In the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (68-74) and the Colorado Rockies (59-82) at Safeco Field, Roenis Elias (4-8, 4.30 ERA) and Yohan Flande (3-2, 4.65 ERA) get the start. The Rockies won the last game 4-2 and Colorado leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 12 and will air on RTRM and RTNW.
In his last start, Elias pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers. Welington Castillo (.247, 40 Rs, 19 HRs, 49 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Rockies were also unsuccessful the last time Flande pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 7-4 loss to the Giants. Nolan Arenado (.287, 85 Rs, 38 HRs, 108 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Seattle is a -147 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Mariners are 40-42 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,186. They are 3-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Seattle has averaged 5.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.0.
Moving on to the away team, the Rockies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .398 when playing as the underdog (41-62) and an overall money line of -1,507. Against teams in the American League, they are 3-14 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 2-10 record. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Playing competition from the AL really brings the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allow 6.5 runs per game against teams in the AL, which is higher than their season average of 5.2.
This game will feature Flande (LHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 20-27 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Elias will take the mound against the Rockies. Against lefty starters this season, they have a terrible 5-23 record overall and 2-11 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 28-36, while Seattle is 22-34.
The Rockies managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with an 8-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 43-20. The Rockies have a 44-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Seattle is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 568 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with 633.
Ranking 28th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 330 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 419.
The Mariners are 58-43 when they hit at least one home run. The Rockies perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 50-48 record.