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Slumping Mariners Look to Get Back on Track at Home vs A’s

Mike Fiers has an ugly 8.20 ERA over his four road starts this season but is coming off a no-hitter and his Oakland Athletics are slight -105 underdogs in the series opener against the host Seattle Mariners, who are coming back at -115. Yusei Kikuchi counters for the Mariners coming off back-to-back quality starts. Tonight’s total has opened at 9 runs.

Athletics vs Mariners Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Seattle is just 2-12 SU and 6-8 ATS in its last 14 games and is currently riding a four-game losing slide. The Mariners are also 7-11 at T-Mobile Park this season.
  • Oakland is 5-10 SU and 3-12 ATS over its last 15 contests but is 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS in its last six. The A’s are just 5-13 away from home this year.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of Oakland’s last 15 contests, including its last four in a row, with an average combined score of 7.93. Conversely, the total has gone OVER in 11 of Seattle’s last 14 matches with an average combined score of 10.79.
  • The Athletics are 4-5 through Mike Fiers’ nine trips to the mound this season and he is 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has four quality starts and is coming off a no-hitter against Cincinnati his last time out.
  • He is averaging just 6.65 K/9, which is his lowest rate since the 2013 season, but he also has his lowest HR/9 rate since the 2016 season.
  • Fiers has his lowest opponent batting average since 2015 at just .246. However, of batted balls against, he has the lowest percentage of soft-hit balls and the highest percentage of hard-hit balls. Seattle ranks 21st in hard-hit batted ball percentage vs RHP.
  • He has a startling 8.20 ERA through his four road appearances and has a .325 opponent batting average in those outings.
  • Seattle is 5-4 in Yusei Kikuchi’s nine appearances this season and he is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has five quality starts this year, including his last two trips to the mound.
  • He is averaging respectable 7.08 K/9, 1.86 BB/9 and 0.93 HR/9 rates in his rookie campaign.
  • Kikuchi is restricting opponents to a .225 average. Of the batted balls against, 31.9 percent have been hard-hit balls and he ranks 26th among starting pitchers who have tossed at least 20 innings in lowest hard-hit batted ball percentage.
  • He holds a 3.46 ERA and has limited opponents to a .196 batting average in 13 innings through his three home starts this season.
  • Oakland is 8-4 against left-handed starters this season and has the fifth-best average and has scored the eighth-most runs against southpaws. Seattle is 17-15 against right-handed starters, ranking 17th in batting average but second in runs scored vs righties.

My Best Bet for Oakland vs Seattle

Seattle Moneyline

Yusei Kikuchi ranks 26th among starters who have pitched at least 20 innings in lowest hard-hit batted ball percentage and is restricting opponents to a measly .196 batting average at home this season. Meanwhile, Mike Fiers has a horrendous 8.20 ERA and opponents are hitting .325 through his four road appearances. Seattle ranks second in runs scored vs RHP and Oakland is just 5-13 on the road this season.

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