Atlanta Braves (58-54) at Seattle Mariners (57-54)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 5, 2014, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Seattle Mariners -175 / Atlanta Braves +165 --- Over/Under: 6
The Seattle Mariners and the Atlanta Braves face off on Tuesday at Safeco Field for game one of their interleague series.
The Seattle Mariners are on the outside looking in at the post-season but they are well within striking distance. The Mariners are 26-31 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last three. As a team the Mariners are hitting .253 with Robinson Cano hitting .330, Kyle Seagar hitting .275, and Dustin Ackley hitting .255. The Mariners pitching staff has an ERA of 3.04 with the starters at 3.37 and the bullpen at 2.34. For game one against the Braves Seattle start Felix Hernandez who looks to be a contender for the Cy Young Award in the AL. For the season Hernandez has allowed 116 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 178 over 165.1 innings for an 11-3 record and a 2.01 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves are a streaky team once again this season and their current streak has them sinking in the standings. The Braves are 27-30 on the road, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have lost six games in a row. As a team the Braves are hitting .245 with Justin Upton hitting .284, Freddie Freeman hitting .282, and Chris Johnson hitting .279. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.38 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 3.30. For game one at Seattle the Braves start Alex Wood who has pitched well for the most part but has little to show for it as far as wins and losses. For the season Wood has allowed 101 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 102 over 103.2 innings for a 7-8 record and a 3.30 ERA.
Seattle is 4-0 following a loss, 3-8 against the NL East, and 12-4 in Hernandez’s last 16 starts. Atlanta is 2-5 in their last seven interleague games, 36-17 following an off day, and 1-5 in Wood’s last six road starts. Atlanta is 5-2 in their last seven meetings against Seattle.
We have Felix Hernandez against a team that is reeling making Seattle and easy choice.
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