Teams: Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners
Game Time: First Pitch 10.10 PM EST on Thursday September 29
Location: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Scheduled Starters: Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.19 ERA) vs. Ariel Miranda (5-2, 4.10 ERA)
Reason For Pick: The Mariners are fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive when they open a four-game set with the A’s Thursday night. Oakland is dead last in the AL West and it has lost eight of its last nine games. Graveman is 0-3 in his last three starts and 0-3 in four starts against Seattle this season. The Mariners knocked him around for eight runs on 12 hits and three walks over five innings on Sept. 10. Miranda is certainly no ace, but he’s a more than respectable 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in six games (five starts) at home here in his rookie season. This is another must win game for Seattle who came through big in a 12-4 win at Houston last night.