A's vs. Mariners Mark Canha,Cal Raleigh
Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha, right, runs home to score behind Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A’s vs. Mariners, Aug. 24

Playoff races are taking shape and this series could play heavily into both of these teams’ futures when it comes to the playoffs. Currently, Oakland sits a half game back in the AL Wild Card and Seattle sits three and a half games back. These teams come into this series heading in opposite directions as the A’s are 3-7 in their last 10 and Seattle is 7-3 in their last 10. If Seattle is able to sweep, they can put themselves in the driver’s seat to take a run at the second spot in the Wild Card. Can Seattle seize the opportunity before it’s too late? Will the A’s be able to stop their losing skid in time to save their hopes of sneaking into the playoffs? 

Problems Brewing in Oakland
Blown leads and the lack of run support has been the story of the last 10 games for the A’s. Though, they have shown that they can hang with some of the best teams that baseball has to offer.  Looking at the Giants series, the A’s blew a lead in the ninth inning and then followed that by only scoring one run in the next game. This team is the true version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; you never know what you’re going to get out of them. Cole Irvin takes the hill for the A’s in today’s matchup. In a season where Irving has seen his ups and downs, he has mostly seen the down side when he faces the Mariners. Irvin has faced the Mariners twice and he has been tagged for four runs in both games and was not able to get past the fourth inning in either game. Irvin could be in the driver’s seat for a better outing this time as the Mariners have struggled pretty mightily against lefties in the month of August, hitting only .217. If he is able to perform better than those past outings, the A’s have a good chance to turn it all around because they have had pretty good success against Mariners starter, Chris Flexen. 

The Time is Now for the Mariners
Mariners fans should be excited for the performance of their team and for good reason; not many expected this team to have any shot at the playoffs with September looming and here they are, one good series away from being right in the middle of the playoff race. Flexen has been a lot better than anticipated for the Mariners as he sits 10-5 on the year and the Mariners have gone 16-7 in games that he started. Seattle holds the lead in the season series against the A’s, six games to four, and will need a good road outing from Flexen to help out the bullpen that is averaging two runs per game on the road. The Mariners bats should have the advantage as they have hit Irvin well, although a limited number of at bats, a .424 avg cannot be ignored. The A’s have hit Flexen for an average of almost .285 in 46 at bats, so this one truly could come down to which pitcher could execute better. 

Oakland vs. Mariners Pick
With the success had against both starting pitchers and the uncertainty that is the Seattle bullpen on the road the play here is over 8.5. Irving has been hit hard against Seattle and he has not performed well in his last few outings, giving up multiple runs in his last three. Both teams know what is at stake with this series and will be going all out to try and solidify their standing in the wildcard race. Take the over 8.5.

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