Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/8/14
Chicago White Sox (55-60) at Seattle Mariners (59-54)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Jose Quintana (L) (6-7) (3.035) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (9-6) (2.944)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -145 / Chicago White Sox +135 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, ROOT-Northwest
The Seattle Mariners hope to stay hot when the Chicago White Sox invade Safeco Field Friday night.
The White Sox have been in a funk over the past week or so which has but a temporary halt to their drive to reach .500. In this stretch the arms and bats have struggled and that trend continued in a 13-3 loss at Oakland on Thursday. Scott Carroll took the loss with seven runs plated over five frames with three long balls served up. The relief corps saw a trio of pitchers allow six more runs as the Mariners were hitting everybody. The White Sox ttaled five hite and a pair of free passes with Dayan Viciedo cracking a two run bomb while Alexei Ramirez smacked an RBI double. Left hander Jose Quintana toes the rubber against the Mariners for the second time in 2014. Quintana has some very strong numbers with a 3.03 ERA over 23 outings but his 6-7 record says he lacks support.
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The Mariners won't be winning or even challenging in the American League West but they do have a legitimate opportunity at capturing a Wild Card especially with some potential on both the mound and at the plate. All that potential was realized with Roenis Elias giving up a pair of runs on two hits and two bases on balls through 5.2 innings of work. That was more then enough with the offense pounding out 12 hits and walking seven times. Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley each went deep and combined for eleven RBI's. The Mariners go with Hisashi Iwakuma Friday night on the mound in game two. Iwakuma has been outstanding over his last three times out but he is just 1-2 despite a 2.91 ERA.
Iwakuma and Quintana are actually fairly evenly matched but the White Sox don't give their guy much to work with. That is why I lean Seattle here...