The San Francisco Giants have lost five games in a row, and nine in a row at home. How could we possibly place MLB picks on them over the Seattle Mariners?
M's-Giants Tuesday Betting Odds
As of early Tuesday AM the best price in MLB odds we could find on San Francisco and Tim Lincecum was the -108 listed at Heritage, while Seattle and JA Happ were getting +103 at Bovada.
Seattle grabbed the first game of this four-game, two-city series Monday night 5-1. So the Mariners (29-35) are 4-3 on their current road trip, while the Giants (34-31) have lost five in a row overall and, inexplicably, nine in a row at home.
On the injury front San Francisco is playing without OF Hunter Pence, while Seattle could be without OF Mark Trumbo.
Tuesday's Starting Pitchers
Lincecum (6-3, 3.33) is five-for-12 on quality starts this season, but 0 for his last four. Last Thursday he needed 102 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings against the Mets, and over his last four starts he's allowed 14 earned runs through 20 innings. For the season San Francisco is 6-6 in Lincecum's starts, with the totals going 6-5.
This will be Lincecum's first start against Seattle since the last time these teams met, back in 2012.
Happ (3-2, 3.72) is six-for-12 on quality starts, and had allowed just five runs through his previous three starts, but last time out he couldn't get out of the third inning before giving up four runs against Cleveland. On the season Seattle is 6-6 in Happ's starts, with the totals splitting 6-6.
This will be Happ's first start against the Giants since 2012, when he was with Houston.
M's-Giants Free Picks
It's not often we take a team strapped with a five-game losing streak, but we actually have a little more faith in Lincecum than we do in Happ. And San Francisco's lineup is one of the better in the league against left-handed pitching, while Seattle's is one of the worst against righties. Also, games played at AT&T Park this season are 21-11 on the UNDERS.