Sean Manaea # 55 of the Oakland Athletics. Ezra Shaw / Getty Images / AFP
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are both trying to undo the American League East’s hold on both wild card berths as the regular season moves into the final two weeks. As they try to reach the playoffs, the A’s are currently two games behind the Red Sox & Blue Jays, but have won five consecutive games. The Mariners attempt to get back on track after a successful season. Let’s take a look at the MLB odds.
Seattle Mariners versus Oakland Athletics
Monday, September 20, 2021 – 9:40 p.m. EDT at the Oakland Coliseum
The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics are both trying to undo the American League East’s hold on both wild card berths as the regular season moves into the final two weeks. Although the A’s are currently two games behind the Red Sox or Blue Jays, they have won five of their last five attempts to make it into the postseason.
After a hot track briefly pushed them past track and field in the west, the Mariners have fallen four games behind the pace, but they are looking to regain momentum after winning a weekend streak against the Royals.
Shaking off a burglary
When September opened, Seattle was one of the hottest teams in baseball. They won six of seven games and were ranked second in the west. This put pressure on the wild card teams as well as the division leaders, the Astros. After that, however, things took a turn when the Mariners lost three series in a row– to the Astros, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. Seattle came back in Kansas City and won two of three series.
The Mariners scored six runs in the first game and seven in the second. They had only crossed the five-run mark in their nine previous games. They kept the royals at two runs or less twice, after having failed in the previous 12.
Seattle’s turnaround is led by rookie Jarred Kelenic, who had a huge streak against the Royals, going 5-of-9 with three home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs, and three walks. The Mariners hope to bring back Kyle Seager, who suffered multiple injuries in games due to a sore right elbow and was forced out of the game on Sunday.
The Mariners will open the series with Tyler Anderson, a left-handed pitcher. He’s now at 6-9, 4.14 for the season. However, his last two starts saw him fail to reach the fifth inning, and he made a brief foray into the grief roster.
The A’s have won five in a row and revolve around a slow month in September. Oakland was just 4-8 per month prior to the current streak. They had previously won one game in a row and were only 4-8. The team’s spark was ignited by their pitchers.
Oakland has allowed nine runs in its last four games. They have previously allowed 10 runs in consecutive games, and they allowed 10 in four September games. The A’s have allowed three runs or less in each of their four games. They had only done this twice in a month. The pitch was a weak one and could have hampered a solid offensive performance.
Oakland had won only three of eight September games where it scored five runs or more, before achieving that mark in the three remaining games of its winning streak. The A’s will be reaching out to Sean Manaea to put them on the right foot on the show. The left-hander is currently at 10-9 a year and has a 3.95 ERA. While he has won his previous two starts, the Royals scored five runs and had 10 baserunners in his last five innings. Manaea has been victorious twice against the Mariners in a row this season.
The Mariners are 8-4 against the A’s this season and have won against Oakland five times in a row. Athletics appears to have gained everything offensively and on the hill over the past week and should have an advantage going into the series.
Oakland Athletics # 55: Starting pitcher Sean Manaea Jamie Squire / Getty Images / AFP
You certainly have an advantage in the pitching match to get started on Monday. This should be taken into consideration when making your MLB picks.
MLB selection: Athletics (-162) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline test)
* The selection reflects the line at the moment the author made the game, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Our live odds are a good place to start, as lines can change.
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