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Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: September 25th 2017

| September 25, 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Pick: Seattle -109 odds (September 25th 2017)

A check of the standings will show that the Oakland A’s are 72-83, leaving them in last-place in the AL West, 23 games back of first-place Houston. However, with a roster packed with promising rookies, Oakland has gone 14-3 over its last 17 games. The A’s just completed a three-game home sweep of the Texas Rangers with Sunday’s 8-1 victory, which all but eliminated the Rangers from postseason contention. Texas is now 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second American League wild card with Sunday’s loss and has just seven games remaining in the season. Speaking of playoff elimination, the 75-81 Mariners were officially eliminated from wild card contention with Sunday’s 4-2 loss against Cleveland, Seattle’s eighth loss in its last nine games.

It’s been exciting,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday’s game. “This is probably the best feeling we’ve had as a team all year, here recently. It’s the Matt Chapmans and the Matt Olsons and the Chad Pinders, all these guys that have come up and really given us hope and an expectation and confidence going into next season.” Oakland goes for an eighth consecutive win tonight against Seattle, with rookie Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.38 ERA) squaring off against Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (5-5 4,.57 ERA). Gossett is coming off a no-decision at Detroit on Tuesday, despite allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks over just 4.2 innings. However, he had allowed three runs or less in each of his previous four starts, but pitching with a lack of support, went only 1-3 in that span.

Seattle’s Hernandez just returned from the DL in mid-September and in an oddity, has made his last three starts, all against Texas. He started against Texas back on July 31, then spent about six weeks on the DL and since his return, his two starts back have also come against the Rangers. It’s been an injury-plagued season for the former Cy Young winner but he’s 24-9 with a 2.62 ERA over 45 careers starts against the A’s (team is 31-14).

Sure, the A’s are “having fun” playing with no pressure but Hernandez’s 24 wins against the A’s are his most victories vs any team in his career. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Gossett is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, both coming here in 2017. Yes, the A’s are enjoying their longest winning streak since a nine-game run in April of 2013 but tonight, I’m betting on the ‘King!’

Larry Ness betting the Atlanta Braves +101 odds over the Seattle Mariners on August 21st 2017

| August 21, 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Prediction: Atlanta +101 odds (August 21st 2017)

The Seattle Mariners are on the second leg of a four-city, 13-day, 12-game road trip. They took two of three from the Rays in Tampa and at 63-62, arrive in Atlanta for the beginning of a three-game series tonight. Seattle sits 1 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot (along with KC), behind the Angels and Twins. It’s a very crowded field and if the Mariners plan to stay in the wild card chase, they will have to navigate a stretch that has them playing 21 away games in 28 contests. The Braves salvaged the finale of a three-game home series with Cincinnati on Sunday but Atlanta has no realistic playoff hopes at 55-67, as they’ve lost 19 of their last 27 games.

Taking the mound for the Mariners will be Andrew Albers (1-0, 1.80 ERA), who was just purchased from the Braves on Aug.11 for cash considerations. In this matchup against his former team, he’ll face Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 4.75 ERA). Albers held Baltimore to one run over five innings to earn his first big-league victory since his rookie season in 2013, as Seattle won 3-1. Albers had made 17 appearances in the majors from 2013-2016 with Minnesota and Toronto (2-5, 4.41 ERA), plus posted a 2.61 ERA in 26 games for Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate while going 12-3 before joining the Mariners.

Foltynewicz has looked helpless in his last two outings, allowing 14 runs on 16 hits with seven walks in six innings during losses at St.Louis and Colorado (21.00 ERA). However, those two outings came on the road, where he’s struggled. He’s been very good in SunTrust Park in 2017, going 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in nine home starts (Braves are 7-2). Overall, the Braves are 13-10 in his 2017 starts, giving him the 10th-best moneyline mark among starters (plus-$695).

Not sure what to expect from Albers as he faces his ex-teammates and I’ll give Foltynewicz a mulligan for his last two statst (again, both on the road). After all, his 12 starts prior to these last two saw him go 7-1 (Braves were 10-2) while posing a 3.58 ERA. Take the Braves.