Bet Orioles/Mariners 'Under' as Gausman & Hernandez Duel

Willie Bee

Friday, July 25, 2014 1:13 PM GMT

The Orioles got their MLB odds series in Seattle off on a good note with a four-zip win on Thursday, but now Baltimore has to face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in Game 2. With two aces on tho mound, should MLB bettors look to the 'under'?

Thursday night in Seattle belonged to Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen who held the Mariners to five hits during his eight innings of work in Baltimore's 4-0 victory.  Now we get to see if Friday evening will belong to King Felix and the M's.

The victory helped the O's maintain a 3-game lead atop the AL East ranks, and left them 4-3 on this long journey along the Left Coast.  In defeat, the Mariners slipped further behind Oakland in the AL West, also dropping Seattle out of the American League's second wild-card slot and now trailing both New York and Toronto.

Seattle should have a great opportunity to even the 4-game set and stop a 3-game slide on this homestand when Felix Hernandez takes the mound in Friday's clash.  The MLB odds certainly suggest that with the Mariners priced in the -180 to -190 range on the moneyline, up about 10¢ from the opener.

Baltimore counters with rookie Kevin Gausman, and scoreboard bettors are faced with a decision on a 6.5 run total that could drop to 6 by game time (10:10 PM ET).

 

Birds On 3-Game Win Streak Vs. King Felix
Gausman had his bell rung the last time out, surrendering five runs in four innings of work, the third time in eight starts this season the former 1st-round pick has been charged with five runs.  He entered that assignment in Oakland having pitched well in his two previous road contests, each an Orioles win vs. Tampa Bay and Boston.  Friday will be his first opportunity to face the Mariners.

Seattle has won each of Hernandez's past five starts, no surprise given how the AL's starter in the All-Star Game has been a model of consistency all season.  The big righty hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his last 12 assignments, and leads all major league pitchers with 19 quality starts in 21 trips to the hill.

The Mariners have lost each of his last three tries against the Orioles, however, Hernandez sporting a 4.41 ERA in those matchups.  Lifetime vs. Baltimore, Hernandez is 5-4 in 14 starts with a 3.44 ERA, the most recent win coming in April 2010.

 

Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick
Brian Knight should call balls and strikes in Game 2, and the Montana native has been alternating 'overs' and 'unders' since early June to bring him to 10-9 O/U on the campaign.  This is his first plate assignment in Seattle this season, his last four behind this dish sailing past the totals.

It should be a nice evening in Seattle, though a bit on the humid side which isn't out of the ordinary for the Pacific Northwest.  What little breeze there is in the forecast will be from the NNW (in from left-center), and the game played in the mid-to-upper 60s on the thermometer.

Hernandez's current form makes it tough not to bet Seattle despite the team's 3-game skid, but instead I'm going to make my free pick on the scoreboard with a play on the low side of the total.

My pick: Orioles-Mariners Under 6.5 (-120)

Season: 90-91 (-1.25)

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