Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Kendall Graveman vs. Ariel Miranda
The Oakland Athletics visit Safeco Field on Thursday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Kendall Graveman for the Athletics and Ariel Miranda for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +138 and Seattle at -148. The over/under was set at 8. The Athletics have a 70-81-6 over/under record and a 87-70-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Mariners are 78-79-0 against the run line and have a 78-73-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 67-90 record, including 33-43 on the road. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman has a 10-11 record with an earned run average of 4.19 and a WHIP of 1.30. He has 102 strikeouts over his 180.1 innings pitched and he has given up 189 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.48. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.97 and they have given up 500 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen while being struck out 509 times and walking 184 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.13 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.42 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 1,411 base hits and 694 earned runs. They have allowed 177 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 451 batters and struck out 1,147. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team, Oakland is batting .246, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.34 hits per game. Danny Valencia comes into this game hitting .288 and his on-base percentage is at .349. He has 132 hits this season along with 72 runs scored and 51 runs batted in. He's struck out 110 times and has walked 41 times. Khris Davis is hitting .246 and he has an on-base percentage of .305. He has totaled 133 hits so far while scoring 82 runs and he's driven in 99. He has walked 40 times and has struck out 160 times. The Athletics have 1,309 hits, including 254 doubles and 163 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Oakland has walked 429 times this season and they've struck out 1,099 times as a unit. They've left 1,007 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 4.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 632 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 42-35 home record and a 83-74 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.10, Ariel Miranda has a 5-2 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 38 strikeouts over the 52.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.44. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 443 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 531 times and walking 177 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.11 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,365 base knocks and 629 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 207 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 448 hitters and struck out 1,272. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 4.31.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .255 average at home. The Mariners hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Kyle Seager comes into this matchup batting .280 and he has an OBP of .361. He has 161 hits this year along with 86 runs scored and 96 RBI. He's struck out 102 times and has walked on 67 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .300 and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 190 hits so far while he's scored 101 runs and drove in 94. He has earned a walk 45 times and has punched out 96 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,393 base hits, including 244 doubles and 214 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Seattle as a team has walked 490 times this year and they have struck out 1,243 times. They've had 1,061 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They score 4.7 runs per game and have totaled 738 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 70-81-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 87-70-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 78-73-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 78-79-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/27/16 P Sonny Gray Elbow 15-day DL (8/7); expected to be activated & start Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Angels
09/24/16 2B Arismendy Alcantara Thumb out for season
09/08/16 RF Andrew Lambo Lower Body 60-day DL (7/4)
08/17/16 CF Tyler Ladendorf Wrist 15-day DL (8/17)
08/16/16 2B Jed Lowrie Foot 60-day DL (8/4); out for season
08/07/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6), out for season
07/23/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 60-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 60-day DL (7/2)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Knee 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), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
09/23/16 C Steve Clevenger Suspension 60-day DL (6/29); out for season
07/30/16 P Nathan Karns Back 60-day DL (7/30)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics
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