MLB Betting Preview: Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners – Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

by Spooky Express | September 23, 2021 |

The Seattle Mariners are trying to stay alive in the AL Wild Card race as they are currently 2.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot with an 83-69 record. They will be sending southpaw Yusei Kikuchi to the mound as he is coming off a losing effort against the Kansas City Royals, where he lost and went three innings with three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Oakland Athletics are on a three-game losing streak and are falling out of the AL Wild Card race as they are 82-70 this season. They will be sending right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound for the first time since being hit with a line drive to the face over a month ago, so it will be interesting to see how long they let him go here. 

Seattle Mariners Betting Preview: Hitless in Seattle

The Seattle Mariners have been brutal at the plate this season as a team as they are 27th in the majors with a .686 OPS this year. They have been averaging 4.26 runs per game, so that hasn’t been an issue for them. Seattle has been stepping up as in the last 15 days (12 games); they are averaging 4.33 runs per game with a .727 OPS in that stretch. 

Third baseman Kyle Seager has been doing pretty well in his final year under contract as he has a .746 OPS with 35 home runs and 100 RBI with three stolen bases on four attempts. If Seattle can continue to improve offensively, it will help them stay alive in the Wild Card race.  

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview: End of the Line

The Oakland Athletics are considered an average offensive team this season as their .723 OPS is good for 16th in MLB. They are scoring 4.55 runs per game so far this year to help their pitching staff. Oakland has been struggling to hit at home as they can’t use it as a big advantage as they have a .694 OPS in the 77 home games while scoring 4.08 runs per game. 

Third baseman Matt Chapman has bounced back after a slow start as he has a .745 OPS this year with 27 home runs and 72 RBI while stealing three bases in five attempts. The A’s need to continue winning in order to keep their playoff odds alive.

Mariners vs. Athletics  Betting Odds & Lines

These teams are both playing for their playoff lives, and if the A’s lost, they will essentially end their playoff hopes. Kikuchi has been pitching well, and it is more up in the air to see what Bassitt can do after a month off the mound. 

The Seattle Mariners have won the last eight games against the Oakland Athletics, including five games in Oakland Coliseum. MyBookie has the Seattle Mariners getting 1.5 runs in this game with decent odds so go with the Mariners on the road on the run line here. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Seattle Mariners +1.5 (-145)

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