First Pitch: Thursday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Detroit -200, Seattle +185, Total: 7
After ending a nine-game losing streak at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday, the Mariners travel to Detroit where they have had a string of recent success. Odds.
Seattle will send Doug Fister (3-6, 3.29 ERA) to the mound against the Tigers on Thursday, as the Mariners will look to win their fifth straight against Detroit at Comerica Park. Fister has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his 12 starts this season, but two of those non-quality starts came on the road where Fister is 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA in his five starts. He has struggled in his career on the road, going just 3-11 with a 4.57 ERA in his 20 career starts. Fister is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Tigers after defeating them April 19, when he allowed just two runs and five hits, while fanning seven in 6.1 innings. The loss came last season in Detroit when he allowed five runs in 4.2 innings.
After taking two of three from the Rangers, the Tigers come back home winners of eight of their past 10 games. Justin Verlander (6-3, 3.04 ERA) will start for the Tigers. Since losing against the Mariners (6 IP, 3 ER) on April 27, Verlander is 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in his seven starts. But Verlander is a subpar 2-6 with a 4.20 ERA in eight starts versus Seattle after posting wins in his first five against the club. The Tigers offense has carried the team during their recent winning stretch, as they are hitting .325 with 57 runs scored and 37 extra-base hits (23 doubles, 1 triple, 13 HR) in their past nine games. They are also 11-5 in their past 16 home games. Scores.
The Mariners swept the Tigers in a three-game set in Detroit back in April and have outscored them 32-7 during their four-game winning streak at Comerica. With past history on their side, including a 6-2 record the past eight times they’ve faced Verlander, the Mariners are worth the gamble being such a huge underdog on the money line (+185). I’m taking Seattle.
This highly-rated FoxSheets trend shows that the red-hot bats of Detroit are likely to cool off on Thursday. Las Vegas odds.
Play Against – Any team (DETROIT) – hot hitting team – batting .315 or better over their last 10 games, with a hot bullpen whose ERA is under 3.00 the last 10 games. (63-32 over the last 5 seasons.) (66.3%, +39.2 units. Rating = 3*).
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