Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/1/14
Detroit Tigers (31-20) at Seattle Mariners (26-28)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Max Scherzer (R) (6-1) (3.000) vs. Roenis Elias (L) (3-4) (4.015)
The Line: Seattle Mariners +135 / Detroit Tigers -145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, ROOT-Northwest
The Detroit Tigers hope to extend their lead in the AL Central with a win versus Seattle on Sunday.
The Tigers have been suffering through their first real slowdown of the season but have shown signs of rebounding with wins in three of four entering Saturday's bout at Seattle. The Tigers might not be completely out of their funk with the offense stalling in a 3-2 defeat. Drew Smyly gave up the three runs on seven hits over just four innings and that proved to be decisive with the bats totaling six hits and four BB. Miguel Cabrera slugged his 10th long ball to highlight the night with a few chances to score failing to produce. Max Scherzer will be shooting for a huge rebound from back to back starts when he takes the hill at Seattle. Scherzer has been hammered for 12 runs on 20 hits and four bases on balls in his poorest outings of 2014.
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I don't see Seattle being a factor in the American League West race but I don't this team is a pushover so they will win their share of games against playoff hopefuls and could ultimately decide who does win the division. The Mariners do need more offensive punch to avoid putting too much on the shoulders of the rotation although the pitching carried the load Saturday. Chris Young came up huge by limiting the potent Tigers attack to two runs on only three hits through six innings to improve to 5-2 while four relievers held serve. The Mariners didn't get many chances at the plate but were clutch when they did with Willie Bloomquist logging a pair of two out RBI hits. Left hander Roenis Elias takes a shot at containing the Tigers lineup in his first career meeting with them. Roenis comes in off of a 6-4 loss to the Angels where he was charged with five runs on eight hits in 6.1 frames.
I think Roenis has thrown the ball reasonably well while Scherzer has been lit up like a Christmas tree the past two times out. He has fared well in this match up and I'm leaning his way but there is no way I'd lay the juice...