MLB Game of the Day: Mariners at A’s

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Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s
(-121, 6.5)

A high-octane pitching matchup will take center stage when the
Oakland Athletics host the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in the
finale of a three-game series. Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, a
13-game winner who is second in the American League with a 2.23
ERA, squares off against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester, a
fellow 13-game winner who ranks fourth in the AL with a 2.55
ERA. Despite their gaudy numbers, each pitcher is attempting to
halt a three-start winless drought.

Losers of five of their last six, the Athletics trail the
first-place Los Angeles Angels by 4 1/2 games in the American
League West while division rival Seattle is 1 1/2 games back of
Detroit for the second wild card. Oakland has some reason to be
encouraged, scoring 11 runs in the first two games of the
series after mustering only four in a four-game sweep at the
hands of the Angels. The Mariners are an AL-best 38-27 away
from home entering the third of a seven-game road trip.

TV: 3:35 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports (Seattle), CSN
California (Oakland)

LINE HISTORY:
Books opened the A’s as -125 home
favorites. That line has moved to -121. The total has held at
6.5.

INJURY REPORT: Mariners – CF Michael Saunders
(Out indefinitely, oblique). A’s – CF Coco Crisp (Doubtful,
neck), RP Sean Doolittle (15-day DL, oblique).

COVERS POWER RANKINGS:
Mariners (-172), A’s (-198)

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Suddenly chasing a Wild
Card spot, the M’s will look to turn things around away from
home this week. The A’s have fallen on hard times but we’ve
seen them respond favorably to adversity before.” Covers
Expert Sean Murphy
.

WAG WAR: Angela Rypien, girlfriend of Mariners
pitcher Taijuan Walker and Derek Norris’ girlfriend Kristen
Eck.



PITCHING MATCHUP:
Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (13-5,
2.23 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Jon Lester (13-9, 2.55)

Hernandez’s recent swoon followed a stretch in which he set a
major-league record with 16 consecutive starts of at least
seven innings pitched and two earned runs or fewer allowed. He
is coming off disastrous start, coughing up a career-high four
homers among 10 hits in a loss to Washington. Fernandez
surrended a season-high 11 hits in Oakland on May 7 but beat
the Athletics with eight innings of two-run ball on July 11 to
improve to 18-7 lifetime against them.

Lester has pitched better than Hernandez during his dry spell
but has nothing to show for it after permitting a total of
three earned runs and 11 hits over 13 innings in back-to-back
starts against the Los Angeles Angels. Lester, who grew up just
outside Seattle, is 4-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 10 career starts
versus the Mariners – all with Boston. He’s been outstanding in
three home starts since joining Oakland, going 2-0 and yielding
four runs in three turns.

TWEET BEAT:

TRENDS:

* Mariners are 13-3 in Hernandez’s last 16 road starts vs.
Athletics.
* Mariners are 1-5 in their last six games with Iassogna behind
home plate.
* Athletics are 1-5 in their last six overall.
* Under is 3-1-1 in Lester’s last five starts overall.

COVERS CONSENSUS: Fifty-nine percent of wagers
on Covers Consensus are backing the A’s.

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