Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners - 5/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Seattle Mariners (22-16) at Baltimore Orioles (23-14)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
T Walker (2-2) (2.63) vs. C Tillman (5-1) (2.58)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -130 / Seattle Mariners +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MAS2, RTNW
Oriole Park will be coming alive once again on Wednesday evening as the Seattle Mariners and the Baltimore Orioles continue their series.
This is game two of a three-game set this week. On Tuesday in the opener, the Mariners destroyed Baltimore 10-0. Seattle had 10 hits in that one to the Orioles’ two.
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We’ll be seeing right-hander Taijuan Walker make the start Wednesday for the Mariners. Walker has started seven games this season, with a 2-2 record, a 2.63 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP across 37.2 innings of work. Last Wednesday in his most recent appearance, Walker logged four runs in 5.2 innings against the Rays striking out nine in a no-decision.
Seattle has some notable hitters in their order this season. Robinson Cano has proven his worth thus far with 48 hits, 12 homers and 36 RBI to lead the team. Cano went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in the opener. Ketel Marte is also playing well on 39 hits and 18 runs. Nelson Cruz has managed to hit eight homers with 26 RBI. Cruz had a home run and five RBI on Tuesday.
Over on the Orioles’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Chris Tillman take the mound. It’s been a good year for Tillman, as he’s holding a 5-1 record, a 2.58 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over eight starts for a 5-1 record. On Friday, Tillman went seven scoreless innings in a win over the Tigers, giving up just five hits and two walks.
Most people have gotten a good look at the Baltimore batting order this year. Manny Machado is one of the most electric hitters in the league with 50 hits, 30 runs, 11 homers and 25 RBI. Mark Trumbo has also been great on 43 hits with 11 homers and 28 RBI. Jonathan Schoop is getting in on the action lately with 34 hits, seven homers and 22 RBI. Combined, Machado, Trumbo and Schoop came up empty 0-for-10 on Tuesday.
The Mariners are 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games, and 18-7 in Walker’s last 25 starts.
As for the Orioles, they’re 11-2 in their last 13 game twos of a series and 5-0 in Tillman’s last five starts overall.
This should be a pretty close game (and series, despite game one) overall, but I like the way Tillman has looked this year and am leaning toward the Orioles for the win.