Hisashi Iwakuma (3-2, 4.41 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.56 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (52-61) and the Baltimore Orioles (57-54) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on RTNW and MASN.
Iwakuma pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out six in a 4-3 win over the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.324, 62 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Gausman went 5.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking two in an 8-4 defeat to the Angels in his last outing. Chris Davis (.252, 62 Rs, 30 HRs, 82 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Seattle is a -129 favorite against Baltimore and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,614 and a record as the favorite of 29-37. The Mariners have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 4.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.7 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Mariners, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 7.9.
In games where it is the underdog, Baltimore has a 22-28 record and an overall money line of +nine. Baltimore's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.93 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are third in the AL on the road with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per away game.
The Orioles lead the season series, 3-1. The Mariners have a 39-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gausman takes the mound. Iwakuma (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 41-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 22-20 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 15-18 record in close games.
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 22-16, while Seattle is 17-22.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 31-18. The Orioles have a 42-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Seattle has earned 421 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 487 runs.
Ranking 26th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 268 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 321.
The Mariners are 44-33 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Orioles are 50-29 when they hit at least one homer.