The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series at Oakland Coliseum on Monday night, meeting each other for the first time this season, so I’ve prepared the best Mariners vs. A’s betting pick for the middle contest set for Tuesday, May 25, with the first pitch at 9:40 PM ET.
Oakland opened as a -160 moneyline fave for Tuesday’s clash, while Seattle is a +148 road dog with a total of 8.0 runs on DraftKings Sportsbook. The A’s have won six of their previous nine games against the Mariners excluding the opener of this series that we won’t take into the analysis.
The Mariners continue to sink
The Seattle Mariners entered the Athletics series on a six-game losing streak after a couple of sweeps in the three-game series against Detroit at home and San Diego on the road. They got beaten hard by the Padres, yielding a whopping 31 runs over three outings at Petco Park.
The Mariners have struggled mightily on both sides of the ball over the last few weeks, dropping 11 of their last 14 games overall. During that awful stretch, Seattle was batting a horrible .170 while posting the worst OPS in the majors (.574).
Logan Gilbert will toe the rubber Tuesday, and the 24-year-old rookie was charged for a loss in each of his previous two big-league starts. The former first-round pick surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits across 6.2 frames of work along with a 7/2 K/BB ratio. Last week, the righty threw 2.2 innings of a three-run ball in a 6-2 defeat to the Tigers.
The Athletics hope to stay hot at the plate
The A’s own the fifth-best OPS in the majors over the last 15 days (.813) while batting .251 during that span. They slugged a whopping 35 home runs this month, enough for the second-most in baseball. Oakland was 28-20 on Monday, sitting atop of the AL West, 1.5 games ahead of Houston and 6.5 games ahead of Seattle.
The Athletics went 3-3 last week, losing a three-game home set against the Astros and outlasting the Angels in a three-game road series. They blew a 4-0 lead in the closing contest in Anaheim and suffered a 6-5 defeat.
Cole Irvin will take the mound for the A’s on Tuesday. The 27-year-old southpaw is 3-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in nine starts this season, posting a solid 40/10 K/BB ratio through 52.2 innings of work. Irvin was charged for a loss in two of his last three outings, yielding nine earned runs on 17 hits and five walks during that span. He’s never met the Mariners before.
- 3-11 in the last 14 games overall
- 2-11 in the last 13 road contests
- 1-4 in the last five road tilts against Oakland
- 14-7 in the last 21 games at home
- 6-3 in the last nine games against Seattle
The Athletics have been a hit-or-miss lately, but they’ve been playing in a much better form than the Mariners, for sure. Seattle has some serious injury problems in its bullpen, and the Mariners cannot count on four relievers including Kendall Graveman (0.00 ERA, 16.2 IP) and Drew Steckenrider (2.45 ERA, 18.1 IP).
The A’s have scored at least four runs in each but one of their last nine games. They should take full advantage of the shorthanded Mariners.
Pick: Take Oakland Athletics at -160
Despite the Mariners’ offensive woes, I’m backing the over on the totals. Seattle’s injury problems are once more a strong reason, and as I’ve mentioned, the Mariners have yielded a bunch of runs recently.
The over is 4-1-2 in the last seven encounters between the Mariners and A’s. Also, the over is 7-1 in Oakland’s last eight games overall, and it is 9-4-2 in Seattle’s previous 15 showings at any location.
Pick: Go over 8.0 runs at -120