Friday, September 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Raul Alcantara vs. Taijuan Walker
The Oakland Athletics head to Safeco Field on Friday to take on the Seattle Mariners. The probable pitchers are Raul Alcantara for the Athletics and Taijuan Walker for the Mariners. The opening line for this game has Oakland at +194 and Seattle at -210. The over/under is 8.5. The Athletics have a 71-81-6 over/under mark and a 87-71-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Mariners are 79-79-0 against the run line and have a 79-73-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Athletics head into this game with a 67-91 record, and they are 33-44 on the road. Starting pitcher Raul Alcantara has a 1-2 record with an ERA of 5.75 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 13 strikeouts during his 20.1 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.09. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have allowed 509 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the pen while they've been struck out 514 times and walked 188 times this year. As a unit, Oakland has given up 9.15 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.42 hitters per nine. They are 24th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.51. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 1,421 base hits and 701 earned runs. They have allowed 178 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 455 batters and struck out 1,153. 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 4.23.
As a team, Oakland is hitting .246, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .256 average on the road. The Athletics have a .394 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .304 which is good for 28th in the league. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.34 hits per contest. Danny Valencia comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .348. He has 133 hits this season along with 72 runs scored and 51 runs batted in. He's struck out 112 times and has walked 41 times. Khris Davis is hitting .246 and he has an on-base percentage of .305. He has totaled 134 hits so far while scoring 83 runs and he's driven in 100. He has walked 40 times and has struck out 162 times. The Athletics have 1,318 hits, including 257 doubles and 165 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Oakland has walked 431 times this season and they've struck out 1,109 times as a unit. They've left 1,012 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 4.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 638 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this game with a 42-35 home mark and a 84-74 overall record. With an ERA of 4.35, Taijuan Walker has a 7-11 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 116 strikeouts over the 128.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 127 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.9. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 448 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 533 times and walking 177 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.13 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,376 base knocks and 633 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 209 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 449 hitters and struck out 1,282. They give up a walk 2.8 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 .259, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .255 average at home. The Mariners hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Kyle Seager comes into this matchup batting .281 and he has an OBP of .362. He has 163 hits this year along with 87 runs scored and 99 RBI. He's struck out 104 times and has walked on 67 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .299 and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 191 hits so far while he's scored 103 runs and drove in 97. He has earned a walk 46 times and has punched out 97 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,408 base hits, including 245 doubles and 216 homers. They have 54 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Seattle as a team has walked 497 times this year and they have struck out 1,253 times. They've had 1,070 men left on base and have an OPS of .756. They score 4.75 runs per game and have totaled 750 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 71-81-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 87-71-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 79-73-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 79-79-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
09/28/16 LF Seth Smith Foot left last game, "?" Thursday vs. Oakland Athletics
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 Mariners
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