Mariners vs. A's Prediction: AL Wild Card Stakes Are on the Line

The Mariners and A's are battling it out in a pivotal AL West series.
The Mariners and A's are battling it out in a pivotal AL West series. / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes are on the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees as the American League wild card race heats up, but don’t discount two AL West teams that are still firmly in the mix of things.

The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners both sit only three games back from the Jays for the final wild card spot, and there’s plenty of time for one of those teams to make up the necessary ground.

The two teams are in the midst of a pivotal four-game series that will determine who will have the leg up in the final stretch of the season. The Mariners took down the A’s in the first two games, and a sweep of Oakland will put them in a great position considering they play the lowly Angels in two of their last three series.

The two teams will meet once more for three-game series starting on September 27th.

WynnBET has the Mariners set as +120 road underdogs in tonight’s showdown, and the A’s are set as -140 home favorites. The total for the game is set at 8.5 runs.

Mariners vs. A’s Prediction and Pick

Two solid pitchers will face-off tonight when Chris Flexen (3.66 ERA) of the Mariners will take on Cole Irvin (3.94 ERA) of the Athletics.

Both teams bullpens have been solid this season as well, ranking in the top half of Major League Baseball in bullpen ERA.

I think the total is set at a run too high in this one, so give me the under 8.5 runs.

I know the under isn’t exactly a sexy bet to place, but it’s the right one to make in this spot.

Despite their recent success, the Mariners rank 26th in batting average (.233) and 24th in OPS (.697) dating back to August 1st. The A’s have been slightly better in those statistics, ranking 11th (.252) and 12th (.754), but I still trust the pitchers to get hot tonight.

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