MLB Picks & Spring Training Reports: Seattle Mariners

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:52 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015 3:52 PM GMT

This was our final look at Seattle and San Diego for the Cactus League and both teams have big ambitions for the upcoming season and their MLB odds are on most bettors’ radar. 

On a record-breaking 97-degree day in Peoria, AZ, where both the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego train, the Padres were the home teams and won 8-5. We’ll talk more about the game itself shortly, but first we will look how both clubs breakdown against MLB odds and what you should be looking at MLB picks on each squad.

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Seattle Mariners– Projected Win Total 86 wins – 1st in the AL West
As Spring Training draws to a close this week, we have seen curious odds changes concerning the American League and the AL West in particular. After being basically even all spring with the Los Angeles Angels to be division champs, there has been a rush of cash through sports picks and Seattle is the new favorite (average price at Sportsbooks is +140 on Seattle and +180 on L.A.A.) and they have forged ahead to become the second-best bet to win the American League behind the Angels.

What makes this curious or shows how parts of the betting markets are less variable, on the prop season win totals wager, the Mariners are still at 86 wins and the Halos are at 88 wins.

Baseball bettors and most MLB baseball handicappers agree Seattle is a team on the rise. They have three very good starting pitchers in Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton. Taijuan Walker is fulfilling the promise of last season and has won the fifth starter role, but if his performance this spring has shown anything, he is likely to be more valuable to manager Lloyd McClendon than first thought as the 22-year old has allowed no runs, six hits with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. J.A. Happ is the other starter and I’ll have more on him later.

The infield is set with all-stars Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, with Brad Miller at shortstop and Logan Morrison at first.

The regular outfield from left to right will mostly feature Dustin Ackely, Austin Jackson and Seth Smith, with depth provided by Justin Ruggiano and Ricky Weeks who was picked up when camp began. Nelson Cruz’s home run bat will settle in as the DH, with Mike Zunino the regular catcher.

I hesitate to say Seattle will surpass the Angels in the West, but I would say this looks like a playoff team at the very least and they should exceed 86 wins in 2015.

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Recent Game Notes
Seattle’s Happ started the game with no stuff, surrendering first inning home runs to Myers and Kemp and ultimately allowed six runs and 11 hits in five innings. He also walked two and struck out three, making one wonder why the M’s consider him as part of their rotation.

It is very obvious Myers is a terrific athlete and he played first base besides centerfield and he’s only 24.

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