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Seattle Mariners vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (37-39) at Seattle Mariners (38-38)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm (Safeco Field)

J Niese (6-5) (4.93) vs. H Iwakuma (6-6) (4.45)

The Line: Seattle Mariners -135 / Pittsburgh Pirates +125 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Over at Safeco Field on Tuesday, we’ve got MLB action coming between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners.

The Pirates are fresh off a four-game set against the Dodgers. Pittsburgh took the first three games by a combined 18-10 score, and in Monday’s finale the Pirates lost a heartbreaker 5-4.
As for the Mariners, they played the Cardinals this weekend. Seattle took the first two games before dropping Sunday’s matchup 11-6.

Seattle Mariners vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Tuesday’s game, the Pirates will be going with lefty Jon Niese. Over 15 starts and a 6-5 record this year, Niese has managed a 4.93 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 87.2 innings overall. In his last start against the Giants, Niese managed six innings with seven hits and five runs.

At the plate, Pittsburgh has a few very intriguing hitters. Starling Marte is way out front on 88 hits with 39 runs and 29 RBI. Gregory Polanco is sitting on 77 hits with 47 runs, 10 homers and 44 RBI. Josh Harrison holds 75 hits with 31 runs, a team-high four triples, 33 RBI and a .286 BA this year. Harrison whiffed 0-for-4 on Monday.

Over on the Mariners’ side, Hisashi Iwakuma will be taking the start on Tuesday. Over 15 starts and a 6-6 record this year, Iwakuma has managed a 4.45 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 95 innings. Against Detroit in his last appearance, Iwakuma put up 4.2 innings with five earned on 11 hits for a loss.

It’s easy to find the key players in Seattle’s lineup. Robinson Cano is the face of the franchise with 93 hits, 53 runs, 19 homers and 53 RBI. Nelson Cruz has hit safely 80 times with 45 runs, 19 homers and 51 RBI. Kyle Seager has put up 74 hits with 44 runs, 15 homers and 49 RBI.

The Pirates are 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games, and 9-4 in their last 13 game ones of a series. Pittsburgh is also 5-13 in their last 18 overall, and 1-4 in their last five against the American League West.
As for the Mariners, they’re 8-2 in their last 10 interleague games, and 19-7 in their last 26 Tuesday games. Seattle is also 2-7 in their last nine overall, and 5-2 in Iwakuma’s last seven starts.

Niese and Iwakuma aren’t doing much for me these days, so the over seems plausible here. I’ll give the Pirates a slight winning edge in this one, however.

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