Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.55 ERA) and Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.52 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (58-53) and the Detroit Tigers (61-51) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 6-5, and Seattle leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on FSDT and RTNW.
Hernandez pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking three in a 6-4 win over the Angels. Nelson Cruz (.279, 62 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. Verlander went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Mets in his most recent start. Miguel Cabrera (.308, 64 Rs, 25 HRs, 74 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle is a slim -110 favorite at home against Detroit. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -43 and a record as the favorite of 32-29. Seattle is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Mariners are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 156. Seattle's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.9 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Mariners, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 30-39 record and an overall money line of +1,501. 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 lead the season series, 4-1. The Mariners have a 42-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Verlander takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 45-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
Detroit 10-3-1 SU in its last 14 games.
Detroit is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games,.
Detroit 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Seattle.
Detroit is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games, when playing on the road against Seattle.
Seattle earned its seventh shutout of the season in its last game. Detroit has been shut out eight times this season.
The Mariners didn't score any runs in their last game. The Tigers have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
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 12th in runs, Seattle has earned 517 this season. Detroit ranks eighth 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.
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.