Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles Free Pick- 8/3/2013
Seattle Mariners (50-58) at Baltimore Orioles (60-49)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -169 / Seattle Mariners +159 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, MASN
The Seattle Mariners will be at Camden Yards for game two of their series with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Mariners still have a shot at winning the American League West, but in reality they need big time help and a big time winning streak. Seattle took a step back in an 11-8 loss at Camden Yards on Friday that dropped the M's to nine games below the .500 mark. When this team scores, they have to win and the pitching let them down with Aaron Harang giving up seven runs in five innings, while Brandon Mauer allowed four more over three frames. The bats made a game of it with 12 hit, three walk attack that saw Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, Humberto Quintero and Michael Saunders slam homers. The Mariners hand the ball to Erasmo Ramirez to square off with the Orioles Saturday. Ramirez has won consecutive outings with a combined seven runs allowed on seven hits and four walks in 11.2 frames.
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After dropping to third in the American League East, Baltimore needs to get back on the horse and begin racking up the wins. That means the Orioles need to score runs, which they haven't been before turning things around Friday. Now the trick is to keep the runs flowing because this isn't a team that wins consistently with their pitchiing. The work on the mound left a lot to be desired Friday with generally dependable Chris Tillman getting lit up for six runs on eight hits and a trio of bases on balls through 5.1 innings pitched. The bats picked a good night to explode, with eleven hits and a pair of walks, with Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Nate McLouth leaving the yard. Newly acquired Scott Feldman will get his 6th start since coming over from the Cubs. Feldman needs to bounce back from a 7-3 rout to Boston in which he allowed four runs over five innings.
The Orioles have a good shot at winning the East, but need guys like Feldman to come up big and the bats have to score as well. This could be a tricky one because Feldman isn't worth the price, especially if the offense struggles...