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Paxton Looking Like Ace The Mariners Need

When you hear people talking about the Seattle Mariners’ pitching it almost always starts and stops with Felix Hernandez. However, it has been James Paxton that has been the M’s ace so far this season. Paxton, who will get the start against the Oakland Athletics Thursday, has opened the season pitching 21.0 scoreless innings while only surrendering eight combined hits in his first three starts.

Shark Bites
  • James Paxton is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three career starts against the Athletics.
  • The visiting team is 7-2 SU in the last 9 games between the Mariners and Athletics.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Athletics' last 20 games at home.

Cesar Valdez will be getting his first major league start since 2010, as the A’s will send the righty to the bump to face the Mariners. Valdez, who fills the rotation spot of Kendall Graveman, has notched a 2.70 ERA with 12 strikeouts and no walks in two starts for Triple-A Nashville this year.

Mitch Haniger has quietly been one of the hottest bats in baseball with the Mariners CF hitting .380 with 13 runs and 15 RBI during his current 13-game hitting streak. The A’s offense, which has been middling this season, rely almost entirely on Khris Davis, as the LF leads the team in batting averaging, home runs, RBIs and hits.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Oakland Athletics as 150 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.3-2.9 win for the Mariners on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Seattle Mariners vs Oakland Athletics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oakland Athletics sport a record of 7-8 heading into this matchup, while the Seattle Mariners sit at 7-9 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oakland vs Seattle injuries news.

The Oakland Athletics sit at No. 22 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Seattle Mariners sit at No. 13 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Oakland owns the No. 19 ranking for hits at 7.8 per game. By contrast, the Seattle Mariners are rated No. 22 in the same category at 7.56 per game.

Comparing defensive stats, Seattle owns the No. 19-rated road mark, allowing 4.57 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
  • Seattle is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Oakland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Oakland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Oakland is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Oakland's last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Oakland, Friday, April 21st