Already leading the series 1-0, the Mariners (63-52, 34-26 home) are sending George Kirby to the mound to take on the Orioles (71-45, 35-22 away) and Cole Irvin. See who I like to come out on top in this American League matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners in Seattle.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS SEATTLE MARINERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles +140
This game will be played at T-Mobile Park at 9:40 ET on Saturday, August 12th.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- In their last ten games as the underdog, the Orioles have put together a record of 6-4.
- Seattle is on a three game winning streak when the underdog.
- In Cole Irvin’s two most recent starts, the Orioles are 2-0.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
The Orioles enter today’s action with an overall record of 71-45, putting them in first place in the AL East. So far, they have put together a 36-23 record at home and 35-22. Baltimore’s overall series record stands at 22-12-3.
Cole Irvin has made 16 appearances this season, with a .437 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.50 WHIP. His record stands at 1-3, with an ERA of 5.44 and 44 strikeouts, averaging 8.25 K’s per nine innings. Irvin has been less successful on the road, going 0-2 with an ERA of 4.38, while his home record is 1-1 and 6.36 ERA.
Cole Irvin had a quick outing in the Orioles’ 2-0 victory over the Mets, pitching one inning and not allowing any runs or hits. Despite his short stint, he was unable to earn a decision in the game.
Across their last ten games, the Orioles’ offense is 4th in batting average, leading to an average of 5.4 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 8th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .743 on 135 (16th).
Adley Rutschman has been a major contributor to the Orioles’ offensive success this season, hitting 16 home runs and batting .274. The catcher has been especially impressive in the team’s last five games, leading the way with two long balls.
WILL THE SEATTLE MARINERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
For the season, the Mariners are 63-52 overall, including going 29-26 on the road and 34-26 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Seattle is above .500 at 19-16-2. In the AL West, the Mariners are currently 3rd.
The Seattle Mariners will hand the ball to George Kirby, who has a 10-8 record so far this season. The right-hander has been impressive in his last two starts, allowing fewer than three earned runs in each outing. His ERA is 3.32 and FIP stands at 3.27, while opponents have a slugging percentage of .387 against him. Kirby has also racked up 124 strikeouts thus far in 2023.
George Kirby earned a quality start and the win in his most recent outing, as the Mariners defeated the Angels 3-2. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits over seven innings of work.
For the season, the Mariners’ offense is averaging 4.6 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 8th in the league in scoring, with a total of 23 runs. Overall, Seattle’s team batting average is .238, putting them 17th in the MLB.
The Seattle Mariners’ offense is led by Julio Rodríguez, who has collected a team-high hits this season and is batting .259. Rodríguez’s slugging percentage stands at .438, with an on-base percentage of .322.