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Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

Seattle Mariners (20-20) at Minnesota Twins (18-20)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Chris Young (R) (3-0) (2.775) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (3-3) (4.737)

The Line: Minnesota Twins -108 / Seattle Mariners -102 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-NW, FSN-N

The Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins will play a three-game series that begins Friday at Target Field.

The Mariners are back to playing inconsistent baseball, losing five of their last eight games and falling to a .500 record. The Mariners just lost two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays, a series in which they scored just one run in their last two games. Of course, consistent run support has been an issue for the Mariners, as they’ve gone 19 of 40 games scoring three or less runs. Justin Smoak does have nine RBI in his last 10 games, but Robinson Cano is still stuck with one homerun. Chris Young gets the nod, and he’s 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. Young is 0-0 with a 2.41 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.

Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/16/14

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The Twins just took two of three from the Boston Red Sox and have won four of their last six games overall. Nothing much has changed with the Twins, as their pitching is still horrible, but their batting lineup continues to produce. Still, the Twins have allowed five or more runs in 21 of their first 39 games. It’s somewhat surprising how the Twins are just one game away from being a .500 ball club. Chris Colabello has gone six straight games without a hit. Kyle Gibson gets the start, and he’s 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA and has 17 strikeouts in 38 innings. This will be Gibson’s second career start against the Mariners. 

The Mariners are 7-0 in their last 7 games following an off day and 4-0 in Young's last 4 starts. The Twins are 4-0 in Gibson's last 4 starts with 5 days of rest and 0-9 in their last 9 vs. American League West. The Mariners are 11-5 in the last 16 meetings against the Twins.

Forget trying to pick a winner between these two up-and-down squads; just take the over. Both teams can score, but also have their moments where they give up a truckload of runs,especally the Twins. The over should hit. 

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Over 8.5

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