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Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/14

Seattle Mariners (67-56) at Philadelphia Phillies (54-70)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Roenis Elias (L) (9-9) (4.143) vs. Jerome Williams (R) (1-1) (7.632)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +112 / Seattle Mariners -122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Seattle Mariners have won six of their last seven games and are 11 games above .500. The Mariners pitching staff has been getting it done during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in 14 of their last 15 games. The Seattle Mariners have an ERA of 2.95, which is the best in baseball, and they’ve won six straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Kyle Seager has nine RBIs in his last 10 games and Robinson Cano has a four-game hitting streak. Roenis Elias gets the ball, and he’s 9-9 with a 4.14 ERA and has 122 strikeouts in 134.2 innings. This is Elias’ first career game against the Phillies.

Seattle Mariners at Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/14


The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five of their last six games and are 16 games below .500. The Phillies pitching staff has really fallen off lately, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.99, which is 23rd in baseball, and they’ve lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ryan Howard has 10 RBIs in his last 10 games and Chase Utley has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Jerome Williams, who is 2-5 with a 6.43 ERA and has 47 strikeouts in 63 innings. Williams is 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 15 career games against the Mariners.

The Mariners are 5-2 in Elias' last 7 starts during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in Elias' last 7 starts overall. The Phillies are 3-10 in their last 13 interleague games and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home underdog. Mariners are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Seattle Mariners are back in their groove and need to keep winning to lock up one of the wild card spots in the AL. Give me Seattle for the cheap price. 

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