Bet Tigers Away Over Mariners in MLB Picks

Steven Suarez

Saturday, May 31, 2014 5:49 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 31, 2014 5:49 PM UTC

The Tigers have one of the MLB's best road records so far in 2014. They'll send out lefty Drew Smyly to try and keep the good times rolling tonight, with the baseball betting odds once again in Detroit's favor at Safeco Field.

Odds Overview
Most sportsbooks have the Tigers listed in the -130 to -135 range to secure the victory. If you want to take a chance on Detroit on the run-line, meaning they would need to win by two or more runs, you would be rewarded with a +130 profit. 

The total opened at 7.5 and hasn't budged much at all.

Detroit Tigers (Smyly)
After starting out 27-12, the Tigers hit a rough patch earlier this month, losing seven of eight. They've since recovered a little bit though, winning three of their last four to push their overall record back up to 31-20. 

That's good for first place in the AL Central, with Detroit already having built up a 5.5-game lead over their nearest challengers.

The Tigers won the series opener last night (6-3) behind a great start out of Justin Verlander and home runs from Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Rajai Davis. Verlander went 7 and 2/3 strong, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out seven.

Now it's time to see if Drew Smyly can hold Seattle at bay as well. Smyly is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.33 WHIP on the season, but his confidence could be shaken after getting torched by Oakland five days ago.

Smyly surrendered eight hits and six earned runs, while coughing up four long balls, in a 10-0 road loss to the Athletics. That disappointing effort leaves Smyly at 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in five appearances (26 total innings) away in 2014.

Seattle Mariners (Young)
The Mariners are 6-10 over their last 16 games overall and enter tonight's contest having lost five of their past seven.

Hisashi Iwakuma tried to reverse his team's fortunes last night but to no avail. Chris Young now gets a crack at Detroit's intimidating batting order.

Young has enjoyed a fine start to his season, going 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 10 total appearances.

The right-hander has been especially good at Safeco Field, where he's gone 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in four starts. In his most recent outing, Young gave up a mere two hits and one run over 6 and 1/3 innings in a 5-1 home victory over the Angels.

Seattle would love to have Robinson Cano, who's hitting .327 on the year, back in the lineup tonight after he had to sit out Friday's game with a minor hand injury. We all know what kind of impact a player of Cano's caliber can have on an offense.

MLB Pick
Playing at home hasn't been much of an advantage at all for the Mariners this season. They have a better record on the road (14-13) than they do at Safeco Field (12-15), part of the reason we're selecting Detroit with our MLB picks

The Tigers, as we talked about, have been fantastic on the road and Smyly has been solid for the most part. We expect him to pitch a lot better than he did earlier this week.

As long as Detroit's playing as well as they are, we have to keep riding with them. Add the road favorites to your collection of sports picks for tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Tigers -130

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