Athletics at Mariners 9/27/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/26/2019 at 10:03 PM ET

The Oakland Athletics play the second game of their final series of the regular season on the road Friday against the Seattle Mariners. Oakland defeated the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday 3-2 at Matt Chapman belted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning with one out to put the A’s ahead for good. With the win the A’s remain a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay for the top American League wildcard.

Seattle lost to the Houston Astros on Wednesday 3-0. Austin Nola hit a one-out single in the ninth inning for Seattle’s breaking up the no-hit bid of Houston right-hander Zack Greinke. Seattle lost 17 of 18 games played this season against Houston. The season began promising for Seattle, but quickly turned against them and after this weekend they will put it all behind them.

Marcus Semien leads Oakland with a .288 batting average. Matt Olson leads in home runs with 35 while Semien leads in RBIs with 91 and in hits with 186. As a team, the A’s are averaging .249 at the plate. On Friday, the A’s will send Mike Fiers to the mound. The right-hander is 15-4 with an ERA of 3.91, 122 Ks and 51 BBs.

Omar Narvaez is leading Seattle with a .280 and in hits with 118. Daniel Vogelbach is the home run leader with 30 and RBIs leader with 76. As a team, Seattle is averaging .241 at the plate. On Friday, the Mariners will send Justus Sheffield to the mound. The southpaw is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.81, 35 Ks and 14 BBs.

Oakland has everything on the line in this series while the Mariners will look to play spoiler. Oakland needs to win to maintain its half-game lead over Tampa Bay and 1 ½-game lead over Cleveland in the race for the two AL wildcard spots. Oakland has won 4 of the last 5 head-to-head with Seattle. Final Score Prediction, Oakland Athletics win 6-2.

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