Monday, May 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Taijuan Walker
The Oakland Athletics visit Safeco Field on Monday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Taijuan Walker for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +115 and Seattle at -125. The over/under was set at 7. The Athletics have a 22-20-2 over/under record and a 21-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Mariners are 22-21-0 against the run line and have a 17-22-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Athletics head into this matchup with a 19-25 record, including 11-11 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill has a 6-3 record with an earned run average of 2.54 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 59 strikeouts over his 49.2 innings pitched and he has given up 35 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.9. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.00 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen while being struck out 146 times and walking 45 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.82 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.76. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 400 base hits and 205 earned runs. They have allowed 54 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 150 batters and struck out 337. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.44.
As a team, Oakland is batting .245, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .265 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.34 hits per game. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .302 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 35 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 17 runs batted in. He's struck out 19 times and has walked 8 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .322 and he has an on-base percentage of .394. He has totaled 47 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 18. He has walked 18 times and has struck out 22 times. The Athletics have 367 hits, including 55 doubles and 48 home runs. They've stolen 23 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Oakland has walked 102 times this season and they've struck out 299 times as a unit. They've left 277 men on base and have a team OPS of .682. They score 3.84 runs per contest and have scored a total of 169 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 8-10 home record and a 26-17 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.95, Taijuan Walker has a 2-3 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 42.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 40 hits. He has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.63 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 142 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 7.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.43 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.19. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 320 base knocks and 134 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 124 hitters and struck out 354. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.18 while their FIP as a staff is 3.80.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .218 average at home. The Mariners hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.36 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .278 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 42 hits this year along with 22 runs scored and 28 RBI. He's struck out 40 times and has walked on 19 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 50 hits so far while he's scored 28 runs and drove in 37. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 26 times. The Mariners as a unit have 351 base hits, including 59 doubles and 59 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 14 times. Seattle as a team has walked 146 times this year and they have struck out 325 times. They've had 284 men left on base and have an OPS of .744. They score 4.67 runs per game and have totaled 196 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 22-20-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 21-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 17-22-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 22-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/20/16 RF Josh Reddick Thumb 15-day DL (5/20)
05/17/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (5/10)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9)
05/10/16 2B Jed Lowrie Shin 15-day DL (5/9)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
05/04/16 P Tony Zych Rotator Cuff 15-day DL (5/2)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Evan Scribner Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 C Jesus Sucre Leg 60-day DL (3/1)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics
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