Hey everyone! Sorry that I have been absent for such a long time. Life gets busy, as you all can imagine, from time to time… but I am here now ready to get you all back with a victory on the sportsbook this Tuesday evening. The Mariners took the first of three against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Seattle will turn to the youngster, Logan Gilbert, for Tuesday night’s matchup. Oakland will counter with Cole Irvin, a sneaky good pitcher for the Athletics this season. What can we expect in the second game between these two in 2021? Read below to find out!
Money Line: SEA +150, OAK -175
Run Line: SEA +1.5 (-139), OAK -1.5 (+118)
Total: 8.5 (O -104, U -118)
First Pitch: 8:40 PM CST, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Seattle Mariners (22-26)
The Mariners snapped their dreadful six game losing streak on Monday night with a victory over the Athletics. To say the offense has had their struggles this season would be a complete understatement. Not only have the Mariners been no-hit twice in a forty-eight game span, forty-eight, the Mariners are among the league worst in most offensive categories. The Mariners are dead last in team batting average (.199), hits per game (6.27) and 27th in runs per game this season (3.75). The pitching really has not been there, as they are currently owning a 4.58 team ERA (22nd in MLB). The one saving grace in their starting rotation has been Yusei Kikuchi. Kikuchi was dominant last night, going six strong innings while holding the A’s to four hits and one earned run on the night. He was removed from the game after only pitching 88 pitches, as he was cited for experiencing lower back pains. The Japanese native had four consecutive quality starts for Seattle, but he only was able to muster one win in the span. The Mariners only averaged six runs in that four-game span. The offense was electric though on Monday night, as they cranked out four runs. As nice as it is to see the talented Lewis and Kelenic produce on the same night, there have been very few glimpses of greatness for them at the dish this season. Lewis is hitting a mere .245 on the season, while Kelenic is hitting .146 in his first rodeo in the majors. Aside from Haniger batting .246 on the season, the Mariners do not have any other everyday hitters hitting over .250. That needs to change, should the Mariners try to remain at and/or around .500 for the rest of the season.
Mitch Haniger opened the scoring with an RBI double in the top of the first inning. The talented youngsters provided the remaining offense for Seattle after Haniger’s RBI double. Kyle Lewis mashed a two-run shot in the third inning, while the touted-prospect, Jarred Kelenic, launched a solo shot in the fifth inning. With Kendall Graveman out, Keynan Middleton shut the door in the ninth inning, picking up his third save on the season. The woes continue for Montero, who has since been removed from the closer role. The RBI double off the bat of Seth Brown has now made it four times in the eight appearances that Montero has had this month with a run or more allowed. His ERA for the month of May is at a dismal 6.48.
Logan Gilbert will make his third start in his young career Tuesday night. The 24-year old has failed to work past the fourth inning this season, and he has allowed 3+ runs in each of the two starts for the Mariners. He has faced two mediocre offenses in Detroit and Cleveland, so facing a team that can hit like Oakland does will make things very interesting.
Oakland Athletics (28-21)
There appeared to be a residual “hangover effect” from the Angels game on Sunday for the Athletics on Monday night. The A’s were cruising on Sunday afternoon, rolling into the seventh inning with a nice 4-2 lead. The bullpen went awry for the last two innings, allowing the Angels to score four runs, which led them to lose a game they were more than capable of winning for most of the afternoon. After scoring four runs in the first three innings, the offense dried up for the A’s on Sunday, as they only scored one lone run in the remaining seven innings. Much of that same stagnant offense was on display Monday night. The A’s were only able to generate two runs off of five base hits on Monday night, a very uncharacteristic performance for Oakland.
Mark Canha still continues to mash the ball, as he has now moved into double-digit homeruns with his solo shot in the third inning. Canha has three homeruns in the last week, while hitting .368 in that span. I will be honest, I was a little skeptical of Canha being the everyday guy when the A’s let Robbie Grossman walk last off-season; however, Canha has certainly filled the everyday role with a strong 2021 campaign thus far. Chapman finally ended his hitless skid, as he went 1-for-4 last night at the plate. In his previous five games, Chapman was 0-for-16… yikes!
Frankie Montas was sort of ‘meh’ on Monday night for Oakland. Montas had his strikeout pitches working no doubt, as he was able to fan 11 Mariner batters on the night. What was concerning though was the fact that Seattle was able to generate six hits and four runs on the Oakland ace. The Mariners are horrendous, so if they are capable of touching up a starting pitcher of Montas’ caliber, there is definitely reason to be concerned. Still, things are trending in the right direction, as Montas has a 3.81 ERA in the month of May, opposed to his 6.20 ERA in April.
After carving up teams left and right, the Astros were finally able to get to Irvin and rough him up a bit last Thursday. The question now is, how does he respond? The young southpaw has been touched up in each of his three starts against Houston, but he has yet to allow four earned runs or more to any other team faced this season. Irvin has pitched 43 innings against teams not named Houston this season, and he has only allowed an astonishing nine runs in that span (1.88 ERA). If there was ever a team to face to get your confidence back after a rough previous outing, Seattle has to be one of the teams atop of that list.
Analysis and Prediction
The Mariners snapped their six-game losing skid with a much needed win on Monday. It is hard to imagine though that the Mariners will take two in a row and a series win over the leaders of the AL West. The A’s have not lost three games in a row since way back in early April, when they opened the season 0-6. I am not expecting this to be an offensive showcase by any means, but I do see the A’s coming out ahead when the dust settles. Cole Irvin will go six strong for Oakland and the A’s will continue to pad their slim one game lead over Houston in the AL West standings. Take the A’s ML as your best bet this evening.
Jack’s 2021 MLB picks: (10-12)