Mariners and Athletics meet to decide series winner
Oakland Athletics (18-27, fifth in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (18-26, fourth in the AL West)
Seattle; Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.91 ERA, .99 WHIP, 34 strikeouts); Mariners: Robbie Ray (4-4, 4.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 58 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mariners -165, Athletics +142; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics are looking for a series win with a victory on Wednesday.
Seattle has a 10-8 record at home and an 18-26 record overall. The Mariners have a 14-9 record in games when they record eight or more hits.
Oakland is 12-12 in road games and 18-27 overall. The Athletics have gone 6-19 in games when they have given up at least one home run.
The teams meet Wednesday for the third time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: J.P. Crawford has eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI for the Mariners. Julio Rodriguez is 15-for-41 with a double and four home runs over the past 10 games.
Sheldon Neuse is fifth on the Athletics with a .252 batting average, and has three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 walks and 15 RBI. Jed Lowrie is 11-for-34 with two home runs and five RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mariners: 3-7, .256 batting average, 6.56 ERA, outscored by 18 runs
Athletics: 3-7, .248 batting average, 5.59 ERA, outscored by 22 runs
INJURIES: Mariners: Abraham Toro: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Erik Swanson: 15-Day IL (right shouler), Ken Giles: 60-Day IL (finger), Tom Murphy: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Mitch Haniger: 10-Day IL (ankle), Evan White: 60-Day IL (sports hernia), Casey Sadler: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Athletics: Ramon Laureano: day-to-day (hand), Daulton Jefferies: 15-Day IL (right arm), Stephen Piscotty: 10-Day IL (calf), Stephen Vogt: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Skye Bolt: 10-Day IL (oblique)