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  •  All-Star starter Aaron Nola as the team opens spring training Wednesday.The Athletic's Ken Rosenthalfirst reportedNola and the Phillies were closing in on a four-year Dave Concepcion Jersey , $45 million extension.ESPN's Jeff Passanreported the two sides were in agreement and the deal includes a team option for a fifth year. Per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Nola will earn $16 million in the fifth year if his option is picked up.Nola's performance has certainly warranted a long-term extension, especially over the past two seasons. He still had three more years of team control remaining before hitting free agency.By agreeing to this extension with Nola, the Phillies have bought out as many as two free-agent years. He will still be able to hit the market after the 2023 season at the age of 30.The 25-year-old ranks seventh among all starting pitchers with a 2.89 ERA and eighth with 9.8 wins above replacement since 2017, perFanGraphs.Originally drafted seventh overall by the Phillies in 2014, Nola made his MLB debut the following season. He has since become the ace of their pitching staff after finishing third in NL Cy Young voting in 2018 and making his first All-Star team.Nola will be the anchor of Philadelphia's rotation when this season begins on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves. The former LSU star will look to improve on last year's numbers when he posted a 2.37 ERA with 224 strikeouts in 212.1 innings. Yusei Kikuchi will make his Major League debut for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland A's (Thursday, 5:35 a.m. ET).What should we expect from the Japanese left-hander in front of a sellout crowd at the Tokyo Dome.Sean Zerillo runs the numbers through his model to provide two small edges on the First 5 Innings odds.I awoke at 5:28 AM this morning, two minutes before my alarm was set to go off. I had action on the Mariners five-inning moneyline http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , after all, and regular season baseball served as the smelling salts that I needed to start my day early on very little sleep.Within minutes, the sweat was on and I was regretting major life decisions — Marco Gonzales served up a long home run to Stephen Piscotty and then Ryon Healy (unsurprisingly) threw wildly into left field from a shifted position (on a potential double-play ball) sending the Athletics out to a two-run lead.Seattle rallied in the third, highlighted by an opposite-field grand slam from Domingo Santana to move ahead 5-2. In a fit of joy, I took my dog for her morning walk, abandoning all superstitious caution.Once outside, I checked my phone to see that Khris Davis had cut the score to 5-4 with a two-run shot of his own. Feeling guilty for leaving, I tugged on the leash a bit and muttered Ken Griffey Jersey , “come on girl, Marco needs us,” before we hustled back inside.Gonzales settled in and the Mariners added two insurance runs before Tim Beckham put all doubt to bed and made my morning much flipping better:Adjusting for Yusei KikuchiYesterday (or this morning? last night? what day is it? what day is it in Japan?) I discussed how you can use xwOBA for pitchers (as provided by Statcast through Baseball Savant) to make a rough ERA calculation.The pitching matchup in Game 2 of this series features popup specialist Marco Estrada for Oakland, and Japanese signee Yusei Kikuchi for the Mariners. With an xwOBA of .329, Estrada rates a shade better than Game 1 starter Mike Fiers (.333). His .329 xwOBA converts to an ERA of around 4.91.Without any batted ball data for Kikuchi, I’ll use a composite projection. That projection places his wOBA a tick better (.307) than his teammate Gonzales (.308), and translates to a 4.27 ERA.Kikuchi averaged 8 strikeouts per nine innings (K/9) and 3.3 walks per nine innings (BB/9) over 1,035 innings in Japan. He posted one outlier season in 2017 Tony Perez Jersey , with a 10.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9, when he also saw an uptick in velocity.However, there is no way to know how he will adjust to throwing an MLB baseball 鈥?which is slightly bigger than the ball in Japan.Scouting Yusei KikuchiKikuchi sits slider is the true money maker: The curveball works as an offspeed version of the slider: Certain MLB scouts believe that Kikuchi can be a number two starter at the MLB level. As I have mentioned before http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , Kikuchi reminds me of Patrick Corbin with more durability concerns (shoulder issues in May of 2018).Reportedly, he preferred the Mariners over other clubs because they were the team most willing to adhere to his request to pitch every six days, as is customary in Japan, instead of MLB’s typical five-day schedule.Here are my projections and suggested bets for Mariners-A’s: t The EdgeLIMITED TIME OFFER - 60% OFFUnlock this article for more betting analysis for Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A's.TRY EDGE TODAYNow accepting&Already an EDGE member?