MLB Picks: Padres vs. Mariners Series Coverage

Jeff Grant

Monday, May 27, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

Monday, May. 27, 2013 1:07 PM GMT

The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are two of the more offensively-challenged clubs in baseball. Tonight they will open up a two-game series on Memorial Day.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this interleague affair at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.

Trying to regain momentum

San Diego has still won 17 of 29 games despite dropping two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a 6-5 setback as +161 road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 9 for two consecutive contests.

The Padres are 28-24 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 28-22-2 in that situation.

Breaking through

Seattle snapped its season-high eight-game losing streak Sunday, as it picked up a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers as -125 home favorites in 13 innings, while pushing up against the total of 7. 

The Mariners are 5-11 at home when the total is 8 to 8.5, with the UNDER going 10-6 in those 16 opportunities. 

Richard 

Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (0-4, 8.54 ERA) will be making his first start since May 4, as he spent time on the disabled list with an intestinal virus.  In two rehab starts with Triple-A Tucson, he went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. 

The left-hander is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in two road efforts, issuing four walks and striking out just two batters in 10 combined frames, while allowing opponents to hit .326 against him. 

In six career games versus the Mariners, Richard has tallied a 4-1 record and 2.33 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 1.29 ERA in two efforts at this ballpark. 

Harang

Mariners starting pitcher Aaron Harang (1-5, 8.58 ERA) has dropped back-to-back outings, including a 12-0 road defeat to the Los Angeles Angels last time out, as he allowed seven runs and nine hits over 3.2 frames. 

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA in three home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .298 against him. 

In 16 career outings versus the Padres, Harang has compiled a 5-5 record and 3.75 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.09 ERA in six outings during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Padres as one of their MLB picks Monday, as they’ve won Richards’ last five interleague starts, while the Mariners have dropped 11 of their last 16 games versus National League opponents. 

It’s important to mention that the weather forecast suggests a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the game, which could make this a battle of the bullpen if a delay of any kind occurs, as both pitchers have been battling through various ailments this season.

MLB Pick: San Diego Padres +105

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