Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (3-10, 5.84 ERA) is slated to oppose Seattle’s Jeremy Bonderman (1-1, 3.30 ERA) in a matchup of righties, with a close contest expected from baseball odds makers.
Cubs, M’s split lengthy duels
Chicago and Seattle have logged each of this set’s wins as part of extra-inning affairs, combining for 36 hits over the two battles.
Seattle rallied in Friday’s opener with a 5-4 victory as a 151 favorite, with Mike Zunino poking a walkoff single in the 10th frame. Mariners infielders Nick Franklin and Kendrys Morales united to bat 5-for-9, while mate Raul Ibanez drilled a late RBI-triple to tie the duel, 4-4.
Chicago answered back in Saturday’s 5-3 triumph, cashing at minus 107 MLB odds. Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit 3-for-5 from the cleanup spot, drilling a two-run homer in the 11th inning. Chicago’s Carlos Villanueva and Blake Parker allowed no hits in the final two frames, logging a win and save, respectively.
Bonderman cashes at Safeco
Bonderman picked up a third straight no-decision in last Sunday’s 6-3 victory for Seattle as a 133 home dog against the Oakland Athletics. The nine-year veteran gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and three walks.
Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales cracked a walkoff homer, pinch hitting in the 10th frame. Seattle’s Oliver Perez tossed the final two innings for his club, holding Oakland to one hit en route to notching his staff’s win.
Jackson shelled in Milwaukee
Jackson logged a second straight loss in Tuesday’s 9-3 defeat for Chicago to the Milwaukee Brewers, falling as a 127 road dog. The 29-year-old was lit up for six runs over 4 2/3 frames, giving up a pair of RBI-doubles in the fifth inning to lose his club’s early 3-1 lead.
Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz poked a homer and double, while mates Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney hit 2-for-7 from the lineup’s top two spots. Cubs shortstop Cody Ransom was held to a 0-for-4 night, leaving three men on base.
Back Seattle as short ‘chalk’
William Hill opened Bonderman as a 115 home favorite, while first listing the ‘total’ at eight (OVER minus 120). Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney (.295 BA) is listed as “questionable” after suffering a rib injury in Saturday’s contest.
I am backing Bonderman and Seattle as home ‘chalk’ in this finale, looking for Eric Wedge’s club to log a tight win in its lodge.
Bonderman’s comeback has had the Washington native tossing tight ball at Safeco, allowing no homers in 19 1/3 IP. The righty has held visitors to a stingy 0.93 WHIP and .243 OBP, with Seattle logging a 2-1 mark in the span’s three outings.
Jackson has given up 15 earned runs over his last 19 innings of road action, leading to three losses for Chicago in four starts. The Cubs have hit just .218 against right-handers away from home, while going 1-5 in their last six spots that followed a victory.
Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez has been quiet in this set, but could heat up in the finale with a 4-for-7 career mark facing Jackson. Seattle is 6-2 in its last eight interleague games as a favorite. So I will take them for my MLB picks, with another cashed ticket looming here at a low premium.
MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners -115 at William Hill