakuma Finger 15-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Stephen Pryor Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Taijuan Walker Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 CF Franklin Gutierrez Hamstring out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Seattle
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