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Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Seattle Mariners (4-3) at Minnesota Twins (4-3)
Date & Time Sunday April 8, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Twins -145 / Seattle Mariners +135 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
FS-North, ROOT-Northwest
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MLB | Seattle Mariners (4-3) at Minnesota Twins (4-3)

We have the rubber match of a three game MLB set between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins from Target Field on Sunday. 

The Seattle Mariners will look to build some steam and win the series after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 11-4. Ryon Healy led the M’s, going 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, while Kyle Seager and Guillermo Heredia each added a homer and two RBIs. Dee Gordon also put two runs on the board, while Robinson Cano added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for Seattle in the win. Jean Segura and Mike Marjama each added a double, while it was Segura who went 2 for 5 at the dish. Ichiro Suzuki added a pair of hits of his own, while Mitch Haniger added a base knock of his own in the victory. Mike Leake got the win after giving up a pair of runs on three hits over five innings of work to improve to 2-0 this season. Marco Gonzales will start game three and is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonzales’ first career start against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday in a rout. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario each had a double and an RBI, with Rosario going 2 for 4 at the dish, while Eduardo Escobar and Ryan LaMarre each had an RBI to round out the scoring for the Twins in the loss. Joe Mauer and Ehire Adrianza each added a double with Mauer going 2 for 4 at the plate, while Brian Dozier added a base knock of his own in the defeat. Jose Berrios took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits while striking out seven over 4.2 innings of work to drop to 1-1 this season. Lance Lynn will start game three and is 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Lynn’s first career start against Seattle.

Seattle is 7-19 in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Minnesota is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 9-1 in their last 10 home games against a left-handed starter while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 home games. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.

I won’t lie, I was a bit surprised about the offensive outburst from Seattle in game two, but if you look at the lineup, the M’s are fully capable of performances like that, we just don’t see it as often as you’d expect. With that said, I think the Twins are more talented from top to bottom, but I’m not sold on Lynn especially after his first start, so I’ll take a stab at Seattle and the plus money here.

Seattle +135

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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