Monday, September 23

Baltimore Orioles vs Seattle Mariners, 3:05 am

Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles find themselves 50-104, good for last place in their division. They’re just 24-55 at home this season, winning 4 of their last 10 overall. Mancini and Nunez have impressed the most offensively, combining for 63 home runs and 175 RBI. Ace Jon Means will pitch here, going 10-11 with a 3.65 ERA through 143 innings.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners haven’t been much better, 5th in the AL West at 65-89. They’re 32-47 on the road but have managed 7 wins in their last 10. Dan Vogelbach is their main man on offence, going for a team-leading 30 home runs and 76 RBI. Justus Sheffield will pitch here, going 0-1 with a 5.4 ERA through 26 innings.

Prediction: Orioles

In a matchup between two sides with no playoff chances, I’ll take the better pitcher at home for near even money. Means has been very effective for Baltimore this season, while Sheffield is an unknown quantity. Baltimore’s offence has been decent of late and likely has just enough to get the job done here.

Cleveland Indians vs Philadelphia Phillies, 10:35 am

Cleveland Indians

A stellar season sees Cleveland 2nd in their division at 91-64. They are 48-32 at home this season, with 7 wins in their last 10. Carlos Santana continues to dominate offensively, going for 34 home runs and 92 RBI this season. Adam Plutko is slated to pitch here, going 7-4 with a 4.34 ERA through 103 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies

Philly now find themselves 4th in their division at 79-74. They are 35-39 on the road this season, with just 4 wins in their last 10 overall. Bryce Harper has had a solid debut season, leading the way with 32 home runs and 104 RBI. Vince Velasquez will pitch here, going 7-7 with a 4.89 ERA through 108 innings.

Prediction: Indians

Ultimately, the Indians are the much better side here with much more to play for. They’ve got a significant edge in the pitching matchup and I think Plutko can really shut the Philly offence down. Combine that with a strong day from a deep hitting lineup and they should win this handily.