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2021 MLB Handicapping
(66-58) Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics (70-54)
Date: Tuesday, August 24th, 2021
Time: 3:37 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Flexen (SEA) vs. Irvin (OAK)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Mariners +110 Athletics -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Mariners +1.5, Athletics -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9.5
Just three games and the Boston Red Sox stand between Seattle and the Oakland A’s for the final wild card spot in the American League.
The Mariners continue to play well enough to stay in the hunt for the postseason and with nine games left on the schedule against Oakland, starting Monday night, they will have their opportunity to play their way into October.
This week’s series is just two games, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. Chris Flexen will start Tuesday’s finale and he’s been excellent in his first season as a Mariner.
After parts of three seasons with the Mets, none of which were impressive, and a missed 2020, Flexen signed as a free agent with Seattle and got the chance to start from the get-go.
Through 23 starts and over 130 innings this season, Flexen is 10–5 with a 3.65 ERA.
Flexen makes opponents string base-hits together. He has allowed just 1.8 walks and less than one home run per nine innings on the season. In today’s game, that is a recipe for success.
But two of his five losses have come to the A’s in two starts against them this season. He gave up five runs in six innings on June 2 and two runs in 5.1 on July 22.
Oakland enters Monday’s play tied with Boston in the wild card and 3.5 games behind Houston in the division.
It lost some ground on Sunday with its second consecutive one-run loss to San Francisco after AJ Puk surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Donovan Solano in the eighth inning of a 2–1 loss.
Both the offense (103 OPS+) and the pitching (111 ERA+) are better than league average.
Chris Bassitt, who may miss the rest of the season, Sean Manaea, and Frankie Montas have already made 25 starts for the A’s this season. Cole Irvin is set to join them on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old lefty, who was purchased from Philadelphia in January of this year, has used a similar formula as Flexen for similar results.
He does not allow many walks (1.8 per nine) and gives up even fewer home runs (0.8 per nine). That means hitters must stand in, be aggressive, and, often times, be content to work for a single.
Both Oakland and Seattle are in the top half of the American League in walks per game from the offense. But with neither starter throwing ball four very often, both lineups could struggle to score in this one.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Mariners are 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
- Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 home games with the total set at 8.0-9.5.
- Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. the American League West.
- Athletics are 35-16 in their last 51 home games vs. a left hander starter.
Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
There’s a lot to like about both starting pitchers in this matchup. Neither is a household name that will artificially bring this number down but both are solid arms flying under the national radar this season.
So look for the two to both pitch either five or six innings and hold the opposition to three runs or fewer. Both bullpens are good enough to hold this one under a rather high total from there.
It’s almost September and this will be a big game for both teams. Expect and atmosphere more closely resembling the postseason here, which means runs may be at a premium.
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