Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Zach Neal vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
The Oakland Athletics visit Safeco Field on Wednesday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Zach Neal for the Athletics and Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +161 and Seattle at -171. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Athletics have a 23-21-2 over/under record and a 23-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Mariners are 22-22-0 against the run line and have a 17-23-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 20-26 record, including 12-11 on the road. Starting pitcher Zach Neal has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 2 strikeouts over his 3 innings pitched and he has given up 4 hits so far this season. He has allowed 12 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.06. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 150 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 149 times and walking 45 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.29 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.74 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.66. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 419 base hits and 210 earned runs. They have allowed 56 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 150 batters and struck out 349. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team, Oakland is batting .243, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .262 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .293 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.26 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 380 hits, including 59 doubles and 49 home runs. They've stolen 26 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Oakland has walked 106 times this season and they've struck out 317 times as a unit. They've left 290 men on base and have a team OPS of .675. They score 3.87 runs per contest and have scored a total of 178 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 8-11 home record and a 26-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.39, Hisashi Iwakuma has a 2-4 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 44 strikeouts over the 55.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 61 hits. He has allowed 9.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.96. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.60 and they have given up 90 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 144 times and walking 46 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 7.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.43 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.16. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 335 base knocks and 139 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 128 hitters and struck out 371. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 3.79.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .221 average at home. The Mariners hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.45 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .280 and he has an OBP of .383. He has 44 hits this year along with 23 runs scored and 29 RBI. He's struck out 42 times and has walked on 22 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .287 and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 52 hits so far while he's scored 28 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 27 times. The Mariners as a unit have 372 base hits, including 60 doubles and 59 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 14 times. Seattle as a team has walked 150 times this year and they have struck out 335 times. They've had 299 men left on base and have an OPS of .740. They score 4.57 runs per game and have totaled 201 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 23-21-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 23-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 17-23-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 22-22-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/23/16 P Sonny Gray Trapezius 15-day DL (5/21)
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)
05/23/16 SS Ketel Marte Thumb 15-day DL (5/22)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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