TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, JULY 22ND
#917 OAKLAND with Manaea (-140) over Seattle with Flexen at 10:10 PM EST
With confidence off back-to-back home wins over the Angels and a day of rest, the A’s will travel to M’s country and keep the money train rolling. The Mariners enter this contest off yesterday’s 6-3 road loss to the Rockies and this will be a difficult spot for manager Scott Servais and his troops.
Southpaw Sean Manaea will hit the hump for the Athletics. In his last three starts against the Indians, Astros, and Rangers, No. 55 was tapped for 10 earned runs and 20 hits in 17.0 innings of work. Manaea fanned 19 and walked only one batter on his way to an 0-2 mark with a 5.29 ERA. Thankfully, Sean has done his best work under the lights. At night, Manaea has surrendered only 24 earned runs and 70 hits through 71.2 frames. After the math, that adds up to a 4-3 tally with a respectable 3.01 ERA.
Countering for the home team will be right-hander Chris Flexen. Matched up against the Angles (twice) and Rangers in his last three outings, No. 77 was nicked for only two earned runs and 13 hits in 20.0 innings. Flexen fanned 13 and walked three en route to a 3-0 record with a stunning 0.90 ERA. However, in his last performance against the A’s, Chris had all kinds of problems. In 6.0 frames, Flexen was ripped for five earned runs and seven hits and suffered the loss in the 6-0 beatdown.
A number of reliable team trends support this Best Bet. Oakland has tasted victory in 10 of its last 12 coming off a day of rest and five of its last seven when priced as a favorite. On the other side of T-Mobile Park, Seattle has slipped in 56 of its last 82 games when facing a foe that allowed two runs or less in their last battle.
The A’s are resting 3.0-games behind the ‘Stros in the AL West and they’ll need quality road wins in order stay in the hunt. Take Oakland with Manaea. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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