Hisashi Iwakuma (12-7, 3.99 ERA) and Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.42 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (57-53) and the Detroit Tigers (61-50) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on FSDT and RTNW.
Iwakuma pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs and striking out seven in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. Nelson Cruz (.276, 61 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Fulmer went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking one in a 2-1 win over the White Sox in his most recent start. J.D. Martinez (.299, 40 Rs, 13 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Detroit is a slim -108 favorite over Seattle. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -143 and a record as the underdog of 26-24. The Mariners are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 156. As for the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Mariners, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
In the other locker room, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +1,601 and an impressive record of 31-12 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record and an 8-2 record SU. The Tigers allow 4.6 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.4 runs per game during that span.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Mariners have a 41-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Fulmer takes the mound. Iwakuma (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 45-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
Seattle has won 51% (26-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Detroit has won 58% (30-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 46-11. The Mariners have a 43-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Seattle has earned 514 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 530 runs.
Ranking 16th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 329 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 346.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 47-35. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 50-28 record.