Free MLB Picks for Friday's Tigers vs. Mariners

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 30, 2014 12:22 PM GMT

Friday, May. 30, 2014 12:22 PM GMT

Justin Verlander has struggled at times in pitching in the Pacific Northwest, which provides an MLB betting edge for the Seattle Mariners over the Detroit Tigers Friday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

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A struggling rotation
Detroit has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics as +127 road underdogs Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for the ninth time in 10 affairs. 

The Tigers’ starting rotation has compiled a 7.31 ERA over its last 11 outings, which is far different than its 2.70 mark through the previous 39 affairs.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-5 on the road with a total of 7 or less this season.


Splitsville
Seattle split its four-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels—closing things out with a 7-5 defeat as +108 underdogs Thursday. 

The Mariners should be properly motivated for the series opener, considering first-year manager Lloyd McClendon served as the Tigers hitting coach from 2007-13.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a dominating 31-11 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.


Verlander
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (5-4, 4.04 ERA) has suffered back-to-back losses, including a 12-4 setback at home to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he surrendered nine runs (six earned) and 11 hits over 5.1 innings of work. 

The right-hander is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA in five road games, with opposing hitters batting .273 against him.

Verlander has compiled a 1-4 record and 4.67 ERA in his last five efforts at this ballpark.


Iwakuma
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1, 2.39 ERA) was handed his first loss of the season Sunday, as he dropped a 4-1 home decision to the Houston Astros—giving up season-highs of four runs and nine hits in seven innings of work. 

The right-hander has tallied a 1-1 record and 1.57 ERA in three home appearances, which includes not issuing a single walk in 23 combined frames.

Iwakuma hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14 career innings versus the Tigers.

Also check out my Free MLB Picks for tonight's Pirates vs. Dodgers

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mariners as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 9-3 in their last 12 games versus teams with a winning record. 

Free MLB Pick:  Seattle Mariners
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