MLB Picks: Athletics vs. Mariners Odds & Prediction

Joe Freda

Saturday, May 11, 2013 2:59 PM GMT

The Seattle Mariners took Friday’s opener against the Oakland Athletics with a 6-3 victory as 124 home favorites. Will Oakland continue struggling on its road trip, or will the Mariners cool off in this rematch?

Saturday night’s rematch has a pair of right-handed starters slated, with Seattle’s Brandon Maurer (2-4, 6.07 ERA) facing Oakland’s Jarrod Parker (1-5, 7.34 ERA).

Maurer leaves early at home

Maurer logged his third loss in five starts with Tuesday’s 7-2 defeat for Seattle as a plus 100 home choice against the Baltimore Orioles. The rookie gave up four runs in the duel’s first inning, leaving the contest three frames later.

Mariners outfielder Michael Morse cracked his eighth homer of the year, finishing 2-for-4. Seattle’s Justin Smoak drilled a double as part of a 2-for-3 night, while Kelly Shoppach and Brendan Ryan hit a combined 0-for-5 from the lineup’s bottom two spots.

The contest’s nine runs leaped above the ‘total’ of seven, ending a 3-0 UNDER streak from Maurer’s prior trio of starts. Mariners reliever Blake Beavan allowed Baltimore’s three remaining runs over 2 1/3 innings, while Seattle was edged out in hits, 13-10. 

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Parker, A’s slide in Cleveland 

Parker remained without a win on the road in Monday’s 7-3 setback for Oakland to the Cleveland Indians, failing to cash as a 108 road dog. The 24-year-old gave up four earned runs on seven hits, lasting for five innings. 

Oakland’s Brandon Moss poked one of his side’s three doubles as part of a 2-for-4 outing. Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes notched a solo shot homer, while adding a sacrifice fly to finish with two RBIs. 

The battle’s combined 10 runs stretched beyond the ‘total’ of nine, lifting the OVER to 6-1 in Parker’s seven starts. Athletics reliever Chris Resop was lit up for three runs in 1 2/3 IP, while neither team registered an error.

Back the A’s on the road

Bookmaker.eu  opened Maurer as a 120 home favorite, with early action on Parker moving the matchup to pick’em MLB odds. The ‘total’ was first set at 7 ½, remaining unchanged after mixed wagers.

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I am adding a ticket on Parker and Oakland here to Saturday’s card of sports picks, sensing the Athletics have the right spot to end their five-game losing streak.

Parker’s sole trip to Seattle last year saw the hurler outduel the Mariners in a 2-1 victory. The Indiana native held Seattle’s lineup to three hits over seven innings, while tossing nine strikeouts.

Maurer was crushed in last month’s outing against the Athletics, giving up six earned runs on eight hits. Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes poked a homer, while mate Jed Lowrie smacked a double.

Seattle’s octane tends to not keep up with a 1-7 mark in its last eight matchups that came after scoring five runs or more.  Parker should be the lesser of two evils on the hill for Oakland, with the Athletics cashing at 5-2 in the righty’s last seven road starts against clubs with losing records.

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