Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Vidal Nuno (0-1, 2.52 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (52-60) go up against Wei-Yin Chen (5-6, 3.32 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (56-54) in the first of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and will air on RTNW and MAS2.
In his last start, Nuno pitched 3.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 10-4 loss to the Rockies. Nelson Cruz (.325, 62 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Orioles were unsuccessful to the Athletics 7-3 the last time Chen pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking four. Manny Machado (.301, 71 Rs, 24 HRs, 57 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. Seattle has averaged 4.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.7. Seattle's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Mariners have given up an average of 5.4 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 7.9 strikeouts per game.
The Orioles are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of four runs allowed per away game. They also allow just 8.1 hits per road game, good for third in the AL.
In their previous three games this season, the Orioles have a 2-1 record. This game will feature Chen (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 38-44 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the left-hander Nuno. They sport a 15-11 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 22-19 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 14-18 record in close games.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 32-36 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 8-38. The Mariners have a 15-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle ranks in the top 10 of the league at sixth when it comes to home runs, hitting 128 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 141.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.26 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.57.
Ranking 19th, Seattle is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .735.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 29-38. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 24-50 record.