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2019 MLB Season
(0-0) Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics (0-0)
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 5:35 PM ET
Venue: Tokyo Dome, Japan
Projected Pitchers: Kikuchi vs. Estrada
MLB Moneyline Odds: Seattle +115 / Oakland -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Oakland +145 / Seattle -165
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5 (Over -120 / Under +100)
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As I write, it looks like Seattle is going to cash as an underdog in the first game of the 2019 MLB regular season. The Mariners are up 9–7 after seven, though Oakland just scored three in the first inning against Seattle’s ‘pen.
Marco Gonzales went the first six and gave up four run on seven hits, including home runs by Stephen Piscotty and Khris Davis. He walked just one and struck out four.
The M’s got a grand slam from former Brewer Domingo Santana, who started in left field and batted fifth. Another new acquisition, shortstop Tim Beckham, is 3-for-3 with a long ball, too.
What’s important to know here is that Seattle may be listed as the road team but it is not. The Mariners became Japan’s team when Ichiro Suzuki broke onto the scene as the Rookie of the Year and MVP in 2001. Eighteen years later, with a 45-year-old Ichiro starting in right field, Seattle is still the hometown team.
It’s why Oakland is priced more like a road favorite at a modest -125 with their new starting pitcher, Marco Estrada, on the mound in the finale.
In 2015 and 2016, Estrada finished in the top-10 of the American League Cy Young voting and was named an All-Star, respectively. He’s plateaued and actually struggled a bit in 2017 and 2018, though. Oakland is hoping it can recapture what made him so good not so long ago and Billy Beane signed him for $4 million.
The A’s will deal with Yusei Kikuchi, who is making his MLB debut in his home country after pitching for Seibu since 2011. He’s a lefty but nobody outside of Japan has seen him much. I do know we’re not looking at a power guy.
Both starting pitchers will keep the ball in play most of the day. Both need to keep it on the ground at the Tokyo Dome, often easier said than done.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in SEA last 8 on fieldturf.
- Over is 12-3 in OAK last 15 home games.
- Over is 20-7-1 in OAK last 28 overall.
- OAK are 36-16 in their last 52 home games.
- SEA are 22-10 in the last 32 meetings in Oakland.
Free Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction: Over 8.5.
If both guys are getting ground balls, it’ll stay low but I’m skeptical. A few long balls at the Dome and it’s going over. I’m leaning that way.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over
MLB Free Score Prediction: Seattle 5 – Oakland 8
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