Back Dogs With MLB Picks in Mariners vs. A's

Jeff Grant

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:07 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 12:07 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics are searching for answers out in the bullpen, which provides the Seattle Mariners value in the MLB betting marketplace Thursday. Will we take the bait and back them as small dogs tonight?

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League West matchup at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Brought out the broom
Seattle (3-0) completed its first sweep in Anaheim since June 9-11, 2006, as it picked up a 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels as +126 underdogs Wednesday, while all three games of the series went OVER the betting total.

The Mariners need to stay focused through the beginning of May, as 28 of their first 34 games of the 2014 campaign are against division opponents.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 12-18 as a road underdogs of +100 to +125.

 

Bullpen blues
Oakland (1-2) could also be entering this series with a perfect 3-0 record, but new closer Jim Johnson has had a rough go of it, as he’s been charged with five of the team’s nine runs allowed in just one full inning of work.

The Athletics split the first day-night doubleheader in the storied history of this venue Wednesday—tallying a 6-1 victory in the first game before dropping a 6-4 decision in the nightcap.  

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 26-25 in April dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign.

 

Elias 
Roenis Elias is scheduled to make his MLB debut—becoming the third native Cuban to pitch in a Mariners uniform.

The right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA in six games (three starts) in Cactus League play.

Elias was a Southern League (AA) All-Star last season, as he compiled a 6-11 record and 3.18 ERA in 22 starts.

 

Chavez
Jesse Chavez will make just his third start of his career, with the other two coming as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.

The right-hander went 5-1 with a save and a 2.22 ERA in seven games (five starts) during the spring for the Athletics—the five wins were the most in the majors. 

In eight career relief appearances against the Mariners, Chavez has tossed 11 innings without allowing an earned run.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as I’ve established the Athletics as a -118 home favorite. 

Oakland’s bullpen can’t be trusted right now, especially in a matchup featuring two inexperienced starters.

Free Pick:  Seattle Mariners +115
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