MLB Picks: Tigers' Effort To Even Series Enough To Beat Mariners? I Don't Think So...

Willie Bee

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

Seattle looks to extend its winning streak to five games Tuesday evening at the expense of the Tigers. Check out how we've decided to play the MLB odds in this AL rivalry.

Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners
A couple of teams trying to claw their way up from second place in their respective divisions will battle it out Tuesday night in Seattle where the Mariners and Detroit Tigers continue their 3-game series.

First pitch at Safeco Field is scheduled for 10:10 PM (ET), the initial mound duel pitting lefthanders against each other as Daniel Norris and Wade LeBlanc get the starts. The contest is very close to a pick 'em, most sports books favoring the Mariners by the smallest of margins. An 8½ run total is on the board and priced -110 on the 'over' at Heritage.

Monday's series opener found the Mariners home favorites of around -130 on the MLB odds and found Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma on top of his game. The righthander won for the seventh time in his last eight starts by tossing the first seven innings of a 3-0 Seattle win, the Mariners' fourth straight after a weekend sweep of the Angels.

The clubs previously met about seven weeks ago for a 4-game set in Detroit where the Tigers broomed the M's out of town, two of the contests going extra innings. Detroit took two of three on this diamond a year ago, all three skipping 'over' the totals.


Tigers Seeing LeBlanc For 1st Time
Norris has been called back up to the majors to replace Jordan Zimmermann in the Detroit rotation. He made three starts for the Tigers in late-June, early-July before an oblique injury shelved him, one of those coming against Seattle during the June set in Motown. Norris didn't decision in the affair, working the first five and giving up three solo shots before hitting the showers of an eventual 5-4 Detroit win in extras. Tonight is his first time to work off the mound at Safeco Field, but Norris has generally been a more effective pitcher away from home during his brief career.

LeBlanc recorded his fourth quality start in five tries a week ago against the Red Sox, working six innings and allowing three runs in a 5-4 Seattle victory. He got a no-decision for the effort, but it was the fourth Mariners victory in his five starts. The southpaw has been prone to the long ball, serving up seven homers in 31+ frames, but he is holding hitters to a .215 batting average at home.

Tuesday marks the former Alabama standout's first career look at the Tigers, though he has seen a few of their hitters over the years. LeBlanc has given Justin Upton fits, limiting the outfielder to just two hits in 19 at bats.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
If you're among baseball bettors who have been winning a lot of 'over' picks, chances are Adrian Johnson has been behind the plate for one of your wagers. The 10-year veteran arbiter is slated to call balls and strikes in this one, and checks in with a 12-5-1 O/U/P mark vs. the baseball odds, five of his last seven games behind the mask skipping past the totals. Johnson has also been a friend to home chalk, those teams 9-4 on the year including a perfect 3-0 in the -105 to -119 range. The Mariners have won four of his last five plate assignments in Seattle, the 'under' cashing each of his last six.

The lid was off Safeco for Game 1 of the set, and it should be opened up again this evening when the forecast calls for cloudy skies and a very, very slight chance of rain. First pitch should come with the thermometer in the mid-to-upper 60s and just a hint of breeze from the southwest (out to center).

I'm following Seattle's streak with my free MLB pick and making a play on the Mariners.


Free MLB Pick: Mariners -105 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage
Season: 39-34 (+7.45)

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