Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/24/14
Baltimore Orioles (55-44) at Seattle Mariners (53-47)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Wei-Yin Chen (L) (10-3) (4.211) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (8-4) (2.952)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -130 / Baltimore Orioles +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, ROOT-Northwest
The Baltimore Orioles continue their west coast road trip with a stop at Safeco Field to tangle with the Seattle Mariners.
The Orioles have won six of nine going in to the series finale' at Los Angeles as they attempt to distance themselves from the pack in the American League East where the work on the mound has been outstanding. The starting pitching was strong once again Wednesday but the pen and offense were not in a 3-2 loss to the Angels. Chris Tillman gave up a run over six frames but Tommy Hunter but Tommy Hunter was touched for a pair of 8th inning runs to take the loss. The bats never got going on six hits with Nick Markakis and Adam Jones rapping RBI singles. The Orioles turn to Wei-Yin Chen on the hill who opposes the Angels for the first time in 2014. Chen is riding a three game winning streak where has posted a 4.32 ERA.
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Seattle is in a dangerous spot right now as they are still in the middle of the Wild Card conversation but they haven't been playing well the last few weeks and that is missed opportunities. Another opportunity was lost in a 3-2 loss to the Mets which was their 7th defeat in eleven contests. Starter Taijuan Walker pithed well enough with a pair of runs plated through five frames with Dominic Leone following with another run given up in 1.1 frames. The Mariners posted just five hits with Brad Miller and Willie Bloomquist driving in Corey Hart and Dustin Ackley. Hisashi Iwakuma toes the rubber in the series opener versus visiting Baltimore. Iwakuma continues to be a strong number two in the rotation with an 8-4 record and 2.95 ERA in 15 starts.
Chen doesn't always shutdown opposing attacks but for some reason the Orioles win with him. Iwakuma is the better hurler so I lean his way here...