Free MLB Picks: Tigers vs. Mariners

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:29 PM GMT

The Detroit Tigers lead the majors leagues in batting average entering Tuesday night’s action, but they may struggle to get going in the Pacific Northwest against the Seattle Mariners.


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

Trying to win three in a row

Detroit will try to win three games in a row for the first time during the 2013 MLB campaign, as it comes off back-to-back wins against the Oakland Athletics, including a 10-1 victory as -131 road favorites Sunday.

The Tigers are 25-24 after a day off the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 25-24 in that situation.

Continuing a homestand

Seattle is 3-4 on its current 10-game homestand, as it has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, including a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers as +124 underdogs Sunday.

The Mariners are 14-18 as home underdogs of +125 to +150 the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 20-11-1 in those 32 opportunities.

Fister

Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (2-0, 2.77 ERA) has led the club to wins in his first two efforts, including a 11-1 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed one run and eight hits over eight frames.

The right-hander is 11-4 with a 2.85 ERA in his last 18 regular-season starts, which includes a 3-2 loss at this ballpark in his first appearance against the Mariners since they traded him.

Detroit is 1-8 in Fister’s last nine starts as a road favorite of -110 to -150, with the UNDER going 9-2-1 in his last 12 efforts in that specific role.

Harang

Handicappers are going to have a really hard time backing Mariners starting pitcher Aaron Harang with their sports picks, considering he hasn’t thrown since the last week of Spring Training as a member of the Colorado Rockies. 

The right-hander was acquired and placed on the roster last week, as he prepares to make his 300th career appearance in the big leagues.  He went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.

Harang is 1-1 with a 0.44 ERA in three career starts at Safeco Field—but all of those efforts have come as a visiting pitcher.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 20-8-5 in the Tigers’ last 33 road games with a total of 7 to 8.5, while the Mariners have fallen short of the number in their last four games as underdogs.

MLB Pick:  Under 7.5 at Pinnacle