The Seattle Mariners pulled off a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics last week to keep their postseason hopes alive and will start another series with their division rival in Seattle on Monday in a do-or-die set for their hopes of playing the American League wild-card game.
Chris Flexen gets the start for the Mariners and enters having allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts and allowing five runs and 17 walks in 15 starts across 87 ¹/₃ innings in Seattle this season.
The Athletics turn to Cole Irvin for a good start as he’s allowed at least three runs in seven of his last eight starts with at least six hits allowed in all eight starts with eight home runs allowed across his last five starts.
The Athletics’ 5.49 bullpen ERA the past 30 days entering Sunday ranks 28th among the 30 MLB teams and having scored three runs of fewer in six of their last eight games.
The Mariners have won six of Flexen’s last eight starts and the last eight in the season series against Oakland, a string that will continue on Monday to help their playoff hopes.
The Play: Mariners, -105.