MLB Picks: Bet Blue Jays & Mariners to go OVER 7.5

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 5, 2013 2:42 PM GMT

A pair of right-handed starters will take the mound at Safeco Field Monday, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners open up a three-game series.


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

Check out our Monday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Life on the road 

Toronto is 3-4 on its current 10-game road trip, which includes a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels as +121 underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the total for a fourth consecutive contest. 

The Blue Jays are 11-14 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 13-11-1 in that situation. 

Playing solid baseball 

Seattle is seven games under .500 for the 2013 campaign, but the club has compiled a solid 17-12 record since July 2, which includes a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles as +169 road underdogs yesterday afternoon. 

Dickey 

Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (8-11, 4.66 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back victories, with the offense scoring 17 runs over that span. 

The right-hander is 4-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 road games, issuing 25 walks and striking out 43 batters in 71.1 combined frames. 

In 10 career games (two starts) versus the Mariners, Dickey has compiled a 3-2 record and 5.72 ERA, including an 8-1 home defeat on May 4. 

Iwakuma

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4, 2.76 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 setback on the road to the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed two runs (zero earned) and seven hits over 5.2 frames. 

The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 12 home games, with opposing hitters batting .194 against him. 

In three lifetime efforts (two starts) versus the Mariners, Iwakuma has compiled a perfect 2-0 record and 3.38 ERA.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers look to the total with their MLB picks, as the OVER is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in this series.

MLB Pick:  Over 7.5