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Tigers Go for Series Sweep in Seattle

Mariners Try to Rebound From No-Hitter

The Detroit Tigers go for a three-game winning streak when they take on the host Seattle Mariners in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday night. The first pitch of this one is set for 10:10 p.m. ET at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

The Tigers took the second game 5-0 on Tuesday behind a no-hitter by Spencer Turnbull. The win improved Detroit to 16-26 as it enters Wednesday’s action in fourth place in the American League Central, 3½ games behind the third-place Kansas City Royals and 1½ games ahead of the last-place Minnesota Twins.

Drew Steckenrider of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Detroit Tigers at T-Mobile Park
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Seattle dropped to 21-22 with the loss, its second in a row. The Mariners are in third place in the AL West, 3½ games behind the second-place Houston Astros and two games ahead of the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels.

Looking at the MLB odds, the Mariners have a moneyline of -152, while the Tigers are at +137. The over/under for the series finale is eight runs.

Hard to Follow

The Tigers will likely still be energized by the no-hitter tossed by Turnbull, who improved to 3-2 with the win. It was the first no-hitter for the franchise since May 2011, when Justin Verlander accomplished the feat for the second time.

“It is by far the best night of my life, most exciting, and it’s definitely kind of like one of those landmark stamps on my career up to this point,” the 28-year-old Turnbull said of Tuesday’s win.

Trying to follow that up for the Tigers is left-hander Tarik Skubal, who is looking for his first win. The 24-year-old is 0-6 with a 5.73 ERA, having struck out 31 and walked 17 in 33 innings.

Skubal went six innings in his last start, giving up four runs on eight hits, including a home run, to the Chicago Cubs on Friday. He struck out five and walked one but gave up at least one home run for the fourth straight outing and for the sixth time in eight appearances.

Third baseman Jeimer Candelario provided the offensive punch on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, driving in two and scoring twice. Candelario has four home runs and 15 RBIs and is batting .291 on the season.

Needing to Forget

Tuesday was the second time this season the Mariners have been no-hit, with Baltimore’s John Means accomplishing the feat on May 5. In the next game, Seattle had 10 hits and five runs to earn a win on the road over the Rangers.

The Mariners need that same kind of bounce-back effort to avoid a third straight loss.

Highly touted prospect Logan Gilbert will make his second start in the majors after losing his debut to the Cleveland Indians. The 24-year-old right-hander got the start last Thursday, going four innings and allowing four runs on five hits, including a pair of home runs.

He did strike out five and walk none, and he should have a better performance after getting his first start under his belt.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger has been the centerpiece of the Seattle offense, leading the team with a .263 batting average, 12 home runs and 30 RBIs. Haniger was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday and will be looking for a better effort in this one.

Mariners Salvage Finale

Neither of Wednesday’s starting pitchers has tasted a lot of success at the major league level, so this game could end up being a slugfest. After being no-hit on Tuesday, the Mariners are going to be itching to break out with a big performance in the series finale.

When doing your MLB betting, take Seattle to get the home win on Wednesday.

Pick: Seattle Mariners -152

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