Bet Mariners to Make It This Monday in MLB vs. Phillies

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 18, 2014 1:56 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:56 PM GMT

The Seattle Mariners have produced a tremendous record when playing on Monday this season, which is one of the key factors in backing them against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Controlling Its Own Destiny
Seattle owns a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the final playoff spot in the American League Wild Card standings, which has been made possible by producing a 13-5 record over its last 17 affairs.

The Mariners pitching staff has seen its overall team ERA fall nearly every month of the 2014 campaign, which includes a league-best 1.89 mark in August.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a money-making 12-5 as favorites of -125 to -150 when playing away from Safeco Field, with the UNDER going 14-3 in that situation.

 

Short Circuiting
Philadelphia is a season-high 16 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East standings, which can’t be ignored when making your MLB betting predictions, especially since its produced a 16-33 mark in interleague play since 2012.

The Phillies are on pace for their lowest team batting average in 24 years, while they could finish 71-91 and last in the division.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad has split its 30 games versus left-handed starters this year, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (13-13-4 Over/Under).

 

Elias
Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias (9-9, 4.14 ERA) is second among rookies with 134.2 innings pitched this season, which is why the team elected to have him skip a big league start and make a short one with Tacoma to limit his work.

The left-hander responded by throwing five frames of no-hit ball in a 4-2 win with the Rainiers, as he prepares to face professional batters once again.

Elias has never faced the Phillies in his career, but he’s produced a 2-1 record and 3.00 ERA in three starts during interleague play.

 

Williams
Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.43 ERA) is now pitching for his third team this season, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 7-2 road defeat to the Los Angeles Angels in his Phillies debut last Tuesday.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 7.63 ERA in three outings since the All-Star break, with opposing hitters batting .354 against him.

Williams has produced a 5-2 record and 4.12 ERA in seven career starts versus the Mariners.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve proven victorious in 13 of their 14 games when played on Monday during the 2014 season.
MLB Free Pick:  Seattle Mariners

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