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

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Apr 8, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners fans Paisley Smith, 13 (R), and brother Caleb (L) receive an autographed baseball during batting practice against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Final Notes

This 3-game series will be the Seattle Mariners first look at the revamped Oakland A’s, and it should be a good barometer of whether the Athletics are capable of competing this season. Seattle has a great opportunity to get back on track after losing 2 of their first 3 games.

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As our own Galen Osier pointed out earlier today, it is a long season, and it is best to take the long view at this time of year. A win tonight will not put the Mariners in the postseason, but it would help give the club confidence moving forward.

This is by far the most talented team the Mariners’ have had since the early 2000’s, and it is hard to envision them not tasting the postseason in 2015. Divisional matchups are key, and it would be nice to get off to a hot start against the rival A’s.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm Friday night at the Coliseum. Taijuan Walker will make his first start of the season tonight, and southpaw Drew Pomeranz will get the ball for the Athletics. This evening’s game will be broadcast live on Root Sports Northwest, and subscribers can watch on connected devices.

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