Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/7/14
Chicago White Sox (55-59) at Seattle Mariners (58-54)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)
Scott Carroll (R) (3-6) (5.507) vs. Roenis Elias (L) (8-9) (4.186)
The Line: Seattle Mariners -154 / Chicago White Sox +144 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, ROOT-NW
The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners begin a four-game series on Thursday at Safeco Field.
The White Sox have lost five of their last eight games and are five games below a .500 record. The issue for the White Sox remains their pitching staff, which has allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The White Sox have an overall ERA of 4.39, which is 28th in baseball and they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Alexei Ramirez has a nine-game hitting streak and Dayan Viciedo has homered twice in his last four games. Scott Carroll takes the mound, and he’s 4-6 with a 4.36 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. This is Carroll’s first career game against the Mariners.
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The Mariners have won five of their last eight games and are five games above a .500 record. The Mariners offense has shown a lot more consistency lately, producing four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Mariners have struggled to score all season but have won seven straight when scoring more than three runs. Kyle Keager has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Robinson Cano has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Mariners have the best ERA in baseball at 3.04. Starting is Roenis Elias, who is 8-9 with a 4.19 ERA and has 117 strikeouts in 129 innings. This is Elias’ second career game against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 3-8 in Carrolls last 11 starts. The Mariners are 10-4 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Elias' last 6 starts. The White Sox are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Seattle.
Neither pitcher has been great this season, which is why I'm taking the White Sox and the value here. The Sox have had great success over the years in Seattle and that could continue with the off-and-on Mariners offense.