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Jason Vargas out to silence Athletics bats in MLB contest

Oakland AthleticsSeattle Mariners
Sep 9, 4:10 PM | GrassSafeco Field

Oakland Athletics vs Seattle Mariners Odds

78-60TEAM RECORD67-73

The Mariners get a visit from the Oakland Athletics in baseball action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

It's a pitching duel between Jason Vargas for the Mariners (14-9 on the year) and Tom Milone for Oakland (11-10 so far).

View Oakland vs Seattle Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 105 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Mariners sit at No. 9 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Athletics sit at an American League No. 10 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Seattle has the American League's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 7.8 hits per game. The Athletics average 8.1 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the American League list.

Oakland brings the American League's No. 2-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Mariners' league No. 3-ranked defense.

The Athletics were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -133 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors. The Athletics grabbed a win last time out, defeating Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners 6-1 on Saturday at Safeco Field.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing LA Angels are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Seattle Mariners Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Athletics at Mariners trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
Seattle is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Seattle's last 11 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Seattle's last 18 games when playing Oakland
Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at LA Angels, Monday, September 10
Seattle at Toronto, Tuesday, September 11