The MLB is set up with another great day of action on July 22. Nine games are up on the board throughout Thursday. One of these matchups will be between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Oakland has earned a record of 55-42 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the AL West. The Athletics are three and a half games back on the top seeded Houston Astros. Oakland has won two games in a row and five of their last seven. The Athletics will look to keep it up with another big performance in this one.
The Mariners have put up a record of 51-42 so far this season, which has them in the third spot of the AL West. Seattle lost their last time out, but have won three of their last five. The Mariners are only three games back on a wild card spot. Seattle will look to close that gap some more with a big win on Thursday night.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this divisional battle. The A’s have been a bit better on the season, but Seattle is eyeing their wild card spot. Oakland will look to make up some ground on the Astros though. If either team can jump out to an early lead in this one, it could be enough for a win.
The Athletics and the Mariners have met up six times so far this season. Oakland hosted the first three games between May 24 and 26. Kyle Lewis and Jarred Kelenic both hit homers in the first matchup as Seattle won 4-2. Kelenic had another RBI in the second meeting as the Mariners earned a 4-3 win. Matt Olson had a two run homer as the A’s bounced back with a 6-3 win in the series conclusion.
The next three games of the series shifted back to Seattle between May 31 and June 2. Tom Murphy hit a sac fly to walk off the fourth matchup for the Mariners with a 6-5 win. Tony Kemp and Matt Olson both homered in the fifth meeting to give Oakland a 12-6 win. Sean Manaea gave up four hits and no runs in a complete game in the sixth game as the Athletics won 6-0.
Seattle started off this series strong with two wins against the A’s, but Oakland has battled back to tie up the overall series 3-3. The Athletics will look to grab another win in this one. The Mariners have won both series openers this season. Oakland had Wednesday off, while Seattle had a game in the afternoon. The Athletics will look for that extra rest to give them an edge in this matchup.
Oakland has been solid with the bats in their hands this season. The Athletics have hit in 398 RBI’s, which is 17th in the league. Oakland has also gone deep 121 times on the season, which is 10th in the MLB. The A’s have been strong on the mound and in the field. Oakland has given up 388 runs to opposing teams, which is 10th in the league.
The Mariners struggled a bit at bat so far this season. Seattle has earned 383 RBI’s so far this season, which has them in 21st in the MLB. The Mariners have hit 119 home runs, which is 11th in the league. Seattle has not been great on defense either. The Mariners have allowed their opponents to score 449 runs, which is 20th in the MLB.
The Athletics have been the better team at bats and in the field this season. Oakland will look to jump out to an early lead in this one. The Mariners have been solid as of late though and will for a good start on the mound. The A’s will look to jump out to an early lead at bat though in this one. If either team can grab a big lead early, it should be enough for the win.
Sean Manaea will likely get the start at pitcher for the Athletics in this one. Manaea has earned a record of 6-6 throughout his 19 starts this season. He has put up a 3.28 ERA and a WHIP of 1.20 in those games played. Manaea pitched five and a third innings in his last start, giving up seven hits and three runs against the Cleveland Indians.
I expect Chris Flexen to get the nod on the mound for Seattle on Thursday night. Flexen has started in 17 games this season, going 9-3 throughout those matchups. He has posted an ERA of 3.35 and a 1.20 WHIP in those starts. Flexen’s last start was against the Los Angeles Angels where he gave up six hits and one run through seven innings in the win.
These two pitchers have been trending in opposite directions as of late. Flexen has won his last four decisions through six starts. Manaea has lost four of his last five starts with a no decision mixed in there. Both pitchers have put up very similar numbers and will look for the win in this one. If either pitcher can control the zone early, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have split the season series so far and I expect an exciting start to this set on Thursday. I believe that the A’s will come out hot to try and win their first series opener against Seattle though. Manaea has struggled to earn a win as of late, but I think he will bounce back in this one. If Oakland can get a strong outing on the mound, I think they can win this one on the road.
BetOnline has the Athletics listed as a -127 against the money line in this one. This implies that Oakland will win this game around 56 percent of the time. I think that this line is about right with how the A’s have performed this season. Oakland had a day of rest on Wednesday and I think they can use that to their advantage on Thursday night.