The Oakland Athletics look to keep it rolling as they open the week against the Seattle Mariners. They’re putting a four-game winning streak on the line, which put them above the .500 mark and a respectable record of 25-22. The A’s have also won six of their last seven. Oakland dumped Sonny Gray with a trade to the Yankees, which has worked out brilliantly.
The Athletics look like geniuses, while the Yanks are acting like they got robbed. The Yankees may be World Series contenders, but they did not win that trade, at least not yet. Maybe Gray snaps out of it and gets hot towards the fall and he plays an integral role in crunch time. As good as the Yankees have been thus far, a hot Gray would make them almost unbeatable.
This has been a positive year for the Athletics so far. They’re only three games above .500, but they finished dead last in the AL West with a record of 75-87. The Athletics did heat up late, though, and showed some promise of what 2018 could be. They really were a dreadful baseball team early in the year. The A’s went on a 17-7 run to finish the 2017 season.
It included stretches of five wins in a row and seven in a row. They lost eight games in a row and haven’t looked back since, as they’re good play has carried over, to an extent, into 2018. The A’s did pay a price over the weekend for sweeping the Blue Jays. Khris Davis left with an apparent groin injury and may be heading for the DL. His status for tonight is questionable. Trevor Cahill will take the bump for the Athletics. He’s been on a nice roll to start the year. The Mariners will turn to Mike Leake. Head below for our free Mariners vs. Athletics pick.
Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Mike Leake (4-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.79 ERA)
Cahill has been performing well in the absence of Sonny Gray in the rotation. Gray currently has a 5.48 ERA, while Cahill looks nice with a 2.79 ERA. Gray looked great in his last outing, but we’ll see if he keeps it up, because he has to consistently be good to be worth the money the Yankees are paying him. Cahill has been consistently good.
In his last three starts, he’s posted an ERA of 3.18 and 0.94 WHIP. Note that at home in Oakland, Cahill has been perfect. The word gets tossed around too easily sometimes, but in this case, he’s actually been perfect. Cahill hasn’t allowed a run at home thus far in 2018. He also has a 0.92 WHIP in Oakland.
Conversely, Mike Leake hopes California provides some better results. Leake enters with an ERA of 6.00. The Mariners have been hoping to get Iwakuma back from injury, but he keeps hitting setback after setback in simulation starts. The Mariners’ rotation was hit with a rash of injuries last year, which was ultimately the difference in missing the postseason. Leake has been hammered on the road with a 6.75 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.
The A’s have an excellent history against him too, with a .371 batting average in 116 at-bats. Seattle must deal with the suspension to Robinson Cano. Cano is suspended without pay for 80 days because of a PED violation. Without pay is the real kicker for Cano, but for the team, his absence is going to hurt mightily. The likely loss of Khris Davis tonight is a wash with no Cano.