MLB Picks And Parlays: Slumping Tigers Wrap Up Series with Mariners
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
It’s been a rough month for the Detroit Tigers. Not too long ago they were pushing Minnesota and Cleveland for first in the tightly bunched AL Central. Now they’re fighting to stay out of the cellar, just a half game up on the White Sox heading into Wednesday’s games.
They are just 3-9 after hitting the .500 mark on June 7th. That includes series losses to the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. And more recently four losses in a row to Tampa Bay and Seattle.
They’ve scored just nine runs through the recent four game losing streak and if you take away the 32 runs scored in the first three games of June, they’ve averaged just 4.21 RPG in their last 14 in a month when teams in the AL are averaging 5.11 RPG.
The pitching staff hasn’t been all that great either with a collective 4.98 ERA in June which is tied for tenth in the league.
Seattle Mariners has been winning their fair share of games ever since back-to-back losses with the Red Sox in late May where they were shutout twice in a row. Ever since then, they are 15-8 heading into Wednesday’s games and it’s helped make a competitive race for second in the AL West. Just a half game separates the Angels, Rangers and Mariners.
The Mariners have been a little streaky of late, winners of their last three heading into Wednesday’s games. Prior to that they had lost six of eight.
They won the last game in their three-game series with the Rangers and their first two hosting the Tigers.
The team ERA in June is 4.88 and the offense has been on fire, producing 5.84 RPG.
Not enough people are talking about Mike Zunino, but they should be. His slash line in just 16 games is an incredible .375-8-26. Ben Gamel is another youngster heating up the offense, hitting .416 this month. And there are four players with 13 or more RBIs for a team hitting a collective .289.
Daniel Norris (4-4, 4.42 ERA) gets the start for the Tigers. Detroit has won four of his last five starts as the offense has produced when he’s on the mound, with 37 runs scored in those wins. He gave up three runs in six innings of a 13-4 win over the Rays in his last start.
Andrew Moore was brought up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace the struggling Yovani Gallardo (3-7, 6.30) in the rotation.
- Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
- Detroit is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Seattle is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle’s last 7 games at home
Cash It In: The Mariners are -120 favorites and the Tigers are +110 underdogs. It is very tempting to take Seattle with their hot offense, but the pitching disparity is too great with Norris looking more and more like he did last year. Tigers 6-4.