Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners Free Pick - 9/19/13
Seattle Mariners (67-85) at Detroit Tigers (88-64)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
James Paxton (L) (2-0) (0.750) vs. Doug Fister (R) (12-9) (3.671)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -193 / Seattle Mariners +183 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Northwest, FS-Detroit
The Seattle Mariners hope to leave the Motor City riding back to back wins on Thursday.
The struggling Mariners rediscovered the win column when they picked up an unlikely victory over Justin Verlander and Detroit by an 8-0 count on Wednesday. This was the M's second win in ten contests, as the team has been fading badly with both their offense and pitching failing them. That was far from the case Wednesday, with Hisashi Iwakuma picking up the win on eight shut-out innings. The challenged offense of Seattle exploded with Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak driving in two runs apiece. Rookie left hander James Paxton looks to slow the surging Tigers on Tursday in the series finale'. Paxton has been in outstanding in his two starts with a 2-0 record and a 0.75 ERA.
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Detroit looks to have the ship pointed in the right direction as they motor towards another American League Central crown. Even though the Tigers took one on the chin Wednesday, the home team has still won six of eight with plenty of pitching leading the way. That was a trend that didn't continue Wednesday, with Justin Verlander throwing well, but not as good as Iwakuma. Verlander tossed a winnable game, with three runs given up on four hits and a trio of bases on balls covering seven frames, while the pen couldn't stop the bleeding. The offense never challenged with a four hit, three walk attack. Detroit turns to Doug Fister to secure the win against the visiting Mariners on Thursday. Fister was outstanding in a 1-0 defeat to Kansas City with the only run given up on eight hits over 7.2 innings.
Detroit should win this one, but I haven't seen enough of Paxton to draw any conclusions. At the same time, the last few weeks are tough to predict and laying big chalk is dangerous. I'm backing the Mariners, but we are talking unlikely winners and I'm not paying juice...