Seattle and Oakland have a history and it certainly favors the A’s. In the 528 games they have played against each other Oakland has won 304 and Seattle 224. That is a .424 winning percent for the not so good ship Mariner. But recent past is another matter. Sort of.
In the 1980’s Seattle and Oakland played 124 games and Seattle won 46, a .370 win percentage. Oakland simply killed the Mariners and the 1990’s were not much better. That decade they played 121 times and Seattle was 50-71, an improvement, but still a .413 win percentile.
The three years from 1977-1979 the M’s were 15-28 against Oakland . From their inception in 1977 through 1989, a total of 288 games, the M’s record was 111-177, a wining percentage of .385. This was not a rivalry, this was 23 years of embarrassment, of ineptitude, of having another team own you, year in and year out. It was swimming upstream during a flood.
But there is good news. A new century was born and the Mariners luck changed. From 200-2009 the Mariners were 90-93 against the green and gold. 2010 saw a downward slide-you can’t really slide up-with the M’s limping in with a 6-10 record, but bounced back in 2o11 with a winning 10-9 season. Last year the M’s were 7-12.
But opening day waves towards Seattle. They have met nine times on opening day, this year will be the 10th and Seattle has gone 6-3 against the mighty Oaks including a current four game win streak. At the Kingdome in 1986 Mike Moore and the M’s beat Oakland 6-3, but lost in 1988 and 1989, both times to Dave Stewart, by 4-1 and 3-2 scores.
They never opened the season against each other in the 1090’s but this century they had the opener in 2001, 2003, 2007, and the last three years. The M’s won in 2001, 5-4, lost to Oakland in 2003 5-0, but King Felix beat them 4-0 in 2007 and again in 2011, 6-3. In between the beat Oakland 5-3 in 2010 and last year in Japan they beat Oakland 1-0 in 11 innings.
For some reason, they have opened only three times in Seattle and the M’s won all three.
The Mariners record against Oakland in three stadiums is telling. At the Kingdome, Seattle was 64-76; at the Safe Seattle comes out on top 64-59 (applause here). But at the tomb called the Coliseum the Mariners are 96-169, a winning percentage of .362.
This season the Mariners open in Oakland April 1st. In case you have forgotten that is April Fools day and this is the second fools day opener for these two team against each other, the other being 2003, when Oakland won 5-0.
But this fool’s day is another year and King Felix, 2-0 against the A’s on opening day, will be going for a 3-0 record. Fool or not, I go with the King.