MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Where: T-Mobile Stadium in Seattle, Washington
When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3:37 PM ET
Spread: Oakland Athletics -255
The A’s will be looking to secure one of the two wild card spots still up for grabs, while the Mariners will be looking to play spoiler.
A’s Still Not a Lock for Playoffs
The Oakland Athletics enter play with a 94-63 record and hold the top wild card spot by percentage points over the Tampa Bay Rays in a year where a team could end up with 95 wins and miss the postseason.
The Cleveland Indians are also in the mix just a game behind Oakland and Tampa. The A’s were losing to the Los Angeles Angels 1-0 in the third inning at the time of this writing. They will send Seth Manaea to the mound to open things up with the Mariners.
Manaea is 3-0 on the season with a 1.14 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. He has struck out 25 hitters over that span. In his last start, Manaea allowed two earned runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings in a win against the Texas Rangers.
Manaea has made 10 starts against the Mariners in his career. He is 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA all-time against Seattle. He last faced them last season.
Shortstop Marcus Semien leads the Oakland offensive attack. He is hitting .287 with 32 home runs and 91 RBI.
His home run and RBI total are both career highs. First baseman Matt Olson has hit 35 long balls and driven in 88. Third baseman Matt Chapman has added 35 bombs and 88 RBI.
Mariners Playing Out the String
The Seattle Mariners come into play with a 66-91 record. It is hard to believe that this team had the best record in baseball in April, and spiraled downward in every month thereafter.
The Mariners are committed to moving forward and rebuilding, and that rebuild plan apparently does not include right-hander Felix Hernandez. King Felix will make his final start at T-Mobile Park on Thursday as the winningest pitcher in Mariners’ history.
Hernandez will become a free agent at the end of the season. He put up one of the most dominant decades ever by a starting pitcher, earning six All-Star appearances, a Cy Young Award, 10 straight seasons with at least 30 starts and 190 innings pitched, and he threw a perfect game.
However, in the last 15 months, Hernandez is just 1-15 with a 6.44 ERA, spanning 25 outings, 24 of which were starts. He will try to see if he can channel his healthy, effective being one more time for the Mariners Thursday night.
The reason for the Mariners’ struggles this season has been their inability to hit consistently. They are 14th in the American League with a team batting average of just .239.
The leading hitter is right fielder Domingo Santana. He is hitting .253 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI. Santana has been injured, but has enough at-bats to qualify.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach leads the team in home runs and RBI with 31 and 76 respectively, but is hitting just .210.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Oakland -255. The spread is Oakland -1.5 and the over/under is 9. There is no real reason that the Mariners should be taken in this one, and even though emotions will be high at T-Mobile Park, stay away from Seattle. Oakland is better and will win. Take the A’s in this one.