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Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14

Seattle Mariners (65-55) at Detroit Tigers (65-54)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

James Paxton (L) (2-0) (2.383) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (13-6) (3.155)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -138 / Seattle Mariners +128 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB N, ROOT-NW, FSN-DET

The Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers begin a three-game series on Friday at Comerica Park.

The Seattle Mariners have won eight of their last nine games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Mariners pitching staff has really taking over as of late, allowing three or less runs in 12 straight games. Overall, the Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 2.95, which is the best in baseball, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Robinson Cano has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Dustin Ackley has nine RBIs in his last eight games. James Paxton takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. This is Paxton’s second career game against the Tigers. 

Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14

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The Detroit Tigers have lost six of their last nine games and are 11 games above .500. The Tigers pitching staff has been a little shaky lately, allowing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 2.98, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Victor Martinez has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler has hit safely in six of his last eight games. Starting is Rick Porcello, who is 13-7 with a 3.11 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 150.1 innings. Porcello is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners.

The Mariners are 5-1 in Paxton's last 6 starts as an underdog and 4-1 in Paxton's last 5 starts overall. The Tigers are 20-7 in Porcello's last 27 starts as a favorite and 25-11 in Porcello's last 36 starts overall. The Tigers are 5-2 in Porcello's last 7 starts vs. Mariners.

The Detroit Tigers very rarely lose when Porcello is on the mound. I'll take the home team for the decent price here. 

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Detroit Tigers -138

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