Friday, August 16

Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners, 3:10 am
Mariners $1.85

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are in the midst of an absolutely dreadful campaign, currently sitting at 36-81. They’ve been especially poor at home, going just 17-42 in front of their home fans. Their offence has been woeful all season, with the 14 home runs and 43 RBI from Brandon Dixon one of only few highlights. Spencer Turnbull is slated to pitch here, going 3-10 so far despite a solid 3.68 ERA.

Seattle Mariners

It’s tough to say the Mariners have been that much better, just 49-72 on the season themselves. Their road form has been poor to say the least, going just 22-36 away from Seattle. 1st Baseman Daniel Vogelbach has been a bright spot offensively, going for 27 home runs and 68 RBI on the season. They’re yet to announce a starting pitcher for this one, although many of their options have struggled this season.

Prediction: Mariners $1.85

The Tigers have been solid fade material all season, especially when they’re near even money. Seattle are not a great side by any means but I just don’t think Detroit has the offensive firepower here. If Seattle can get at least a few runs past Turnbull, I really like them at strong $1.85 odds.

Cincinnati Reds vs St Louis Cardinals, 9:10 am
Cardinals $2.40

Cincinnati Reds

The Reds’ playoff hopes look all but dashed as they currently sit 56-63. Their home form has been somewhat better, going above .500 at 33-28. Eugenio Suarez is their offensive leader, putting up solid numbers of 33 home runs and 75 RBI. Ace Sonny Gray is slated to pitch in this one, going 7-6 with a 3.1 ERA so far.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are well in the playoff race, going 64-56 to start the campaign. They haven’t been fantastic on the road so far, going just 28-32. Paul Goldschmidt has again been the main man offensively, putting up 26 home runs and 63 RBI so far. Michael Wacha will pitch here, going 6-5 with a 5.54 ERA on the season.

Prediction: Cardinals $2.40

I think the Cardinals are the better of these two sides and $2.40 is simply over the odds here. Sonny Gray has been solid so far but I don’t think he has the batting lineup to support him here. In a game that should have roughly even odds, I’ll take the more motivated underdog at strong $2.40 odds.