Taijuan Walker (7-6, 4.34) and Kyle Ryan (1-2, 4.55 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (38-45) and the Detroit Tigers (42-40) at Safeco Field. The Tigers won the last game 12-5 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and can be seen on FSN-DET and ROOT-NW.
Seth Smith (.258, 27 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs. Ryan went 4.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking five in an 8-4 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
Seattle is a -145 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -1,145 and a record as the favorite of 20-28. Seattle has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. Seattle's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.8 runs per game, well under their season average of 3.9.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 15-20 record and an overall money line of -219. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-4 record when playing as the underdog. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.7 hits per game. The Tigers allow 4.6 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.5 runs per game during that span.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Mariners have a 7-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ryan takes the mound. Iwakuma (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 30-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Under
Seattle has won 41% (11-16) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 53% (19-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have an 8-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-28. The Mariners have a 12-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 76 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 86.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 9.68 per game this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 15th with 7.66.
Ranking 26th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.665). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .769.
The Tigers are 18-30 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 15-36 record.