The Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners for game two of their three-game series. Game one ended with the Tigers emerging victorious 4-1, neither of these offenses are elite, but neither is the pitching which could lead to an offensive explosion. Seattle was kept in check on Monday but in their weekend series against the Cleveland Indians, Seattle scored seven runs in back-to-back games against a Cleveland staff that is highly touted. How will the scoring fair in this game? Let’s take a look at the matchup.
|Game: Detroit Tigers (15-26) vs. Seattle Mariners (21-21)
Location: T-Mobile Park, Seattle
Time: 10:10 p.m. ET
|Detroit Tigers||Over 8||Even|
|Seattle Mariners||Under 8||-120|
Spencer Turnbull will take the mound for the Tigers, and he has had an up and down year, but he is looking good in his last outing against the Royals on Thursday. The righty tossed 6.1 innings and allowed only one run on six hits and struck out seven.Turnbull’s season totals is a 3.91 ERA and 22 strikeouts, and with a win in the series opener in the bag, he will be motivated to clinch the series victory in this game.
Fresh after a series win against the Indians, the Mariners was the favorite and looked to continue their offensive hotstreak. But Casey Mize had other plans and Seattle lost 4-1. Mitch Haniger has been fanatic for Seattle, but outside of him, there is not another consistent producer in the Mariners lineup. Haniger leads Seattle in all triple crown categories, with a nice .269 batting, 12 home runs and 30 RBIs. And it is not like the Mariners don’t have talent, Kyle Lewis, Taylor Trammel, J.P. Crawford, and now with the callout of Jarred Kelenic, this rookie is vital for the Mariners to improve their offensive production.
Starting out this time for the Mariners is Justin Dunn. The right-handed pitcher has had a decent run of form in his last few outings. He has a 1-1 record and betters Turnbull with a 3.72 ERA but has a slightly higher WHIP at 1.34. Both of these pitchers have struggled against the league’s better offenses, but luckily for them, neither team has an elite offense. The numbers would suggest that this game could get high scoring because of the elevated ERA’s but looking at the individual outings, teams like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers have bloated these pitchers numbers. And both of these lineups are nothing compared to those teams, the Mariners are dead last in team batting average, while the Tigers look down at them at 27th.
Even with the bad season totals, the Tigers have been on a little hot streak with their bats. Detroit has won six of their last eight games and have scored more than four runs in all of their wins. Taking a look at the team leaders, none of the numbers scare you if you are a Seattle pitcher. Wilson Ramos leads the team in home runs with only six, while Robbie Grossman leads the team with 18 RBIs and a .382 OBP. For most of the season the Tigers were regarded as the worst offense in baseball, and after a week of good play they have moved out of the cellar, but the team that has taken their spot is the Mariners and that is not a good recipe for the over.
The weather forecast for Seattle this Tuesday is that it will be cloudy with somewhat windy and humidity of 73%. However, with a retractable roof at T-Mobile park, the end result wouldn’t differ as such. But high humidity and hot weather could make it difficult for both teams at night.
Neither lineup is setting the world on fire, despite the Tigers’ recent run of success. The starters in this matchup have good numbers against bad teams which will play a factor. If the line was around seven, then maybe it is a possibility to take the over, but at eight, it is tough to see both of these teams scoring enough to reach that total. So in the MLB sportsbook, we are taking the under in this American League Tuesday night game.