Bet on Home Underdogs: Red Sox vs. Mariners

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:26 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 1:26 PM GMT

The Boston Red Sox offensive struggles are likely to continue in the Pacific Northwest, which will lead to another defeat to the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League affair.


Defending champs are wobbling
Boston has fallen in defeat in four of five games on its current road trip, which includes a 12-3 blowout loss to Seattle as +132 road underdogs Monday, while going 'over' the betting total for the second time in 10 contests. The Red Sox have scored three or fewer runs in nine of their last 10 games, with their .214 average over that span being one of the worst marks in baseball in that all-important statistical category.
 
MLB handicappers will find that the club is a mediocre 7-7 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the 'under' going 11-3 in that situation.


Building momentum 
Seattle is aiming to win five games in a row for the third time during the Robinson Cano era, who is hitting a remarkable .390 in his last nine games versus the defending World Series champions. The Mariners’ bullpen will likely play a major role in deciding the outcome of this matchup, as it has compiled a 2.86 ERA at home this season, while closer Fernando Rodney has surrendered just a single earned run in his last 15 trips to the mound.
 
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Seattle Mariners are 21-15 after three or more consecutive victories.


Peavy
Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (1-5, 4.52 ERA) will look to put an end to his personal five-game losing streak, which includes a 4-2 setback on the road to the Oakland Athletics last week—allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits over 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA in seven road games, while he’s served up an astounding 14 home runs in 93.2 overall frames. In 10 lifetime starts versus the Mariners, Peavy has registered a 5-2 record and 3.03 ERA.


Ramirez
Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.62 ERA) has a current streak of 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings—allowing just 23 baserunners over that span. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in three home outings, with opposing hitters batting .200 against him. In 10 career games (eight starts) versus AL East opponents, Ramirez has tallied a perfect 3-0 record and 3.74 ERA.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won four of their last five games as home underdogs of +110 to +150.
Free MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners 

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