Seattle Mariners vs. Milwaukee Brewers Free Pick - 8/9/13
Milwaukee Brewers (49-66) at Seattle Mariners (53-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Kyle Lohse (R) (7-7) (3.230) vs. Joe Saunders (L) (10-10) (4.578)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -122 / Milwaukee Brewers +112 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Wisconsin, ROOT-Northwest
The Milwaukee Brewers travel to Safeco Field for some interleague action Friday.
It appears the season for Milwaukee from a competitive stand point is over, but with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St Louis in the National League Central, they can ruin a few playoff drives. Of course, spoiling any season would require better scoring and pitching with both getting on the same page, wich has been the problem all along. Neither excelled in a 4-1 defeat at San Francisco, with starter Donovan Hand allowing all four runs on seven hits and four bases on balls through five frames. Hand's support was minimal, with the Brew Crew bats totaling three hits and walking once, and with Jean Segura rapping an RBI single in the 9th. Milwaukee will be leaning on Kyle Lohse on Friday to kick off the wee end on the mound against Seattle. Lohse has been the ace of the Brewers staff, but has suffered from poor support and some issues in the bull pen.
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Seattle's season has boiled down to whether they can reach .500 on the year and not much more. Certainly, the Mariners have played better baseball than we've seen in quite awhile, but the numbers tell us the team has much further to go. The M's need more offense and pitching and who doesn't with Oakland and Texas ruling the roost in the American League West. The pitching was nowhere to be found, but the bats were alive and well in Wednesday's 9-7 victory over Toronto. Aaron Harang struggled from the get go, with seven runs plated on five hits and three walks in just two frames, but was bailed out by the M's eleven hit, six walk attack. Humberto Quintero homered and drove in three, while Justin Smoak knocked in two more as Seattle rallied from a 7-2 hole. Left-hander Joe Saunders takes the bump versus the visiting Brewers Friday to begin a weekend set. Saunders rebounded from three straight poor outings to down Baltimore by a 3-2 count with two runs given up over six frames.
Lohse is the best the Brewers have and he has been very solid, although his team has not. If Milwaukee were to win one, logic says they have a chance here, but there has been nothing logical about their season...