Double Play: Rockies, Mariners Smart Plays in Series Finales

Mark Lathrop

Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 1:24 PM UTC

Mark Lathrop is looking at one game from each league for today's MLB Picks of the Day as he tries to continue selecting winners for your Sunday betting card.

2018 MLB Record: 17-9-2, +7.30u

MLB: Sunday's Double PlayColorado Rockies (8-7 SU) vs. Washington Nationals (5-7 SU)Free MLB Pick: Rockies RL +1.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Colorado’s Tyler Anderson hopes he can continue the struggles the Washington Nationals have had against lefty starters, as they have batted just .194 against them over their first 3 starts this season. Those lefties aren’t exactly a who’s who of aces either, with Sean Newcomb (Braves), Steven Matz (Mets), and Kyle Freeland (Rockies) giving the Nationals all sorts of trouble this year. Anderson had a rough start in his first game this season, but has recovered with two games where he has allowed just 2 earned runs and walked 2 batters over 12 innings pitched.

The Rockies are going up against Stephen Strasburg, who has been excellent this year yet has a few red flags going into this game. One would be his 3 home runs given up over 20.3 innings, and his very lucky .250 BABIP. But my pick here isn’t about Strasburg struggling as much as it is that you can’t trust the Washington bullpen to keep a lead. With a lefty on the mound against the Nationals, I’ll take the value on the MLB odds board and grab the Rockies +1.5 on the run line as one of my Sunday MLB Picks of the Day.

Oakland Athletics (5-9 SU) vs. Seattle Mariners (7-4 SU)Free MLB Pick: Mariners MLBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Just going to open here by saying that the Mariners are the team on my local stations, so take this all with a grain of salt because the hype train is in full force here. However, there are some things different happening with this team in their best start since 2009. One thing that immediately jumps out is the hot starts of some key hitters, such as Kyle Seager, who has historically underperformed in April at a .249 career clip. He is batting .304, and four other Mariners batters are over .300 as well. Daniel Vogelbach is a needed addition, as the first baseman got his first MLB home run Friday and followed up with his second on Saturday.

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Going for the sweep tomorrow. #TrueToTheBlue

— Mariners (@Mariners) April 15, 2018

Starting against the hot Seattle lineup is Oakland's Sean Manaea, who won’t be happy that Nelson Cruz is back off of the DL. Cruz hits .462 off of Manaea with a .611 OPB and .923 SLG over 18 at bats. Expect Guillermo Heredia to get the start instead of Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield, as Heredia has hit .417 off of Manaea in 15 at-bats. Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura homered on Friday and also hit over .300 against Manaea. With Felix Hernandez on the mound and at home, and with the momentum this offense has, I see no reason to fade the Mariners here and will take them on the moneyline as one of my Sunday MLB Picks of the Day.

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