The Seattle Mariners are hoping that this is the year that they finally get over the hump. They came awfully close last season, but injuries had a different idea. The Mariners found solace with a pretty impressive rotation, but then the injury bug ran rampant on their pitching staff. Iwakuma, Felix, and James Paxton were all wiped out, which would have been a potent 1-2-3 punch. Iwakuma is still trying to come back from injury, as he recently got torched in a simulated start.
He didn’t even get through his scheduled start before getting yanked. King Felix doesn’t look like a king, which is no surprise, he isn’t getting any younger now. His best years pretty well went to waste in Seattle. Other than personal accolades, he wasn’t able to accomplish much with this franchise. Further, James Paxton who was a firecracker in 2017, as he made a name for himself, has gotten off to a relatively slow start.
At the end of the day though, the Mariners are still a 17-11 baseball team and are hanging in there despite some pitching issues. They are relying on their offense to get the job done, just like they did as they were trying to content for a wildcard without a healthy rotation a year ago. And just like last year, it likely isn’t going to be enough. Robinson Cano has gotten out to a nice start, with a batting average of .313 and .422 OBP. The Athletics and Mariners got their weekday meeting started last night, which resulted in a 6-3 win for the Mariners to bump their record up a bit. Paxton will get the nod tonight, while Brett Anderson will start for the A’s. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Mariners pick.
Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Brett Anderson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. James Paxton (1-1, 5.21 ERA)
Brett Anderson will make his 2018 debut for the Athletics tonight, as he makes his first appearance with them since 2013. Anderson came into the majors as an Athletic in 2009, and then left in 2013 for Colorado, Los Angeles (Dodgers), Chicago (Cubs), and Toronto. So, he’s bounced around since his time in Oakland. Between the Dodgers and Blue Jays last season, Anderson was bad with a 6.34 ERA and 1.69 WHIP.
There isn’t any surprise that he hasn’t been able to hold a job down, as he’s battled injuries and inconsistent play. Anderson hasn’t had a full-year as a starter since 2015 with the Dodgers, which was one of his best years, with a 3.69 ERA. It’s been downhill since then, as he was hammered for an ERA of 11.91 in 2016. Anderson has looked good in the minors, but he will get a test against a hot Seattle offense on Wednesday.
The Mariners have been bashing the ball of late, as they’ve accumulated 28 in just their last three games for an average of 9.3 runs scored. Seattle has also had a favorable experience against lefties this season as well. They’re hitting them at a clip of .263 compared to .249 against left-handed pitching. In their last ten games that numbers is .282.
Likewise, for the A’s, who are hitting lefties well at .272 in their last ten matchups. Paxton will tell you that he hasn’t been pitching his best. He enters Wednesday evening with an ERA of 5.21 overall, and a 5.12 ERA in his last three starts. The A’s and Mariners have gone a combined 6-0-2 in their last eight games. The OVER has gone 5-2-2 in their last nine meetings and 3-1-1 in the last five. A piece of the OVER at 8 in Seattle doesn’t look too bad tonight.