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Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners - 8/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Thursday August 15, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Seattle Mariners -115 / Detroit Tigers -105 -- O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, ROOT-Northwest
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The Seattle Mariners and the Detroit Tigers meet in the rubber match of their three game series in MLB action from Comerica Park on Thursday.

The Seattle Mariners will look to win the series despite dropping game two on Wednesday by a final count of 3-2. J.P Crawford and Daniel Vogelbach each had a solo home run to make up the scoring for the M’s in the loss while Keon Broxton went 2 for 3 at the dish. Tim Lopes, Kyle Seager and Mallex Smith each had a base hit as well in the losing effort for Seattle. Marco Gonzales took the loss, falling to 12-10 on the year after allowing three runs on 11 hits while striking out six over six innings of work. The Mariners did not have a starting pitcher announced at the time of posting.

The Detroit Tigers will look to win the set as well after evening the series up at one win apiece following Wednesday’s victory. Victor Reyes went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Harold Castro went 3 for 4 with an RBI to round out Detroit’s offense as a team in the win. Travis Demeritte and Niko Goodrum each went 2 for 4 and Miguel Cabrera added a double while John Hicks and Jordy Mercer each contributed a base hit as well to finish off Detroit’s offense as a team in the victory. Edwin Jackson got the win to improve to 3-5 on the year after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Joe Jackson closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Spencer Turnbull will start game three and is 3-10 with a 3.68 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s first career start against Seattle.

Seattle is 2-9 in their last 11 games overall and 11-35 in their last 46 road games while the over is 21-7-2 in their last 30 games against the AL Central. Detroit is 1-12 in Turnbull’s last 13 starts and 11-42 in their last 53 games overall while the over is 36-16 in their last 52 Thursday games. Seattle is 18-5 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams.

It’s hard to make a case for either of these teams as both are just playing out the string and looking ahead to next season. It’s especially hard to make a case for Seattle, given that the Mariners have been atrocious on the road to say the least, and we don’t even know who’s pitching for the Mariners on a short turnaround, a situation that normally favors the home team. However, the Tigers simply don’t win with Turnbull on the mound, as they’ve lost his last nine starts, with the majority of that coming via a lack of run support as Detroit’s scored two runs or less in seven of those previously mentioned nine outings. It says a lot that Detroit is an underdog at home, but I think that just goes to speak to how bad Detroit’s been offensively. I’d leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I trust Seattle just a little bit more.

Pick:
Seattle -115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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