In the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (52-61) and the Baltimore Orioles (57-54) at Safeco Field, Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.67 ERA) and Chris Tillman (8-7, 4.35 ERA) get the start. The Orioles won the last game 3-2 and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and will air on RTNW and MAS2.
In his most recent outing, Walker pitched 7.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 7-5 loss to the Rockies. Nelson Cruz (.324, 62 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Orioles were victorious over the Braves 2-0 the last time Tillman pitched. He went 8.2 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out two. Chris Davis (.252, 62 Rs, 30 HRs, 82 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Seattle is favored by a slight -112 margin in its matchup against Baltimore. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Mariners are 29-37 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,514. Seattle has averaged 5.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.7. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 7.9 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Orioles have a record of 22-28 when they are the underdog and are -91 overall with the money line. Baltimore's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking third in the AL with only four runs allowed per road game. They also allow just 8.2 hits per road game, good for third in the AL.
The Orioles are 3-1 against the Mariners this season. This game will feature Tillman (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 39-44 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Walker. They sport a 41-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Orioles won 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.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Orioles have a 15-21 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 8-38. The Mariners have a 15-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle ranks in the top 10 of the league at sixth when it comes to home runs, hitting 129 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 143.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.23 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.57.
Ranking 21st, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .734.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 30-38. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 24-51 record.