The Seattle Mariners continue a road trip Tuesday night with game two of three in Oakland against the Oakland Athletics. Seattle is 13 games above .500 on the year riding a 2 game skid after a four run loss for the Los Angeles Dodgers. For more of our top MLB Plays and Previews see our MLB Picks. The Seattle offense has been the team's best strength this season having scored 704 runs on 1234 hits in 149 games played. Julio Rodriguez has erupted over the summer now leading Seattle with a .287 batting average to go along with a team high thirty home runs and 99 RBIs.
Luis Castillo will take the ball Tuesday night for Seattle making his 31st start of the year. In 30 outings Castillo has given up 70 runs on 142 hits resulting in a 13-7 overall record and a 3.08 ERA. Castillo was fantastic last game out giving up just two runs on three hits across six innings resulting in a win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Oakland will stay at home Tuesday as the worst team in baseball nearly 60 games under .500 on a three-game skid. Paul Blackburn will take the mound Tuesday night for Oakland making his 19th start in 20th appearance on the year. Blackburn has been atrocious this season allowing 47 runs in 95.2 innings of work resulting in a 4.14 ERA. At home Blackburn has been terrible giving up twenty runs in 48 innings across nine outings.
The Oakland offense has been a bottom feeder in the league with a .224 team average as the Athletics have scored just 545 total runs this season. Esteury Ruiz is the offensive leader for Oakland this season with a .249 batting average to go along with a .303 OBP. Brent Rooker has been the power for the Athletics leading the team with 26 home runs and sixty RBIs.