Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Friday Free MLB Pick: The Oakland Athletics have to be glad to back on the West Coast after a horrible series against the Cleveland Indians that ended with four straight losses. They’ll be back on familiar grounds at Safeco Field starting on Friday in MLB betting action, where they will take on their AL West rivals, the Seattle Mariners. The first pitch gets thrown out at 10:10 p.m. ET, and we have our MLB predictions all lined up for this one at TCSP.

The Mariners are the short favorites in this game, and we agree with that sentiment from the oddsmakers. Oakland is a mess right now after getting beaten in four straight by the Tribe, getting outscored in those games by a count of 21-8. We really don’t think all that much of RHP Daniel Straily either. Straily has led his team to a 3-0 mark this season, but save for the fact that he has struck out 21 batters against four walks in 16.2 innings of work, there is a real question about the rest of his stuff. He hasn’t thrown more than 88 pitches in a game in his last two starts, and he hasn’t gotten out of the sixth inning in either effort either. Now throw into the mix the fact that RHP Hisashi Iwakuma is going to be on the mound for the Mariners, and our theory is complete. Ikakuma has been awesome for the M’s this season, going 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. If he were pitching in an East Coast venue, more eyes would be paying attention to what this Japanese sensation was doing, and perhaps the Mariners would be -160 favorites in this game instead of -122 favorites. As it is, we think the MLB odds are on our side if we go with Iwakuma and his Seattle mates to take down this game and send Oakland to its fifth straight loss. Athletics vs. Mariners Free Pick for May 10th: Take the Seattle Mariners -122

 

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