Philadelphia Phillies vs. Seattle Mariners MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/19/14
Seattle Mariners (67-57) at Philadelphia Phillies (55-70)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) (11-6) (2.719) vs. AJ Burnett (R) (6-13) (4.353)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +128 / Seattle Mariners -138 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-NW, CSN-PHI
The Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies play game two of their three-game series on Tuesday night.
The Seattle Mariners have won six of their last eight games and are 10 games above a .500 record. The Mariners pitching staff continues to carry the team, allowing three or less runs in 14 of their last 16 games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 2.94, which is the best in baseball, and they’ve won six straight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Kyle Seager has seven RBIs in his last nine games and Dustin Ackley has hit safely in six of his last nine games. Hisashi Iwakuma gets the nod, and he’s 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 139 innings. This is Iwakuma’s first career game against the Phillies.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five of their last seven games and are 15 games below .500. Neither side of the ball has been playing well but it’s the Phillies pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.99, which is 23rd in baseball, and they’ve lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Marlon Bryd has a six-game hitting streak and Chase Utley has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is A.J. Burnett, who is 6-13 with a 4.35 ERA and has 136 strikeouts in 163.1 innings. Burnett is 3-3 with a 3.57 ERA in nine career starts against the Mariners.
The Mariners are 7-2 in Iwakumas last 9 road starts and 4-0 in Iwakumas last 4 starts during game 2 of a series. The Phillies are 1-4 in Burnetts last 5 home starts and 0-6 in Burnetts last 6 starts overall.
Iwakuma has been money on the road this season and Burnett hasn't been able to win a game in forever. Give me the Seattle Mariners for the fair price.