MLB Picks: Mariners vs. Athletics to go UNDER

Joe Freda

Friday, June 14, 2013 12:09 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics needed an extra nine innings to pull off a home sweep of the New York Yankees, with Thursday’s 3-2 victory as minus 108 choices.

Friday’s MLB betting has the A’s continuing action at O.co Coliseum against the Seattle Mariners, who have slated Joe Saunders (4-6, 5.12 ERA) to face Oakland’s Tom Milone (6-5, 3.69 ERA) in a duel of lefties.

Mariners edge A’s in May

Seattle went 2-1 in last month’s home set with the Athletics, outscoring their rivals by a 15-8 margin. Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen finished the opener with a hitless final frame, while Athletics closer Grant Balfour evened the series with a pair of strikeouts in the next night of action. 

Saunders and Milone squared off in the finale, with the Mariners cashing as 110 dogs in a 6-1 triumph. Seattle’s Jason Bay and Kendrys Morales both homered, while Oakland’s Luke Montz drove in his squad’s sole run.

Milone outdueled in Chicago

Milone logged a no-decision in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat for Oakland to the Chicago White Sox, failing to collect as a 128 road favorite. The 26-year-old lasted seven innings, holding Chicago to one run on four hits.

Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle picked up his staff’s loss, giving up three runs in the eighth inning. Oakland’s Josh Donaldson notched an RBI from the cleanup spot, while leadoff man Coco Crisp hit 2-for-4. 

Saunders falls short at home 

Saunders recorded his second loss in four starts on the same day’s card, with Seattle losing to the New York Yankees, 3-1. The ninth-year hurler gave up all three of New York’s runs over 6 1/3 innings, dropping the affair as a 115 home dog. 

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager finished 2-for-4, while mate Nick Franklin struck out twice in a 1-for-4 afternoon. The matchup’s four combined runs plunged UNDER the MLB odds ‘total’ of 7 ½, with Seattle edged out in hits, 10-4. 

Back the UNDER on Friday 

Bet365 opened Milone as a 200 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at seven (OVER minus 125). The weather forecast in Oakland calls for a clear 60 degree night, with calm winds blowing outward. 

I am backing the UNDER in this spot, looking for a tightly-played opener between these foes. 

Milone has held lineups to a 1.05 WHIP and .263 OBP over his five home starts, while giving up just four hits to Seattle in April’s 6-2 home win for the Athletics. The UNDER is 4-1 in Milone’s last five outings as a favorite, while cashing at a 6-2 clip in Oakland’s last eight matchups against listed lefties. 

Saunders settled down in his latest pair of road outings, giving up five runs over the span’s 12 1/3 IP. Seattle enters its road trip following a 7-0 UNDER string in its latest week of matchups, held to 2.1 RPG over the stretch. 

Look for the low octane to continue here, adding another cashed ticket to the UNDER’s 11-4-3 mark in the Mariners’ last 18 road outings against a left-handed starter. 

Free Picks: UNDER 7 at Bet365

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