Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Paul Blackburn is undefeated through eight starts, and he looks to stay that way as an underdog when facing the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners are -166 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. The start to the year that Athletics starting pitcher Paul Blackburn has had is not getting nearly enough credit. The A’s are 18-27, yet Blackburn is 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA, and the team is 7-1 in his eight starts. That means Oakland is just 11-26 when Blackburn is not toeing the rubber. It is not like the A’s have feasted on poor competition in Blackburn’s starts, as they have defeated the Giants, Blue Jays, Rays, and the Angels twice. Those teams are over .500 and in third place or better in their division. Seattle had won seven consecutive home games against Oakland before last night's 7-5 win by the A's.