Mariners at Athletics MLB Odds & Betting Prediction – May 23rd
Both the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s are playing a bit above their heads right now. Neither is likely to win the AL West, not with the Houston Astros there, but it’s possible both could stay in the wild-card hunt. Seattle has the longest playoff drought in MLB. There are no opening MLB odds on this game because Oakland’s starter is undetermined as of this writing. We’ll try to project for you.
How to Bet Mariners at A’s MLB Odds & Game Info
The Mariners fight and claw their way to a victory over the A’s in extras. #TrueToTheBlue
— Mariners (@Mariners) May 23, 2018
When: Wednesday, 10:05 PM ET
Where: Oakland Coliseum
Probable pitchers (away/home): Marco Gonzales/Daniel Gossett
TV: MLB Extra Innings
Radio: 710 AM (Seattle) / 95.7 FM (Oakland)
Opening MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on Seattle?
The Mariners already are without All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games due to a drug suspension. They had started using former Marlins All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon there after Gordon began the year in center field. However, on Tuesday the team placed Gordon on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a fractured right big toe.
Gordon was off to a strong start on the season, hitting .304 with 25 runs scored and an AL-leading 16 steals. He could be out until the All-Star break depending on how bad the fracture is. Gordon, 30, initially injured the toe when he fouled a ball off it during an at-bat on May 9 at Toronto, and further injured it in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Tigers when he made a diving attempt at a bloop single into shallow right field by John Hicks in the top of the 11th inning. With Cano gone until mid-August, the Mariners’ current second-base options are Gordon Beckham and utility infielder Andrew Romine. Not good.
To take Gordon’s roster spot, the team recalled 1B Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma. Vogelbach, 25, made the Mariners’ Opening Day roster and slashed .204/.317/.352 with two home runs in 19 games before being optioned to Triple-A.
Who Will Take the Mound for the Mariners?
It’s lefty Marco Gonzales (3-3, 4.66) on the mound. Gonzales took a no-decision after allowing one unearned run on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings last Thursday against the Tigers. Gonzales held the opposition without an earned run for the second time in his past five starts. The 26-year-old could continue to carve into his ERA moving forward, as his Major League-high .380 BABIP (min. 40 inning pitches) is likely to level out.
Why Bet on Oakland?
The A’s have reinstated catcher Bruce Maxwell from the restricted list and optioned catcher Josh Phegley to Triple-A Nashville. Maxwell was on the A’s Opening Day roster but appeared in just 13 of the A’s 43 games before going on the restricted list Thursday. He was unable to travel to Toronto because of legal reasons. He is batting .211 with four doubles and three RBIs but has hit safely in each of his last four games (4-for-11, .364). Maxwell has made 11 starts at catcher and is 1-for-2 in two pinch-hitting appearances.
It’s not 100 percent clear who will start either Wednesday or Thursday for Oakland after both Andrew Triggs and Brett Anderson were placed on the disabled list last week. Their turns in the rotation are Wednesday and Thursday. Triggs was placed on the DL with nerve irritation in his right arm. He left last Thursday’s series-opening win against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in the third inning and will undergo further testing in Oakland.
“I’ve had the worst-case scenario, which is [a] UCL [injury], and I’m optimistic it’s nothing related to that,” Triggs said.
Anderson went on the DL prior to Saturday afternoon’s game in Toronto with a left shoulder strain. Anderson was forced out of Friday’s game after just one inning.
“We’ll see how he responds in the coming days,” said manager Bob Melvin. “Hopefully we caught it sooner, and he was smart enough to know not to push it and come out.”
Who Will Start on the Mound for the A’s?
It’s expected then to be either Daniel Gossett on Wednesday or Kendall Graveman. Gossett was scratched from his start on Monday in the minors so it’s likely he’ll be starting Wednesday. The former second-round pick has bounced between the majors and minors for the past two seasons. Last year, in 18 starts, he allowed a home run on a one of every five fly balls. In Triple-A this year, he’s posted an excellent 26.9% strikeout rate to bolster his 1.63 ERA and his home run rate is 3.7%.
Graveman was the A’s Opening Day starter but has fallen from grace quickly. He was sent to Triple-A to work on his stuff after allowing 28 runs and seven dingers in just 28 innings. The Mariners faced him back on April 14, scoring five runs on eight hits and two walks in just four innings.
Regardless, it sounds as if Oakland will need plenty from its bullpen. The A’s have a 3.20 ERA in the seventh inning or later, which is third lowest in the American League. Oakland’s pen has tossed the third-most innings in the AL this year and Yusmeiro Petit is 2nd among American League relievers in innings pitched.
Latest MLB Odds Trends
- Seattle is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle’s last 6 games
- Oakland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland’s last 6 games at home
Expert MLB Betting Prediction
It obviously depends a bit on who pitches for Oakland, but Seattle is really short-handed injury-wise. Early lean to the A’s in the MLB odds.