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.
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.
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.
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