Seattle Mariners versus Oakland A’s (July 16)
Two AL West teams battle as the A’s host the Mariners. Marco Gonzales is scheduled to start on the mound for the Mariners and Daniel Mengden is set to pitch for the A’s.
Offensively, the Mariners are lead by the power duo of Daniel Vogebelbach (21 home runs) and Domingo Santana (19 home runs, 64 RBI).
Mitch Haniger, Tim Beckham and Oman Navarez have added to the attack that has produced 162 home runs and five runs per game this season.
Oakland is hitting only .248 as a team, but had launched 150 home runs and average slightly more runs than the Mariners, at 5.1 per game.
Matt Chapman leads the team with 21 home runs, followed by Matt Olsen with 19 and Ramon Laureano with 18.
Khris Davis and Marcus Semien have chipped in with an additional 30 home runs.
On the mound, Marco Gonzales has been solid, but not spectacular.
He’s 10-7 with a 4.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings.
Gonzales has surrendered only 12 home runs, which is very solid in a day when balls are flying out of the park at record rates.
Closer Roenis Elias has saved 11 but has a mediocre 4.07 ERA.
Two other frequently used relievers, Brandon Brennan and Cory Gearrin have a combined ERA of 4.97 in 67 innings.
As a team, the Mariners have given up a whopping six runs per game.
Daniel Mengden is making just his ninth appearance of the season.
He’s 4-1 with a 4.73 ERA, striking out 31 with a relatively low four home runs allowed.
Yusmeiro Petit has been excellent out of the bullpen, pitching to an ERA of 2.44 over 51 2/3 innings.
However, other frequently used reliever Joakin Soira, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen have combined to an ERA of 4.57 over 122 innings.
Seattle’s pitching woes are likely to continue in Oakland, where the A’s are 29-20 on the season.
Mengden can be scored upon, as his high 4’s ERA indicates, but he keeps the ball in the park.
Seattle is more of a long-ball threat than putting multiple hits together to score.
All told, look for this game to be slightly over the league average of 9-10 runs a game.
Let’s take the over on this and call it, 6-5 in favor of the A’s.