The Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s, who opened up the MLB season with a two-game series in Japan, wrap up their brief two-game stateside series in Oakland with the A’s looking to avoid a second straight loss.

Game time is slated for 6:05 PM ET at Coliseum in Oakland where the MLB odds boards list the Mariners as the -113 favorites with the MLB betting total set at 6.5. Seattle will travel to Texas for a four-game series with the Rangers following Saturday’s game and a rare off-day on Sunday.

Lets go over this matchup and decide where we should place our MLB picks in this game to find the best value.

Felix HernandezThe mound matchup will feature a pair of former Cy Young award winners as Felix Hernandez (0-0, 1.12 ERA) takes the hill for Seattle while veteran righthander Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.13 ERA will toe the rubber for Oakland.

Colon will be making his second start of the young season and the 353rd of his career He was the winning pitcher in his first start in the A’s 4-1 win over Seattle in Tokyo on March 29 and became the oldest Oakland pitcher (38 years, 310 days) to start a game for the A’s. Colon is 15-11 with a 4.01 ERA in 30 career appearances and along with John Lackey for the most victories against Seattle (among active pitchers).

Last year the veteran righty toiled for the Yankees going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 games (26 starts).

Majestic Mariner

King Felix Hernandez pitched well in his first start of the year allowing just one run in eight innings but came away with a no-decision.

Even though his won/loss record doesn’t show it, Hernandez is considered to be one of the elite hurlers in the game. Last year the King was 14-14 with a 3.47 record and in his Cy Young award season of 2010, Hernandez went just 13-12 but had a 2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts. He’s the undisputed ace of a Seattle pitching staff that has been victimized by an anemic offense that doesn’t show any immediate signs of improvement. 

As a result of the scheduling quirk that saw two early season games in Tokyo and five additional games in an eight-day span, that means that the Athletics will already have faced Hernandez three times.

Friday night lights

Last night, Seattle cruised to a 7-3 victory over Oakland in the A’s home debut. Chone Figgins who has been a huge free agent bust since signing with the M’s had three hits and two RBIs while Kyle Seager singled twice and drove in a pair of runs. Jason Vargas got the win as a +140 underdog while the combined 10 runs went well over the total of -6.5. Vargas allowed just five hits in 5.1 innings including a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes, his second of the year.

Season Series

Tonight is the fourth of 19 games between the two Western Division opponents. 18 of the Mariners first 27 games of the 2012 season will be played on the road (and 28 of first 43). Overall, the Mariners will play eight road games before their home opener at Safeco Field on Friday, April 13.

The Mariners went 10-9 against the A’s last season, including 4-5 at Oakland Coliseum.

Harvey’s Take: This line is a gift if ever I’ve seen one. Getting Hernandez at -113 is Christmas come early. I’ll take the King and the Mariners as they wrap up their brief series.

Good luck!