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Mariners vs. Athletics MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: April 20th 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Betting Pick: Seattle -140 odds (April 20th 2017)
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The Mariners are 7-9 as they head to Oakland to open a four-game series with the 7-8 A’s Thursday night. Both teams produced a season-high in runs in wins on Wednesday, Seattle taking down the Marlins 10-5, while the A’s beat the Rangers 9-1. Oakland’s Khris Davis, who hit a career-high 42 HRs in 2016, hit his 7th HR of 2017, tying him for the MLB lead.

The pitching matchup will feature Seattle’s James Paxton, off to a 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA up against Cesar Valdez, who Valdez is appearing in a big-league game for the first time since June 10, 2010 when he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Valdez was hardly much of a pitcher back in 2010, going 1-2 with a 7.65 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in nine appearances (two starts). He was signed by Oakland as a minor-league free agent last November and has gone 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA at Triple-A Nashville. He’s been called up to start for the injured Kendall Graveman.

Getting back to Paxton, he’s been long been considered as a future standout by the Mariners but injuries have curtailed his progress. In fact, last season’s 121 innings are his most since he reached the majors in 2013. He was just 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA in 20 starts last season (Mariners were 7-13 in his starts, going minus-$898 against the moneyline) but he had nearly five times as many strikeouts (117) as walks (24).

Is 2017 going to be his breakout year? He’s opened 2-0 without allowing a run over 15 innings with a 17 strikeouts and just three walks. What’s more, he is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three career starts against the Athletics (Seattle is 3-0), and how does one ignore that Seattle has won 12 of its past 13 games in Oakland. Take the Mariners.

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