MLB Betting: Mariners Losing Streak Reaches 5 in Anaheim Friday

Doug Upstone

Friday, June 30, 2017 3:24 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 30, 2017 3:24 PM UTC

While not pleased to have split four games with the Dodgers, the Angels mental outlook has to be better then Seattle's and those betting baseball have to wonder what that will mean in series opener.

The Mariners have lost four in a row, all at home, the last two falling to abysmal Philadelphia squad, who even with victories, still has the worst record in the majors at 26-51 (-17.8 units). How Seattle reacts to this Friday night and the rest of the series will impact their outcome.

I to have hit a bit of a speed bump the last few days for MLB picks and will try and do better than 22-15 record of late.


Pitching Matchup - Miranda vs. Bridwell

Seattle skipper Scott Servais decided to flip Ariel Miranda (6-4, 4.11 ERA) and Sam Gaviglio, making Miranda the starter tonight. The 28-year was ticketed for the bullpen, but with all the injuries to the Mariners rotation, Miranda stepped right in and leads the team in wins and quality starts. Though he's been difficult to hit with only a .222 batting average allowed, what has hurt him is one walk in less than every three innings. Miranda is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts against Orange County's finest.

Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95) was drafted by Baltimore out of high school seven years ago and finally rose to Triple-A and the majors last year. The Orioles gave up on the righty and traded him to the Angels and like Miranda, he caught a break and is in the rotation. In truth, his pitches are nothing special (.282 averaged allowed) and he's been tagged for five home runs in just 21 innings. Good news, the Halos are 3-0 in Bridwell's starts.


Seattle Has Better Offense, Just Not Every Game

Seattle averages a solid 4.8 runs per game and is fourth in the American League in OBP at .335. Where the M's run into trouble is a lack of run production from the bottom of their lineup, which leaves too many zeroes on the scoreboard. This is further enhanced when Jean Segura is not on base for Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz to drive in. Also, with Cruz on pace to hit 30 homes, not 40+, the Seattle offense is less explosive.

The Anaheim Angels offense was not supposed to be any good this season and when Mike Trout when down, most assumed the Halos would fall faster in the standings than a Misahiro Tanaka fastball leaves the yard. The Angels are scoring just 4.3 RPG, but have returned to manager Mike Scioscia roots by putting the pressure on defenses, leading the AL in stolen bases. There is many ways to win games.

 Betting Odds, Head to Head and Bullpen Numbers

The MLB odds at most sportsbooks have Seattle around a -110 road favorite with a total of 9. Los Angeles leads the season series 4-2 and is 3-0 at the Big A and 13-9 there since 2015 versus Seattle. The OVER is 5-1 thus far in this matchup in 2017, with the UNDER 14-7-1 in Anaheim the last three years. Somehow, the Angels are 4th in bullpen ERA in the league and the M's are 11th.


The Winner Is...

Backing Seattle on the road can be costly as 14-24 (-6.8) record shows. The Mariners ineffective bullpen also has played a part to these away issues, especially against fair offenses, with a 5-15 mark in road games vs. an AL team with an on-base percentage .330 or worse. Good day to go against Seattle.

Free MLB Play: Los Angeles +110Best Betting Line: at 5Dimes

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