Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A’s – 3 Things to Watch

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Apr 6, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22, right) and designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) celebrate following the final out of a 4-1victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The first series of the season did not go as planned for the Seattle Mariners (1-2), but they will have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend in Oakland against the A’s (2-1). The Mariners enter the 3-games series 1.0 game back of the Athletics and the Angels for first place in the American League West.

The A’s have made the postseason in 3 consecutive seasons, and currently sit tied for first place in the AL West. General Manager Billy Beane was hard at work reshaping his roster this winter, and the new players seem to be working over the first 3 games of the season. However, they will face a tough test from the talented Mariners this weekend in the East Bay.

Today, we will preview the key things to watch this weekend when the Mariners take on the A’s in Oakland. Among the topics discussed will be the M’s projected starting pitchers, Nelson Cruz’s early season struggles and the new look Oakland A’s.

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