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Athletics (Manaea) vs. Mariners (Flexen)
The Athletics and Mariners start an important 4 games series in Seattle. Third in their division and behind Oakland, if Seattle is to make any kind of a run at a wild card spot now is the time. Off a loss last night, the M’s send Chris Flexen to the hill. Not to jinx him, but Flexen has been nothing short of remarkable this season. He is 9-4 with an ERA of 3.35. The Mariners are 13- 4 with him pitching. You want more? How about a 1.77 ERA, 0.94 WHIP last seven starts, or 20 innings pitched last three starts, allowing only two runs.
Sean Manaea is no slouch on the mound. He is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.28. He is 0-2 last three, and 2-4 on the road. More to the point, he is poor against left handed batters. Add to this a Seattle team that is 20-13 against left handed pitchers gives pause for thought.
Neither team is what you might call a powerhouse, but here are a couple of points to note. Seattle is 29-20 at home. Oakland’s bullpen has been very sharp last seven games with an ERA of 1.66. Seattle’s relief; so-so.
Seattle is an underdog here, but I like Flexen and the Mariners in this situation. My only concern is the Seattle bullpen, who have struggled of late. Take the Mariners on the run line, +1 ½.
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