In the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (58-53) and the Detroit Tigers (61-51) at Safeco Field, Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 4.31 ERA) and Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.85 ERA) take the mound. The Mariners won the last game 3-0, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on FSDT and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, LeBlanc pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox. Nelson Cruz (.279, 62 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. The Tigers were unsuccessful the last time Norris pitched. He went 2.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 5-3 loss to the Indians. Miguel Cabrera (.308, 64 Rs, 25 HRs, 74 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle is favored by a slight -114 margin in its matchup against Detroit. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Mariners are 31-29 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -143. The Mariners are a power hitting team with 156 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Turning to the pitching staff, an area where the Mariners are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.8 K's per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Tigers come into this game with a win percentage of .441 when playing as the underdog (30-38) and an overall money line of +1,601. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 8-2 SU and has played well as the underdog with a 3-1 record. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Detroit pitchers. They've allowed 3.4 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 4.6.
The Tigers are 4-1 against the Mariners this season. This game will feature Norris (LHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 16-24 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed LeBlanc will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 16-16 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against Detroit, the Mariners now have seven shutouts this season. The Tigers have been shut out in eight games this season.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 12-19 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Mariners have won their last four games while the Tigers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 46-11. The Mariners have a 44-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Seattle has earned 517 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 530 runs.
Ranking 17th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 330 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 347.
The Mariners are 47-35 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 50-28 when they hit at least one homer.