Saturday, April 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Nate Karns
The Oakland Athletics visit Safeco Field on Saturday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Nate Karns for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +125 and Seattle at -135. The over/under was set at 8. The Athletics had a 86-66-10 over/under record last season and a 77-85-0 run line mark, meaning they covered 48% of the time. The Mariners were 73-89-0 against the run line and had a 79-76-7 over/under record. They covered the spread 45% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup coming off a 68 - 94 season, including 34-47 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill had a 2 - 1 record with an earned run average of 1.55 and a WHIP of 0.66. He had 36 strikeouts over his 29 innings pitched and he also gave up 14 hits over that time period. He allowed 4.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 2.27. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.63 and they gave up 496 base hits on the year. Teams hit .249 against the bullpen while being struck out 458 times and walking 177 times last season. As a team, Oakland allowed 8.73 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.34 batters per nine. They were 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Athletics pitchers collectively gave up 1,402 base hits and 664 earned runs last year. They allowed 172 home runs last season and they allowed 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff walked 474 batters and struck out 1,179. They walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit was 4.13.
As a team, Oakland batted .251, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The Athletics held a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which was good for 20th in baseball. They ranked 11th in baseball with 8.67 hits per game. Josh Reddick hit .272 last season and his on-base percentage was at .333. He had 143 hits last season along with 67 runs scored and 77 runs batted in. He struck out 65 times and walked 49 times. Billy Butler hit .251 and he had an on-base percentage of .323 last year. He totaled 135 hits while scoring 63 runs and he drove in 65. He walked 52 times and struck out 101 times. The Athletics had 1,405 hits, including 277 doubles, 46 triples, and 146 home runs. They stole 78 bases while they were thrown out stealing 29 times. Oakland walked 475 times last season and they struck out 1,119 times as a unit. They left 1,102 men on base and had a team OPS of .707. They scored 4.28 runs per contest and scored a total of 694 runs last season.
Seattle comes into this matchup after having a 36-45 home record and a 76 - 86 overall mark last year. With an earned run average last season of 3.67, Nate Karns will come into this game after holding a 7 - 5 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He had 145 strikeouts over the 147 innings he pitched during which he gave up 132 hits. He allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.09. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.15 and they gave up 511 base hits last year. Teams hit .253 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 480 times and walking 212 times last season. As a team, Seattle allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.89 batters per nine. They were 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Mariners pitchers as a team surrendered 1,430 base knocks and 677 earned runs last season. They gave up 181 home runs last year and they gave up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff walked 491 hitters and struck out 1,283. They gave up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.31 while their FIP as a staff was 4.14.
As a team, they hit .249, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .249 average at home. The Mariners held a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which was good for 21st in baseball. They ranked 18th in baseball with 8.51 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz batted .302 last season and he had an OBP of .369. He had 178 hits last year along with 90 runs scored and 93 RBI. He struck out 164 times and walked on 59 occasions. Robinson Cano hit .287 and he had an OBP of .334. He collected 179 hits last year while he scored 82 runs and drove in 79. He earned a walk 43 times and punched out 107 times. The Mariners as a unit had 1,379 base hits last year, including 262 doubles, 22 triples, and 198 homers. They had 69 stolen bases while they were thrown out 45 times. Seattle as a team walked 478 times last year and they struck out 1,336 times. They had 1,080 men left on base and had an OPS of .722. They scored 4.05 runs per game and totaled 656 runs last season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics were 86-66-10 against the over/under last season
The Oakland Athletics were 77-85-0 against the run line last season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners were 79-76-7 against the over/under last season
The Seattle Mariners were 73-89-0 against the run line last season
Injuries to Watch
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4)
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/07/16 LF Norichika Aoki Shin "?" Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Evan Scribner Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/30/16 C Jesus Sucre Leg Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/12)
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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